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CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish
Israel News Agency ^ | February 9, 2014 | Karen Levy

Posted on 02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST by IsraelBeach

CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish

By Karen Levy
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American bars over charges of spying for Israel.

Speaking to the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough. After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That doesn't mean that what he did wasn't serious, I've seen the materials in 1993 and what he disclosed was very confidential content. But I tell people 'imagine he's a Greek American and free him."

Jonathan Pollard was a civilian American Naval intelligence analyst when he gave thousands of classified documents to his Israeli handlers. In the mid 1980's, Pollard discovered that information vital to Israel's security was being deliberately withheld by certain elements within the US national security establishment.

Israel was legally entitled to this vital security information according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.

Pollard was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison.

In 2012, Woolsey wrote a highly critical letter to the Wall Street Journal, in which he illustrated examples of various spies released after 10 years, calling on the US to "pretend Pollard isn't Jewish and release him." He noted that "one especially damaging Greek-American spy, Steven Lalas, received a 14-year sentence."

The argument that Pollard's ongoing imprisonment is a result of US anti-Semitism was made by Tablet magazine and by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in January.

Israel Construction and Building Minister Uri Ariel responded to Woolsey's comments, calling them a "stinging indictment" of the American government, which has "left Pollard to rot in jail from anti-Semitism and nothing else. I call on US Secretary of State John Kerry and US President Barack Obama to prove that isn't true, to act humanely and free Pollard immediately."

Israeli MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) similarly responded to Woolsey's comments, saying "the US itself can't logically explain not releasing Pollard from jail after 29 years. True friendship is expressed by little kindnesses and mutual understanding. If Israel is asked and able to make such large concessions for its enemies, how much more so should it be expected between friends."

"If the US is indeed our greatest friend, it needs to free Jonathan Pollard immediately," added Shaked.

Woolsey, who was head of the CIA under President Bill Clinton's administration, stressed that the US doesn't need to spy on Israel.

"America has understandings with the Canadians, Australians, and the British not to spy on each other. We also have an excellent relationship with Germany and Israel, and I think we don't need to spy on them," noted the former CIA chief.

The headquarters for Pollard's release responded to the statements as well, saying "we very much hope that (Obama) will decide to put an end to the tragedy and the saga and to free Jonathan."

Woolsey's said Saturday that Americans who spied for other countries including Korea and Greece were freed after short sentences, while Jonathan Pollard is still behind bars after 25 years.

"I certainly don't think that it is universally true, but in the case of some American individuals, I think there is anti-Semitism at work here," Woolsey said.

He said others who did the same as Pollard were freed quickly.

A declassified damage assessment reveals that Pollard was seeking information for nuclear, military and technical information on the Arab states, Pakistan, and the Soviet Union, and not on the United States.

The damage assessment, which was classified by the CIA reveals that Pollard’s handlers “never expressed interest in US military activities, plans, capabilities, or equipment.”


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aipac; australia; canada; cia; edwardsnowden; germany; greece; hangthebastard; israel; jameswoolsey; jewish; jonathanpollard; korea; nationalsecurityfail; pollard; russia; unitedkingdom; waronterror; wikileaks

1 posted on 02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST by IsraelBeach
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To: IsraelBeach
So it's okay to share information with XYZ country if you're an XYZ?????

I don't understand.

Oh. it's all political??

Oh, now I understand.

2 posted on 02/08/2014 11:50:26 PM PST by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: IsraelBeach

The US withholds classified information from many of its allies. Our government withholds information from its own citizens as well. It’s necessary to keep some things confidential, secret, or top secret. It’s not because we don’t consider our allies trustworthy, or our own citizens. It’s because that’s how you keep a secret. Ya don’t tell everyone.


3 posted on 02/09/2014 1:17:18 AM PST by elhombrelibre
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To: IsraelBeach

Pollard is in prison because they don’t execute spies anymore. That’s why he’s alive and in prison.


4 posted on 02/09/2014 1:59:32 AM PST by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: FixitGuy

It is not ok, and Pollard should and have been jailed for it.

But it is also not okay to punish someone so much more than people who’d made similar crimes because he is Jewish.


5 posted on 02/09/2014 3:08:18 AM PST by metm
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To: IsraelBeach

The irony is that Pollard’s call to be released is solely on his being Jewish!


6 posted on 02/09/2014 3:44:14 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

The bigger irony is that he wasn’t really much of anything at all until he was sent to prison. Then he “found Yahweh” and applied for Israeli citizenship. LOL.


7 posted on 02/09/2014 4:52:43 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: IsraelBeach
Pollard was not appointed to “share” anything with Israel.

He deserves to rot right where he is.

8 posted on 02/09/2014 5:24:07 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: IsraelBeach
But I tell people 'imagine he's a Greek American and free him."

