There has been a lot of speculation lately about the death of an AMAN intelligence officer, Captain Tomer Eiges, who recently died in an Israeli military prison cell. The cause of the death has been hushed up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Still, controversy is raging after the IDF have said that he was not charged with espionage, directly contradicting other sources who claim espionage charges were indeed filed against the officer.
One of the things that have come to light is that espionage charges in Israel do not necessarily mean that a person has betrayed their country. It can also refer to other military matters, such as the discovery of top-secret information and the intention of becoming a whistle-blower in connection with the information discovered. This begs the question of whether military technology may be making it too easy for one person to create a considerable amount of damage both to specific projects as well as the organisations in question.
Can sophisticated technology stop damage being caused by one person?
Like other global military forces, the IDF relies on increasingly sophisticated technology to protect data and maintain or enhance security. However, the fact that discovering and revealing top-secret information is officially treated as espionage suggests that this could be an ongoing issue for the military forces. If this is the case, it could be that despite the use of sophisticated technology, it is too easy for one person to discover and reveal top-secret information that could cause a huge amount of damage.
Espionage in Israel also covers the removal of documents from secure devices and taking them home, which suggests that this could be another issue that poses risks for the military forces.
Among other things, it has been suggested that Eiges may have discovered a top-secret military project that concerned him to the point he was going to blow the whistle. The fact that he was able to do this, if this was indeed the case, could suggest that military technology is not adequate to prevent a person from causing a lot of damage. A source of further controversy in the coming weeks will likely be speculation around what exactly Eiges had discovered, and if that comes to light what the potential consequences may be for the IDF and Israeli Government.