General Assembly Briefed on Pollard
Canadian human rights expert and activist, McGill University's Law
Professor Irwin Cotler made the following comments to the General
Assembly of Federations, held in Jerusalem in November (1998):
Regarding Jonathan Pollard:
"Jonathan Pollard committed a crime for which he deserved to be
punished, as he himself has acknowledged. But he has been punished for
a crime that he did not commit, and unjustly punished for the crime he
"In a word, Pollard was never tried, nor convicted, of treason; rather,
he was charged and convicted of one count only of conveying classified
information to Israel. Yet, former Prosecutor Joseph DiGenova and
representatives of the CIA, intelligence community, defense
establishment, and the like continue to knowingly disseminate this
false accusation, particularly in the aftermath of Wye.
"Second, the median sentence for others who have committed a similar
offense is 2-4 years. Pollard, however, has now entered his 14th year
life sentence - a clear denial of equality before the law.
"Third, representatives from the CIA, the intelligence community, the
defense establishment, et al, continue to "indict" Pollard for
compromising American "sources" and "methods", including "charging"
Pollard with the deaths of American agents abroad. However, no
evidence has ever been produced to substantiate this charge. On the
contrary, the Aldrich Ames case is but one case-study of dissembling by
the CIA et al - of attempting to deflect attention away from those whom,
like Aldrich Ames, did indeed compromise "sources" and "methods" as
acknowledged by Ames himself; of suppressing the disclosure of
information that would indict the pro-Iraq policy of the American
political establishment in the 80s; and of precluding examination of
CIA intelligence failures in the 80s and 90s."