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Ex-Israeli soldier Anat Kamm appeals prison sentence

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli soldier Anat Kamm, who turned classified military documents over to a reporter, has appealed her 4 1/2-year prison sentence.

Kamm, who entered the Neve Tirza prison in Ramle last November, has asked Israel’s Supreme Court to reduce her sentence, according to Ynet, which reported that a hearing has been set in two weeks.

The sentence and 18-month probation meted in Tel Aviv District Court was well below the 15 years requested by prosecutors. Her two-year house arrest is not counted as time served.

Kamm was convicted in February 2011 of collecting, holding and passing on classified information without authorization. She had been charged originally with espionage, but the charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain. Kamm was arrested in late 2009 or early 2010.

Kamm admitted to stealing about 2,000 documents, including hundreds identified as classified or top secret, which she downloaded on to two discs, while serving her mandatory military service in the Israeli army’s Central Command. She turned the information over to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, who wrote stories based on the information that were approved by the military censor. The stories led to a search for Blau’s source.

Following her military service, Kamm was a media reporter for Walla, an online news site that at the time was partly owned by Haaretz.

As part of her filing, Kamm pointed out that Blau, who also accepted a plea bargain, is going to be sentenced to four months of community service.
 

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