Relief for Neil as Vanunu is released

Neil told Sky News of his ‘regrets’

Former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil said he regretted not doing more to protect nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

The former nuclear technician walked free on Wednesday after spending 18 years in prison for disclosing details of Israel’s secret nuclear programme to The Sunday Times. But he remains an internal exile, forbidden to travel abroad.

Vanunu was kidnapped by Mossad after being lured to Rome from London, where he was being interviewed by The Sunday Times.

Neil told Sky News: “It’s such a relief to see him out after spending 18 years in prison for being a whistleblower.

“I still have regrets that we couldn’t have done more to keep him out of Mossad’s hands.”

He added: “It was because we took so long to interrogate him that he became impatient and left the safe houses and safe hotels we had provided for him.”

Neil said he did not believe Vanunu had any more secrets to disclose.

By Dominic Ponsford

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