Daily Israel Report

Anat Kam to Go Free for 'Good Behavior'

Anat Kam, the IDF secretary who stole more than 2,000 classified documents, is to be released from prison within the next ten days
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/16/2014, 11:18 AM

Anat Kam in court (file)
Anat Kam in court (file)
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Anat Kam, the IDF secretary who stole more than 2,000 classified IDF documents and handed them over to a reporter from Haaretz, is to be released from prison within the next ten days, the Israel Prisons Service announced Thursday. The release comes after Kam completed two thirds of her three and a half year sentence. She is being released for “good behavior” after becoming eligible for parole, the Prisons Service said.

Kam was convicted of stealing the documents during the period of 2005-2007, when she served in the IDF as a secretary in the IDF's Central Command headquarters. She copied thousands of sensitive documents to a disk-on-key (USB drive) which she proceeded to hand over to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau.

Blau published some of the information in the documents, but he claimed that the information he used was not classified or damaging to the country's security.

Kam was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for her theft. The sentence was later reduced by one year, after an appeal by Kam's lawyers that the sentence was unnecessarily harsh.

Blau, who had absconded to London after Kam's thefts were revealed, later returned to Israel and was sentenced to four months of community service, a sentence he has already finished.