Whistleblowers and the Bomb

Whistleblowers and the Bomb : Vanunu, Israel and Nuclear Secrecy

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On the 1st edition, The Whistleblower of Dimona: "Cohen copes manfully with the questions, every conspiracy theory begetting another and every answer provoking further questions ...[He] has obviously done a lot of leg work and writes with authority." Sunday Telegraph Mordechai Vanunu was a technician working at a nuclear arms research project who revealed to the world in 1986 that Israel was secretly producing nuclear armaments. After the disclosure of the affair by the Sunday Times, Vanunu was kidnapped by Mossad, tried behind closed doors and imprisoned for 18 years for treason. He was finally released in 2004. This authoritative account of the Vanunu affair uses first-hand material from the trial, and draws on an interview that the author has had with Vanunu since his release. The evidence presents a vivid account of the problems of nuclear secrecy in a democracy. It also provides a rare glimpse into official attitudes to nuclear secrecy in Israel. Yoel Cohen assesses the strategic significance of Vanunu's disclosures and analyses the unsuccessful international campaign to free him. Offering a critique of the Sunday Times' role in the affair, Cohen examines the impact of Vanunu's eventual release, and assesses Israel's ongoing attempts to hide their nuclear programme. This is a new edition of a book that was hailed as an authoritative account of the Vanunu affair on its original release. It is now thoroughly revised and updated, to offer a timely reassessment of a world-famous whistleblower and the questions he has brought to light.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 399.17g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0745324002
  • 9780745324005

Table of contents

Introduction: 5 October 1986 Chronology 1. The Cost of Consensus 2. The Bomb that doesn't exist 3. Mordechai Vanunu's gauntlet 4. Devil's Advocate 5. The Spoiler 6. A Mossad Kidnapping in New Printing House Square 7. The Security Fiasco 8. The State of Israel v. M.Vanunu 9. Press Disclosure = Espionage + Treason 10. Friends Afar 11. The Reluctant Lobbyist 12. 21.4.2004 13. The Bomb that - still - does not exist 14. Secrecy Ltd Notes Indexshow more

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Cohen raises every question, every conspiracy theory which only further intrigues the mind. ... This was a fascinating book. -- Emel magazine This is a timely revision of the first edition. As we go to press, Mordechai Vanunu, released in April 2004 after serving 18 years in prison for revealing the existence of Israel's nuclear weapons, faces another court appearance. This time he is facing charges on at least 21 counts of alleged breaches of the restrictions imposed upon him on his release. If found guilty, he could be sent back to prison. Additionally, the Israeli Supreme Court recently rejected his appeal against the limitations imposed upon him prohibiting him from leaving Israel or speaking to non-Israeli citizens. The Supreme Court said Vanunu possessed additional, as yet unpublished, classified information and therefore still posed a danger to state security. Vanunu says he has no such information and has a right to speak out. Yoel Cohen's book gives the background to the events leading up to the original trial, uses first hand material from it and includes an interview he had with Mordechai in July after his release. It also offers a critique of the Sunday Times' role in the original affair and examines the impact of Vanunu's release on Israeli society. It examines the significance of the original disclosures and the international campaign to secure his release. Having been involved with the British campaign for Mordechai I found this book difficult to put down. And having been part of the delegation, which welcomed him on his release from the Shikma prison in Ashkelon, I found that Chapter 12, which recalled those events on 21 April, brought back vivid memories. It's a 'must read' for those who are concerned about justice for Mordechai and the history of Israel's attempts to cover up its nuclear programme. -- Barry White, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom Cohen provides an extremely thorough and detailed chronology of the affair - from Vanunu's life in Israel to his kidnapping by Mossad agents in Italy, his closed trial, his 18 year imprisonment and finally his release in 2004. Cohen draws on extensive research, including recently released documents from the trial and a rare interview with Vanunu himself. Cohen does a commendable job guiding the reader through this convoluted saga. -- Ruben Brosbe, Jerusalem Postshow more

About Yoel Cohen

Yoel Cohen is a British-born academic currently living in Jerusalem, where he is Senior Lecturer at the School of Communications, Netanya Academic College; and The Holon Academic Institute of Technology, Israel. He has written several books and articles concerning the news media and the Middle East, including The Whistleblower of Dimona: Israel, Vanunu and the Bomb (Holmes and Meier, 2003) and Nuclear Ambiguity (Sinclair Stevenson, 1992).show more

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