Albright Opposes Pollard Release
January 12, 1999 - MED News Desk
(Source: Kol Yisroel Radio News)
A US official in Washington, says Secretary of State Madeline Albright,
has recommended to President Clinton against granting clemency to
convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.
Albright's recommendation is part of a series which are to be presented
this week to the president. The latest review of the case is taking
place as result of a pledge made by Clinton at the Wye River Summit in
October to take another look at the merits of releasing Pollard, who is
life sentence in an American jail for spying for Israel.
The Pentagon spokesman said that he expected no change in the strong
opposition to the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Esther Pollard, the wife of Jonathan Pollard called Albright's rejection
"spitting in the face of the nation of Israel". She points out that
Jonathan Pollard and Israel have never been given the chance to see the
secret charges against Jonathan and no one has had any input in this
so-called "kangaroo court review".
Neither Jonathan nor Israel has had the opportunity to rebut all the
allegations against him. President Clinton has the authority to reject
all recommendations and grant an early exit from prison for Pollard.
But government officials feel that this too will be affected by the
impeachment trials in the Senate. The President would not want to make
anyone upset at such a sensitive time, and would act cautiously before
deciding either way.