The Intercept is a platform for documents released by Edward Snowden on a mission to “produce aggressive, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues”
The Intercept passed on an exclusive regarding Mordechai Vanunu but he was named a traitor at the Amazon Customer Discussion “FUN Forum” which triggered this article
By Eileen Fleming
After NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden alerted all to mass surveillance in 2013, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill founded The Intercept.
On the Welcome page of The Intercept the founders wrote:
Our central mission is to hold the most powerful governmental and corporate factions accountable, and to do so, we will report on a wide and varied range of issues…
Our longer-term mission is to provide aggressive and independent adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues, from secrecy, criminal and civil justice abuses and civil liberties violations to media conduct, societal inequality and all forms of financial and political corruption.
The editorial independence of our journalists will be guaranteed, and they will be encouraged to pursue their journalistic passion, areas of interest, and unique voices…[and] encouraged, to pursue stories without regard to whom they might alienate.
A search of The Intercept for “Israel’s nuclear weapons” leads to a total of six articles.
A search at The Intercept for Israel’s nuclear whistle-blower “Mordechai Vanunu” leads to an empty page headlined:
Couldn’t find any results for:
On June 16, I emailed three editors at The Intercept an EXCLUSIVE titled “Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower’s Long Strange WAIT.”
I received a total of one auto-reply from the Submissions Editor at The Intercept stating:
Thank you for contacting The Intercept and for your proposal. If we are interested in pursuing the story, an editor will follow up.
Unless otherwise stated EXCLUSIVE submissions expire in three days and as no follow-up from The Intercept came, I publish my offering to The Intercept following this excerpt from the Amazon Customer Discussion “FUN FORUM: Notable Traitors” which stated:
Name the first TRAITOR that comes to mind.
eileen fleming replied:
The first TRAITOR that comes to mind is President Lyndon Baines Johnson and every President and Congress since because all have colluded in the now 50 yr. cover-up of Israel’s 8 June 1967 attack on the USS LIBERTY. LBJ instigated the COVER-UP and obstruction of justice case against the USS LIBERTY crew and YOU can READ all about it at KINDLE:
“A USS Liberty Remembrance of 50 years USA Government Cover-Up of Israel’s 8 June 1967 Attack on USA Spy-Ship: Part 1”
Part 2 coming soon HERE
Rameht Tinma Haas noted his top traitor as Mordechai Vanunu and most everyone agreed.
eileen fleming replied:
Many consider Mordechai Vanunu a traitor, some a hero but for this American writer who met Vanunu in east Jerusalem in 2005 during my first of 8 investigative journeys to both sides of Israel’s Wall in Palestine Vanunu became the catalyst for me to realize my childhood dream [at 50!] of being a reporter/author.
Vanunu and I began a series of interviews beginning with his childhood and through his under-reported freedom of speech trial, which began in 2006 and concluded in 2010 with 78 days back in solitary confinement.
Read ALL about it at KINDLE: “BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s Freedom of Speech trial and My Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010”
To this day Vanunu remains waiting for his right to leave Israel and join his wife in Norway- that story and more also at KINDLE: “Heroes, Muses and the Saga of Mordechai Vanunu (My Life as a Muckraker Book 2)
My June 16, Exclusive Submission to three desks at The Intercept:
In 2005 I was an American in east Jerusalem writing my first historical fiction when a ‘chance encounter’ with Mordechai Vanunu [who was released from 18 yrs. behind bars in 2004, under draconian restrictions and 24/7 surveillance] became the catalyst for my becoming Senior NON-Arab correspondent for USA’sTheArabDailyNews and Author of nine books. Thank you for consideration of:
Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower’s Long Strange WAIT
Israel’s State Torture of its Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu began in 1986 with a Mossad kidnapping from Rome, a closed-door trial, 11 ½ years in solitary confinement with a total of 18 years behind bars until 2010; when Vanunu spent 78 days back in solitary because he spoke to foreign media [such as Amy Goodman] after being ‘freed’ from behind bars on 21 April 2004 under 24/7 surveillance and draconian restrictions including he NOT speak to foreigners.
