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Mordechai Vanunu Fighting for a Secure Israel and a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

a prisoner of conscience

Norske jurister støtter Vanunu
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Norwegian lawyers support Vanunu
The Lawyers´ petition for Vanunu was sent to the
Norwegian Government on May 14, 2008.
Please find a translation in readable/printable form HERE




 

Bok om Vanunu av Fredrik Heffermehl, utgitt på Aschehoug forlag, kan bestilles (kr. 100 + porto) her: fredpax@online.no




I’M YOUR SPY
I am the clerk, the technician, the mechanic, the driver.
JE SUIS VOTRE ESPION
Je suis l’employé, le technicien, le mécanicien, le chauffeur.
SUNT SPIONUL VOSTRU
Sunt angajatul, tehnicianul, mecanicul, șoferul.

JEG SPIONERER FOR DEG
Jeg er den ansatte, teknikeren, operatøren sjåføren
VUESTRO FIEL ESPÍA
Yo soy el oficinista, el técnico, el mecánico, el conductor.
אני המרגל שלך
אני הפקיד, הטכנאי, המכונאי, הנהג,
Я ТВОЙ ШПИОН
Я клерк, я техник, я механик, я машинист

6. Proof that he was not a spy:
Vanunu poem: «I´m Your Spy»

Israel condemned, and sentenced Vanunu as a spy. He was not a spy. Vanunu is a political prisoner, denied democratic freedom of speech.

Vanunu´s poem «I´m Your Spy», is most telling on his actual motives. The poem  circles around moral themes such as the responsibility of each individual not to be a mindless, willing tool. Vanunu felt that everyone - out of loyalty to society - has a duty to try to stop evil, dangerous plans. Vanunu rejected that you can build security on devises for total insecurity.

Hopefully, the Israelis will now ask whether there is any reason for doubting that his honest intention was to raise a democratic debate on a weapons program that he saw as an urgent threat to Israel, the region and the world?

The nuclear danger is the dominating theme, repeated endlessly, in the prolific flow of letters from Vanunu´s prison cell. The authorities have censored his letters, read  all Vanunu´s letters for almost two decades. The security establishment knows the truth about Vanunu, they know that his dominating interest is politics, above all warnings and criticism of nuclear security policies. The security establishment know who Vanunu is, it is time they tell the Israeli people.

Who can read his poem «I´m Your Spy» with an open mind and fail to see that he had moral, honest motives and followed his conscience? 

Content:

1. CV for Mordechai Vanunu (Some basic facts)
2. Points often misunderstood or forgotten
3. Israeli plans for Vanunu´s future: «Package of restrictions»
4. Whistleblowers acting in loyalty to society
5. Did the right thing, is no risk
6. «I´m Your Spy» - proof of Vanunu´s honest intentions
7. Appeal

1. CV for Mordechai Vanunu:

PROLOGUE 1954-86:

14. Oct. 1954 - Mordechai Vanunu (0), born as son of Moroccan Jews

1963 Vanunu (9) with family emigrated to Israel

1971-74: Vanunu (17-20) performed military service, honorably discharged

1974-75: University studies of physics.

1976-85 Vanunu (22-31) trained and employed as technical assistant at Dimona nuclear plant.

1979-85: Ben Gurion University, studies of geography, philosophy, as well as political and ethical issues. Political awakening: opposed Israeli invasion of Libanon and criticized the Israeli state´s militarism and policy toward the Palestinians in Israel and occupied territories.

1985: Vanunu travels abroad, Asia, Australia, continued philosophy studies.

ACT + PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE 1986-2004

Sept 1986: Vanunu (32) went to London and gave photos of Dimona, Israel´s bomb factory (clandestine but not a military secret), to Sunday Times

Sept. 30, 1986 - lured to Rome, beaten, drugged and kidnapped back to Israel by Mossad, the secret agency of Israel.

1986-87: Secret, in-camera trial, sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

1986-97: Kept in strict isolation in 6 square meters cell.

2004, April 21: Vanunu (49) promised release, is entitled to full freedom

EXAMPLES OF HONORS:

1978-2004: nominated each year for the Nobel Peace Prize

1979: Right Livelihood Award

2001: Doctor Honoris Causa (History) at University of Tromsoe, Norway


2. IMPORTANT POINTS OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD OR FORGOTTEN:

- Vanunu was not an advanced scientist, but a subordinate technical assistant.

- An oath of secrecy would not bar him from exposing an illegal nuclear program.

- Assuming that the Israeli government saw nuclear weapons only as a deterrent, Vanunu was helpful in giving credible evidence of the weapons

- If Vanunu had been a spy for another state (which?), he would long ago have been released in a swap with agents of that state.

