Olmert Suspected of Slipping His Autobiography to Publisher Under Defense Ministry's Eye

Drafts concerning Olmert's term as prime minister are considered classified information that must be cleared by Defense Ministry. But Olmert's lawyer is suspected of taking drafts straight to publisher

Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court, during a hearing on the appeal in the Holyland corruption case, Dec. 29, 2015.
Gil Yohanan

Police questioned former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorney on Thursday on the suspicion that he failed to hand over drafts of his client's autobiography for the Defense Ministry's approval.

Olmert's manuscript, which also concerns his term as prime minister, is considered classified information and must be cleared by the Director of Security if the Defense Ministry before handing it over to the publisher.

The drafts are handed over by Olmert to his attorney in prison in sealed envelopes, which are then handed over to the Defense Ministry. But the attorney is suspected of having taken several envelopes straight to Olmert's publisher, without the ministry's go-ahead.

Olmert, who is serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption, has requested a pardon from President Reuven Rivlin earlier this year. The president rejected the request.