Former CIA chief urges release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Haaretz 07/05/12)
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In letter to Wall Street Journal, R. James Woolsey writes: For those
hung up on the fact that he´s an American Jew, pretend he´s a Greek-
or Korean- or Filipino-American and free him.
Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard must be released, former CIA
chief R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor sent to the
Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, arguing that one reasons Pollard
has remained in prison for as long as he has was that he was an
Woolsey, who has voiced his support for the release of the convicted
spy in the past, wrote in the letter that, while he had "recommended
against clemency for Jonathan Pollard early in the first Clinton
administration when I was director of Central Intelligence, but now,
nearly two decades later, I support his release. What would I say has
changed? The passage of time."
"When I recommended against clemency, Pollard had been in prison less
than a decade. Today he has been incarcerated for over a quarter of a
century under his life sentence," he added.
The former U.S. intelligence chief then said that the Israeli spy has
been penalized in a harsher manner than other spies the United States
apprehended, that of "the more than 50 recently convicted Soviet bloc
and Chinese spies, only two—Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen—also
received life sentences, and two-thirds of these some-50 enemy spies
served or have been sentenced to less time than Pollard has already
Finally, Woolsey wrote to the Wall Street Journal that the
was "absolutely no reason for Pollard to be imprisoned for as long as
Ames and Hanssen, and substantially longer than spies from other
friendly, allied, and neutral countries."
"For those hung up for some reason on the fact that he´s an American
Jew, pretend he´s a Greek- or Korean- or Filipino-American and free
him," he culminated.
Israeli officials have recently renewed official calls to release the
convicted Israeli spy, attempts hastened by reports of his
deteriorating health in U.S. prison.
Most recently, President Shimon Peres raised the issue during a visit
to Washington last month, upon being awarded the Presidential Medal
However, prior to Peres´ arrival, White House spokesman Jay Carney
said that "the public shouldn´t expect any surprises on this issue."
"Our position has not changed and will not change today. Mr. Pollard
was convicted of extremely serious crimes," Carney said. (© Copyright
2012 Ha´aretz 07/05/12)
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