Liberman seeks polygraph tests to root out Prisoner X leaker

Liberman seeks polygraph tests to root out Prisoner X leaker

Yisrael Beytenu head believes subcommittee member divulged classified material surrounding suicide of Mossad agent Ben Zygier

Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)
Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Monday called for polygraph tests of MKs serving on the Knesset subcommittee on the secret services, which he heads, because he suspected that a member leaked classified information about former Mossad spy Ben Zygier to the press.

According to a report on Channel 2, Liberman was enraged by the leaked information and called a meeting in which he demanded sending the subcommittee members for polygraph tests to determine who was responsible.

According to a draft report on the Ben Zygier affair leaked to Haaretz, the primary failure over the hiring and subsequent jailing and 2010 suicide of the spy, known as Prisoner X, lay with the Mossad’s human resources department and with those responsible for selecting and filtering candidates.

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo told the committee that since 2003, when Zygier was recruited, the recruitment process has undergone major changes.

MKs Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid), Aryeh Deri (Shas), Benjamin Ben Eliezer (Labor Party) and Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) serve on the subcommittee.

Liberman also heads the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, where information was also leaked to the press recently. Liberman responded to the leak by saying the committee will no longer handle sensitive information in meetings closed to the press, and will only hold open forums.

The report cited professional sources saying there would be serious legal complications in sending MKs for polygraph tests, especially should it be done against their will.

In the run-up to the elections in 2003, Liberman sent his entire campaign staff for polygraph testing after a leak to the press.

Liberman responded to the report by saying, “We are weighing all of the options in order to prevent leaks that harm national security.”

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