Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the Shin Bet security service to tap the phones of the heads of the Mossad and Israel Defense Forces in 2011 out of unsubstantiated concerns they might be leaking sensitive information to outsiders, according to a bombshell report by an Israeli investigative program Thursday night.
The Prime Minister’s Office denied the report by the Uvda television program, saying it was a “total distortion” of the efforts made to protect state secrets.
According to the report, Netanyahu asked the former head of the Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, to use his security service’s “special capabilities” to monitor the communications of senior defense officials, including former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz and former head of the Mossad spy agency Tamir Pardo. The eavesdropping was meant as a “preventative measure,” according to the sources of the news program.
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