Israel Tattletale: A nuclear technician vanishes

A nuclear technician vanishes

It has been a year of jolting change for Mordechai Vanunu. Until last November he had worked as a technician in Israel's top-secret nuclear research center at Dimona in the Negev desert. Then Vanunu, 32, was dismissed from his job, ostensibly as part of a government cost-cutting move. He left Israel last spring on a vacation trip that took him to Greece, Bangkok and finally Sydney, Australia, where he reportedly converted to Christianity. Then he and a shadowy Colombian journalist hit upon a plan: they would sell Vanunu's inside account of Israel's nuclear defense program, never before publicly acknowledged, to the...

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