UPDATE 7/29/2008–9:43 am EDT: Still expecting a release from Yedioth Ahronoth (or YNetNews) and/or Maariv as to the Obama campaign’s pre-approval message. Nothing has been released yet.
Both Haaretz and Insrael Insider ran stories today that state that, according to the publisher of the note (Maariv), the Obama campaign pre-approved the leak.
Here is what Haaretz had to say…
Maariv‘s response: “Obama’s note was published in Maariv and other international publications following his authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem.
And here is what Israel Insider had to say…
What initially seemed to be a journalistic scoop of dubious moral propriety now seems to be a case of an Israeli paper being played by the Barack Obama campaign. Maariv, the second most popular newspaper in Israel, was roundly criticized for publishing the note Obama left in the Kotel. But now a Maariv spokesperson says that publication of the note was pre-approved for international publication by the Obama campaign, leading to the conclusion that the “private” prayer was intentionally leaked for public consumption.
We will follow-up on this matter as more information becomes available!