Israeli Reporter Arrested over Memo Leak

An Israeli journalist has been arrested for allegedly leaking classified military documents ordering the targeted assassination of Palestinian fighters.

Anat Kam, who has secretly been under house arrest since December, is accused of copying highly classified documents while she served in the army and later passing them to the Israeli Ha’aretz newspaper.

The documents suggest that Israeli troops killed three Palestinian fighters in the West Bank, in violation of an Israeli court order on assassinations, which states that efforts should be made first to arrest suspected Palestinian fighters rather than assassinating them.

Uri Blau, a Ha’aretz reporter who has written several stories critical of the Israeli military, has been linked to the case. Blau left Israel in December and is now in London.

In an investigative article he wrote on the Israeli military’s assassination policy in November 2008, Blau said that the military had been carrying out assassinations, The Guardian reported.

Kam will stand trial within two weeks and could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison but there has been no official comment from the government or the military on the case.

The Israeli military has reportedly banned the media from reporting Kam’s arrest as well as the details of her detention and charges.

The investigation into Kam’s case was reportedly conducted by Israeli military intelligence, the police and Israel’s domestic security service, the Shin Bet.

(Press TV)

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