Under this current Muslim loving Regime? Keep dreaming.

9 posted on 02/09/2014 5:32:48 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Alberta's Child

The Mossad wing on FR keeps running this old chestnut out!


10 posted on 02/09/2014 5:33:58 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

As best I remember, neither Ziva David nor her father Eli nor her Brother ever mentioned Pollard


11 posted on 02/09/2014 5:37:39 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: IsraelBeach

Pollard is in jail because he is a D I C K....and a traitor...

What is this? Some precedent to release him and get a quid pro quo prisoner in return?


12 posted on 02/09/2014 5:38:53 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: IsraelBeach
This is from memory. Pollard, who had a Top Secret job and had sworn loyalty the the US, stole secrets concerning a spy satellite and gave the manuals to Israel. Israel gave/traded/bartered them to the Soviet Union so the Soviet Union would permit their Jewish citizens to immigrate to Israel.

Pollard's theft caused the expenditures of hundred of thousands of technical man hours by the US to “compensate” for the losses ( and millions of dollars also). A valuable US resource was compromised.

The un Christian view is that he should rot in jail until the second coming.

13 posted on 02/09/2014 5:46:09 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: IsraelBeach
This is from memory. Pollard, who had a Top Secret job and had sworn loyalty the the US, stole secrets concerning a spy satellite and gave the manuals to Israel. Israel gave/traded/bartered them to the Soviet Union so the Soviet Union would permit their Jewish citizens to immigrate to Israel.

Pollard's theft caused the expenditures of hundred of thousands of technical man hours by the US to “compensate” for the losses ( and millions of dollars also). A valuable US resource was compromised.

The un Christian view is that he should rot in jail until the second coming.

14 posted on 02/09/2014 5:47:49 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: bert

Is that you Jethro?


15 posted on 02/09/2014 5:48:51 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: IsraelBeach

” stressed that the US doesn’t need to spy on Israel. “

LOL. What a putz.

I’m a big supporter of Israel.

But Israel is one of our greatest intelligence threats. They not only put lots of effort spying on us, but they are very good at it.

We not only need to spy on Israel, it is an imperative.

Here’s one example: in the 1973 war, when Israel was nearly overrun by their neighbors - our spying and surveillance of Israel quite likely resulted in their belligerent neighbors NOT being nuked.

I don’t blame Israel for wanting Pollard released - but to pretend it’s for anything but their own intelligence reasons (abandoning a spy that’s been caught has a depressing effect on recruitment) is ludicrous.

It’s disingenuous to say it’s because he’s Jewish, and they know it. But it’s all they have because he was busted hard, and his impact was quantifiable in lives lost. So they try to engender racial guilt, which is their best shot at getting him released. I hope it doesn’t work.

Ok Woolsey, are you getting paid to have this opinion? Full disclosure would first and foremost be in order before you declare your country - the BEST country in the world to be a Jew, and practice Judaism (even better than Israel) - to be antisemitic, prove you aren’t conflicted. Given the veracity of our intelligence apparatus, I won’t believe him anyway, but still, he should at least have to courtesy to lie to us about being objective before asking us to release a notorious spy like Pollard.


16 posted on 02/09/2014 6:24:56 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: IsraelBeach
If spies were executed, we wouldn't have this problem.

5.56mm

17 posted on 02/09/2014 6:29:04 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
Israel gave/traded/bartered them to the Soviet Union...

So the length of Pollard's sentence is based in part on anger in US intelligence circles over what Israel did with the information. That tends to confirm the assertion in the headline, rather than contradict it.

18 posted on 02/09/2014 6:30:22 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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19 posted on 02/09/2014 6:39:20 AM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: Alberta's Child
Pollard has been parole eligible for some time, but has never applied.

I guess getting out of prison isn't as important to him as getting out of the country.

20 posted on 02/09/2014 7:02:36 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: RFEngineer
Woolsey is an opportunistic hack and an @sshole, and you're right to question his motives and speculate about who is paying his salary now. When he was the CIA director he was adamantly opposed to Pollard's release, and he doesn't know anything about the Pollard case today that he didn't know back then.
21 posted on 02/09/2014 8:23:20 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Mr. Jeeves
This tends to confirm the assertion in the headline, rather than contradict it.

No, it doesn't.

22 posted on 02/09/2014 8:24:36 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: mac_truck
Pollard has been parole eligible for some time, but has never applied.

It's funny how all of the jack@sses who come out with these public statements in support of Pollard's release fail to mention that.

23 posted on 02/09/2014 8:28:55 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: IsraelBeach

The race card is ugly no matter who plays it.


24 posted on 02/09/2014 8:32:41 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: Vendome

The best reason I can think of for keeping Pollard in prison is that the next Jew who thinks about giving away our secrets might just remember what happened to Pollard, and decide the punishment is too great.


