“Israeli Wikileaks”: Kamm could face 9 years in prison

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: In the News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

A plea bargain was reached in the case of Anat Kamm, the former soldier who leaked documents showing IDF senior commanders allegedly approved illegal assassinations of Palestinian militants

The Israeli media is reporting today that the general prosecution has reached a plea bargain with the attorneys of Anat Kamm. Kamm, 23, was charged with illegally obtaining and leaking 2,000 classified military documents to Haaretz’s reporter Uri Blau.

Two of the documents lead to a story in which it was revealed that senior Israeli generals, including chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and incoming chief of staff Yair Naveh, knowingly violated Supreme Court rulings by ordering the assassination of Palestinian militants even when they didn’t pose an immediate threat or when it was possible to capture them alive.

Asked about the High Court guidelines regarding assassinations under his jurisdiction, Major General Naveh said: “Leave me alone and don’t bother me with High Court guidelines.”

Yesterday, the Supreme Court allowed proceeding with Naveh’s appointment as the IDF’s new chief of staff despite the assassination orders he issued.

Anat Kamm served as a soldier on Central Command HQ under Naveh. After Haaretz published the targeted killings story, an internal security service investigation was initiated to locate the source of the leaked documents. Kamm was arrested, and Israeli media was prevented from reporting the story for several months. Only after details of her arrest were published abroad, the gag order was lifted.

If the plea-bargain is accepted, the prosecution is expected to demand a sentence of up to 9 years in prison.

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3 Comments on ““Israeli Wikileaks”: Kamm could face 9 years in prison”

  1. 1 John Welch said at 8:52 am on February 4th, 2011:

    A reward for a hero.

    Anat Kamm has an ethical core. The Israeli army, the prosecution, and the government have none.

  2. 2 John Welch said at 4:53 pm on February 5th, 2011:

    “Two of the documents lead to a story in which it was revealed that senior Israeli generals, including chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and incoming chief of staff Yair Naveh, knowingly violated Supreme Court rulings by ordering the assassination of Palestinian militants even when they didn’t pose an immediate threat or when it was possible to capture them alive.

    “Asked about the High Court guidelines regarding assassinations under his jurisdiction, Major General Naveh said: ‘Leave me alone and don’t bother me with High Court guidelines.’”

    This suggests that the Israeli High Court does not have power except when it agrees with the military and the government, which often appear as the same entity.

    The US has walked on the dark side, as Jane Mayer put it, ever since Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. They have been opposed:

    - miltary judges declared the Guantanamo trials to be unconstitutional, on the arguements of

    - military lawyers defending the detainees. Soldiers praised the lawyers for giving up their military careers to do so.

    Perhaps Israel could learn something from Marberry v. Madison?

  3. 3 maayan said at 12:59 am on February 6th, 2011:

    It appears Israel is treating her fairly. From today’s Ha’aretz:

    “According to the plea bargain, Kamm will not be charged with having the intention to harm the security of the state, a charge which carries with it a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

    Instead, Kamm will plead guilty to possession of secret information and passing them on without permission, crimes that carry a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.”