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Mordechai Vanunu

  • A Soviet spy and an Israeli patriot

    The death of Soviet secret agent Marcus Klingberg is a reminder that even the most fiercely ideological spies can have a deep compassion for the societies they live in. Marcus Klingberg, "the most damaging spy in Israel's history," according to Israel's security services, passed away earlier this week at the age of 97. Klingberg was a dedicated communist, the kind that blindly believed in the Soviet Union's promises of the 20th century. He spied for the USSR for over 30 years and passed on secrets and classified materials to which he had access as the deputy scientific director of the…

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  • High Court: State can continue restricting Mordechai Vanunu's freedoms

    Nearly 11 years after he was released from an 18-year prison sentence for leaking information on Israel's top-secret nuclear program, Mordechai Vanunu is still prevented from doing just about anything an average citizen can.  Three High Court justices ruled earlier this week that Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu will able allowed extremely limited contact with foreign nationals, despite allowing the Israeli government to continue and limit almost all of his freedoms. Nearly a decade after his release from prison, where he sat for 18 years for leaking secrets about Israel's nuclear weapons program, Vanunu is still unable to leave the country;…

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  • Israel renews restrictions on nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

    Despite serving 18 years in prison, including 11 in solitary confinement, Vanunu is forbidden from traveling and speaking to the media. Recently, he was denied a permit to speak before the British Parliament, following an invitation by 54 MPs.  The Israeli interior minister and the IDF Central Command have decided to extend restrictions on nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu's freedom of movement and speech. Vanunu’s attorney, Avigdor Feldman, has been notified on the decision and told +972 Magazine he will once again petition the High Court of Justice on Vanunu's case. Since his release from prison in 2004, Vanunu hasn't been…

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