Skip to comments.U.S. Spy Pollard Claims Torture in Prison
Posted on 05/08/2005 9:34:25 PM PDT by SmithL
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jonathan Pollard, an American imprisoned in the United States for spying for Israel, is seeking to be declared a Prisoner of Zion a status that would require Israel to do all it can to get him released, his lawyer said Sunday.
Israel, which has pressed the issue of releasing Pollard with the U.S. government, has so far refused to assign him that status, which was originally created for Jewish activists imprisoned in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s.
Pollard's petition alleges he was kept naked for more than a year in solitary confinement in subzero temperatures. It claims his U.S. jailers also soaked him with ice water, forced him to sleep on a bare concrete slab, and lied to him that the Israeli government had arranged his release.
His lawyer, Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, said Pollard has complained about torture to the U.S. Embassy since the outset of his imprisonment nearly 19 years ago, but this is the first time the complaints have been included in a legal document.
The document asks Israel's Supreme Court to force the government to declare Pollard a Prisoner of Zion, she said.
Asked what took Pollard so long to go public with the alleged torture, Darshan-Leitner said he did so after despairing of persuading the Israeli government to declare him a Prisoner of Zion.
Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy when he copied and gave to his Israeli handlers classified documents. He was not paid when his spying began in 1984, but acknowledged that Israel later began paying him a few thousand dollars a month.
Pollard was caught in November 1985 and arrested after unsuccessfully seeking refuge at the Israeli Embassy. His case has strained U.S.-Israeli relations.
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What? No underwear on the head? What a wimp.
Change your religion to Muslim, Pollard, and you'll get heard...
"Pollard's petition alleges he was kept naked for more than a year in solitary confinement in subzero temperatures."
Numb-ass lies is more like it.
"Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy when he copied and gave to his Israeli handlers classified documents."
It doesn't matter if they call him a "Prisoner of Zion" or "Susan" (like his cellmate); the best way to refer to Pollard is "traitor."
It's amazing he's still alive after such alleged torture. Naked in solitary in subzero temperatures for more than a year? Soaked with ice water, sleeping on concrete, and he's still alive? I'm afraid Mr. Pollard is exaggerating a little in order to try and force Israel to demand his release. The only problem from the American point of view is that Pollard is an American traitor, regardless of which country he sold classified documents to.
Pollard knew better, and perhaps his sentence was more harsh than other traitors, but he continues as a gadfly in U.S. - Israeli relations.
He sure sounds like he already has changed his religion.
Playing a tired old race card
You're not in NYC Pollard
Pollard's defenders assert the USA should have been giving the secret info to Israel and therefore he cannot be prosecuted
I won't bring up the King David Hotel bombing or the sneak attack on the USS Liberty - anyone not aware of the details can look them up themselves
He should have been shot as a traitor
Send him to Gitmo and let him get some sun
Pollard spied for Israel. He gave them classified information. That wasn't his choice to make. I wonder if an Israeli offered us information that was equally as vital, if we would turn it down.
Simply put, he gave them the information, he was caught, he was sentenced. What on G-d's green earth does the King David Hotel have to do with that?
What happened? Did we cut off this lardass's supply of taxpayer provided Twinkies? I'll pay for the Twinkies if I get to jam them down his worthless trairtorous throat until he explodes. What a waste of skin this turd is.
And it's just as well that you won't, because neither event has anything to do with Pollard. Or do they, what do you think?
So shoot him and end his "torture".
I think the more important question to be asked regarding this incident..among many others...is why does the US continue to put so much support behind Israel?
Pollard is a traitor. Period.