Anat Kamm to Ask Supreme Court to Commute Her Sentence

Former IDF soldier, who was convicted of passing classified information to Haaretz journalist Uri Blau, is currently serving a 4.5 year sentence.

Anat Kamm, a former IDF soldier convicted last year of leaking classified IDF documents, will ask the Supreme Court on Monday to shorten her sentence.

Kamm was convicted of collecting, possessing and transferring classified information and sentenced to four and a half years in jail and a one and a half year suspended sentence.

Kamm's attorney will argue that she was given an unusually long sentence, especially in light of the sentence given to Haaretz journalist Uri Blau, to whom she passed the documents. Last week, Blau was convicted of holding classified information and sentenced to four months of community service, under a plea bargain.

Kamm's attorney will also argue that the Tel Aviv District Court judges who issued the sentence did not take into account the fact that she expressed regret, returned all of the documents in her possession to the defense establishment and spent a long period under house arrest. Additionally, Kamm's attorney will challenge the judges' determination that Kamm's motives were ideological.

He will also cite Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's recent decision not to press charges against former Military Intelligence head Eli Zeira, who leaked the identity of an alleged Egyptian double agent who alerted Israel ahead of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Kamm's attorney claims that act caused concrete damage, while the damage caused by Kamm's actions were only "potentially damaging."

Anat Kamm stole some 2,000 documents from the office of then-GOC Central Command Yair Naveh, where she served during her army service. Among the documents were 700 marked as classified or top secret.

Kamm passed the documents to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau. Some of the documents appeared to show that senior Israel Defense Forces officers had violated High Court of Justice rulings by approving the assassination of wanted men in the West Bank, even when it would have been possible to arrest them.

In November 2008, Blau wrote an expose based on these documents. While the report was approved by the military censor, it spurred a search for his source. Kamm was arrested in early 2010.