The Knesset approved for the first reading a bill that widens the definition of espionage. It has been dubbed the "Anat Kam bill" after a woman who is serving time for stealing classified documents and leaking them to a Haaretz reporter.
The bill adds a new offense to the criminal code: holding secret documents and passing them on to an unauthorized person without permission – without intent to cause harm to the state.
The current law does not provide a separate definition for espionage of this type that is carried out without intent to harm the state. Passing on classified documents to unauthorized people carries a 15 year maximum sentence.