Pot calls kettle black: Ugly Betty sues #Haaretz

April 4, 2013

Convicted thief Anat Kam, who got off a lot easier than she deserved, is suing Haaretz and reporter Uri Blau for NIS 2.6 million for publishing the material that she gave them.According to media reports, Kam claims that Haaretz‘s decision to publish pictures of some of the classified documents, without consulting with her, along with some of the articles based on those documents, was what caused the Shin Bet to suspect her.More specifically, the Shin Bet was able to figure out from the specific documents that were published that the leak came from inside the office of the IDF commander of the homefront. The lawsuit also claims Blau violated his responsibilities toward Kam by turning over certain documents only with the condition that they not be used legally against the originator of the leaks, without also adding the condition that they not be used investigatively to determine who leaked the documents, said the reports. Ilan Bombach’s office confirmed that it had filed the lawsuit on Kam’s behalf. Kam gave Blau 1,800 classified IDF documents on a USB key. What did she think he was going to do with them?The lawyer who filed this one ought to be sanctioned for wasting the court’s time.


Anat Kam may sue Haaretz

July 31, 2012
(Carl)Anat Kam, who got a four-year jail term for leaking documents she obtained during her IDF service, while her handlers at Haaretz got off scot free, is now threatening to sue Haaretz and reporter Uri Blau for – get this – exposing that she was his source (link in Hebrew). Here’s part of a Google translation:

Kam intends to file suit against a newspaper “Haaretz”, Uri Blau, due to its exposure as a journalist, he found today (Monday) lawyer, attorney Ilan Bombach, during an appeal filed up to the Supreme Court against the sentence four and a half years imposed on it for delivery of documents IDF’s secret. However, the claim will be filed only after the appeal decision, which depends on the sentencing Blau at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, after reaching a plea bargain with the prosecution for possession of confidential information.

Bombach also reminded the Tali Fahima convicted in December 2005 into contact with a foreign agent and providing information to the enemy, because of “the tone of regret” was sentenced to three years in prison. “Got completely cooperated with the ISA, once admitted, did not have to shake it or bring the Captain George”. Attorney Bombach also argued that KM is not correct to attribute improper ideological motive. “She was young and acted frivolously,” he said. He also claimed to be reckoned with in articles and talkbacks against it, that she acquired the label of a traitor, and that she sat for nearly two years under house arrest. He added that if released today, life will be as before, and she always walk around with a mark of Cain.

1,800 documents is an awful lot of documents to give someone ‘frivolously.’ Something smells really bad here.
Tali Fahima was dating the head of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. She wasn’t in the IDF. Yes, she was a traitor, but at least she wasn’t stealing information as part of her IDF duty. Sorry, but Kam should stay in jail, although Blau should be there with her.

journalists do have ethical responsibilities to protect their sources… not sure if Israel has laws for this.