The Testimony of the Brother
"Suddenly people came to me from the Prime Minister's office; I thought it was a prank"

Yediot Ahronot
November 24, 1999
By Oron Meiri

Albert Vanunu testified that a person who was sent to him on behalf of the "Prime Minister's Office" tried to use him in order to locate his brother abroad - before the publication in the Sunday Times.

An agent of the Mossad contacted Albert Vanunu, the brother of the "nuclear spy", before the publication of the article in the Sunday Times, to warn him not to cooperate with the newspaper - this arises from the testimony of the brother, that was given on December 7, 1987. Albert Vanunu was summoned by his brother's attorney, Avigdor Feldman, to testify for the defense at the trial. Feldman wanted to prove by means of this testimony, that the Mossad knew, long before the publication in the Sunday Times, that Mordechai Vanunu intended to hand over the material to the newspaper.

In the course of his testimony, Albert Vanunu was asked to speak about the meetings that he had with representatives of the Mossad. Vanunu testified, that, on September 7, he was suddenly contacted by "a representative of the Prime Minister's Office," who asked to meet with him in a coffee shop. "I thought that it was a Purim prank. What business did I have with the Prime Minister's Office?" he testified. The meeting, it appears, took place after concern arose in Israel over a publication of the Sunday Mirror, in which it was stated that the Sunday Times was about to expose, with Vanunu's help, details about Israel's nuclear secrets.

The Mossad agent, according to Albert Vanunu, said that there were people who were trying to convince his brother to hand over information concerning the nuclear reactor. The man, it was found, also warned him that he might be approached by people from the British media, and he asked him to contact the Prime Minister's Office immediately if such contact was made.

The man, according to the testimony, asked Vanunu to give him the address of Mordechai Vanunu who was residing, according to the Prime Minister's Office, in Europe. He was also asked to contact him himself and convince him to return to Israel.

"I told the man," Albert Vanunu testified, "that we had received a letter from Mordechai that was sent from Australia, six weeks before our meeting. He asked to photocopy the letter nd the envelope. There was nothing special in the letter and Mordechai only wrote about his trip to Australia." The man, Vanunu explained, needed the letter in order to compare his brother's handwriting. According to him, the representative of the Mossad even gave him half a shekel [about ¢10] for the photocopying.

At the end of the meeting, Vanunu said, he was asked to contact the Prime Minister's Office whenever he received a letter from his brother.