Plea Deal Would Spare Anat Kamm Charge of Intent to Harm State Security

A plea bargain is currently being negotiated between the prosecution and ex-soldier Anat Kamm, who is charged with illegally copying thousands of classified Israel Defense Forces documents and passing them to Haaretz correspondent Uri Blau.

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Under the emerging deal, Kamm would be charged only with possessing and passing classified material, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, and not of doing so with intent to harm state security. The latter charge, included in the original indictment, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The parties have not agreed on the sentence, however. Instead, the deal would let each side seek any sentence it desired and leave the decision up to the court.

Before signing the deal, Kamm wants detailed information about the talks the state has been conducting with Blau, who is currently in London, to ensure that she is treated no worse than he is.

Attorney Tal Lieblich, who represents Blau on behalf of Haaretz, said yesterday that while the talks with Blau are ongoing, there has been no breakthrough. Blau returned all the documents he received from Kamm in May, after she waived her confidentiality as a journalistic source.

Kamm, 23, of Tel Aviv, was indicted in December 2009, but for the first four months the case was under a sweeping gag order. Only in April did the Tel Aviv District Court allow most of the details to be published.

According to the indictment, over the course of her military service, carried out in the office of then-GOC Central Command Yair Naveh, Kamm amassed more than 2,000 classified documents, including some 700 documents labeled "secret" or "top secret." She then gave these documents to Blau, who used them for a series of articles in Haaretz.

The documents included plans for military operations, the minutes of internal discussions, details of the deployment of IDF forces, conclusions of internal investigations, situation assessments, target banks and more. Two of the discs Kamm used to download this material have not yet been located.

Since her arrest, Kamm has been under house arrest in Tel Aviv. The court has rejected every request she has filed to ease the terms of her detention.