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Israeli soldier's Facebook status: In prison and kicked out of his unit for compromising mission

A soldier in Israel's military posted the details of a planned raid of a Palestinian village on his Facebook page, which led to the cancellation of the raid, according to media reports. The soldier posted the time and place for the planned raid, along with the name of his unit, according to a BBC report.

The soldier made the Facebook update through a cellular telephone, according to the Jerusalem Post. He was disciplined by his commander, sentenced to 10 days in jail and kicked out of his unit, the Post reported.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) issued a warning letter to soldiers about the incident.

“Enemy intelligence scans the Internet in search of pieces of information about the IDF. Information that could sabotage operations and endanger our forces,” the letter states, according to the Post.

In 2009 the IDF highlighted more than a dozen incidents where soldiers were disciplined for posting military information online, according to Haaretz.com. In one incident, a soldier posted a picture taken in an active operations room -- with classified maps clearly readable on a wall.

Posted by Doug Beizer on Mar 04, 2010 at 7:24 PM


Reader Comments

Tue, Mar 16, 2010 Anthony DC

Aside from the 'American' remark... the rest of RayW's comment is SPOT ON. Today I just received a sticker for my phone that said DO NOT DISCUSS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, the focal point for protecting information is the possessor.

Tue, Mar 9, 2010 RayW

And people say Americans are stupid. This is not new, just a variation on an old story with new technology. Back in the 80's the big craze was the CB radio and many folks in my unit had one in the car. We had an exercise that unknown to us, had a security element in it. One of the items that caused us to fail (I.E. get destroyed) was people talking on the radio. Not that any one person gave all the details like this kid, but all the conversations added up to the same thing. The telephone has also been a problem. And when we wanted to know what the real scoop on ship's movement was, ignore the old man, go ask the hookers. Facebook et.al. is not the main problem, people not thinking is still the problem, even a simple "Don’t look for me for the next three days" can be the final clue added to many others that is needed for an interdiction (I have friends who play with various monitoring projects, and they say our anti-terrorism works the same way, it is not Obama talking to Osama that reveals the plan, but all the players in many conversations summed together).

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