Tel Aviv court set to open Anat Kamm espionage trial
Kamm suspected of stealing about 2,000 documents, some highly classified and top-secret, and copied them to CDs and her personal computer.
The trial of Anat Kamm, accused of stealing classified documents from the army and passing them to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, will begin today in Tel Aviv.
According to the indictment, during her military service as clerk in the office of then-GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, Kamm collected about 2,000 documents, some highly classified and top-secret, and copied them to CDs and her personal computer. She later delivered them to Blau, who used them in his reports. The two original CDs were never found.
Kamm is charged with two counts of aggravated espionage: Delivering secret information with the intent to damage state security, punishable with a life sentence; and gathering and retaining classified information with the intention of damaging state security, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
In the course of the investigation, Kamm admitted to some of the aspects of the case and withdrew her claim to journalistic privilege as Blau's source. She asked Blau to return the materials to the state.
This was done by Blau's attorneys, Mibi Moser and Tali Lieblich, earlier this month. Blau himself has been staying in London, and is being sought for interrogation by Israeli authorities.