IDF soldier jailed for 27 months for leaking classified information

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

An Israeli soldier in the Military Intelligence Directorate has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for leaking classified information, the Israel Defense Forces says.

The soldier, who was detained last year, is accused of passing top secret information he was exposed to as part of his position in the army, to a civilian who would publish it on social media.

The IDF says that in some of the cases, the information that was released to the public caused damage to state security.

Under a plea deal, the soldier is sentenced to 27 months, and is also handed a suspended sentence.

Two civilians arrested as part of the investigation are under house arrest pending a trial.

Many details relating to the case are barred from publication due to security concerns.

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