- He did not go to an enemy, but to the newspapers, in an attempt to protect his own people, the region and the world against great danger.

- Scientists agree that Vanunu primarily had photos to offer, in 1986. Now, almost 18 years later, the Israeli claim that he has nuclear secrets is nothing but an empty pretext for continuing the punishment.

- In civilised justice a prisoner who has served his time is back in society.

- Israel may find it embarassing that Vanunu was abducted in violation of the territorial integrity of Britain and Italy, but cannot keep him forever to cover up its own illegal actions.

- One main problem for Israel is a US law that prohibits support to countries that break the 1968 treaty on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

3. Newspaper article:

Yediot
Ahronot

February 1, 2004 (page 16):

Under Construction: A «Package of Restrictions» for Mordechai Vanunu After His Release

 By Tova Tsimuki

Last weekend a meeting was held in the security establishment, at which a discussion was held about the legal measures to be taken upon the release of atom spy Mordechai Vanunu, in late April.

Vanunu is about to be freed, after completing the 20 year sentence that was he was given for selling Israel's nuclear secrets to the British newspaper, Sunday Times. However, since the danger has not yet passed, that upon his release he will continue to reveal information that he retains, the security establishment is seeking legal measures to restrict his movements and to prevent him from passing on the secrets. According to estimates, any measure that the State takes on this issue, will be presented to the High Court of Justice for study and approval.

The two main options are administrative detention or a "package of restrictions". As far as concerns administrative detention, which in any event must be renewed every six months - the security establishment believes, that it would be difficult to defend this measure before the High Court of Justice. On the other hand, the "package of restrictions" that is to be set up by the security and justice authorities will be easier to defend. Such a "package" will include, among other things, restrictions on Vanunu's movements, a prohibition on leaving the country and a prohibition on obtaining a passport, a prohibition on corresponding with foreign elements, a prohibition on giving interviews to the media and on publishing books and regular reporting at a police station.

ISRAEL CANNOT DENY VANUNU FREEDOM TO COVER THE STATE´S OWN WRONGDOING:

Quote from letter to David Libaí, Israeli Minister of Justice, April 8, 1996

written by Fredrik S. Heffermehl, summing up meeting with the Minister, on behalf of international delegation:

«If Israel continues to keep Vanunu in jail in order to cover the fact that he was abducted, we feel this is an unconscionable way of letting him be punished not for errors he did, but for wrongs committed against him.»



EXCERPTS FROM PEACE IS POSSIBLE:

4. WHAT VANUNU DID WAS THE RIGHT THING!

Daniel Ellsberg 

OUR WORLD NEEDS LOYALTY 
By Daniel Ellsberg

(Note: In the introduction to his Peace is Possible article Daniel Ellsberg first describes a situation where, as advisor to the US President, he held in his hand a secret «For the President´s Eyes Only» note that the US nuclear war plans would kill as many as 600 million people, and then continues:) Unfortunately, the thought of going outside the Executive branch to inform the public never occurred to me then. So the question of giving up my clearance and career, let alone of going to prison, didn't arise in my mind.

I've learned since that individuals can decide to pay such a price to warn their fellow humans of the truth, and can conclude they had done the right thing. In Israel Mordechai Vanunu remains in prison, after almost twelve years in solitary confinement, for revealing to his fellow citizens that their officials had long before secretly decided to initiate and steadily to expand a nuclear arsenal. Nothing could be more consequential or dangerous for the long-term security of Israel, more demanding of democratic discussion and determination, than the decision to be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East: something that successive Israeli governments had said precisely, and falsely, they would never do. Vanunu released to the press photographs that proved not only that Israel has done exactly that, but that the scale of the program has been larger by far than anyone had suspected.

To this date his hopes that a genuine democratic discussion of the policy would emerge in Israel have not been rewarded. Yet in his statements from prison Vanunu has never wavered in his judgment that the risks he took and the terrible personal price he has actually paid to make an informed democratic discussion and decision possible were justified by the moral values and human lives at stake. I agree. He should be released from prison not because he has suffered "enough" but because he did exactly what he ought to have done.

I myself faced such a choice, this time consciously, when I discovered in 1969 that a new president, Richard Nixon, was deceiving the public about his policy in Vietnam just as his five predecessors had done, and that like them he was on a secret course that would almost surely prolong and escalate a wrongful, hopeless war. As one part of my efforts to avert that, I copied and gave to a Congressional committee, and later to a number of newspapers, an official study that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers: a 7000-page, 47-volume Top Secret history of US decision-making in Vietnam from 1945 to 1968. I expected that that particular action would put me in prison for life. Indeed, I was put on trial facing charges totalling a possible 115 years in prison.

