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Former Agent: Convicted Spy Pollard Never Asked for Parole

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Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has never once asked for parole since he was eligible, one of the government agents who caught Pollard told USNI News on Thursday.

“He was eligible for parole after eight and a half years [in prison]. He never ever — to this day — submitted an application for parole,” said Ron Olive the former head of counterintelligence in the Washington office of the Naval Investigative Service who caught Pollard.

“If he gets out on parole, he can’t go to Israel. He’s just bidding his time. He’ll do his 30 years and after 30 years, there’s no probation for him. He’s a free man and he will fly off to Israel as soon as he leaves Butner, N.C.”

Pollard confessed in 1985 to transmitting reams of secrets to Israel when he worked as an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Naval Investigative Service’s Anti-Terrorist Alert Center.

In the span of 18 months, Pollard gave more than a million pages of classified material from several U.S. intelligence services to Israel before he was caught by the Naval Investigative Service, according to Olive’s book, Capturing Jonathan Pollard.

“It was ego and then it was greed, money, that’s how it started out and then everything changed, then it was for the love Israel,” Olive said.

Pollard was convicted in 1987 to a life term in prison, but was subject to a sentencing rule that allowed him to be released after 30 years on Nov. 11, 2015.

“Reportedly, he has not applied for parole out of fear that it would not be granted and that he would not be eligible to reapply for several years,” according to a 2001 Congressional Research Service report.

Pro-Israel activists have long sought Pollard’s release and in the last week Obama administration officials have offered an early departure from prison as a negotiating tool for further Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

Several administrations have considered releasing Pollard.

“To bring Jonathan Pollard into the mix doesn’t make sense,” Olive said.
“The Palestinians don’t know who Pollard is. They could care less.”

  • Dave

    To honor the memory of the crew of the USS LIBERTY (AGTR-7), Pollard should never be released.

  • Kurt J

    Pollard is one of the most vile, despicable individuals ever of the last century and should have been executed. Pollard’s support in this country reveals just how bought and sold our politicians and senior military are. When Gen, Zinni was sent to the Middle East to investigate the “Peace Process” and contradicted the Israeli powers he was attacked and ridiculed and ostracized. Gen. Zinni had the ethics and courage lacking in the present Flag Officers . Our present Congress and State Department and JCS look much weaker in dealing with Israel and their lobby than in any other area, something every country in the World can see.

    • Barry Schwartz

      So Pollard doesn’t even have to be released for the slur that Jews control the US government to gain traction from the issue.

      (Which is a reason for me to fear what would happen to harm the reputations of Jewish Americans like myself _should_ he be released, when already this much harm exists. This is problematic for a case that ideally should deal only with the individual merits, but espionage cases are not so simple, are they?)

      • JoeOvercoat

        Kurt did not write that Jews control the US Govt: he simply referred to the Jewish lobby that does, in fact, exist.
        It appears that any traction that slur got on this page was from your posting.