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It fitted the mould of what ‘Insight’ reporting should be about: ‘It should be fairly big, something of major concern,’ said Phillip Knightley, a former ‘Insight’ staffer. ’5 Robin Morgan, editor of the ‘Insight’ team, sent a reporter, John Swain, to Madrid to check Guerrero’s story. Within 24 hours he replied, as Tim Brown had: ‘The man’s very devious, but he does have these photographs. ’6 Swain flew Guerrero to London. Morgan turned to ‘Insight’ team member Peter Hounam to follow up the story.
Two of his sisters, Shulamit and Haviva, had married Chassidic Jews (one of whom today heads a Talmudical academy) and lived in Benei Beraq. Nanette, a trained teacher, had a job outside Beersheba. Mordechai was closest then to Bruria, perhaps because she was less strictly religious than the other sisters. And it was to her that he brought his various possessions for safekeeping before leaving, including his diaries. On 17 January 1986 he sailed from Haifa for Athens, leaving a country he intended not to see for a long time.
In late July they had been in touch with Carl Robinson, the Sydney-based South Pacific correspondent of Newsweek. Calling themselves only ‘David’ and ‘Alberto Bravo’, Vanunu and Guerrero said they could prove that Israel possessed the Bomb. qxd 24/9/05 12:24 Page 37 DEVIL’S ADVOCATE 37 photographs. Newsweek’s New York headquarters began checking the information Robinson filed. 2 With Vanunu remaining in Australia, Guerrero decided to take a couple of Vanunu’s photographs of Dimona abroad in the hope of raising interest among the international media.