“I looked at the executives as they argued among themselves. It was clear there would be no agreement. ‘OK,’ I interrupted, ‘we go with it. Clear page one and all of pages four and five.’ They shuffled out, some of them clearly dismayed by my decision: ‘This will be Andrew’s Hitler Diaries,’ Peter Roberts, the managing editor, was heard to mumble as he returned to his office.
But you cannot run a newspaper as a democracy and decide important matters by a vote ….”
We published and were indeed damned from some quarters, but the paper got huge worldwide publicity. As Andrew said, “It was a major global scoop, backed up not just by a long and detailed text but by photographs and diagrams of what was happening underground in Dimona, accompanied by a huge 3-D graphic to illustrate the purpose of each of its six subterranean floors.”
For me it began a task that has lasted half a lifetime. In the following months, I uncovered what had happened to Mordechai and after two years we managed to expose Cindy. She freaked out when I photographed her in her living room at an Israeli seaside resort.
I then covered Mordechai’s ill-treatment over the years and was back in Israel for his release after eighteen years behind bars, over even in solitary confinement. And I ended up (briefly) in an Israeli dungeon myself which you can read more about here.