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Israeli Secrets Leaker Claims Good Intentions

Monday, 12 Apr 2010 11:04 AM

JERUSALEM - Anat Kamm, an former IDF soldier who copied about 2,000 secret IDF documents and leaked them to a Haaretz reporter, told the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) that she thought that by exposing what she termed IDF "war crimes," she would herself be vindicated one day as the person who exposed said "crimes," according to details of a hearing on her case that took place two months ago and were published Monday.

Apart from Kamm's apparent motive, it was announced that one of the burned CDs containing classified materials that she had stolen had disappeared.

"I did not succeed in changing many of the things I wanted to change during my military service. I though exposing them would bring about change, and this is why it was important for me to publicize the IDF policies in the territories," Kamm said.

Tel Aviv District Court judge Zeev Hammer, who presided over hearings in Kamm's case already two months ago, was sharply critical of the military. "I was amazed by this inconceivable failure and faulty, careless information-security procedures," he said.

Following her hearings, Hammer said Kamm "did not think her actions jeopardized the state's security since she did not think the journalist will focus on the nuances of IDF operative activity but rather on the principles of policy underlying decisions by the major general and his staff officers. She turned to Israeli journalists because she believed the censor would not allow the publication of material whose publication carried security risks."

Earlier Monday, former Supreme Court justice and head of the Israeli Press Council Dalia Dorner on Monday called on the Haaretz to hand over documents leaked by Kamm to authorities.

In a press release, Dorner called on the newspaper to comply with Kamm’s request that the documents be returned immediately.

At the same time she warned authorities against taking measures against Uri Blau, the reporter who received the documents from Kamm and who had been in self-imposed exile for the past three months.

Earlier Monday, Kamm waived her claim to journalistic immunity.

Kamm's lawyer Avigdor Feldman told Blau that there was no longer any need for him to remain in London as she had admitted to the charges against her during her interrogation.

Feldman said Kamm was in talks with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) over a plea bargain and called on Blau to hand over the documents he had received from Kamm.

"I do not think he will be tricked," Feldman said. "I believe he will bring back the documents, he will not be harmed and the affair with Anat will also come to an end, I hope, quickly."

Last Thursday authorities finally lifted the veil on a dramatic case that has made headlines overseas, involving alleged espionage, drastically-breached IDF security, and the conflicting demands of national security and freedom of the press.

At an extraordinary press conference, the Shin Bet announced that it now planned to accelerate its investigation of Haaretz reporter Blau, who is believed still to be in possession of hundreds of top-secret classified military documents that were stolen from the military by Kamm.

With the whereabouts of most of the documents still unknown, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin warned of a direct, ongoing threat to national security, and said his agency should have “taken the gloves off” long ago in pursuing the culprits

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JERUSALEM - Anat Kamm, an former IDF soldier who copied about 2,000 secret IDF documents and leaked them to a Haaretz reporter, told the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) that she thought that by exposing what she termed IDF "war crimes," she would herself be vindicated one day as the person who
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