Israeli Officials Furious Over Leak to NYT About Killing IRGC Colonel

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Israeli officials were infuriated on Thursday over a leak to The New York Times about an assassination of a senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Times reported Wednesday that Israel informed the US that it was responsible for the killing of IRGC Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, who was gunned down in Tehran Sunday.

The Times report cited an intelligence official but didn’t specify which country the official was from. According to Ynet, the Israeli security establishment believes it was an American official, and Israeli officials are demanding answers out of the US as the leak absolves Washington from any involvement in the assassination.

Ram Ben Barak, an Israeli MK who was previously the deputy chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, said the leak harms trust with Washington. “We have very many close relationships and a lot of cooperation between us, which all depend on trust, and when it is violated in some way then it damages future cooperation,” he said. “I hope the Americans investigate the leak and figure out where it came from and why it occurred.”