"I won. I'll be free. The gates and the locks will be opened. They didn't succeed in breaking me..."
- Mordechai Vanunu, to his brother Meir, February 2004
After almost 18 years behind bars - nearly 12 of those in solitary confinement - Mordechai Vanunu will walk out of Israel's Ashkelon Prison on April 21, his conscience still whole, his motive still urgent.
In a recent letter to the U.S. Campaign, Mordechai wrote:
We've succeeded in overcoming this long time of silence. Thanks to all the campaigners and supporters in many states. You were my voice, my conscience - you kept all these issues of secret nuclear weapons in the center and followed my path.
Very soon I'll be free. I'll be glad to meet you and to share with you my experiences, my views and work to continue that first act - for the abolition of nuclear weapons in all the world [several words censored out of the letter]. That is our mission and future target. We'll not rest until we see a new international agreement to ban, abolish all kinds of nuclear weapons.
Thank you for all the help and encouragement you sent me for the past 18 years. The reward you will get is to see me free, alive and very firm, strong in our way for peace and for the abolition of nuclear weapons. We believe it is possible and we can witness it in our lifetime, exactly as we celebrate the end of the cold war.