By Anshel Pfeffer
April 11, 2010
A series of failures in the protection of classified documents in the
office of then-GOC Central Command Yair Naveh allowed Anat Kam to take
more than 1,000 documents while working there.
Eight months after being conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces, in
2005, Kam was appointed assistant manager of the office. She passed a
basic security screening before she began working in Naveh's office.
Every day, thousands of documents are sent from the office of the IDF
chief of staff by e-mail. The most highly classified documents, however,
are not distributed by e-mail, but in keeping with strict security
procedures are delivered in numbered envelopes, signed for on receipt
and destroyed after reading.
Nonetheless, the vast majority of documents, even classified ones, are
relayed through the army's internal e-mail system. In each office there
is at least one computer to which the most highly classified documents
are addressed, and from which, according to protocol, files cannot be
either copied or printed.
According to sources who worked in the office at the time, because Naveh
disliked reading documents on a computer screen they were habitually
sent to another computer in the office. Kam, acting on the orders of the
office manager, would print them out and deliver them to Naveh so that
he could read them.
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