Anat Kamm stands inside a courtroom in Tel Aviv 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Kamm filed an appeal in the Supreme Court Wednesday against her prison
sentence. Kamm was convicted of passing classified documents during her
army service to a reporter and handed a 4.5-year prison sentence.She also admitted to transferring the
classified documents to Blau, a political affairs reporter for Haaretz, who used
the classified material as the basis for two articles in late
claimed in her appeal that the punishment given to her by the court was
disproportionate and asked to delay the start of her prison term. The
court was expected to discuss the delay on Thursday.
Anat Kamm gets 4.5 years for stealing military documents
Sides argue over Kamm sentencing behind closed doors
now aged 24, and who worked as a journalist after her army service for the Walla
news portal, was convicted in February in a plea bargain under which she pleaded
guilty to gathering and storing more than 2,000 classified military documents
during her mandatory army service.
However, the amended indictment dropped two far more severe charges
of deliberately intending to harm state security, offenses carrying a maximum
penalty of life imprisonment.
In her sentencing hearing, the panel of judges, Nurit Ahituv,
Miriam Diskin and Ra’anan Ben-Yosef, said Kamm had “cynically exploited
her position” during her army service as a clerk in the office of
Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh in the capital’s Neveh Ya’acov neighborhood to
steal 2,085 IDF documents, including more than 700 classified ones, for
ideological reasons and for future publication.
court session began, Kamm smiled, sipped coffee, checked her cellphone
and chatted with her parents, who had accompanied her to court.
the hearing, however, Kamm sat alone in the dock with her head bowed
low, retaining her composure as Ahituv criticized her actions in copying
and stealing the classified files. Only when the judges pronounced
Kamm’s 54-month prison sentence did she appear to flinch, but she
quickly composed herself, and remained impassive and silent.
parents also seemed calm during the hearing, as they watched their
daughter from the public gallery. After the sentence was pronounced,
however, Kamm’s father, Yigal, appeared visibly shaken and left the
court without speaking to reporters.
Before passing sentence, the
judges noted that in September 2008, after her discharge from the army,
Kamm intended to give the files she had gathered to a Yediot Aharonot
reporter, but when that failed, she handed a disc containing 1,500
documents, 150 of them marked as highly classified and 330 as
classified, to Blau.
Blau used the classified material as the basis for two articles for Haaretz
In the first, published in October 2008, Blau accused the IDF of
defying a High Court of Justice ruling against the targeted killings of
The next article, published a few weeks
later, similarly intimated that the IDF had earmarked Palestinian
terrorists for targeted killings, and included a photocopy of a
targeted-killing order Kamm had given Blau.