Mordechai Vanunu was the man who was determined to tell the world about Israel's
nuclear capabilities and, by doing so, created a world scandal. Vanunu is the
focus of tonight's spy thriller in the series exploring the race for nuclear
Vanunu worked as a nuclear technician between 1977 and 1985, separating plutonium
from uranium at the top-secret Israeli nuclear facility. Disgusted by how Israel
treated him, and with a growing awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons,
Vanunu collected evidence by taking 60 photos of the top-secret plutonium plant.
Fast forward to September 1986, when The Sunday Times brought Vanunu to London
and kept him isolated while they verified his story about Israel's nuclear plant.
After weeks of isolation in a hotel, he popped out for a newspaper. A beautiful
blonde by the news stand caught his eye and he followed her until he plucked up
the courage to speak to the mysterious woman. They agreed to meet several more
times and Cindy, as she was known to him, bought tickets for them to take a short
break in Rome. This, however, was to be Vanunu's downfall. Cindy was, in fact, a
secret agent for Mossad, the Israeli secret service. He was drugged and smuggled
back to Israel where he was tried and jailed for 18 years.
He was released last year but was re-arrested for violating his conditions. While
he remains a traitor to Israelis, he is heralded as a saviour for nuclear openness
to many around the world.
Program aired on BBC 2 Mon 05 Feb, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm 60mins.