Facebook Leak Prompts IDF to 'Unfriend' Soldier

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The Israel Defense Forces has taken disciplinary action against an Israeli soldier for posting classified information on Facebook.

The soldier, whose identity has not been revealed, posted the time and location of a planned raid on a West Bank village located near Ramallah.

"On Wednesday we clean up Qatanah, and on Thursday, God willing, we come home," the soldier wrote on his Facebook page.

Fearing the leak had compromised the safety of the unit, IDF commanders decided to scrap the mission.

"Uploading classified information to social networks or any website exposes the information to anyone who wishes to view it, including foreign and hostile intelligence services," the IDF's Information Security Unit said in a statement following the intelligence breach.

"Hostile intelligence agents scan the Internet with an eye toward collecting information on the IDF, which may undermine operational success and imperil IDF forces," the statement read.

However, the Jerusalem Post reports military officials later decided to proceed with the mission. The soldier has since been court-martialed and sentenced to 10 days in prison.

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