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Uzi Arad, Former National Security Advisor, Fired for Leaking Secret Report

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Yediot reports: 'Uzi Arad leaked to the U.S. government the controller's report on the second Lebanon war--so Wikileaks reveals'

Several months ago, Uzi Arad, former senior Mossad officer and then national security advisor to prime minister Netanyahu rather abruptly announced he was quitting his post.  At the time, rumors and speculation were rife about the reasons.  But no one dreamed they would be as provocative as this.  Turns out that Arad leaked the Controller’s secret report on the second Lebanon war to a U.S. diplomat in Israel.  After a long Shin Bet investigation, Arad was identified as the source and Bibi fired him.

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Uzi Arad (Yanai Yehiel)

The Israeli media is claiming that the attorney general declined to prosecute Arad because he resigned immediately and because the leak was inadvertent.  But I don’t understand how leaking a report can be “inadvertent.”  Besides, skilled Mossad operatives don’t leak material by accident.  It just doesn’t happen.

Arad made lots of enemies inside even Bibi’s staff with his abrasive style.  Not to mention the role in played in “running” Larry Franklin and the Rosen Aipac spy scandal.  So as far as I’m concerned he got his just desserts.  In fact, he probably deserves to be prosecuted.

If anyone can tell me what’s the difference between Uzi Arad’s leak and Anat Kamm’s and why he deserves a get out of jail card and she deserves nine years in prison, I’ll buy you an ice cream cone at my favorite gelateria.  In fact, Arad’s crime is worse since he leaked a secret government report about a serious Israeli military misadventure to a foreign government, while Kamm leaked her materials to an Israeli reporter.  Oh, that’s right, Anat was just a girl file clerk in a general’s office while Arad is a former senior Mossad officer and fixture of the security establishment.  That’s the difference.  No hypocrisy here.  H/t to Jerry Haber for that notion and also to Dena Shunra for finding the headline pictured above.

I’d be grateful to any reader who can locate the original Wikileaks cable if it’s been published anywhere or online.

I just discovered a Jerusalem Post story which makes the ridiculous claim that Arad’s sin was to discuss “electric and energy” issues with a reporter and inadvertently leak something he shouldn’t have.  But an Israeli friend had the clever idea of doing a Google search on the terms “Uzi Arad” and “atomic energy,” which reveals that the Jerusalem Post article was actually censored.  In it’s original form it said that he discussed “atomic energy” with the reporter.  It is possible that someone who discusses anything related to Israel’s nuclear program would be fired for such a leak, though I doubt this would happen if they were discussing purely civilian uses of nuclear power.

And a final note to the Rotterniks who may be apoplectic about yet another scoop they read here which offends them.  I don’t scare easily and death threats, even ones which indicate what caliber bullet you plan to put in my brain, don’t scare me.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • MS May 18, 2011, 7:06 AM

    The Isr.media says that the leak was to the press. It was made then public by Ch. 10-= immediately censured.

  • Miki May 18, 2011, 7:14 AM

    I don’t see any proof to your claim that it was revealed in wikileaks that he gave the controller’s secret report .

    Where is the link to wikileaks? You don’t give any proof.
    And it contradicts other reports that it was an inadvertent leak.

    • Richard Silverstein May 18, 2011, 12:26 PM

      You didn’t bother reading my post carefully which clearly states the Wikileaks story came fr Yediot.

      I will be reporting later today about new information.

  • MS May 18, 2011, 11:23 AM

    link to ynet.co.il

    Says something eles….It’s o.k usually ,your sources are accurate.Not this time.

    • Richard Silverstein May 18, 2011, 12:31 PM

      The Wikileaks rpt came fr Yediot, not one of my sources.

  • kafantaris March 3, 2012, 2:14 PM

    It seems that our tolerance for dissent is not shared by our closest

    ally — one for whom we are now ready to start WWIII.
    Apparently this ally also does not share our respect for freedom of

    speech. Just last week it raided two private TV stations, giving

    bogus reasons for doing so.
    Or maybe it reasoned as follows:
    When Palestinian TV is on, it shows Sesame Street.
    When it shows Sesame Street, it shows Bert.
    When it shows Bert, it shows it might be OK to be gay.
    When it shows it might be OK to be gay, the TV censors monitoring

    start to come out.
    When the TV censors come out, they get friendly with the

    Don’t let your TV censors get friendly with the Palestinians.
    Go raid Palestinian TV.

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