Brain Bush’s Blog

The Leak

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 7, 2012
  • 3:23 pm

Hi Everyone,

Going into the weekend here everyone is still focused on this security leak that's come from Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's Security Cabinet.

The leak itself was about disagreements among senior Israeli intelligence officials regarding Iran and an alleged Israeli strike on it's nuclear facilities.

Mr. Netanyahu is right to be angry about the leaks from his Security Cabinet, particularly since they dealt with Iran, as this is a very tense time for the region.

But this is nothing new. Over the years Netanyahu – and to be fair, his predecessors too, have accused confidants of leaking information many times.

Some blame, say some public circles, can be placed upon the Prime Minister's office because in the battle for public relations, creating spin, smoke and mirrors is standard procedure for sensitive issues.

In a recent poll among Israeli citizens it was revealed that the government of Israel is the least trusted institution of the State. (Israel's Defense Forces were the first).

An interesting twist in all this is that, ironically, here in Israel, all news is disseminated thru the Israeli Defense Force Censor – and they authorized the story's publication about the leak.

Politically, Mr. Netanyahu may be trying to lesson the involvement of people who have to be involved because right now in the existing Security Cabinet Bibi does not have a majority for sanctioning action against Iran.

One thing is for sure, the war against leaks is not a new one.

Even if the Prime Minister makes good on his threat that all members of the Security Cabinet undergo polygraph (lie detector) tests to find out who the culprit is, leaks and scandals will not go away.

It's part of journalism, democracies, and human nature.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting.

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