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After spying accusations, lawyer for Gantz’s house cleaner denies security-related charges

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Head of the Blue and White party,  Defense Benny Gantz leads a faction meeting at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Head of the Blue and White party, Defense Benny Gantz leads a faction meeting at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The lawyer for the Israeli man suspected of offering to spy on Defense Minister Benny Gantz for Iran says his client denies carrying out the security-related crimes attributed to him, but does admit to some of the offenses he is accused of.

The man, Omri Goren, who worked as a house cleaner for the defense minister, allegedly contacted Iranian-linked hacking group Black Shadow and offered to give them information about Gantz’s home. He also discussed installing malware on the minister’s home computer to give the hacking group access to the device, according to the charge sheet.

Goren’s attorney, Gal Wolf, tells The Times of Israel that his client “was not exposed to any security-related materials” while working in Gantz’s home — a claim supported by the Shin Bet security service, who said that Goren was arrested before he could cause damage to national security.

Asked if his client admitted to reaching out the Black Shadow hacking group, Wolf refrained from commenting.

“We will receive the evidence and see who he contacted,” Wolf says.

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