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.
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.