Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ex-PM's bureau chief suspected of illegal wiretapping

Former Prime Minister Olmert's confidante Shula Zaken summoned to official Justice Ministry hearing following allegations that she listened in on hundreds of his private conversations over three-year period.

Shula Zaken, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's bureau chief, was summoned to a formal Justice Ministry hearing Monday on suspicion of illegal wiretapping of Olmert's phone conversation during his tenure as industry, trade and labor minister. Zaken is suspected of both listening in on Olmert's conversations herself – unbeknown to him – as well as ordering other secretaries in the ministry to do so on her behalf.

"On the occasions when the ministry's secretaries were told to eavesdrop on (Olmert's) conversations, Zaken ordered them to report on their content, and in some cases, she had them transcribe the conversations," said a State Prosecutor's Office statement.


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