Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Dem Strategist Greenberg Accuses Netanyahu of Ordering Office Break-in

Former Bill Clinton strategist and pollster Stanley Greenberg, who is today advising the Israeli Labor Party, is accusing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having ordered the Watergate-style break-in of his Washington office almost fourteen years ago.

In 1999, the office of Greenberg’s polling company was broken into twice within two weeks. After the first overnight intrusion into the building situated just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Israeli media likened the incident to the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

In the second incident, intruders broke through a second story window and disabled an alarm that was installed after the first theft.

At the time, Greenberg was advising Labor Party leader Ehud Barak, who was running for Prime Minister, and ultimately beat Netanyahu. Labor Party sources said then that files primarily related to their campaign were seized by the thieves. Labor Party official Tal Silberstein then said the culprits “knew exactly what they wanted because the only file taken was the one dealing with the Israeli campaign.”

With Israeli elections just three weeks away, Greenberg is again advising the Labor Party, now under Shelly Yachimovich. Perhaps to score a political point for his client, he chose on Sunday to blame Netanyahu for the 1999 criminal acts in Washington. However, he admitted he has no evidence to back it up his accusation.


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