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Israeli soldier may cop plea on stolen documents

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A plea bargain for an Israeli soldier who turned classified military documents over to a reporter has been prepared.

The possible plea bargain, first reported Monday night on Israel’s Channel 2, could be announced at the end of the week, according to reports.

Kamm has admitted to stealing about 2,000 documents, which she downloaded on to two discs and gave to a reporter for the Israeli daily Haaretz while serving her mandatory military service in the Israeli army’s Central Command.

Kamm was charged in January with two counts of aggravated espionage. The first count, punishable by life in prison, involves delivering secret information with the intent to damage state security. The second count, gathering and retaining classified information with the intention of damaging state security, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

In a draft of the plea bargain, a clause accusing Kamm of intending to harm state security was dropped while clauses accusing Kamm of possession and transfer of state secrets will remain, Haaretz reported.

Articles based on the information were approved by Israel’s military censors.

Kamm has been held under house arrest since the indictments.
 

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