Anat Kamm on Thursday sued the daily newspaper Haaretz and Uri Blau, one of its
well-known journalists, for NIS 2.6 million for their alleged parts in causing
her legal problems with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
currently serving a three-and- a-half-year prison sentence on a conviction for
leaking classified documents to Blau.
According to media reports, Kamm
claims that Haaretz
’s decision to publish pictures of some of the classified
documents, without consulting with her, along with some of the articles based on
those documents, was what caused the Shin Bet to suspect her.
specifically, the Shin Bet was able to figure out from the documents that were
published that the leak came from inside the office of the IDF homefront
The lawsuit also claims that Blau violated his
responsibilities toward Kamm by turning over certain documents only with the
condition that they not be used legally against the originator of the leaks,
without also adding the condition that they not be used investigatively to
determine who leaked the documents, said the reports.
office confirmed that it had filed the lawsuit on Kamm’s behalf.
Blau, reports indicated that publisher Amos Schocken, and thendeputy editor Avi
Zilverburg were also named as defendants.
The NIS 2.6m. was calculated
from a number of sources, including lost wages, extensive lawyers’ fees and
In September, Blau was given a four-month suspended prison
sentence to be served through community service for his part in the
In July, Blau pleaded guilty to possessing classified information
without intent to harm state security, after citing classified IDF documents
stolen by Kamm in reports accusing the army of defying a High Court ruling
against targeted killings.
Blau obtained around 1,800 classified
documents from Kamm on a portable USB storage device.