25 posted on 02/09/2014 11:25:05 AM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: IsraelBeach

Now if we could only lock up all mossad agents and their supporters worldwide, then we’d get somewhere.


26 posted on 02/09/2014 11:40:34 AM PST by AdamBomb
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks IsraelBeach.
In the mid 1980's, Pollard discovered that information vital to Israel's security was being deliberately withheld by certain elements within the US national security establishment. Israel was legally entitled to this vital security information according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.
Snowden / Wikileaks / Paul family ping.
27 posted on 02/09/2014 1:09:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: IsraelBeach

Every time someone brings up Pollard, they may as well be an agent for Iran.


28 posted on 02/09/2014 2:18:51 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: FixitGuy; IsraelBeach; firebrand; juliej; rmlew; SJackson; Inyokern; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; ...
So it's okay to share information with XYZ country if you're an XYZ?????

No, that's NOT the issue. Pollard was guilty of handing over classified documents to his Israeli handler; he even confessed and gave details of his activities as part of a plea bargain. Unfortunately, the judge in the case (the late Aubrey Robinson, a black Democrat Carter appointee, BTW) gave him absolutely NO leniency in sentencing, in violation of the plea bargain agreement. Rather than give him three years, five years, or even ten years, he gave Pollard LIFE. This sentence was draconian in comparison to other sentences meted out to other defendants convicted of spying for friendly or allied nations. We're not talking about spying for the USSR here.

As it turns out, Pollard has now served 29 years, much longer than any other espionage case where the beneficiary was a friendly or allied nation. It won't harm the US at all if his sentence were to be commuted to time served at this point. Whatever then-classified information Pollard knew about all those years ago is undoubtedly out of date and useless now. And the length of that time served would more than an adequate deterrent to others thinking of any similar activities on the part of Israel or any other ally or friendly nation.

BTW, the headline on the posted piece should have read "FORMER CIA Director," not "CIA Director," because Mr. Woolsey is not connected to the current administration at all.

29 posted on 02/09/2014 3:32:01 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: IsraelBeach

Enough already. He knew the risks. He can die a hero in prison.


30 posted on 02/09/2014 5:35:59 PM PST by montag813
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To: IsraelBeach

Oliver North, in his books—relates how the very core culture of the US State Department (and this was in the ‘80s before the “anti-Zionist” movement became vogue on America’s campuses) is virulently anti-Semitic.

You can bet Hillary was a big part of that too—and we know where Mr. Obama-and-friends stand in the Arab-Israeli conflict....


31 posted on 02/09/2014 7:59:56 PM PST by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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To: B4Ranch
The best reason I can think of for keeping Pollard in prison is that the next Jew who thinks about giving away our secrets might just remember what happened to Pollard, and decide the punishment is too great.

The above comment reinforces and validates the headline.
Pollard is only in prison today because he is Jewish. That's not a race card being played, it's fact! How many Jews work for the NSA, CIA and mil Intel? How many don't want to? How many Jews in influential places think twice about cooperating with US Intel because of anti-semitism?
It's time to release Pollard. He has more than paid the price for the crime ... unless of course your thinking is "let that Jew boy rot in prison".

Keeping Pollard locked up after 29 years does not hurt Israel, it hurts US Intel.

32 posted on 02/09/2014 9:02:24 PM PST by IsraelBeach
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To: IsraelBeach

I don’t tend to think of adults as boys. Nor do I think of Pollard as a Jew primarily, just as a traitor. Many Jewish folks do seem to have this, “ Oh, poor me. I’m Jewish, so every little discomfort in my life must be because of my Jewish heritage” which I find annoying. I’m glad my son in law isn’t infected with the woe is me affliction.


33 posted on 02/10/2014 8:46:19 AM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: justiceseeker93
Pollard was guilty of handing over classified documents to his Israeli handler; he even confessed and gave details of his activities as part of a plea bargain. Unfortunately, the judge in the case (the late Aubrey Robinson, a black Democrat Carter appointee, BTW) gave him absolutely NO leniency in sentencing, in violation of the plea bargain agreement.

Lets be clear, Pollard violated his plea agreement by talking to the media (liberal barf-bag Wolf Blitzer, BTW) before his sentencing, which essentially took any 'deal' he had off the table, and his criminal activity extended well beyond just selling highly classified information to the Israelis who to this day have not come clean about the extent of what they received.

34 posted on 02/11/2014 7:43:53 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Pollard didn’t give secrets to Israel; he sold them for a down payment of $50,000 with the expectation of $450,000 more.


35 posted on 04/11/2014 11:35:48 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: FixitGuy

Once another entity gets that information, you lose all control over where that information could wind up. Who is to say some of Pollard’s intel, didn’t eventually wind up in the hands of the ChiComs?


36 posted on 04/11/2014 11:37:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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