Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard granted parole, will be released in November

Business Insider – by Michael B. Kelley

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released in November after have been granted parole, according to his lawyers and an Israeli official.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the decision by the federal parole board was unanimous and the US government didn’t oppose his release.

Pollard, 60, was serving a life term in a North Carolina prison after pleading guilty to spying for Israel from June 1984 until his arrest in November 1985.  

Jonathan PollardThe former Navy intelligence officer — using his Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information access to national defense information — provided Israel with thousands of pages of US intelligence on military and technical intelligence on the Soviet Union, Arab states, and Pakistan.

The lobby for Pollard’s release has become a mainstream cause in Israel with the general argument being that he has already served 28 years for actions that benefited a key U.S. ally but did not harm the national security of the U.S.

Prosecutors in the case stated that “Pollard compromised a breadth and volume of classified information as great as in any reported espionage case” in U.S. history.

In 2006 Pollard’s handler, superspy Rafi Eitan, told the newspaper Yediot Aharonot that Pollard provided “information of such high quality and accuracy, so good and so important to the country’s security” that “my desire, my appetite to get more and more material overcame me.”

Pollard issued a public apology in 1997. His lawyer says his health is failing as he suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney stones.

The statement by Pollard’s lawyers noted that the decision “wasn’t in any way related to US negotiations with Iran.” Reports over the weekend implied that US officials were pushing to release Pollard to help smooth things over with Israel after Iran and world powers reached a historic nuclear deal.

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9 thoughts on “Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard granted parole, will be released in November

    1. hanging is a military punishment.

      the death sentence at that time would have been the gas chamber or the electric chair.
      i would have gassed him – then atleast one of them would have actually been gassed!

      the public could still deal with him.

  1. Yes, let’s appease the jews more. “Here, take your spy back. We gave you access to everything you wanted, we just wanted to make it look good.”

  2. Gee…Why am I not surprised? Told you they would release him. They would never hang an Israeli or one of the “Chosen People”. They did the same thing to those Israelis after 9/11 and those Israelis after the Boston bombing. Why should this be any different?

  3. “…his health is failing as he suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney stones.”

    Hope he has hemorrhoids the size of golf balls on top of all that.

  4. Dog and Pony Show swap for Iran Deal or something…

    Anyone who didn’t think this would happen doesn’t understand that this nation is lawless and is owned by the anti-Christ…and the minions of same, the Israeli govt.

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