Pollard's Lawyers Plan New Appeal
Batsheva Tsur - The Jerusalem Post - August 3, 1994
Jonathan Pollard's lawyers are planning to appeal his case again in
light of material that emerged from the case of former CIA employee and
master spy Aldrich Ames, a source close to the Pollard family told The
Jerusalem Post yesterday.
The case will be submitted in soon and will also relate to allegations
by former defense secretary Les Aspin that Pollard had sent 14 letters
containing classified information from prison, the source said.
Pollard, a former civilian analyst for US Naval Intelligence, was
convicted of spying for Israel nine years ago and sentenced to life
Opponents of an early release for Pollard have contended that the
information he gave Israel could have reached the KGB through Russian
spies in Israel. But Ames, the highest ranking official to betray his
country, was found guilty of selling information directly to the former
Soviet Union, thus obviating the need for a Pollard link to Moscow. Ames
is also serving a life sentence.
Speaking in a telephone interview yesterday, Jonathan's sister, Carol,
pointed out that a presidential adviser had said the case was no longer
before the president, "unless Mr. Pollard submits a renewed petition for
clemency". Special Counsel Lloyd Cutler made the remark in response to a
letter from a Connecticut Jewish leader, Eugene Elander.
Carol Pollard said that Esther Zeitz-Pollard, who was in Israel late
last month to solicit support for her husband Jonathan, does not
represent Citizens for Justice, the organization which Carol heads.
"Ms. Zeitz is not authorized to collect funds and is not associated in
any way with Citizens for Justice in the US or Canada. She is operating
strictly on her own," she said.
Zeitz-Pollard could not be reached for comment.
Esther and Jonathan Pollard do not engage in or endorse any
fund-raising efforts in America or Israel. The allegation that they do
is false and calculated to misinform.
In response to the above article, the Jerusalem Post published the
following letter to the Editor:
Helen Smolack - The Jerusalem Post - August 24, 1994
Sir, - Carol Pollard's claim ("Pollard's lawyers plan new appeal," J.P.,
August 3) that the Canadian campaign for justice for Jonathan Pollard
which has been conducted so effectively by Esther Zeitz Pollard is
"unauthorized" does a tremendous disservice to both Jonathan Pollard and
Esther, his wife, in that it could destabilize their efforts and the
efforts of all who seek Jonathan Pollard's release from an unjust prison
We can hasten the day of Jonathan Pollard's freedom only by working
together, by combining our efforts toward the shared goal - not by
hindering and endangering progress through personal and dangerously
Toronto Zionist Council,