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December 17, 2013 7:09 pm

Former Senate Intelligence Staffer Urges Jonathan Pollard’s Release, Offers Expert Testimony

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JNS.org Boston University international relations professor Angelo Codevilla, who was a senior staffer on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at the time of the arrest of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in 1985, wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama calling for Pollard’s release and offering to give expert testimony on Pollard’s behalf.

In his letter, Codevilla noted that Pollard is the only person in U.S. history “sentenced to life imprisonment for passing information to an ally, without intent to harm America,” a crime that normally only “carries a sentence of 2-4 years.”

“Having been intimately acquainted with the materials that Pollard passed and with the ‘sources and methods’ by which they were gathered, I would be willing to give expert testimony that Pollard is guilty of neither more nor less than what the indictment alleges,” he wrote.

On Dec. 10, Bill Richardson—formerly New Mexico’s governor and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations—also wrote a letter to Obama calling for Pollard’s release. In a conference call with reports on Tuesday, Richardson said he expects “sometime soon that I’ll get a chance to talk to [Obama] about several things,” including Pollard. Asked by JNS.org what his main argument for Pollard’s release would be in a conversation with Obama, Richardson said, “You want to make the most effective argument, and the most effective argument is on humanitarian grounds.”

Pollard’s has “been punished enough, he’s been in prison 29 years, the man has suffered enough, he’s not well,” said Richardson.

Richardson said he believes the Pollard case is “reaching a point where I sense some momentum,” through increased calls for his release by both former government officials and the general public.

“I see increased social media, Facebook, [and] Twitter [activity] on this subject, and that is read, that is something that I think is increasing momentum and has increased the potential for [Pollard’s] release,” he said.

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  • Michael

    Americans are less upset that Israel spies on countries to include the U.S; but very upset that an American citizen would sell out the country of his birth to assist a foreign power. The U.S. COULD have taken SEVERE economic measures against Israel, but did not. Our contempt is directed at Pollard and less so against the country which recruited him.

    • Elmo Glick

      He didn’t “sell out” America. That implies that he caused harm to the U.S. He did not.

  • Beatrix

    Americans who spied for Russia and China have long been freed from prison. Only Pollard who spied for Israel remains. People get angry that Israel would spy on America, an ally, but America spies on Israel. And England, France and Italy, who spy on us.

    What could Polard have discovered and shared that is so dangerous that he has remained in prison for 29 years? Maybe nothing, Maybe he’s there as a lesson to all Jews whom they believe may have dual loyalties, and so they want to scare us into keeping America’s secrets to ourselves.

    • BuckDePublick

      Excellent post, which prompts me to remind those who might have forgotten:

      Quite a bit of blame for the pillorying of Pollard rests with this miserable piece of dreck:

      CASPAR “the self-hating Jew” WEINBERGER, who–despite retreat into safe Episcopalianism several generations back–HATED his Jewish forebears so much that, in his KAPO mentality, Pollard was the ideal sacrifice.

      Pollard is a HERO!

      • Elmo Glick

        Pollard was over-sentenced by the anti-semitic judge, Aubrey Robinson. I learned this from a Jewish former Asst. U.S. Attorney who saw evidence of Robinson’s anti-semitism as far back as the 1970’s, long before the Pollard case. The Jewish former AUSA who told me this was not sympathetic to Pollard, by the way.

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