The world's most notorious whistle-blower?

Seymour, Richard
June 2004
Middle East;Jun2004, Issue 346, p16
Political activist Mordechai Vanunu rocked the Israeli establishment in 1986 when he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for treason. Recently released from his long incarceration, he announced he wasb proud and happy to have blown the whistle on Israel's nuclear programme. Over the last 18 years, Mordechai Vanunu, imprisoned by Israel for treason till his release this April, has become many things to many people. A traitor to some, a hero for others. Born in Marrakesh, Morocco in 1953, into a comfortably off Jewish-Zionist family, Vanunu emigrated to Israel with his family in 1963, who found their homeland to be anything but the' Land of Milk and Honey' they had been led to expect. While still at school, Vanunu experienced a crisis of his Jewish faith, for which he would later be vilified as much as he would for revealing state secrets. At a time when Iran and North Korea are under pressure to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into their nuclear facilities, critics say that by raising the profile of Vanunu and not allowing the story to slip away, Israel will come under pressure to do the same.


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