Sunday, April 11, 2010

Anat Dot Com; Espionage in the Digital Age

In the old days, espionage involved photographing documents with super secret spy cameras. As technology evolved, it got simpler -- like using a copying machine.

In the alleged case of Anat Kamm, it seems she took it a step forward, either burning the 2000 classified documents onto CD, or even simply -- copying it to a USB "disk on key." By the way - the "disk on key" technology was invented in Israel.

Regardless, there are a few important posts I'd like to link on the subject of Anat Kamm and Uri Blau.

One is by Attorney Dr. Haim Misgav, who writes that "Anarchy isn’t democracy: Law and order not top priority of journalist charged with espionage."

Another is by historian and author, Yaacov Lozowick, entitled, "A Threat to Democracy" One statement which jumped as me was:
"Some of Israel's critics are dong everything in their power to portray her as a brave whistle-blower. (Silverstone, Mondowiess). The problem with this story line is that she didn't blow any whistles while she was in a position to do so, and after she left the army it took more than a year before she found anyone willing to look at her documents."
Lastly, "Had She Been A Settler?" Yaki Hafstein wonders whether we’d see different reactions had spy suspect Kam been a rightist...

I understand Lurker is about to post on this subject as well.


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1 comment:

NormanF said...

Settlers... er revanants are guilty until proven innocent. But Kam gets the benefit of the doubt because of her beliefs and because of the status of her employer. Yes, its a double standard on breaking the law.

But that's the way its always been in Israel.

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