01:48 GMT +330 March 2017
    Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, center, sits between two prison guards as he waits in a courtroom before a hearing in Jerusalem in 2009.

    Israeli Nuclear Spy Vanunu Convicted Again for Violating Parole

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    Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed in the 1980s that Israel had nuclear weapons, has been convicted again, this time of violating the terms of his release, and now faces additional jail time.

    The former nuclear technician had completed an 18-year jail term for treason and espionage in 2004. Upon his release from Shikma Prison in southern Israel, he was slapped with a long and stringent list of restrictions.

    In 2016 Vanunu was arrested and charged with violating three counts of his release conditions.

    The Jerusalem Magistrate Court announced on Monday that Vanunu was cleared of two of those counts, one of which is related to an interview he gave to an Israeli television channel in 2015.

    However, the whistleblower was found guilty of meeting with two US nationals in east Jerusalem, without first receiving approval from Israeli authorities. Vanunu is barred from meeting foreigners or leaving the country, as Israel fears he will disclose more classified information.

    Vanunu denied that he posed a security risk and said that he only wanted to be free and join his wife, a Norwegian theology professor who lives in Oslo.

    A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for mid-March, according to a court statement.

    The conviction decision dates to mid-January, but was kept under wraps until Monday, an Israeli court spokesman said.

    Vanunu began working at a secret Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona, a city in the Negev desert, in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s he leaked the inner workings of the Dimona plant to the Sunday Times newspaper, which published the photographs he had taken and exposed Israel's nuclear weapons program to the world.

    The whistleblower, who converted from Judaism to Christianity in the 1980s, claims that Israel is particularly harsh on him due to his beliefs. Vanunu spent over 10 years of his original sentence in solitary confinement.    


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      Sputnik offers up its own fake news by calling Vanunu a ":spy", which was charge not leveled against him in a court of law. He was never charged publicly and his trial was behind closed doors, after which he spent 18 years in prison, with the first eleven years in solitary confinement. So where did Sputnik get the "spy" mantra which is not even in quotes? Nothing in the article, either, extrapolates on that idea even. Today, he would be called a "whistleblower", a term some might not object to in his case.
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      Tim - USA
      This guy should get a medal for revealing the truth about Israels lies !
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      lolhahain reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, He's a whistleblower and a spy.

      He's a spy; he kept watch of others secretly, before revealing his findings.
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      marcanhaltin reply tololhaha(Show commentHide comment)
      lolhaha, Where's the proof that he was/is a spy. There are no public records, even in Israel, that he was charged with spying, which is a capital offense there and always has been. He revealed that Israel had nuclear warheads; period! He revealed nothing more than that. Here is your chance to set the record straight; prove it.

      He did not have to watch anyone either, as the nuclear warheads was HIS occupation.
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      marcanhaltin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Tim - USA, Amen, brother. And Israel will not join the nuclear non proliferation inspection groups, but they will condemn Iran for having enriched uranium for peaceful purposes.
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      this is how they treat one who is no longer of the chosen? (sarcasm)
    • arpito
      A prisoner of conscience, a great man amongst the Devil's chosen people. History will never forget him, nor will it ever forgive Netenyahu and his ilk.
    • arpitoin reply tololhaha(Show commentHide comment)
      lolhaha, sorry, he does not fit the definition of a spy. He never worked for any intelligence agency. Your skills of critical thinking i am afraid were absent when you made the claim that Vununu is a spy.
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      lolhahain reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, He falls under the definition of "spy". I made this clear in my previous post.

      He is both a "whistleblower" and a "spy"; the two can be differentiated.

      I would advise you to have a look at definitions for yourself before you come reining in with your comment.

      I support Sputnik's characterisation of Vanunu. I should also mention that I support Vanunu, but I do know that he falls within the definition, as well as the fact that Vanunu describes himself as a spy (labelled "I AM YOUR SPY" before entering his official website).
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      lolhahain reply toarpito(Show commentHide comment)
      arpito, I, too, would advise you to have a look at the definition of "spy". Vanunu falls within the definition.

      Why do people think that the word "spy" is a bad thing? Very strange!
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      marcanhaltin reply tololhaha(Show commentHide comment)
      lolhaha, Semantics being one thing, character assassination being another, I will bow to your intentions. Calling a man a "spy" and charging him as one is two different things. Where is the charge as a matter of record? Don't answer.
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      marcanhaltin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, The real rub, Michael, is that what he was doing, namely building Israels' nuclear program, he is no longer able to do, anywhere.
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      skyleinin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, Since New Khazaria ("Israel") will not sign the NPT, that means every penny of "Aid" (100's of billions) the USA has robbed the taxpayers of and given to these freaks is illegal under the Symington Amendment. But no one, that is to say NO one ever brings up this decades long on going felony.
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      marcanhaltin reply toskylein(Show commentHide comment)
      skylein, Why do you think this subject matter is not being addressed? Where should it be addressed? Who, on the American side, keeps perpetuating this fraud? And thanks for the remind of the S amendment, too! I had forgotten it.
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      michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, and that's a waste of talent and training - unless he someday wants to go freelance? (obviously he would need retraining by the time he gets out.)
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