The arrest of Mordechai Vanunu
1986 Mordechai Vanunu (b. 1954) was kidnapped by Israeli secret police in Rome (although upon release Vanunu claimed it was the CIA rather than Israel’s notorious Mossad secret agency). Vanunu, who had leaked details of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program to the London Times, was convicted in a secret Israeli military court and held in solitary confinement for much of his 18-year imprisonment.
Vanunu secretly wrote details of his kidnapping on the palm of his hand which he showed press photographers. Shots of his hand were beamed around the world, and soon car window stickers with 'Free Vanunu' slogans were being displayed in many places. However, it was to be nearly two decades before the government of Israel was to release this whistleblower ...
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