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Israeli whistleblower Vanunu indicted

PETER ENAV
Associated Press
Thu, Mar. 17, 2005

JERUSALEM - Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was indicted Thursday for violating the terms of his release from prison, the Israeli Justice Ministry said.

Vanunu was freed from an Israeli prison in April after completing an 18-year sentence for revealing secrets of Israel's atomic program to the Sunday Times newspaper in London.

Under the terms of his release, the former technician at the Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev desert town of Dimona was barred from leaving Israeli territory and contacting foreigners. The restrictions were in force for a year and their extension was expected to come up for consideration in coming weeks.

On numerous occasions, Vanunu has tested the limits of his release by granting interviews to foreign news media. He also was stopped by Israeli police on Christmas Eve while attempting to attend Midnight Mass in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, outside his permitted area of travel.

Since his release from prison, Vanunu has been living at a Jerusalem church compound.

Israeli authorities have said they fear Vanunu may have more nuclear secrets to share with the world. Vanunu, a Jewish convert to Christianity, has said he has nothing more to disclose and wants to leave the country.


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