If I had my druthers, every single person who betrayed American secrets to a foreign power - ANY foreign power - would either receive a death sentence or life with no parole (save trading them for one of our people that got caught).
HOWEVER, that’s not what we do. As Mrs. Pollard mentioned in her letter, we usually let these people off considerably earlier. We do, for example, let people off who spied for (otherwise) friendly powers (or non-hostile ones, whichever term you prefer) in a considerably shorter period of time than those who spied for outright hostile powers like Russia, China, etc. But even spies for hostile powers serve, on average, far lighter and less harsh sentences than Pollard already has served. Again, I don’t like those light sentences, but facts are facts.
Which brings me to my conclusion: if there is to be anything approaching “Equal Justice Under Law” (you know, that phrase that is supposed to actually mean something, and which is carved into the front of the Supreme Court), then Pollard must be released immediately. Frankly, he should have been released a long time ago. Virtually equal treatment for virtually equal crimes - that’s what “Equal Justice Under Law” means.
Another factor to be considered here is that there was a deal between Pollard and the US government before sentencing, under which Pollard would provide as complete an account of what he took and how he did it, in return for a recommendation of a lenient sentence. Pollard abided by his part of that agreement...but the government did not. First off, there was no recommendation of leniency made. Second, and very disturbingly, Caspar Weinberger (then Secretary of Defense AND AN AGENT OF ONE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CASE) met with the judge ex parte (i.e. by himself, outside of the courtroom, and without the knowledge of the other party) and made a very strong recommendation that Pollard be given life without parole. Aside from the horrible impropriety of the action itself (and Weinberger was a highly intelligent and experience attorney, so he KNEW better - and should have been disbarred for doing this), is the fact that he was descended from Jews...and had, throughout his career, bent over backwards to prove that his family history had no effect on his job, policy positions, etc. While otherwise admirable, in this case his own insecurity has led to the excessive punishment of a person who had nothing to do with Weinberger’s imagined problem (”imagined” because I’m not aware of any problem he ever encountered regarding his family history). So you have excessive punishment combined with extremely bad faith on the part of the government - Pollard should be released, since his continued incarceration is a stain on our system.
“then...Pollard must be released immediately”
We know he spied for Israel, SAfrica, and for Pakistan...
...due to secred classification, we the public, do not know the extent of what he released.
He is where he should be but if anybody let’s him go it will be a weak on security President like Obama, who will be hardline on Israel and then throw them a bone with Pollard.
Assuming that story is true, I'd say his actions are a pretty strong indication that the government's rationale for keeping Pollard in prison is based on some extraordinary circumstances.
Bill Clinton supposedly promised the Israeli government that he would issue a clemency order for Pollard before he left office. The fact that someone as unprincipled and emotionally stunted as that moron felt a need to keep him behind bars is a very telling sign, too.
I don't care what the reasoning is behind the "other side" .