Skip to comments.George Schultz urges Obama to free Pollard
Posted on 01/26/2011 11:02:01 PM PST by dervish
Former US Secretary of State who served under Ronald Reagan joins list of senior security officials calling for Pollard's release.
Former US secretary of state George Shultz has joined a long list of former senior American and Israeli security officials calling upon US President Barack Obama to release Jonathan Pollard.
In a letter obtained by The Jerusalem Post Tuesday night, Shultz wrote that he was impressed that the people who are best informed about the classified material Pollard passed to Israel now favor his release. He cited former CIA director James Woolsey, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis DeConcini, and former attorney- general Michael Mukasey.
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I am writing to join with many others in urging you to consider that Jonathan Pollard has now paid a huge price for his espionage on behalf of Israel and should be released from prison, Shultz wrote.
Shultz served as the US secretary of state from 1982-1989 under President Ronald Reagan and played a key role when then-defense secretary Caspar Weinberger took action to ensure that Pollard would be given a life sentence. Shultz is currently the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
This is huge because he is the only one out of the Reagan- Weinberger-triumverate who were involved in the case who is still alive, and he is saying enough is enough, Pollards wife Esther said.
This is startling news that a man of his stature has gotten involved. It adds dramatically to the compelling nature of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus call for Jonathans release.
Shultz is the first former US secretary to openly call for Pollards release and is a respected Republican figure. People involved in the effort to release Pollard said Shultzs endorsement would go a long way toward persuading other Republicans to join the campaign.
As secretary of state, Shultz handled some of the earliest high-level contacts with the Israelis when the case first broke. According to the 1987 Eban Report by the Knesset committee that investigated the Pollard affair, Shultz requested and secured from then prime minister Shimon Peres a commitment to return the documents that Pollard had provided to Israel.
These documents were then used by the Americans to indict Pollard, and served as the only evidence against him.
Israels cooperation in this matter with the US was virtually unprecedented. It was reportedly the only time in the history of modern espionage that any country had ever cooperated in the incrimination and prosecution of its own agent.
I know this isn’t the case with Pollard, but I tell ya what. If I ever somehow got my hands on documents indicating that the U.S. was planning on selling out Israel to the muzzies, you bet I’d hand ‘em over to the nearest Israeli embassy.
Why would George Schultz former Secretary of State, Laerence Korb a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Phillip Heyman former Deputy US AG all say Pollard did not harm US and advocate for his release if he had spied for China?
No damage? The Defense Department says differently....
By the time he was caught, he caused enough damage to U.S. intelligence that, according to the Defense Department, it cost between $3 billion and $5 billion to fix because of what he compromised, Mr. DiGenova said. That the country he spied for is seeking clemency is not only unprecedented, it is a joke.
Joseph DiGenova, the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case, said Tuesday that Pollard was a spy who was paid and who tried to entice others to join his operation.
Officials said at the time that the documents revealed information about the identities of U.S. and allied agents and electronic eavesdropping programs, as well as data that compromised codes used in secret communications.
Just because Pollard started off spying for Israel, and most Jews think Pollard was spying only for Israel, a new report from the Department of Defense, “Changes in Espionage by Americans: 1947-2007, lists China, on Page 108, as a beneficiary, alongside Israel, of Pollards espionage.
In 1993 Secretary of Defense Les Aspin reported that Pollard had tried 14 times to disclose classified information in letters written to various recipients from his prison cell.
then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger said, “It is difficult for me...to conceive of greater harm done to national security.”
By his own estimates Pollard passed to his Israeli handlers more than 800 classified publications and more than 1,000 cables, probably the largest cache of materials ever passed through espionage. At one point, when Pollard's new wife was hoping to clinch a job interview at an international public relations firm with branches in China, he brought home five secret studies on China. Her presentation was assessed as brilliant.
Pollard also tried to sell/trade secrets with investors, revealing classified information that he thought could aid them in their investments, and for which he hoped to be rewarded later.
In short it seems that there wasn't much that Pollard wouldn't steal, and nobody he wouldn't sell it to.
You think Obama will do it?