....

So this is, in the end, a success story. It demonstrates what one person can do to help change a disastrous course of events--in this case, to shorten a war--by telling and documenting the truth. Government policies that require secrecy from legislatures and the public because of their recklessness, illegality and duplicity are not, in fact, uncommon. Such policies are vulnerable to exposure by a single conscientious individual. And that is true outside the government as well.

Merrell Williams, an out-of-work professor hired as a paralegal researcher for a tobacco company, found himself handling documents that proved that the company--and obviously the industry as a whole--had known for a generation that tobacco was both addictive and toxic, and that it was targeting marketing on adolescents, all matters that corporate officials had long denied, recently under oath. By copying these documents and sending them to Congressional committees, newspapers and researchers--eventually they were put on the internet, beyond recall by the corporation--he provided the basis for legislation and promising lawsuits that may eventually save a large fraction of the 450,000 lives that are lost each year in the US alone as a result of smoking.

Many readers may find, at some point in their careers, that they hold in their hands documents that give them a powerful opportunity to save lives: if they are ready to expose the truth at whatever cost to themselves. The world needs more people like Williams and Vanunu.


THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF SCIENTISTS 

By Sir Joseph Rotblat
Nuclear scientist and 1995 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

......

Science has lost its innocence. ..... The atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, in August 1945, heralded a new age, the nuclear age.

The nuclear age is the creation of scientists, but it went sour on them from the very beginning. In total disregard of the basic tenets of science -- openness and universality -- it was conceived in secrecy, and usurped -- even before birth -- by one state to give it political dominance. With such congenital defects, and being nurtured by an army of Dr Strangeloves, it is no wonder that the creation grew into a monster; a monster with 100,000 heads, nuclear warheads; a monster that breathed fear and mistrust, and threatened the continued existence of the human species on this planet. Scientists have a great deal to answer for.

The use of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the Second World War to a dramatic end, but it was also the start of a ferocious nuclear arms race, mainly maintained by scientists from both sides of the iron curtain. Within a few decades both superpowers accumulated more than 100,000 nuclear weapons, which -- if used -- could have brought the human species to an end. On several occasions, notably during the Cuban Missile Crisis, of October 1952, we came very close to the actual use of the weapons, with catastrophic consequences.

This danger has to be tackled. The preservation of the human species must be our top priority. We cannot allow the miraculous product of billions of years of evolution to come to an end just because we cannot forget our quarrels. We are beholden to our ancestors, to all the previous generations, for bequeathing to us the immense cultural heritage that we enjoy. It is our duty to pass it on to future generations. We owe an allegiance to humanity.

Nurturing an allegiance to humanity is the duty of each of us, of every citizen, .........

Here then is the problem we present to you, stark and dreadful, and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?


5. VANUNU IS NO SECURITY RISK

Joseph Rotblat (UK)

Nuclear scientist and 1995 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Opening speech at Vanunu conference in Tel Aviv, October 1996:
(Excerpts from book «Voices for Vanunu», London 1998)

... I was involved in the making of the atom bomb from the very beginning and have been advocating their abolition ever since the Hiroshima bomb.

... Israel´s nuclear policy is one of deliberate ambiguity: it does not formally acknowldedge the possession of the bomb, but it wants everybody to know that it does have the bomb. Vanunu provided this knowledge.
It is possible that Israel would have preferred this information to be conveyed to its enemies in an indirect way, rather than by direct disclosure from an Israeli employee. But this by itself did not imperil the security of the State of Israel. The location of the establishment was known. And the disclosure about the throughput of the reprocessing plant was of no material help to any other country intending to make its own nuclear weapons.
In view of all this I find it difficult to understand why he received such a severe sentence.

In my Nobel lecture last December <1995>, I said that Vanunu had suffered enough. In stating this I merely echoed the sentiments from people all over the world. ....

What, in fact, can be the purpose of continuing to keep him in prison? One explanation is that he is being used as an example, as a warning to others not to attempt a similar deed. If so, spending 10 years in prison should be enough to serve as a deterrent. A more widely perceived explanation is that he must be kept in isolation in order to prevent him from revealing further information harmful to Israel. If this refers to the disclosure of new nuclear secrets, then it is nonsense. Having followed developments in nuclear weapons throughout the years, I am firmly of the opinion that there is nothing of significance that he could tell at the present time that is not already known and published.
Thus I fail to see any reason why Vanunu should not be released now.


Dr. Frank Barnaby (UK)

Nuclear physicist, academic, defense analyst and writer on military technology.

