LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that American Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel, was released on Friday after serving thirty years of a life sentence. Pollard was an analyst working in the Naval Intelligence Command when he began passing intelligence documents to Israeli handlers. Pollard’s sentence and lengthy prison sentence were a continuing irritant in the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
Pollard is out of prison, but he will have to remain the United States for at least five years, under the terms of his release. Pollard has requested that he be allowed to travel to Israel to reunite with his wife, but the Obama administration has indicated that it has no plans to comply with the request. Pollard has said that he would renounce his U.S. citizenship in order to be allowed to leave, but the government has not been moved to change its mind. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also made a request to President Obama, but the president was not moved to change his mind.
Pollard’s situation is similar to that of spy for Cuba who was allowed in 2013 to renounce his citizenship and move to Cuba after serving his sentence. Pollard is the only American ever sentenced to life in prison for spying on the U.S. for one of our allies.
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