President John F. Kennedy
Freed Israeli nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu said in an interview published today that Israel was behind the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, prompting some Israeli officials to hope aloud the far-fetched comments will hurt Vanunu’s credibility.
Vanunu, a former nuclear technician who was recently released from Israeli prison after serving an 18-year sentence for exposing Israel’s nuclear program at Dimona to Britain’s Sunday Times, has been barred from leaving the country, talking to the media or meeting with foreigners.
But the London-based al-Hayat newspaper published an interview yesterday it claims is the first Vanunu has given, in which the spy said that according to “near-certain indications,” Kennedy was assassinated due to “pressure he exerted on then head of government, David Ben-Gurion, to shed light on Dimona’s nuclear reactor.”
“We do not know which irresponsible Israeli prime minister will take office and decide to use nuclear weapons in the struggle against neighboring Arab countries,” Vanunu was quoted as saying. “What has already been exposed about the weapons Israel is holding can destroy the region and kill millions.”
Vanunu, who would not be in a position to know the current security apparatus of Israel’s nuclear plant, also claims the Middle East is at risk of a “second Chernobyl” in the event of an accident at the Dimona plant. He said an earthquake could cause fissures to the core that would create a massive radiation leak “threatening millions.”
Jordan should test residents in the border regions with Israel to be sure that they have not already been exposed to any radiation and administer the necessary medicine, Venunu said. He also criticized the visit to Israel early this month by the head of the Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed el-Baradei.
“He (Baradei) should have refused to have visited Israel (because) he was not allowed to inspect the nuclear reactor,” Vanunu said.
According to al-Hayat, Vanunu now lives “with his Palestinian friends” in east Jerusalem.
Israeli officials would not comment on what actions they would take against Vanunu, who had agreed as part of the terms of his release, that he would not grant media interviews.
“The opinions on Vanunu are divided,” Ra’anan Gissin, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told reporters. “Some say let him speak and it adds to the ambiguity policy, while others say the more he speaks the more he raises tensions, particularly in the current atmosphere.”
Gissin said Vanunu’s comments regarding JFK work to discredit the former spy. “This is something you would expect from [Yasser] Arafat,” Gissin said.
Separately, an Israeli source told WorldNetDaily that after the Kennedy assassination, Israeli intelligence carried out an exercise to see how shooter Lee Harvey Oswald, who used a mail-order, clip-fed 6.5mm rifle, was able to kill Kennedy from his angle on the sixth floor of a nearby building.
The simulation exercise reportedly featured expert marksmen using more powerful equipment set up on tripods and utilized a laser direction-finder to show where the people in Kennedy’s car would have been hit after the marksmen fired. The source said the exercise showed it was “nearly impossible for Oswald to have done what he did.”
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