Jonathan J. Pollard

The Pollard Case in 1998

Including Israeli-Palestinian Talks in Wye, Maryland, and Aftermath

Materials presented in chronological order.

Perl, Peter. "The Spy Who's Been Left In the Cold." Washington Post Magazine, 5 Jul. 1998, W9 ff. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

This article is more balanced than the Pollard-as-victim claptrap that has appeared much too frequently in recent years. The author takes the time to state clearly the position of the opposition to Pollard's release: "Key officials in the Defense and Justice departments and various intelligence agencies today remain as opposed to Jonathan Pollard's release as they were on March 4, 1987, when a federal judge sentenced him to life imprisonment for espionage.... These officials still consider Pollard a dangerous traitor whose release would send a terrible message that it's okay to spy for a friendly nation or to help an ethnic or religious homeland. And they portray Pollard as an arrogant, greedy and sometimes delusional young man who sold out his country for $50,000 in cash, jewelry and lavish trips abroad."

Associated Press. "After Snag over Israeli Spy Holds Up Signing, Mideast Agreement Goes Ahead." 23 Oct. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 23 October 1998, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat ... agreed on a breakthrough land-for-peace West Bank accord, overcoming a last-minute snag ... centered on Israel's insistence that Jonathan Pollard ... be released. White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said Clinton agreed ... to review the Pollard case. 'That review will be done without any commitments. There is no time limit,' he said, or any advance assurance about the outcome." See also, Walter Pincus, "Convicted Spy Becomes Bargaining Chip," Washington Post, 24 Oct. 1998, A20; and Mark Thompson, "America's Traitor, Israel's Patriot," Time, 2 Nov. 1998.

Sieff, Martin. "Pollard Demand Put Clinton in Fix." Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 2-8 Nov. 1998, 17.

President Clinton stated "that he had reached no conclusion yet on whether he would pardon Pollard.... However, both diplomats and intelligence officials said Pollard's pardon and release now appear to be a done deal, and in a matter of weeks at the very most." See also, Rowan Scarborough, "Pollard Betrayed Crown Jewels of American Spy Data" Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 2-8 Nov. 1998, 3, with quotes by Joseph diGenova arguing against Pollard's release.

Pincus, Walter, and Barton Gellman. "Tenet Said He Might Quit Over Pollard Release." Washington Post, 11 Nov. 1998, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to sources, "CIA Director George J. Tenet told President Clinton last month that he would find it difficult to remain as director were convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard released as part of a Middle East peace agreement." See also, James Risen and Steve Erlanger, "C.I.A. Chief Vowed to Quit if Clinton Freed Israeli Spy," New York Times, 11 Nov. 1998, A1-A12 (N).

Gertz, Bill. "Pollard's Career as a Spy Proved to Be Fruitful for Israelis." Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 23-29 Nov. 1998, 13.

Gertz reviews the state of play in the Pollard case.

Pincus, Walter. "White House Canvassing on Release of Pollard." Washington Post, 3 Dec. 1998, A37. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to White House spokesman David Leavy on 2 December 1998, "[t]he White House has asked senior administration officials to recommend by [11 January 1999] whether convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard should be granted clemency and to supply any information that might have a bearing on the case." See also, Bill Gertz, "Clinton to Rule on Pollard in January," Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 30 Nov.-6 Dec. 1998, 15.

Studeman, W.O., Sumner Shapiro, J.L. Butts, and T.A. Brooks. "Release Pollard at the Nation's Peril." Washington Post, 12 Dec. 1998, A23.

"We, who are painfully familiar with the case, feel obligated to go on record with the facts regarding Pollard in order to dispel the myths that have arisen from this clever public relations campaign aimed at transforming Pollard from greedy, arrogant betrayer of the American national trust into Pollard, committed Israeli patriot.... A presidential grant of clemency or pardon in this or any other espionage case -- regardless of the foreign government involved and irrespective of the claimed ideological motivation -- would be totally irresponsible from a national security standpoint....

"The authors are retired Navy admirals, each of whom served as director of naval intelligence during the period between 1978 and 1991."

A longer version of this Op-Ed piece is published as "Releasing the Spy Pollard Is Not in the National Interest," Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 15, no. 1 (Jan. 1999), 1-2. See also Studeman, Shapiro, Butts, and Brooks, "The Pollard Case: A National Security Community Perspective," Periscope 21, no. 4 (Dec. 1998), 14.

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