Former Israeli soldier accused of spying on army for newspaper

09:11, April 09, 2010      

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A former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier has been suspected of "serious espionage" for allegedly leaking classified military documents to local daily Ha' aretz, the newspaper revealed on Thursday.

According to the indictment, Anat Kam, a 23-year-old former servicewoman, provided 2,000 documents, 700 of which were classified as "top secret," to a Ha'aretz reporter in 2007 when she served in the IDF's Central Command. Ha'aretz reported that many of the documents relate to the IDF's rules of engagement.

Among the Ha'aretz reports that triggered the investigation, an October article accused the IDF of defying a Supreme Court ruling against killing wanted Palestinian militants who could have been captured alive, and a November piece suggested that the military had unilaterally loosened its rules of engagement and marked militants for assassination, according to another local daily The Jerusalem Post.

Kam has been under house arrest for five months, yet the security-related case had been subjected to a court-imposed gag order, preventing local media from reporting the story, until the restriction was eased on Thursday. The gag order stirred up a controversy recently as the case came to light on foreign media and local blogs.

The recipient of the documents Uri Blau, who has been assigned to a post in London, is now also wanted for questioning. He returned some documents and handed over his computer to the investigators in September when the authorities approached him during the early stage of the probe, according to Ha'aretz editor- in-chief Dov Alfon. Yet the authorities later realized that a large number of other documents Kam mentioned have not been accounted for.

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