Two inquiry panels are examining whether the former Israel Defense Forces officer who admitted trying to improperly influence the race for chief of staff has also violated military regulations by maintaining ties with at least one of its most sensitive intelligence units.
The State Comptroller's Office and a Military Intelligence internal committee of inquiry are examining whether ties were renewed between Lt. Col. (res. ) Boaz Harpaz and the intelligence unit in clear contravention of the order given seven years ago by the MI chief at the time.
While investigating the drafting and distribution of the Galant document - a document which purported to show a concerted effort to have Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant appointed army chief - police began to suspect Harpaz had continued enjoying close ties with the MI special operations branch and had been exposed to highly sensitive information.
Heading the internal committee appointed by MI director Amos Yadlin is Dani Arditi. Arditi is a former high-ranking officer in the Sayeret Matkal commando unit, head of the National Security Council and chief of MI special operations. Arditi's committee, along with Yaakov Or, head of the security division in the State Comptroller's Office, is conducting an inquest into those and other suspicions.
An anonymous letter Harpaz penned seven years ago criticizing Zeevi Farkash prompted an inquiry that revealed that the former had kept highly classified documents on his personal laptop computer in contravention of information security regulations. The revelations forced Harpaz to leave his position with MI.
In wake of that affair, commanders of one of the units requested that Harpaz be allowed to continue working with them, but the request was denied.
Authorities now want to know which officers authorized the renewed ties and whether they had personal interests in doing so.
Concurrent with the MI and state comptroller's investigations, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and officials with the State Attorney's Office are formulating their conclusions following the release of police recommendations against Harpaz pertaining to the Galant document.
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