A series of leaked tape recordings in which former Defense Minister Ehud Barak discusses a range of issues – from several nixed Israeli strikes on Iran to how he had to persuade Binyamin Netanyahu to agree to a deal to free over 1,000 terrorists in return for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit – has gotten Barak in trouble.
Attorney Eitan Peleg has filed a complaint with police over the leaks, claiming that he has committed serious security offenses that endanger all Israelis.
Although Barak claims the leaks were made without his knowledge or permission – to the extent that he has said he would sue Channel Two for broadcasting the tapes last week – the complaint says that Barak was involved in transferring the tapes to his biographers, Ilan Kfir and Danny Dor.
According to Kfir, he was behind the leaks, his way of getting back at Barak after the former Prime Minister and Defense Minister reneged on a promise to give him and Dor exclusive rights to the English translation of his biography.
However, Peleg says, his complaint is related to Barak's “original sin” in the scandal – transferring the tapes to the writers in the first place.
“There can be no disputing that Mr. Barak's actions constitute the basis of the security offenses delineated in our complaint,” wrote Peleg. “It goes without saying that given the wide coverage of Mr. Barak's comments there is a need for a criminal investigation on the matter.”
Speaking to Israel Hayom, Peleg said that he was not just filing the complaint as a protest. “I mean to see this through, and I am adamant that police investigate this matter."
Peleg skyrocketed to legal fame in Israel in 2004, when he defended Avishai Raviv, the Israel Security Agency agent who “managed” Yigal Amir, assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Peleg successfully fought charges that claimed that Raviv was aware of Amir's plans and that he should be prosecuted as an accessory to Rabin's murder.