Challenging The New York Times with The Vanunu Saga

Challenging The New York Times with The Vanunu Saga
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Challenging The New York Times with The Vanunu Saga

By Eileen Fleming

EXCLUSIVE to The Arab Daily News

The New York Times has admitted they are “indeed, bound by gag orders,” according to its bureau chief in Jerusalem, Jodi Rudoren.

Ms. Rudoren also said that two of her predecessors in the bureau chief position affirmed to her that The Times has been subject to gag orders in the past.

The Times’s newsroom lawyer, David McCraw, said “I’ve never seen us actually challenge it because no situation has arisen that would force the issue.”

Over the last nine years, I have emailed The New York Times multiple EXCLUSIVES regarding Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu’s struggle for freedom and USA collusion in Israel’s Nuclear DECEPTIONS. All I ever received was an Auto-reply my emails were received and The New York Times has yet to report on either situation.

Nine years ago, Vanunu explained to me that because he was placed under restrictions not to speak to foreigners and Corporate Media is subject to Israel’s Military censors, The Media just ignores his case.

However, Ms. Rudoren said, she is convinced that The Times would find a way to publish a major story and a longstanding gag order, despite legal restriction that could take the form of writing a story from New York or Washington, rather than from Israel.

My stories are filed from Florida and my latest EXCLUSIVE to The New York Times follows because “The Times can, and should, tell its readers what’s going on”.

The New York Times takes three days to decide if they will publish a submission and as they have again passed on my most recent EXCLUSIVE to them from April 16, 2014, it follows here:

Photo of Mordechai Vanunu copyright Eileen Fleming, Nov. 2013

Photo of Mordechai Vanunu copyright Eileen Fleming, Nov. 2013

Subject: EXCLUSIVE: Amnesty International Joins Call for a FREE Vanunu 2014,,,,,,,,,,,,

Dear New York Times,

Today Amnesty International called Israel to lift the ‘ludicrous’ restrictions on Vanunu  Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower who was released from 18 years behind bars on 21 April 2004.

Over the past few months, I have written you numerous times regarding the restrictions denying Mordechai Vanunu his right to leave Israel which will expire 18 May 2014.

Mordechai Vanunu and Eileen Fleming, Nov. 2013, east Jerusalem.

Mordechai Vanunu and Eileen Fleming, Nov. 2013, east Jerusalem.

I have been telling the Vanunu story online for the last nine years-ever since I met him in June 2005, because Vanunu told me:

The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the Holocaust, and tried to pay their way out.

President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant.

The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

When Johnson became president; he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.


On 2 October 2009, The Washington Times reported that Obama agreed to keep Israel’s nukes ‘secret’ and reaffirmed a 4-decade-old understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections.
Three officials spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, but all said Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May 2009.

Under the understanding, the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.

This nuclear deception was reached at a summit between President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on 25 September 1969, when the United States passively accepted Israel’s nuclear weapons status as long as Israel does not unveil publicly its capability or test a weapon.

On 24 April 2004, Uri Avnery wrote:

Everybody understands that Vanunu has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?

But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel’s nuclear armaments.

This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for ‘arms control’, Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power.

The Americans, it seems, are very worried.

The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel’s nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world’s sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation.

Also in 2004, Yossi Melman wrote for Haaretz:

This is the secret that hasn’t yet been told in the affair: the story of the security fiasco that made it possible for Vanunu to do what he did, and the story of the subsequent attempts at cover-up, whitewashing and protection of senior figures in the defense establishment, who were bent on divesting themselves of responsibility for the failure, the security blunders and their cover-ups.


The current restrictions denying Vanunu his right to leave the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ expire May 18, 2014.

IF Israel continues to deny Vanunu the inalienable right to “liberty and the pursuit of happiness” I will/must publish The Vanunu Saga through May 18, 2014, because in April 1999, thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter calling for Mordechai Vanunu’s release from prison because they believed as I do that “we have a duty to stand up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter vision for humanity.”


Eileen Fleming founded in response to her first of eight trip to both sides of The Wall since 2005. She is the current leader of TNT/Telling Nuclear Truths. Contact her at Follow her at TWITTER

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Eileen Fleming

Senior Non-Arab Correspondent for TADN at The Arab Daily News
Senior Non-Arab Correspondent for The Arab Daily News
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" who founded in response to her first of 8 trips to both sides of The Wall in Palestine Israel.
In 2012, Eileen ran for US House of Representatives District 5, in Fl.
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