Pollard was never indicted for treason.
He was never accused of formal damage to the US.
He acknowledged guilt, and was indicted for 1 count of passing classified info to an alley - which they were entitled to, according to a Memorandum of Understanding.
He was convicted of spying. Life in prison is too good for him.
We will never know the whole background or how it was prosecuted. I would keep an open mind that it is possible he made a deal and agreed to lesser charges that did not include the death penalty. The fact that he plead guilty and went quietly speaks volumes.
What was Pollard doing in an alley? Bowling? “Entitled to.” Nice.
What he was convicted of - and what the totality of his actual actions were - are two completely different animals.
Just like Manning, there's a simple understanding when you are in the business of working with intelligence: You don't pass that intelligence to ANYONE who isn't cleared to receive that information through a structured process of approval. If you violate that, you go to prison.
Was it the same alley in which we see Bill Ayers wiping his feet on a US flag?