Peres to Plead for Pollard – Again (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/05/12)
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President Shimon Peres will meet Sunday with MKs Uri Ariel and Ronit
Tirosh who will hand him a letter for US president Barak Obama asking
for the release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.
The letter bears the signatures of 80 Israeli lawmakers. Peres´s
office told Arutz Sheva that the president working hand in hand with
the leaders of the Freedom for Paollard Committee to maximize efforts
to secure his release.
Last week, Peres bureau chief Efrat Duvdevani and other senior
staffers made arrangements for the President to receive and deliver
The President´s Office noted that Peres will next meet with Obama in
June to formally request Pollard´s release on behalf of the citizens
Peres also requested Pollard´s release during his last meeting with
Obama, following the AIPAC conference in early March.
Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy, has been
serving a life sentence since 1987 for one count of conspiracy to
deliver national security information to a foreign government.
Pollard told Wolf Blitzer that year that he provided Israel with
satellite photography of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
headquarters in Tunisia, specific capabilities of Libya´s air
defenses, and "the pick of U.S. intelligence about Arab and Islamic
conventional and unconventional military activity."
Other´s convicted of the same crime, including those who pass
intelligence data to hostile nations, have been given average
sentences of 7 years or less in prison.
Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, but denies he was an
Israeli agent. In 1998, Israeli officials said Pollard had worked for
an "unauthorized rogue operation."
The disparity of Pollard´s sentence with those of others convicted of
the same crime has turned his lengthy incarceration into an issue for
Jewish and Israeli leaders have been joined by numerous US officials
and lawmakers in calling for Pollard´s release.
In 2010 representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Edolphus Towns (D-
N.Y.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) wrote a
letter which "notes the positive impact that a grant of clemency
would have in Israel, as a strong indication of the goodwill of our
nation towards Israel and the Israeli people."
On November 18, 2010, 39 members of Congress submitted a Plea Of
Clemency to the White House on behalf of Pollard, asking the
president for his immediate release.
"Such an exercise of the clemency power would not in any way imply
doubt about his guilt, nor cast any aspersions on the process by
which he was convicted," they wrote.
Former CIA director James Woolsey has also endorsed Pollard´s release
on two conditions: that he show contrition and decline any profits
from books or other projects linked to the case. (IsraelNationalNews
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