Vanunu: Peres told more about Israel's nuclear secrets than I ever did

From Ha'aretz
October 9, 2002

Convicted atomic bomb spy Mordechai Vanunu is facing a parole hearing at the end of the month and his lawyer plans to argue that Foreign Minister Shimon Peres revealed more about Israel's nuclear capabilities last year in a TV documentary than Vanunu ever knew.

Vanunu was sentenced in 1986 to 18 years in jail for telling London's Sunday Times about what he saw inside the Dimona nuclear reactor as a technician there. When he reached two-thirds of his sentence, he began seeking parole, which was first denied in 1998, and subsequently every six months. In May this year he petitioned the Be'er Sheva District Court for his right to a hearing, and the court agreed.

Now, says Feldman, he plans to argue that last year, Peres told a Channel Two documentary more about Israel's nuclear capability than Vanunu ever told the British newspaper. Therefore, Feldman says, it's illogical to keep Vanunu in prison on grounds that his release could damage security.