Israel puts nuclear whistleblower in jail again

Most experts now estimate that Israel has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on that information.

Israel puts nuclear whistleblower in jail again

Israel Sunday jailed again Mordechai Vanunu, a nuclear whistleblower, who spent 18 years in prison since he revealed existence of Israeli nuclear weapons, for "violating" the terms of his parole.

"I survived 18 years - I could survive another six," Vanunu called out outside the Jerusalem District Court. "Are you trying to discipline me? You cannot take my freedom of expression away"

Israel said he would spend three months in jail.

"Shame on you Israel...for putting me in prison after 24 years of speaking the truth," Vanunu said outside the courthouse Sunday.

According to an Israeli report, he criticized what he called "stupid" Israeli institutions, and Arab and international bodies he said should have protected him.

Vanunu was a low-level technician at the country's Dimona nuclear reactor who leaked details and pictures of the clandestine operation to the Sunday Times of London in 1986. Foreign experts who reviewed the material concluded that Israel had a formidable nuclear arsenal.

Most experts now estimate that Israel has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on that information.

He warned that Israeli intelligence controls the prisons and that they will try to torture him psychologically, the same way they did the last time he was incarcerated.

"The stupid Shin Bet and Mossad spies are putting me back in prison after 24 years of speaking nothing but the truth. Shame on you democracy, the Knesset, synagogues and the world media. Shame on you all the Arabs that are allowing me to be put back in prison. Shame on you Senate, congress, and the chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency for not protecting my freedom. Shame on you all the world's religions, the stupid spies, the Jews, Christians and Muslims.

"Everyone knows that Israel has nuclear weapons," Haarezt paper quoted him as saying. "But no one is talking about it… The world doesn't want nuclear weapons – not in Israel, not in the Middle East and not anywhere in the world," he said.

Israeli intelligence agents kidnapped him in Rome and brought him back to Israel to stand trial. Vanunu served 11 years of his 18-year sentence in solitary confinement.

Agencies

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