Knesset Cracks Down on Leaks of Classified Information

MKs will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement when attending classified meetings.

At the Knesset.
Emil Salman

The Israeli parliament will now be able to take legal action against members who leak information from classified meetings.

The Knesset House Committee on Sunday unanimously voted in favor of the new rule, which stipulates that once information is leaked from a committee meeting, the Knesset security officer will consult with the parliament's legal adviser and with his permission file a complaint with the attorney general. 

As per the new rule, when the identity of the Knesset member responsible for the leak is known and the case doesn't require a criminal investigation, the security officer will be authorized to refer the case to the Ethics Committee for further action.

Moreover, MKs will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement when attending classified meetings.

The new rule was proposed by Knesset Security Officer Yosef Grif.