Between 1976 and 1985, Vanunu was employed as a nuclear plant as a mid level technican at the Dimona research station. In which time he took secret photos of the operation of Israels nuclear program. He was laid off in 1985 one year prior to his release of secret information in the UK.The Sunday Times spent extensive time verifying Vanunuís story with leading nuclear weapon experts, including former U.S. nuclear weapons designer Theodore Taylor, who concluded that Israel had almost certainly begun manufacturing thermonuclear weapons. Almost certaingly not definitiveVanunu states in his letters that he intended to share the money received from the newspaper for the information with the Anglican Church of Australia. On October 5, the Sunday Times published the information he had revealed, and estimated that Israel had produced more than 100 nuclear warheads.Vanunu was put on trial in Israel on charges of treason and espionage In which he was convicted and served 18 years. In 2004, shortly before his scheduled release, Vanunu remained defiant under interrogation by the security service Shabak. In recordings of the interview made public after his release, he is heard saying "I am neither a traitor nor a spy, I only wanted the world to know what was happening." He also said, "We don't need a Jewish state. There needs to be a Palestinian state. Jews can, and have lived anywhere, so a Jewish State is not necessary."
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