Aletho News


Israel gags news of soldier turned journalist under arrest

By Ron Kampeas · JTA · March 29, 2010

WASHINGTON — Israel has held a journalist under secret house arrest since last December based on allegations that during her military service she leaked classified documents suggesting that the Israeli army violated laws dealing with targeted killings.

Anat Kam, 23, was arrested last December and charged under Israel’s espionage and treason laws, JTA has learned. Prosecutors are seeking a 14-year sentence, which is considered severe by Israeli standards.

Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapons capability, was sentenced to 18 years, eventually serving the full amount.

At the time of her arrest, Kam was working as a reporter for the Israeli Internet site Walla, which was partially owned by Haaretz until last week. But the charges relate to Kam’s service in the Israeli army, when she is alleged to have photocopied sensitive documents. Bloggers have speculated that those documents served as the basis for a November 2008 Haaretz story suggesting alleged army violations. Kam has denied the charges.

Her arrest has been under a gag order in Israel, which Haaretz says it is appealing. With the gag order in place, it is impossible to know the prosecution’s reasoning for a 14-year sentence. …

Continue at source

March 30, 2010 - Posted by | Civil Liberties


  1. It is so pleasing to know there are still some Israelis who adhere to universal values.


    Comment by Paul | March 30, 2010

  2. What it means to be a Jew in one and a half minutes


    Comment by morris | March 31, 2010

  3. Paul how are espionage and treason releated to universal values?


    Comment by roey | March 31, 2010

  4. That woman had stolen information from the army, and gave it to a newspaper, that used it against the country.
    She is going to jail for a l-o-n-g time…


    Comment by MIKA | April 1, 2010

    • If the vast majority of people serving in the military, particularly the Israeli, are anyway aware of information useful to an enemy, then it is obviously necessary to keep tabs on them all (even after they leave)- and then all that manifests is: a secret society, given that everything in the military is their ownership, that also means all info ‘is stolen’.


      Comment by morris | April 1, 2010

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.