Jonathan J. Pollard

The Pollard Case from 2000


Materials presented in chronological order.

Goldenberg, Eliot. The Hunting Horse: The Truth Behind the Jonathan Pollard Spy Case. Amhearst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000.

According to Schecter, I&NS 17.2, the author "portrays a massive conspiracy against Pollard.... [His] charges of American government complicity remain unproven conjecture designed to portray Pollard as a victim of state persecution and anti-Semitism."

CNN. "CIA Spy Hunter Talks to CNN about Notorious Turncoats." 29 May 2000. [http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/05/29/cia.spy.02/index.html]

In an interview with CNN National Security Correspondent David Ensor, Richard Haver, former executive director of the CIA's Community Management Staff, "talks about his experiences with ... John Anthony Walker; Aldrich Ames,... and Jonathan Pollard." (Includes video clips of interview.)

Johnston, David. "Pressure Is Again Emerging to Free Jonathan Pollard." New York Times, 13 December 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

President Clinton "is facing a new round of pressure to free Jonathan Jay Pollard.... Administration officials said Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel raised the issue with President Clinton on [11 December 2000], and the president essentially restated the official position on the matter, telling Mr. Barak he would review the issue along with other clemency requests."

Best, Richard A., Jr., and Clyde Mark. Jonathan Pollard: Background and Considerations for Presidential Clemency. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, 31 Jan. 2001.

This is a balanced review of the arguments for and against clemency.

Erlanger, Steven. "Israeli Found Spy's Data Irresistible." New York Times, 3 Mar. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Rafi Eitan, Jonathan Pollard's Israeli intelligence handler, has told the newspaper Yediot Aharonot that "Pollard provided such good information that he could not face stopping the operation even though it was aimed at Israel's closest ally, the United States." Eitan said that Pollard "never exposed American agents in the Soviet Union or elsewhere."

Olive, Ronald J.

1. Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2006.

Clark comment: The author is a retired special agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Allen, Proceedings 132.12 (Dec. 2006), says that the author's "narrative often has the momentum of a spy thriller." Olive is convinced that Pollard showed that he was a security risk early in his career with the Naval Investigative Service (NIS -- now NCIS) and should have been let go years before he was caught as a spy.

For Brooks, NIPQ 23.1 (Jan. 2007), this "well-written, fast-paced story reads like a novel." The author "was intimately involved in the investigation and has seen much, if not all, of the classified information associated with the case." To Goulden, Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007) and Washington Times, 24 Dec. 2006, this book "towers over the pack" of the books on the Pollard case.

Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), finds Capturing Jonathan Pollard to be "a well-documented, first-hand account of a benchmark espionage case." The author "spends the bulk of the narrative on how Pollard came under suspicion and how he got caught."

2. "A Spy Left Out in the Cold." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 132, no. 11 (Nov. 2006): 62-63.

Here, Olive tells of Pollard's initial meeting with Israeli intelligence officer Aviem Sella, where a communications plan based on pay phones was worked out.

Finer, Jonathan. "Bush Trip Revives Israeli Push for Pardon of Spy." Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2008, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"[R]ebuffed by President Bill Clinton during the last period of extended negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians," supporters of Jonathan Pollard "are [again] ramping up their campaign for a presidential pardon." Throughout President Bush's visit to Israel last week, Pollard "was on the unofficial agenda." Israel is certain "to raise the issue again during the ongoing U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians, [and] Pollard's supporters and some outside analysts say circumstances may favor a compromise."

Ephron, Dan. "Jailed For 23 Years, An Old Spy Asks For a Fresh Start." Newsweek, 12 Jan. 2009. [http://www.newsweek.com]

Jonathan Jay Pollard's lawyers and the Justice Department have told Newsweek that Pollard "would like President Bush to commute his sentence to time served -- the first time Pollard has submitted such a request.... Much of the U.S. intelligence community remains against a commutation."

Greenberg, Joel. "Netanyahu Calls for Release of Spy for Israel Serving Life Sentence in U.S." Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a letter [on 4 January 2011] to President Obama, formally asking for the release of Jonathan Jay Pollard.... Netanyahu read out the text of his letter at a session of parliament." Clark comment: If I were an administration advisor, I would suggest staying well away from this; it has nothing but a downside in terms of domestic impact.

Bowman, M. E. "Spike." "The Drumbeats for Clemency for Jonathan Jay Pollard Reverberate Again." Intelligencer 18, no. 2 (Winter-Spring 2011): 7-10.

"Taken in the aggregate, and without analysis," the arguments for Pollard's release "seem logical; however, if one looks behind the sound bites, the issues are far from simple and explain why clemency continues to be ill-advised.... Pollard is not a sympathetic character when one is given the full picture of his activities against this country. He was neither a U.S. nor an Israeli patriot. He was a self-serving, gluttonous character seeking financial reward and personal gratification."

Federman, Josef. "Israel Steps Up Campaign for Convicted Spy." Associated Press, 11 Apr. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]

"Israel is ratcheting up calls on Washington to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.... Israeli leaders say that after 27 years the former civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy should be freed. But the White House is standing firm, rejecting Israeli appeals based in part on claims that Pollard suffers from life-threatening ailments."

Richelson, Jeffrey T., ed. The Jonathan Pollard Spy Case: The CIA's 1987 Damage Assessment Declassified. National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 407. 14 Dec. 2012, at: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB407/.

According to the newly-declassified CIA 1987 damage assessment of the Pollard case, Pollard's "Israeli handlers asked primarily for nuclear, military and technical information on the Arab states, Pakistan, and the Soviet Union – not on the United States."

Landler, Mark, and Michael R. Gordon. "U.S. Is Weighing Release of a Spy for the Israelis." New York Times, 1 Apr. 2014, A1.[http://www.nytimes.com]

According to U.S. officials on 31 March 2014, the "Obama administration is discussing the release" of Jonathan J. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst serving a life sentence for passing classified information to Israeli intelligence. Freeing "Pollard is again on the table, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jerusalem on [31 March 2014] for urgent talks to try to resolve a dispute over Israel's release of Palestinian prisoners." See also William Booth and Anne Gearan, "Release of Israeli Spy Could Spur Broader Deal as Kerry Detours to Mideast in Bid to Save Talks," Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2014.

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