Israel’s top court barred a nuclear whistleblower from leaving the country over fears that he may leak more secrets, the London Guardian reports.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruling was in response to Mordechai Vanunu’s bid to visit the United Kingdom, where he had hoped to address British politicians and a conference organized by Amnesty International, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.
Vanunu served nearly two decades in prison for supplying a British newspaper with details and images of Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility, where he had worked as a technician. He was freed in 2004, but sentenced in 2010 to three more months of jail time for breaking restrictions authorities had placed on his movements and communications.
The latest court decision affirms an Israeli interior ministry argument that permitting Vanunu to travel abroad would enable him to divulge more details on Israel’s nuclear capabilities, potentially harming the country and its populace, according to the Guardian. Israel is believed to hold the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, but the country has never officially confirmed possessing such weapons.
Vanunu’s lawyer denounced the court’s ruling in comments to Amnesty International.
“Upholding these undemocratic and ridiculous restrictions, for the past 10 years, after Vanunu had served a prison sentence of 18 years, has nothing to do with the security of the state,” according to Avigdor Feldman, the whistleblower’s defense attorney.
Feldman argued that the limitations “are vindictive and cruel steps which serve one purpose — to make an outcast of Vanunu, and destroy him as a human being and as a true anti-nuclear activist.”
What We're Following See More »
"Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, approved a joint proposal presented by Judicial Watch and the State Department to take the depositions of officials" involved in the setup and use of Hillary Clinton's private email server, "including Cheryl D. Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, Huma Abedin, a senior adviser to Clinton, and Bryan Pagliano, a State Department employee who serviced and maintained the server." He said Clinton could be deposed later on, though that may not be necessary.
Donald Trump will not self-finance his general election campaign as he did the primary season, instead relying on "his expansive personal Rolodex" to create what he called a “world-class finance organization."
Department of Justice officials told North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that "the law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX—a finding that could jeopardize billions in federal education funding. The department gave state officials until Monday to respond 'by confirming that the State will not comply with or implement HB2.'"