AEC Head Shaul Horev
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AEC chief falls victim to home invasion
Atomic Energy Commission Head Dr. Shaul Horev's home burglarized; thieves abscond with computer, briefcase. AEC: No sensitive material compromised
Cleared for publication: Atomic Energy Commission Chief Dr. Shaul Horev's home was burglarized on Sunday.


Dr. Horev, who resides in central Israel, is in charge of the nation's nuclear policy – one of the defense establishment's most sensitive roles.


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News of the break-in was initially placed under a gag order. According to available information, the thieves absconded with a Horev's briefcase, wallet, computer and a communication device. 


A statement by the Atomic Energy Commission said that no sensitive material was compromised. It denied a computer was among the items stolen.


As a senior official in the defense establishment who serves in a highly sensitive position, Horev has a personal security detail. His home is protected by a CCTV security system; but he does not have the same security measures as those used in the homes of government ministers.


Security sources said that on Tuesday, Horev's wallet was found – with every one of his credentials inside – and that the communication device was recovered as well. It is believed that the break-in was a random criminal act.


The AEC stated that they do not believe the robbery was related to the nature of the Horev's work.


Horev's home was burglarized once before. The Prime Minister's Office is currently reviewing whether the security package given to him is sufficient.


Dr. Horev was named AEC chief in 2007, after acting as the Commission's deputy and as the deputy commander of the Navy


The Atomic Energy Commission is the government body responsible for Israel's nuclear research centers.



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