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Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard Will Be a Free Man Later This Year

By Allan Lengel

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who was serving a life sentence, will be paroled on Nov. 21 after serving 30 years, Business Insider reports.

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

As part condition for parole, Pollard will have to  remain in the U.S.  for five years, the publication reports. The Wall Street Journal reported that the federal parole board voted  unanimously for the parole and the Justice Department didn’t oppose it.

Pollard, 60, pleaded guilty to spying for Israel from June 1984 until his arrest in November 1985, the publication reports.

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Pres. Obama’s Visit to Israel Stirs Up Old Sensitive Issue About Spy Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

By Allan Lengel

President Obama’s visit to Israel is stirring up a longstanding, sensitive issue involving Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel while working for U.S. Naval intelligence.

Seymour D. Reich, a lawyer and former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, writes this week in a letter to the editor of the New York Times that “the treatment of Jonathan Jay Pollard has smacked of vindictiveness.”

He writes that President Obama should set Pollard free on humanitarian grounds when he returns from Israel.

He notes that the “usual prison sentence for spying for friendly countries is four to five years.”

He writes:

“Mr. Pollard was initially incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane, though he was not insane. It was only when former Representative Lee Hamilton intervened that Mr. Pollard was moved out — to a maximum-security prison in Illinois, where he was held in solitary confinement for almost seven years. When Elie Wiesel and I visited him there, he expressed remorse for his deeds and has done so publicly since.

As you report, he has served for 28 years, and “a growing number” of former American officials “have called for clemency.”


Israel’s Netanyahu Asks Obama to Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard/wikipedia

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard — who worked for Naval intelligence —  is back in the news again.

The Washington Post reports that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama asking for Pollard’s release. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel.

The Post reported that the White House simply responded: “We have received the letter and will review it,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman.

Netanyahu read the letter at a session of parliament, the Post reported.

“Since Jonathan Pollard has now spent 25 years in prison, I believe that a new request for clemency is highly appropriate,” Netanyahu wrote. “I know that this view is also shared by former senior American officials with knowledge of the case, as well as by numerous Members of Congress.”

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Bernie Madoff: “F— My Victims. I Carried Them for 20 Years”

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel

It seems conman Bernie Madoff is at peace now that he’s among among fellow thieves.

New York magazine has written a fascinating piece on how Madoff seems relieved to have gotten caught and is admired by some of  his fellow inmates at the Butner Correctional Facility in North Carolina.

Lifer at the prison,  Robert Rosso, founder of, wrote, according to the magazine that Madoff, 71, is a “A hero. “He’s arguably the greatest con of all time.”

The magazine noted that Madoff has been known to walk with Carmine Persico, the former mob boss, or Jonathan Pollard, the spy.

The magazine said one inmate said he heard Madoff say one day: “F— my victims. I carried them for twenty years, and now I’m doing 150 years.”

Madoff’s former cellmate, the magazinze reported, recalled a conversation between Pollard and Madoff: “Bernie was telling a story about an old lady. She was bugging him for her money, so he said to her, ‘Here’s your money,’ and gave her a check. When she saw the amount she says, ‘That’s unbelievable,’ and she says, ‘Take it back.’ And urged her friends [to invest].”

Pollard thought it was “kind of f—- up” taking advantage of older women, according to the magazine.

“Well, that’s what I did,” Madoff said.

“You are going to pay with God,” Pollard warned. Madoff was unmoved. He was past apologizing, the magazine wrote.

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