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Israeli journalist in stolen documents case returns

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli journalist who received classified Israeli military documents from a former soldier returned to Israel for questioning after nearly a year.

Haaretz reporter Uri Blau returned Sunday night from London in preparation for being questioned by Israel’s Shin Bet security service and the police. He will present himself for interrogation within 48 hours of landing, according to reports.

Though Blau received an agreement from the Shin Bet, he did not cut a deal that would allow him to avoid criminal charges. He did, however, insure that his sources would be protected, according to Haaretz.

As part of the agreement, Blau turned over 1,500 documents in his possession that he previously said were lost. He already had turned over the other 500.

Blau received about 2,000 documents from Anat Kamm, downloaded onto two discs while she served her mandatory military service in the Israeli army’s Central Command.

Kamm waived her journalistic immunity as Blau’s source last spring and called on him to return to Israel from London with all of the documents she provided him.
 
 

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