Tuesday, January 25, 2011
* JPost.com * Middle East Fatah official Muhammad Dahlan Photo by: AP PA suspects employees leaked documents to Al-Jazeera
KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Palestinian security forces probe PLO Negotiations Department workers to find out who "sold material for large sums;" Dahlan may be a suspect.
The PA suspects that one or two employees working for the PLO Negotiations Department leaked the secret maps, charts and documents to the Al-Jazeera TV network, a PA security source said on Monday.
The source told The Jerusalem Post that the employees, who were not named, “sold the material to Al-Jazeera in return for large sums.” Palestinian security forces have interrogated a number of workers at the department, which is headed by Saeb Erekat, the PLO’s chief negotiator, the source revealed.
According to the source, it is “premature” to determine whether former Fatah security commander Muhammad Dahlan was involved in the scandal.
However, a number of Fatah and PA officials in Ramallah said that Dahlan – who has been at loggerheads with PA President Mahmoud Abbas for the past few months – was the prime suspect.
They claimed Dahlan, who has been accused of planning to overthrow the PA leadership, had leaked the documents to embarrass and discredit Abbas and his top negotiators.