2 IDF Intelligence soldiers nabbed for releasing top-secret information

A former IDF Intelligence soldier, a current IDF soldier and a minor were arrested and charged with serious security violations.

IDF recruits at the Military Intelligence language school (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
IDF recruits at the Military Intelligence language school
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A soldier and a reserve soldier in IDF Intelligence were arrested on Monday on suspicion of collecting, sharing and releasing top-secret information. A third individual, a minor, was also charged.

The reserve soldier in IDF Intelligence was indicted on Monday at the Lod District Court. The soldier currently serving in IDF Intelligence was expected to be indicted soon in a military court. The minor was indicted in a district court, although the Justice Ministry did not specify where.

Large amounts of the details in the case, which started on May 24, were still under gag order due to national security concerns. The indictments were not provided to the media as is standard procedure.

The case was also unusual because the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) was involved along with the Israel Police National Cyber Unit and multiple IDF units.

IDF conscripts at the Military Intelligence language school (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)IDF conscripts at the Military Intelligence language school (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A probe was opened initially when the Shin Bet began to monitor problematic online posts by the suspects.

The minor allegedly received the classified intelligence from the currently serving soldier and then started to share it with some friends and online.

The prosecution requested to keep all three individuals in police custody pending their trials on grounds that the leak had caused actual national security harm, not merely theoretical, it said in a statement.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.