Closed-door Trial Gets Underway for Ex-soldier Accused of Passing Classified Docs to Haaretz Reporter

Anat Kamm declines to respond to espionage charges; defense lawyers: court broke promise to drop trial if she returned documents.

A former Israel Defense Forces soldier went on trial behind closed doors at a Tel Aviv court Monday, over charges that she passed classified military documents to a Haaretz reporter. 

Anat Kamm
Motti Milrod

The indictment claims that during her military service as clerk in the office of then-GOC Central Command, Major General Yair Naveh, Anat Kamm collected about 2,000 documents, some highly classified and top secret, and copied them to CDs and to her personal computer. She later delivered them to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, who used some of the documents for articles in Haaretz. The two original CDs made by Kamm have never been found.

Kamm is charged with two counts of aggravated espionage: Delivering secret information with the intent to damage state security, punishable by a life sentence; and gathering and retaining classified information with the intention of damaging state security, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Her attorney, Avigdor Feldman, told reporters following the deliberations that his client had not responded to the charges being laid against her.

"She was promised that no trial would be held against her if she presented all of the materials [to investigators]," said Feldman. "This promise was breached."

The court ruled that Kamm must respond to the charges by the beginning of July and that witness testimonies were to begin in December. Kamm has been returned to house arrest, but the defense team is planning to negotiate with the court the terms of her detention.

In the course of the investigation, Kamm admitted to some of the aspects of the accusations 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.