I also remember allegations that the little weasel had a cocaine habit he needed to support. Pollard was/is nothing more than an unprincipled, selfish piece of sh!+. He's probably what psychiatrists would call a sociopath. In any event, there is absolutely nothing noble about him.
I’m trying to figure out why you (and some others) seem to take a special interest in this weasel Pollard? Couldn’t you just as easily work on freeing John Walker, Jr., Aldrich Ames, or Robert Hanssen? What makes Pollard so different from those other traitors?
Huh... I can’t figure it out.
Sure you can.
Uh I’m not “working” on anything. George Schultz and others are.
But do you really want to compare spying for Israel to carrying arms for the Taliban post 9/11 against the US and spying for the Soviets during the Cold War?
My feelings that Pollard has been treated unfairly treatment stem from people like you comparing incomparable acts of treason.
John Walker 20 years, 17 with good behavior - carried arms for the Taliban against US forces
Aldrich Ames, life sentence - spied for Soviets during critical Cold War period, caused death of several CIA assets, by his own admission compromised most of the CIA Soviet agents he knew
Robert Hanssen, life sentence, spied for Soviets during critical Cold War period, caused surveillance tunnel under new Soviet Embassy to be revealed, gave Soviets list of all double agents
Maybe you can clear up for me which countries that little weasel Pollard was a “spy” for - - was it Israel, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, or some other nation Pollard SOLD or tried to SELL classified US secrets to?
Pollard, born and raised in the United States, was a “spy”... LMAO!!
Are you a moron, or do you just play one on Free Republic?
And you never answered the question - - why all your interest in Pollard?
After all, it was you who posted this thread and you who apparently wants the traitor released.
First, name calling is not a substitute for a factual, cogent argument.
Second, Pollard spied for one country only, gave info to one country only - Israel. He was never even charged with anything else. Of course you can read all sorts of stuff. The question is one of credibility.
Third, I did answer your question but I will try again. My interest in Pollard is that I believe he is being treated differently than other spies who were traitors and caused substantial lethal damage to the US.
Pollard spied for a friendly country and according to many people I consider patriots, like George Schultz, did no harm to the US.
Pollard was guilty and deserved punishment. The question here is how much. Caspar Weinberger, who hated Israel, reneged on the deal Pollard made. Ron Olive, the source of the Pakistan and Australia BS, came out with that tidbit years later in a book he was trying to sell. Credible? Not to me. Where the injustice involves a high US government official with anti-Israel bias, I am especially interested.
Why don’t you just come out and say what is on your mind, ask the question you really want to ask -. where are my loyalties?
We are finished. I answered your question twice.
A campaign for clemency by convicted spy Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American who admitted passing intelligence secrets to Israel, has taken a sudden turn with a charge by Defense Secretary Les Aspin that Pollard tried 14 times to disclose classified information from prison.
Aspin's allegations came in a confidential letter to President Clinton, who must soon decide on a Justice Department recommendation of clemency for the convicted spy.
Washington Post - December 29, 1993
What advantage does Obama and the US gain by freeing Pollard - strategically, politically, domestically - he’ll take a LOT of flak for doing so, why would he create a new kerfuffle for himself. Perhaps in exchange for a peace deal by Bibi.....
Seems kinda trivial to obsess about Pollie baby while the Muddled East is on fire.
In so doing, he both damaged and destroyed policies and national assets which have taken many years, great effort and enormous national resources to secure. Moreover, in light of the defendants continued disclosures of sensitive information for publication by the press, there is ample cause to believe that Pollard will continue to divulge classified national defense information without restraint.
Sorry about the name-calling. I am trying to learn to be civil, because, you know, that's what the scumbag Democrat newsrooms demand whenever the Republicans win an election.
Second, Pollard spied for one country only, gave info to one country only - Israel. Ron Olive, the source of the Pakistan and Australia BS, came out with that tidbit years later in a book he was trying to sell. Credible? Not to me.
Yeah, who you gonna believe - - the original NCIS investigator, Ron Olive, or the traitor, Jay Pollard? (Whew) Oh, and you forgot to mention South Africa.
Why dont you just come out and say what is on your mind, ask the question you really want to ask -. where are my loyalties?
I don't need to ask, do I?
Now we're finished.