I am sure his being Jewish and the fact some of the information was sold to Israel has no bearing on your belief, since he also sold or was in the process of securing information for South Africa and Red China. Good to hear from you Mrs. Dershewitz, say hello to Alan. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/dece_pollard.html
And, nobody knew at the time what the ultimate fate of the USSR would be. It’s nice that, largely through Ronald Reagan’s efforts, it was turned into a “less hostile” power, but the stuff that Pollard slipped to them didn’t make that any easier. He would have met the fate of the Rosenbergs had it not been for vigorous lobbying by Israel. But if he really wishes to be executed maybe his wish should be granted.
[snip] Pollard pleaded guilty to espionage and was sentenced to prison for life. His wife served a five-year sentence for unauthorized possession of government documents. Upon her release, Anne Henderson Pollard divorced her husband. 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. [/snip]
Didn’t notice this post until just now. If he was in fact giving over information to Red China, that would tilt me back to opposing his release. You said “was in the process,” so I presume that means that the transaction was not consummated, but am curious to know more.