Security official claims PMO staff tampered with transcripts from cabinet meetings, security briefings – report

Israeli security officials have raised concerns that transcripts of sensitive cabinet meetings and security briefings have been tampered with, and the contents of them changed after the fact, by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ynet reports.

According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former military secretary Brig. Gen. Avi Gil sent a letter to Attorney General Gali Baharav Miara several months ago in which he alleged that members of Netanyahu’s office had tried to change meeting transcripts retroactively on several different occasions.

Gil was privately tipped off by unnamed staff in the PMO, Ynet states.

The report claims that one of the altered transcripts dealt with “sensitive preparations for a significant political event,” but does not elaborate further.

The report adds that neither Gil nor Baharav Miara responded to a request for comment regarding the allegations.

Netanyahu’s office, meanwhile, dismissed the report as “an absolute lie.”

“All discussions are recorded and transcribed by law, and therefore their content cannot be changed,” the PMO adds.

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