Ex-CIA head Woolsey calls for Pollard clemency | JTA - Jewish & Israel News
(JTA) -- Being an American Jew has kept Jonathan Pollard in prison for longer than other spies for friendly countries, former CIA head R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal.
Woolsey, who recommended against clemency for Pollard while director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Clinton, said in the letter that he now supports a release of the convicted spy for Israel, citing the passage of time.
"When I recommended against clemency, Pollard had been in prison less than a decade," Woolsey wrote. "Today he has been incarcerated for over a quarter of a century under his life sentence."
He pointed out that of the more than 50 recently convicted Soviet and Chinese spies only two, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, received life sentences and two-thirds were sentenced to less time than Pollard has served so far.
Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who spied for Israel, was sentenced to life in 1987...
Comment...In cases like this I always wonder why? What is happening behind the scenes? I don't trust our officials...A Life Sentence is exactly what it means! Life is life sick or not...Let him die in prison if he is sick. He is a spy...Did anybody die because he did what he did? Like I said, is something going on here?