Israeli nuke whistleblower makes appeal
JERUSALEM -- The man who exposed Israel's nuclear weapons program to the world appealed a series of restrictions Israel has said it will impose on him after he is released from prison later this week.
Concerned that Mordechai Vanunu's release after 18 years will refocus unwanted attention on its nuclear capabilities, Israeli security has said it will impose several restrictions on him. He will be prevented from traveling abroad for a year, from contacting foreigners and from discussing his work at the nuclear reactor and the circumstances surrounding his capture.
He also will be required to inform the security services of his whereabouts.
" This is just the continuation of his confinement with different conditions," said Vanunu's lawyer, Oded Seller. "These are the most serious restrictions."
Vanunu asked the Interior Ministry and Israeli army on Sunday to cancel the restrictions, Seller said. If the request is denied, Vanunu will appeal to the Supreme Court, he said.
Vanunu wants to live abroad, Seller said. In addition, he would like to be in contact with his adoptive parents, who are Americans from Minnesota.
Vanunu, 50, told The Sunday Times of London in 1986 what he learned during his nine years of work as a technician at Israel's nuclear reactor. He was to be released Wednesday.
Vanunu has said he has nothing more to reveal about his work at the reactor. Using the information and pictures Vanunu provided, experts estimated Israel had the sixth-largest nuclear arsenal in the world.