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Israel Brings New Charges Against Nuclear Whistleblower


Israel has charged nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu with violating the terms of his release from prison.

Vanunu was freed from an Israeli jail last year after serving an 18-year sentence for revealing secrets of Israel's nuclear program to a British journalist in the 1980s.

Under terms of his release, the former Israeli nuclear technician was barred from contacting foreigners or leaving the country. He was re-arrested in November, after granting another interview in which he said Israel has up to 200 atomic warheads, a neutron bomb, and hydrogen bombs.

Israel has never admitted or denied having a nuclear arsenal.

Reuters news agency reports a new indictment includes charges that Vanunu, a Christian convert, also violated release terms by trying to visit the West Bank in December to attend a midnight Christmas religious service.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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