Anat Kamm jail
Anat Kamm entering prison, Nov. 23, 2011. Photo by Moti Milrod
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Former Israel Defense Forces soldier Anat Kamm on Wednesday began serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence after she was found guilty of gathering, holding and passing on classified army documents to a Haaretz reporter.

Israel's Supreme Court last week rejected Kamm's request to delay her sentence until a verdict was reached in her appeal. Kamm will complete her sentence at the Neve Tirza prison in Ramle.

During her army service in the bureau of the Central Command commander, Kamm regularly saved copies of documents and slide presentations in a special folder and just before her discharge, copied them onto two CDs.

The documents included plans for military operations, information on troop deployments, summaries of various internal discussions, military targets and intelligence assessments. Of the 2,085 documents she copied, some 700 were classified as "Secret" or "Top Secret."

In September 2008, Kamm met with Haaretz journalist Uri Blau, and gave him a disk-on-key on which she had copied 1,500 documents, of which 150 were classified "Top Secret" and 330 were "Secret."

Blau later wrote several articles based on the documents Kamm had given him. While the articles were submitted to and passed military censorship, their publication spurred the search for his source, though it was around a year before Kamm was arrested.

קראו כתבה זו בעברית: ענת קם התייצבה בנווה תרצה והחלה בריצוי מאסרה