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Spy’s Isolation May Change

January 28, 1998
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The head of security in Israel’s defense establishment has withdrawn his objection to removing convicted nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu from solitary confinement, Israel Television reported.

Vanunu has served 12 years of an 18-year sentence he was given for disclosing Israel’s nuclear weapons capabilities to the Times of London.

Vanunu, a technician employed at Israel’s nuclear facility at Dimona, was lured from London to Rome in 1986 and kidnaped by Israeli agents, who brought him to Israel. He was convicted after being tried in secret and has since been kept in solitary confinement.

He is not permitted to talk to or be photographed by the media.

The television report did not explain the security official’s change of opinion.

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