Knesset cracks down on info leaks

May 18, 2017 00:51
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The Knesset House Committee established rules Wednesday meant to reduce the amount of confidential information leaked from the legislature’s committees.

Though the meeting took place as Israel dealt with the fallout from reported leaks of top-secret intelligence it had provided to the US by US President Donald Trump to Russia, the timing was coincidental, as the meeting had been planned in advance and was the continuation of past discussions of the matter.

The committee unanimously voted to make it an ethics violation for Knesset members to reveal secret or top-secret information they receive as part of their job.

Repeated ethics violations could lead to an MK being suspended from the Knesset and his or her salary being docked.

In addition, the committee unanimously voted to ask MKs to sign a declaration that they will “keep the confidentiality of the secret information I will be exposed to in the framework of my activities in this committee and its subcommittees.”

The lawmakers cannot be required to keep their promise, because of their broad parliamentary immunity, but the document is meant to serve as a reminder.

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