«Vanunu Knows No More Secrets» (Excerpts)

(Note, introduction on nuclear history, general and in Israel, omitted here)

What Vanunu said

What then did Vanunu tell the Sunday Times about Israel´s nuclear activities? His information was mostly about the materials procuced at Dimona. What they were and the amounts produced.
(Barnaby´s gives decription of technical details, and these concluding words) .... Vanunu suggested that Israel may have developed battlefield nuclear weapons but this was speculation on his part. In other words, he said nothing about the design of Israel´s nuclear weapons. In my opinion, he knows no details about them.

Israel´s National Security
Thomas B. Cochran

Thomas Cochran, Director of the Natural Resources Defence Council, in Washington D.C., USA, is an expert on nuclear weapons systems in the US and other states and co-author of "Nuclear Data Book

(Excerpt from book "Voices for Vanunu", pp. 81-89)

«.... Vanunu was a technician, not a nuclear weapons designer. It is apparent from his revelations ten years ago that he did not have a good working knowledge of weapons design. ...
There is no doubt that Vanunu´s revelations about production activities at Dimona added significantly to what was known by the public and foreign govenments about the status of Israel´s nuclear weapons programme. However these disclosures do not appear to have damaged in any tangible way Israel´s national security. To the contrary, Vanunu´s disclosures ten years ago are more likely to have enhanced Israel´s national security by making the threatened use of nuclear weapons by Israel appear more credible. In other words, this would have increased - not decreased - the deterrent value of Israel´s weapons.
..... (a detailed discussion of all aspects of nuclear weapons knowledge, omitted here)
... of his human rights he has been held in solitary confinement for then years. He has paid amply for his crime of revealing classified information. There is no plausible argument for extending his imprisonment. Vanunu never presented a threat, and he certainly no longer represents a credible threat, to Israel´s national security.»


Conclusion
Mordechai Vanunu´s initial revelations about Israel´s nuclear weapons programme made ten years ago provided new, significant and important information on the status of nuclear weapon developments in Israel. These revelations, however, were not damaging to Israel´s national security. If anything they strengthened the deterrent value of Israel´s nuclear arsenal. Certainly, no evidence has been forthcoming in the past ten years to indicate otherwise.
If he were released from prison today <October 1996>, there is no basis to believe that Vanunu could further harm Israel´s national security by revealing additional information. The greatest harm he could inflict would be to emigrate to Iran, Iraq, or Libya to assist in the production of nuclear weapons materials. Even in this unlikely case, his usefulness would be very marginal.

Vanunu revealed classified information, for what he believed was a higher cause. He was illegally kidnapped, returned to Israel, tried convicted, and in violation of his human rights he has been held in solitary confinement for then years. He has paid amply for his crime of revealing classified information. There is no plausible argument for extending his imprisonment. Vanunu never presented a threat, and he certainly no longer represents a credible threat, to Israel´s national security."

Voices for Vanunu
Papers from the conference: "Democracy, Human Rights and Mordechai Vanunu" an international conference held in Tel Aviv October 1996, under the presidency of Sir Joseph Rotblat, nuclear physicist and 1995 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Book published in 1998 by the UK Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu and for a Nuclear-Free Middle East, 133 pp, price ca. US$ 11, Euro 10 + postage, order from campaign@vanunu.freeserve.co.uk


7. APPEAL:

MORDECHAI VANUNU:

A LONG OVERDUE RELEASE - TIME FOR ISRAEL TO THANK, MAKE AMENDS AND MAKE UP FOR INJUSTICE TO ANTI-NUCLEAR HERO

According to press  reports Israel may not give Mordechai Vanunu his full and unconditional freedom upon his release from prison on April 21, 2004.

If these reports are accurate it gives reason for grave concern and would not show the slightest appreciation, on the part of Israel, for the general progress towards the goal of a Mid-East without weapons of mass destruction, with major concessions, in 2003, from Israel´s neighboring states Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Vanunu has suffered enormous hardship and injustice. He was incorrectly sentenced after a crime against him - an international kidnapping. He was neither a spy nor a traitor. Where is the foreign country that he conspired with? Which state secured him an early release through a swap of agents?

We must assume that Israel sees its nuclear weapons only as a deterrent - if so, Vanunu did his country a helpful service making them better known.

What Vanunu had to offer was mainly photographic evidence, of Israel´s nuclear weapons program as of 1985. That Israel possessed nuclear weapons was no military secret. Besides, nuclear scientists all agree that if Vanunu, a subordinate nuclear technician, ever had any secrets, these would have lost any and all value in only a few years.

Vanunu was sentenced to 18 years in prison, not to life or 20 years - or to 18 years with an open option for the Israeli government to extend the time.

