Officer Who Leaked Galant Paper Says Probe Far From Over

The reserves officer who gave the so-called Galant document to Channel 2 a month ago called on the state comptroller and the Knesset's State Control and Foreign Affairs and Defense committees not to view the police investigation of the document as the end of the affair.

Col. (res. ) Gabi Siboni said the document, purporting to show that Yoav Galant had sought assistance from media consultant Eyal Arad in his successful run for IDF chief of staff, should be examined in terms of relations between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. He said the police investigation into whether the document was forged was not intended to probe this element. Siboni made the remarks in a letter to State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss and committee chairmen MKs Yoel Hasson and Tzachi Hanegbi, both of Kadima.

Gabi Siboni, Channel 2
Channel 2

Siboni said his decision to leak the document was "to the best of my belief as a citizen and an officer a necessary act in this crisis."

Siboni wrote that he had not acted to influence the selection process of the next chief of staff. "On the contrary," he said, if he had not leaked the document, "a chief of staff would have been appointed with a growing circle of senior officers exposed secretly to the document. The effect on commanders would have been destructive ... even if the paper on which the document was printed was forged."