Israeli whistleblower starts serving prison term

AP News

11/23/2011 5:43:02 AM - AP News

A former Israeli soldier has begun serving her 4 1/2-year prison sentence for copying classified military documents and relaying them to a newspaper reporter.

Anat Kamm has said she was ideologically motivated to copy more than 2,000 military documents from army computers between 2005 and 2007. She served as a junior clerk in the office of the Israeli commander responsible for the West Bank at the time. Kamm is in her early 20s.

After her discharge, she passed on the material to a reporter. The documents included information on planned military operations, troops deployments, assassination targets and intelligence assessments. About 700 were classified.

Kamm signed a plea bargain in February admitting to espionage and passing on classified information without authorization.