Vanunu was exposed to cruel and inhuman treatment, torture, in the form of nearly 12 years in solitary confinement, he was denied normal parole after 12 years, and Israel has smeared and misrepresented his motives. Vanunu has had to pay a terrible price for his unselfish service to his country and to mankind, losing the most valuable period of his life, from age 32 to 49, and is now facing enormous difficulties in building a future for himself.

Vanunu wished democratic debate to penetrate also security matters and deserves recognition as a pioneer in the struggle for a more secure Israel, Mid-East - and world - free of nuclear weapons. Israel should thank Vanunu, make amends and make up for injustice to a corageous and heroic pioneer in the anti-nuclear struggle.

Through almost two decades the world has waited impatiently for Israel to live up to its claims of being a respectable democracy under the rule of law.

The full and unconditional release of Vanunu is long overdue.

Oslo, 5. February 2004-02-02

On behalf of the International Vanunu Committee


Fredrik S. Heffermehl


I’M YOUR SPY
Mordechai Vanunu

I am the clerk, the technician, the mechanic,
the driver.

They said, Do this, do that, don’t look left
or right,
don’t read the text. Don’t look at the whole
machine. You
are only responsible for this one bolt. For this
one rubber-stamp.
This is your only concern. Don’t bother
with what is above you.
Don’t try to think for us. Go on, drive. Keep
going. On, on.
So they thought, the big ones, the smart ones,
the futurologists.
There is nothing to fear. Not to worry.
Everything is ticking just fine.

Our little clerk is a diligent worker. He’s a
simple mechanic.
He’s a little man.
Little men’s ears don’t hear, their eyes
don’t see.
We have heads, they don’t
Answer them, said he to himself, said the
little man,
the man with a head of his own. Who is in
charge? Who knows
where this train is going?
Where is their head? I too have a head.
Why do I see the whole engine.
Why do I see the precipice —
is there a driver on this train?
The clerk driver technician mechanic
looked up.
He stepped back and saw — what a monster.
Can’t believe it. Rubbed his eyes and — yes,
it’s there all right. I’m all right. I do see
the monster. I’m part of the system.
I signed this form. Only now I am reading the
rest of it.
This bolt is part of a bomb. This bolt is me.
How
did I fail to see, and how do the others go on
fitting bolts. Who else knows?
Who has seen? Who has heard — The
emperor really is naked.
I see him. Why me? It’s not for me. It’s too big.
Rise and cry out. Rise and tell the people.
You can.
I, the bolt, the technician, mechanic —
Yes, you.
You are the secret agent of the people. You are
the eyes of the nation.
Agent-spy, tell us what you’ve seen. Tell us
what the insiders, the clever ones, have
hidden from us.
Without you, there is only the precipice.
Only catastrophe.
I have no choice. I’m a little man, a citizen,
one of the people,
but I’ll do what I have to. I’ve heard the voice
of my conscience
and there is nowhere to hide.
The world is small, small for Big Brother.
I’m your mission. I’m doing my duty. Take
it from me.
Come and see for yourselves. Lighten my
burden. Stop the train.
Get off the train. The next stop — nuclear
disaster. The next book,
the next machine. No. There is no such thing.

Mordechai Vanunu, Israel, was a subordinate nuclear technician at what proved to be a clandestine nuclear weapons program. Following his convictions he delivered evidence to a London newspaper, the Sunday Times. Israel’s secret police abducted him to Israel, via Rome, in grave violation of the territorial integrity of both Britain and Italy. He was sentenced as a spy to 18 years in prison. He wrote «I’m Your Spy» early during the first 11 1/2 years he was held in strict isolation. He is due to be released on April 21, 2004.

