White House: No Change on Pollard (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/13/12)
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It appears that President Barack Obama does not intend to free
"Our position has not changed and will not change today," White House
Spokesman Jay Carney told journalists at a daily briefing Wednesday
when asked about the subject. "I would simply remind you that Mr.
Pollard was convicted of very serious crimes."
In his meeting with his American counterpart Wednesday, President
Peres will ask Obama to grant a pardon for Jonathan Pollard on
In a Fox News interview, President Peres made it clear that he would
not ask that President Obama pardon Pollard, only that his sentence
be reduced to the time already served.
Pollard, incarcerated for some 27 years on a single charge of passing
classified information to an ally (Israel), has been in increasingly
poor health. He was hospitalized several times over the past year,
including for emergency surgery.
Peres has said he will discuss the issue of a pardon for Pollard with
Obama during a private meeting. Since he is himself a president who
has the ability to grant pardons, Peres said, he understands the many
concerns involved. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/13/12)
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