Pollard's Attorney Tells Clinton Media Charges Are False
Middle East Newsline - Steve Rodan - January 13, 1999
JERUSALEM [MENL] -- The attorney of Jonathan Pollard, convicted of
passing U.S. secrets to Israel, has renewed his call to the White House
to detail exactly what his client did to deserve a
Attorney Larry Dub renewed his request for an urgent meeting with
House legal counsel Charles Ruff to discuss the Pollard case. A similar
request made in December was ignored, Dub said.
"It strikes me as particularly un-American to allow U.S. officials
to try my client in the court of public opinion via the media, without
ever allowing him to see the evidence against him or to face his
accusers and defend himself," Dub wrote. "May I point out that Mr.
Clinton himself is insisting on these very rights in his own case. It is
therefore puzzling that such basic consideration has not yet been
extended by Mr. Clinton to my client."
The latest letter comes as Clinton is receiving recommendations from
senior officials on a proposal from the Justice Department to reduce
Pollard's sentence to 25 years ] Several
officials, including Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Defense
Secretary William Cohen and CIA director George Tenet have opposed any
reduction in his sentence. In his letter Dub criticized government
leaks regarding the review of Pollard. He said the allegations that his
client harmed U.S. security is false.
Dub referred to New Yorker magazine that asserted that Pollard
Israel a 10 volume codes manual that gravely damaged US intelligence
collection systems. The attorney said court records show that Pollard
was accused of relaying a manual of frequencies and signals without
their encryption codes, which he says was useless.
Dub said that one-third of these manuals were given to Israel by
Washington. "If, as 'government officials' now claim, this manual was
so dangerous for Israel to have, why were they giving it to Israel
officially in the first place?" he asked.
U.S. government sources expect Clinton to delay any decision in the
current review of Pollard.