Jailed Former PM Olmert Suspected of Slipping Biography to Publisher Under Defense Ministry's Eye

Drafts concerning his term as prime minister are considered classified information and must be cleared by the Defense Ministry

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Ehud Olmert in court, February 2016.
Ehud Olmert in court, February 2016.Credit: Gil Yohanan, pool photo
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

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 censorship.

Olmert's manuscript, which also concerns his term as prime minister, is considered classified information and must be cleared by the Defense Ministry before publication.

The drafts are handed over by Olmert to his attorney in prison in sealed envlopes, 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.

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