Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard Released from Prison After 30 Years

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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Mali Hotel Attack: More Than a Dozen Dead, 170 Taken Hostage

A group affiliated with Al Qaeda has said it carried out the attack. Security forces are continuing to search the hotel for gunmen, and the situation has not been resolved as yet. A spokesman for the security agency has stated that some of the gunmen were "dug in in the upper floors”.

The city of Bamako, Mali where the hotel is located happens to be a hub for French military forces aiding in the fight against Islamist Insurgents.

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