|BBC World's weekly documentary strand, The World
presents an exclusive television interview with the former Israeli
Mordechai Vanunu, in which he talks about his 18 years in jail for
leaking photographs of the Dimona nuclear reactor.
The images, handed to and published by the British newspaper The
Sunday Times in 1986, led experts to conclude at the time that Israel
had the sixth largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world.
Although Vanunu, now 50 years old, has recently been released from
prison, the Israeli authorities insist he still possesses state
secrets and must not leave the country or speak to foreigners.
In the interview, the whistleblower describes the circumstances
surrounding his arrest and responds to the charges made against
him that led to his sentence for spying.
Of his imprisonment, Vanunu says: "To move from being a free
man, walking in the streets of London, and to find yourself in a
cell is a huge fall, like you are falling from a very high building
to the ground. You lose everything...but the most worst is a special
case, my case, not to be as a prisoner as other prisoners, and free
to talk or use the phone. They put a lot of restrictions from the
beginning...they put a light, 24 hours for two years, the light
in my cell. I could not sleep well."
Made by an independent production company Magnetic North, the
interview also reveals many of the hidden facts about the incident
and the whistleblower.