In June 2005, this American was in east Jerusalem in the midst of writing my first historical fiction when I met Vanunu by ‘chance’ and we began a series of interviews that did NOT undergo Israeli Military Censors as is required of all media who want to retain their Israeli press credentials.
I do not hold Press Credentials, but I became a reporter simply because Mordechai 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. Everything inside was written in French, when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then, the Dimona descended seven floors underground.
In 1955, Perez and Guirion met with the French to agree they would get a nuclear reactor if they fought against Egypt to control the Sinai and Suez Canal. That was the war of 1956. Eisenhower demanded that Israel leave the Sinai, but the reactor plant deal continued on.
Did you know that 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.’
Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding that Ben Guirion open up the Dimona for inspection.
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…
In May 2015, the 60 yr. old Vanunu wed for the first time to Kristin Joachimsen, a Professor of ancient Hebrew Scriptures who immediately filed the paperwork for Vanunu’s asylum.
However, to this day, Vanunu and his wife remain “waiting” for Israel to end the restrictions and allow Vanunu to move to Norway.
In September 2015, Vanunu granted his first and still only Hebrew speaking interview to Israeli media in an appeal to the Israeli public who consider him a traitor:
“I got married three months ago. I can’t get a job here, so she is the breadwinner. I want to live my life, start my life anew. I’m finished with this entire [nuclear] story, and I’ve said this hundreds of times. I have no more secrets to tell, and I want them to let me leave and go live abroad with my wife, and that’s the end of the story.”
Despite the fact that Israel’s military censor had cleared the interview for broadcast, Vanunu was put under house arrest following that TV interview according to Israeli police “in defiance of the terms under which he was released in 2004.”
A few of my Mordechai Vanunu interviews that did NOT undergo Israeli Military Censors:
Mordechai Vanunu Addresses Israel’s Intent RE: Solitary Confinement
Vanunu talks about the “The real Wailing Wall; the Apartheid Wall”
“30 Minutes With Vanunu”
In April 2015, Mordechai Vanunu “fired” me as a supporter and dismissed me as a reporter, but due to recently declassified documents dating back to the Eisenhower Administration regarding Israel’s nuclear deceptions ALL those facts have been enshrined HERE
On 10 March 2017, Mordechai Vanunu TWEETED: They decided to continue with the restriction not to allow me to leave this Jewish state since 1986…
Vanunu’s long strange wait for his right to leave Israel continues: but everything of importance regarding Vanunu is already on the World Wide Web.
In 1986, London’s Sunday Times hired Nuclear Physicist Frank Barnaby to vet Vanunu’s story [just before he was lured from London to Rome and kidnapped by Mossad]
Barnaby testified at Vanunu’s closed-door trial:
I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel’s secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically.
Israel’s political leaders have, he said, consistently lied about Israel’s nuclear-weapons programme and he found this unacceptable in a democracy.
The knowledge that Vanunu had about Israel’s nuclear weapons, about the operations at Dimona, and about security at Dimona could not be of any use to anyone today. He left Dimona in October 1985.
My article “Mordechai Vanunu, the Snowden of Israel” begins with this quote from Vanunu: “Snowden is the best example of what I did 27 years ago – when the government breaks the law and tramples on human rights, people talk. That’s what he did, he speaks for everyone, and that’s what I did – I spoke for everyone.”Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu and Eileen Fleming, Nov. 2013
The article concludes noting the last time I visited with Vanunu in east Jerusalem, November 2013.
Vanunu told me a reporter from CNN had recently asked him for an interview but Vanunu told him:
Just not at The Intercept!
Eileen Fleming is TADN’s volunteer Health Reporter and Senior Non-Arab Correspondent
Fleming produced the UNCENSORED “30 Minutes with Vanunu” Mordechai, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower
On 8 June 2017, Eileen Fleming begins taping “This American and the USS LIBERTY Documentary”
Contact her HERE
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