life sentence? He delivered classified information to Israel that America was duty-bound to deliver under various agreements with the Israeli government. Such as information about Syria's military capabilities and Iraq's germ warfare weaponry.
Caspar Weinberger, then-Secretary of Defense, did not want Israel to k now these things; and Cappy, the grandson of a Jew who never forgave his grandpa for the genes, sent in the poison pill to the judge who sentenced Pollard.
In a secret memo to the court, Weinberger called Pollard "the worst spy in American history", and charged him with "treason".
The Justice Department, in one of the worst double-crosses in American history went along with this lie. Pollard had pleaded guilty to turning over classified information to the Israeli - nothing within light years of treason in return for a "substantial sentence", which he had every reason to believe meant a maximum of 10 years, given the way it had always gone for those spying on behalf of our allies.
Instead, he got life. And it now appears that he was the victim of mistaken identity. Aldrich Ames, the CIA agent who later confessed to causing the deaths of many American agents inside the Soviet Union, had apparently deflected suspicion of himself to Pollard. This might have been why Weinberger wrote the memo that buried Pollard.
Of course, Weinberger would never admit such a possibility. What troubles me is the cold-blooded refusal of Bill Clinton to let Jonathan Pollard go.
Each time the plea comes from Pollard's lawyers, Clinton cites "intelligence reports" that Pollard remains a security risk.
It's nonsense. Pollard has been out of any kind of loop since 1985. The Jewish establishment, which ought to be screaming against this injustice, remains complacent.
And Bibi Netanyahu, who could make this release happen in a trice, talks but does nothing. Clinton demands that Bibi release Palestinian murderers, and Bibi complies. Do you think Clinton, if pressed, would do less for Jonathan Pollard?