Monday, April 12, 2010

SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES ON THE TREACHERY SCANDAL

1. The Hebrew Arutz Sheva site is reporting that the disk that Kam stole from the Central Command Center office is officially missing.

2. The Ministry of Justice claims that back in 2009, all of Ha’aretz’s claims against the IDF were investigated and disproven. [From the News 1 Hebrew website].

3. Journalist Anat Kam, who is accused of stealing thousands of classified IDF files, has waived her claim to journalistic immunity. Kam is calling on the reporter to whom she gave the files, Haaretz writer Uri Blau, to bring them back to Israel. Her attorney reported that the young journalist and accused spy is in contact with the Israel Security Agency in an attempt to reach a plea bargain. He did not say whether his client's appeal to Blau was a part of that bargain.

4. In a must-read editorial in the Jerusalem Post, Hiding behind the secretary, Jacob Vecht raises the following piercing questions:
* What does it mean when the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) demands that a journalist “return” all the documents that he received illegally? Does smashing a journalist’s computer really ensure that no copies of the information remain?
* Do the intelligence services here think that we do not know that information on Blau’s computer was almost certainly copied before the computer was destroyed?
* The Shin Bet has knowingly made a phony deal with a criminal journalist to treat him leniently, and indeed has let him leave the country knowing that he gave them absolutely nothing in return. Presumably the Shin Bet knows that we realize this too. So we must now ask why it did this. How could it catch a serious security criminal red-handed and just let him go? It tells us, on the one hand, that the release of these 2,000 secret files poses a serious compromise to national security and, on the other hand, it makes an overtly meaningless compromise with him, and then lets him go.
* So my next question is: Are these senior security officers possibly hiding behind one young secretary? Maybe it is worthwhile for the security services to arrest Kamm and release the Haaretz staff rather that have a public trial that will doubtlessly expose huge deficiencies in the computer security of the defense establishment and risk bringing down some of its most senior officers.

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