Despite the confidentiality of the trial of former Israeli minister Gonen Segev, who is accused of spying for Iran, leaks to the right-wing Israeli media revealed that he gave his operators in Tehran accurate information about the security detail of several former commanders.
Security sources in Tel Aviv said on Sunday that in wake of these revelations, the Shin Bet service tightened security measures over a number of former senior officials.
These officials included former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak, former prime minister Ehud Olmert, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, former army chiefs of staff Benny Gantz, Gabi Ashkenazi and Dan Halutz.
During the first closed hearing, which was held on Thursday, the prosecution pointed out that Segev’s defense was spreading rumors in the media that he had not undermined Israel's security.
However, Segev confessed during investigations that he had provided his Iranian operators with very accurate and sensitive information concerning the security detail of these officials and others. This included their guards, means of transport and aliases used abroad.
Sources said that coincidence alone prevented the assassination or abduction of one of these figures.
Head of the Shin Bet Nadav Argaman met with Barak last week and warned him of an Iranian plot to assassinate him.
He also informed him that a new security detail would be provided to him during his many trips abroad.