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  1. “According to this Haaretz article (Walla’s report for Hebrew speakers), her argument makes almost no sense. She claims that she was exposed because Blau returned to the Shin Bet the documents she’d given him. This supposedly allowed the security services to discover she was the source.”

    Kam argument is quite different, she claims that because Blau published the documents given to him by her as part of his article in haaretz, Shabak was able to trace the source to the IDF center command and her.
    לטענתה, בלאו והנהלת העיתון, בכך שפרסמו את המסמכים שהעבירה לידו, חשפו למעשה את העובדה שמדובר במקור במפקדת פיקוד מרכז

    1. The nonsensical argument I referred to is suggested in the Haaretz English article, not in the Walla article.

      The Walla article makes more sense since it alludes to the fact that Haaretz published the original documents, which eventually led back to her. But frankly, I don’t see how you can sue someone for making what in hindsight turns out to be a bad editorial decision. Unless she can show that she specifically had an agreement that the documents were not to be published, how does she have a case?

  2. Richard, you are either very naive or deliberately misleading. Some people have already realized that this whole Kamm affair was a hoax, and she was in perfect collusion with the state to “reveal” secret documents that do not really hurt the state, but mislead people around the world and in Israel to think that there are highly conscientious insiders in the Army that risk their own freedoms just to “let the world know”. PS: Haaretz/Blau is simply a branch of the IDF Hasbara, and only naive people believe it is fighting from freedom of expression and democracy, while taking great risks.

  3. Few Remarks:
    1. Yonatan Dahoach-Halevi was never a shin bet agent, he was an officer in Aman and the IDF spokesman division and a research analyst in few think-tanks.
    2. Uril Blau signed an agreement with the Shabak in Sep 09. As part of the agreement he returned some of the documents, even though he committed to return all of them. Kam was arrested in December 09, 3 months after Blau returned the documents.

    Kam presents herself in being an opportunist not a whistle-blower.

    1. Thanks for the corrections. You are correct in all of them. But the point about Dahoach Halevi is that he’s a former intelligence agent/analyst & outed Kamm using those “skills.”

      As for Kamm’s motives, I think as you’ll find with all people who try to do good, that their motives are a complicated mix. I know this from working with Shamai Leibowitz (not that I believe his motives were anything other than honorable). Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are the same.

      Kamm may’ve wanted to parlay the docs into a post-IDF job. She may’ve hated her boss, Yair Naveh. She may’ve been a true whistleblower seeking to,expose wrongdoing. But this lawsuit doesn’t help her image.

  4. Richard, why did you block my comment from a few hours ago about this whole Kamm affair possibly being a hoax? It was not offensive or derogatory, but simply a different opinion to yours. Censorship?
    The Realist.

    1. Oh puh-leeze. You’ve published one comment here (at least your IP has never been used here before) & already claim censorship?? Read the comment rules before you comment & before you make a further fool of yourself. I don’t not appreciate such ignorant claims.

  5. ” if Kamm truly passed the documents to Blau as she claims because she feared that they exposed Israeli war crimes, shouldn’t she be prepared to fight against the State for her right to be a whistleblower? Shouldn’t she blame the State for her predicament, rather than Blau or Haaretz?

    Absolutely! But this scenario reminds me of the words of Thomas Paine “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

    Young ladies probably should not sign up for ‘tackle football” :>)

  6. Richard,

    I think you’re a bit influenced here by your own personal story.

    The behaviour of Uri Blau and Haaretz was careless and their decision to publish the documents led the Shin Beth to her. If they didn’t publish the documents there may not have an investigation at all – it proved that there was a serious breach of security. The censor office foresaw this development beforehand and advised against this, so it is clearly not a case of blaming someone with hindsight.

    Blau personally tried to cover his own *** by doing deals with the Shin Beth behind Kamm’s back and without consulting or warning her. It may or may not have led to her exposure, but it definitely proves that he put his own personal welfare above the safety of his source.

    And by the way, this is not the first time that Haaretz is negligent in protecting his sources, a similar thing happend to Dalia Glatt-Berkowitz who also gave them sensitive documents which they failed to protect: http://www.the7eye.org.il/12774
    (Sorry it’s in Hebrew, Google seems to be down so I can’t find if there’s an article in English about that).

    You may or may not approve of Kamm’s decision to sue, but let’s say that if I had sensitive documents to leak, I would stay away from Haaretz and its reporters. Another blow to Israeli democracy.

    1. Anyn, I agree with you. A journalist does NOT give up their source. That was the traditional rule, and a good rule it was. It should have been followed in this case. T.

    2. As I wrote in my post, I totally agree that Haaretz’s publishing the documents in full without pixellating key identifying information in any of them was a major error. For the life of me, I don’t know why the editors did this.

      But I know Blau’s work and it’s first rate. He’s one of the best investigative journalists in Israel. I refuse to believe he would simply betray his source. You also have to remember that he’s the first Israeli journalist ever to receive a jail sentence for doing his job. He’s paid a big price as well for this.

      1. I agree that Blau is a good journalist, but I think his behaviour with the Shin Beth is a bit strange. From the start he was trying to compromise and make deals with them.

        Remember he got a jail sentence (commuted to public service) in a plea bargain which he himself signed with the prosecution. It’s not as if he was willing to fight for freedom of the press at court. In fact, his willingness to compromise creates a precedent that will be used to judge future cases.

        My impression is that Blau is just not very brave, and he consistently seeks to ensure his own security over the interest of others. No wonder Kamm is suing him personally.

        1. @Anony.: I have always said that the circumstances in which Israeli security related detainees are dealt with are so unique, so stressful that I’d rather not try to sit in judgment over individuals’ motives.

          Though it’s qualitatively different, it’s a bit like asking why Holocaust camp inmates didn’t resist or rise up in rebellion & throw off the Nazi yoke. Who are we to sit in judgment when we haven’t been in their shoes?

          Besides, I’d rather focus on the greater injustice of the State’s oppression & violation of civil rights than blame an individual for how he or she responded to such an evil system.

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