JE SUIS VOTRE ESPION
Mordechai Vanunu

Je suis l’employé, le technicien, le mécanicien, le chauffeur.
Ils disent. Faites ceci, faites cela, ne regardez ni à gauche
ni à droite,
Ne lisez pas ce qui est écrit. Ne regardez pas l’ensemble
de la machine. Vous
n’êtes responsable que de ce boulon. De ce
tampon en caoutchouc.
C’est tout ce qui vous concerne. Ne vous occupez pas
de ce qui vous dépasse.
N’essayez pas de penser pour nous. Allez, conduisez.
Continuez. En avant, en avant.
C’est ce qu’ils pensaient, les grosses têtes, les intelligents,
les futurologues.
Il n’y a rien à craindre. Ne vous en faites pas.
Tout va très bien.
Notre petit employé est un travailleur consciencieux. C’est un
simple mécanicien.
C’est un homme insignifiant
Les oreilles des hommes insignifiants n’entendent pas, leurs yeux
ne voient pas.
Nous avons des têtes, ils n’en ont pas
Réponds-leur, se dit-il en lui-même, se dit
l’homme insignifiant,
l’homme avec une tête bien à lui. Qui est
responsable? Qui sait
où mène ce train?
Où est leur tête? Moi aussi j’ai une tête.
Pourquoi est-ce que je vois la machine tout entière.
Pourquoi est-ce que je vois le précipice –
y a-t-il un conducteur sur ce train?
L’employé chauffeur technicien mécanicien
leva les yeux.
Il fit un pas en arrière et vit –quel monstre..
Impossible à croire. Se frotta les yeux et –oui,
C’est bien là. Je ne délire pas. Je vois bien
le monstre. Je fais partie du système.
j’ai signé ce formulaire. Ce n’est que maintenant que j’en lis
le reste.
Ce boulon fait partie d’une bombe. Ce boulon c’est moi.
Comment
ne l’ai-je pas vu plus tôt, et comment se fait-il que les autres
continuent à ajuster les boulons. Qui d’autre sait?
Qui a vu? Qui a entendu – L’empereur
est vraiment tout nu.
Je le vois. Pourquoi moi? Ce n’est pas pour moi. C’est trop énorme.
Dresse-toi et crie-le. Dresse-toi et dis-le au peuple.
Tu peux.
Moi, le boulon, le technicien, mécanicien –
Oui, toi.
Tu es l’agent secret du peuple. Tu es
les yeux de la nation.
Agent-espion, dis-nous ce que tu as vu. Dis-nous
ce que les initiés, les intelligents, nous ont
caché.
Sans toi, il n’y a que le précipice.
Que la catastrophe.
Je n’ai pas le choix. Je suis un petit homme, un citoyen,
un du peuple.
mais je ferai ce que j’ai à faire. J’ai entendu la voix
de ma conscience
Et il n’y a pas d’endroit où me cacher.
Le monde est petit, petit pour Big Brother.
Je suis votre mission. Je fais mon devoir. Prenez-le
de mes mains.
Venez voir par vous-mêmes. Allégez mon
fardeau. Arrêtez le train.
Descendez du train. Le prochain arrêt – désastre
nucléaire. Le prochain livre,
la prochaine machine. Non. Il n’y en a pas.

Mordechai Vanunu, d’Israël, était un technicien nucléaire subalterne dans ce qui s’est avéré être un programme clandestin d’armement nucléaire. Poussé par ses convictions, il en fournit les preuves à un journal londonien, le Sunday Times. La police secrète israélienne le kidnappa et le livra à Israël, via Rome, commettant ainsi une violation grave de l’intégrité territoriale de la Grande-Bretagne aussi bien que de l’Italie. Il fut condamné comme espion à 18 ans de prison. Il écrivit «Je suis votre espion» au début des premières 11 années? de son maintien en isolement complet. Traduction: Viviane Lerner.

SUNT SPIONUL VOSTRU
Mordechai Vanunu
 
Sunt angajatul, tehnicianul, mecanicul,
soferul.

Au spus. Fa-o pe asta, fa-o pe cealalta, nu te uita la stanga
sau la dreapta,
nu cititi textul. Nu te uita la toata masina. Tu
esti singurul responsabil pentru aceasta izbucnire. Pentru aceasta
aprobare.
Aceasta este singura ta procupare. Nu te stresa
pentru ce este mai presus de tine.
Nu incerca sa gandesti pentru noi. Hai, condu. Continua.
Mai departe, mai departe.
Asa gandeau, ei cei mari, ei cei destepti,
futurologistii.
Nu ai de ce sa sa te temi. Nu-ti face griji.
Totul merge foarte bine.

Functionarasul nostru este un muncitor serios. Este un
Simplu mecanic.
Este un om neimportant.
Urechileoamenilor neimportanti nu aud, ochii lor
nu vad.
Noi avem capuri, ei nu
Raspunde-le, isi spuse, spusese omul neimportant,
Barbatul cu un cap propriu. Cine
conduce? Cine stie
incotro se indreapta trenul?
Unde le este capul? Si eu am un cap.
De ce vad tot motorul.
De ce vad un hazard ---
exista vreun conductor in acest tren?
Functionarul soferul tehnicianul mecanic
se uita in sus
Facu un pas inapoi si a vazut --- ce monstru.
Nu pot sa cred. S-a frecat la ochi si -- da,
este intr-adevar acolo. Fac parte din sistem.
Am semnat aceasta formular. Doar acum citesc
restul.
Aceasta izbucnire face parte dintr-o bomba. Eu sunt aceasta izbucnire
Cum
de nu am putut sa vad, si cum continua ceilalti
sa pregateasca bombe. Cine mai stie?
Cine a vazut? Cine a auzit --- imparatul
este intr-adevar dezbracat.
Il vad. De ce eu? Nu este de mine. Este prea mare.
Ridica-te si striga. Ridica-te si spune-le oamenilor.
Poti.
Eu, izbucnirea, tehnicanul, mecanicul ---
Da, tu.
Tu esti agentul secret al poporului. Tu esti
ochii natiunii.
Agent-spion, spune-ne ce ai vazut. Spune-ne
ce au ascuns de noi
intrusii, cei destepti.
Fara tine, exista doar hazardul.
Doar catastrofa.
Nu am alternativa. Sunt un om neimportant, un cetatean,
unul dintre oameni,
Dar voi face ceea ce trebuie sa fac. Am auzit vocea
constiintei mele,
iar acum nu mai este nici un loc in care sa ma pot ascunde.
Lumea este mica, mica pentru Big Brother.
Eu sunt misiunea voastra. Imi fac datoria. Luati-o
 de langa mine.
Veniti si vedeti cu ochii vostri. Usurati-mi povara. Opriti trenul.
Coborati din tren. Urmatoarea oprire --- dezastrul
nuclear. Urmatoarea carte,
urmatoarea masina. Nu. Nu exista asa ceva.


