Spy sentenced to life in U.S. prison can now return to Israel

We look forward to seeing our client in Israel. Naval intelligence analyst to smuggle thousands of top-secret documents to his Israeli spymasters, who paid him handsomely. “It reflected political vengeance, plain and simple.”Pollard was arrested in 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. prison can now return to Israel after completing parole

November 21, 2020 / 9:25 PM
/ CBS News

A former spy who was once convicted to life with the possibility of parole under the Espionage Act has completed his parole and can return to Israel, his lawyers said Saturday. In 1987, Pollard was sentenced to life in prison; his then-wife Anne was sentenced to five years as an accessory after the fact. In 1988, Pollard gave his first interview while in prison to “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace, which garnered significant controversy.”I can give you a number of soft reasons why I was motivated to do what I did,” he told Wallace. Pollard has been subject to these U.S. ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer for working with the Trump administration.From the archives: Jonathan Pollard on “60 Minutes”The U.S. Pollard said Weinberger was withholding information Israel was entitled to receive under a secret U.S.-Israeli intelligence-sharing agreement. Spy sentenced to life in U.S. Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, according to NPR, although former President Bill Clinton shot down a request for clemency. 
First published on November 21, 2020 / 9:25 PM Pollard was released from prison in 2015 after serving more than 30 years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s media adviser said Saturday that Netanyahu “welcomes” Pollard’s release and that Netanyahu “hopes to see Jonathan Pollard in Israel soon, and together with all Israelis.”

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The prime minister’s statement thanked outgoing U.S. government restrictions,” Pollard’s lawyers said in a statement. Jonathan Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst who was convicted for selling thousands of documents to Israel, was the only American to ever receive a life sentence for spying for an ally. He told Wallace he didn’t deserve a life sentence. “Soft reasons, having to do with a family that was destroyed in the Holocaust, having to do with the realization that this government in the ’40s had abandoned the Jewish people to its fate in Europe.” There was also a “hard reason,” he said: He believed Caspar Weinberger, then secretary of defense, was neglecting his obligation to Israel. prison can now return to Israel

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Spy sentenced to life in U.S. Parole Commission said Friday that after five years on parole, Pollard’s parole supervision is terminated and he is no longer subject to the conditions of parole.”During the past five years, since his release on parole from federal prison, Mr. “My sentence did not reflect proportional justice,” he said. “We are grateful and delighted that our client is finally free of any restrictions, and is now a free man in all respects.