Mordechai Vanunu, Israel, a fost un tehnician in domeniul nuclearului, asistent in cadrul a ceea ce s-a dovedit a fi un program clandestin pentru arme nucleare. Ascultandu-si constinta, a oferit dovezile unui ziar londonez, „The Sunday Times”. A fost rapit de politia secreta israeliana, care l-a dus in Israel via Roma violand grav integritatea teritoriala atat a Marii Britanii, cat si cea a Italiei. A fost condamnat la 18 ani inchisoare pentru spionaj. A scris „Sunt spionul vostru” la inceputul primilor 11 ani si  jumatate de inchisoare, timp în care a fost tinut in izolare stricta. Ar urma sa fie eliberat la 21 aprilie 2004.
Translation: Crina Resteman

JEG SPIONERER FOR DEG
Mordechai Vanunu

Jeg er den ansatte, teknikeren, operatøren sjåføren
De sa, Gjør ditt, gjør datt, ikke se til venstre eller høyre
les ikke teksten. Se ikke på hele maskinen.
Du har bare ansvar for denne ene skruen.
For stemple godkjent på din lille bit.
Det er alt du behøver å tenke på.
Ikke bry deg med det som er over din forstand.
Ikke prøv å tenke for oss. Fortsett, kjør.
Hold det gående. Videre, videre.

Slik tenkte de, de store, de kloke, de som former fremtiden.
Det er intet å frykte. Bekymre deg ikke.
Alt fungerer som det skal.
Vår lille ansatte er en bra arbeider.
En enkel operatør. En liten mann.
Små menns ører hører ikke, deres øyne ser ikke.
Vi har hoder, de har ikke det.
Svar dem, sa han til seg selv, sa den lille mann,
mannen med et eget hode. Hvem har kommandoen? Hvem vet
hvor dette toget er på vei?
Hvor er deres overhode? Også jeg har et hode.
Hvorfor ser jeg hele maskineriet?
Hvorfor ser jeg stupet -
har dette toget noen fører?
Den ansatte tekniker, sjåfør, operatør så opp.
Han gikk bakover og stirret - hvilket monster.
Jeg kan ikke tro det. Gnidde sine øyne og - jo
det er jo faktisk der. Og jeg faktisk her.
Jeg ser monsteret. Jeg er del av systemet.
Jeg undertegnet skjemaet. Først nå leser jeg det hele.
Denne skruen er del av en bombe. Denne skruen er meg.
Hvordan kunne jeg unngå å se, hvordan kan de andre
fortsette å skru tingene sammen. Hvem ellers vet?
Hvem har sett? Hvem har hørt? - Keiseren er virkelig naken.
Jeg ser ham. Hvorfor jeg? Det er ikke min sak. For stort.
Reise seg og rope ut. Reise seg og fortelle alt folket. Du kan.
Jeg, skruen, teknikeren, operatøren? - Ja, du.
Du er folkets hemmelige agent. Du er nasjonens øyne.
Agent-spion, fortell oss hva du har sett. Fortell oss hva de på innsiden, de smarte, har holdt i skjul for oss.
Uten deg er det bare stupet
Bare katastrofen.
Jeg har ikke noe valg. Jeg er en liten mann, en borger, en av folket,
men jeg vil gjøre det jeg må gjøre. Jeg har hørt stemmen
fra min samvittighet og kan ikke unnslippe den.
Verden er liten, liten for Storebror.
Jeg har oppdrag fra deg. Jeg gjør min plikt. Ta den fra meg.
Kom og se det selv. Lett min byrde. Stans toget.
Kom deg av toget. Neste stasjon - atomkatastrofen. Neste bok,
neste maskin. Nei. Noe slikt fins ikke.

Skrevet i Ashqelon-fengselet, Israel

Mordechai Vanunu, Israel, var underordnet atomtekniker ved et anlegg som viste seg å være et hemmelig atomvåpenprogram. Vanunu fulgte sin samvittighet og overga fotografiske bevis for virksomheten til avisen Sunday Times, London. Israels hemmelige politi bortførte ham til Israel, via Roma, en klar krenkelse av britisk og italiensk lov.
Etter å være dømt som spion til 18 år i fengsel, ble Vanunu holdt i streng isolasjon i enecelle i over 11 1/2 år. En strøm av appeller fra hele verden har hittil ikke maktet å få slutt på Israels brutale og ulovlige behandling av Vanunu Israel har varslet at han skal settes fri 21. april 2004. Oversettelse: Fredrik S. Heffermehl.

VUESTRO FIEL ESPÍA
Mordechai Vanunu

Yo soy el oficinista, el técnico, el mecánico,
el conductor.
Decían, Haz esto, haz lo otro, sin mirar a la izquierda
ni a la derecha,
no leas el texto. No mires el conjunto de
la máquina. Tú sólo
eres responsable de este tornillo, de este
sello en particular.
Ésta es tu única ocupación. No te importe
lo que pueda haber por encima de ti.
No intentes pensar por nosotros. Vamos, conduce. Sigue
adelante. Sigue, sigue.
Así pensaban los grandes, los inteligentes,
los visionarios.
No hay nada que temer. Ni por qué preocuparse.
todo va perfectamente.
Nuestro oficinista es muy diligente. Es un
simple mecánico.
Es un hombrecillo.
Los hombrecillos no oyen, sus ojos
no ven.
Nosotros tenemos cerebro, ellos no.
Contéstales, se dijo a sí mismo, se dijo
el hombrecillo,
el hombre con cerebro propio. ¿Quién manda
aquí? ¿Quién sabe
adónde va este tren?
¿Dónde tienen el cerebro? Yo también tengo cerebro.
¿Por qué veo la maquinaria completa?
¿Por qué veo el precipicio?
¿lleva conductor este tren?
El oficinista-conductor-técnico-mecánico
miró hacia arriba.
Se echó hacia atrás y miró —¡monstruoso!
No lo podía creer. Se frotó los ojos y... sí,
ahí está. Estoy bien. Veo
el monstruo. Soy parte del sistema.
Firmé aquel documento. Y sólo ahora leo el resto
de las palabras.
Este tornillo es parte de una bomba. El tornillo soy yo.
Cómo
pude no verlo, y cómo siguen los demás
poniendo tornillos. ¿Quién más lo sabe?
¿Quién ha visto? ¿Quién ha oído?
El emperador está desnudo.
Lo veo. ¿Por qué yo? Esto no es para mí. Es demasiado grande.
Levántate y grita. Levántate y dilo a los demás.
Tú puedes.
Yo, el tornillo, el técnico, el mecánico.
Sí, tú.
Tú eres el agente secreto del pueblo. Tú eres
los ojos de la nación.
Agente-espía, cuéntanos lo que has visto. Cuéntanos
lo que los iniciados, los inteligentes,
nos ocultan.
Sin ti sólo hay precipicio.
Sólo catástrofe.
No tengo elección. Soy un hombrecillo, un ciudadano,
uno más de la masa,
pero haré lo que debo. He oído la voz
de la conciencia
y no puedo esconderme de ella.
El mundo es pequeño, pequeño para el Gran Hermano.
Yo soy tu misión. Estoy cumpliendo con mi deber. Aliviadme
este peso.
Venid y ved con vuestros ojos. Aliviad mi
carga. Parad el tren.
Bajaos del tren. Próxima parada: el desastre
nuclear. El próximo libro,
la siguiente máquina. No. No existe tal cosa.

Mordechai Vanunu (Israel), era un técnico nuclear de segundo
nivel que trabajaba en lo que se demostró que era un
programa clandestino de armas nucleares. Como ejercicio
de coherencia con sus convicciones, facilitó pruebas de ello
a un diario londinense, el Sunday Times. En 1986, la policía
secreta israelí lo secuestró para devolverlo a Israel, vía
Roma, cometiendo una grave violación de la integridad territorial
del Reino Unido y de Italia. Fue condenado a 18
años de prisión por espionaje. Escribió «Soy tu espía» a principios
de los primeros once años y medio, tiempo en que
fue mantenido en un régimen de total aislamiento. A pesar
de las continuas apelaciones recibidas de todo el mundo,
todavía se encuentra en prisión.