Pollard: spy manual "useless", lacked secret codes
The Jerusalem Post - January 14, 1999
American Jewish spy Jonathan Pollard, hoping to win his freedom from a
US jail, argued yesterday that a key surveillance
manual he gave Israel was useless because it did not contain encryption
Pollard's lawyer Larry Dub made the argument in a letter to President
Bill Clinton's attorney Charles Ruff after a New Yorker
magazine story said the manual and other documents gravely damaged US
Clinton is reviewing Pollard's case in response to an Israeli request
for the former US Navy analyst's release after
14 years in
'The document in question was not a codes manual, but a frequencies
manual,' said the letter, signed by Dub and dated
January 13. 'Frequency/signals manuals without encryption codes are
useless, as you know, and Mr. Pollard did not have
access to such material.'
The letter said Pollard, sentenced to life in 1986 for passing
intelligence information to Israel, did not have the security
clearances required to handle cryptological data. Pollard has asked
Clinton for the right to rebut recommendations the
president has sought from security officials for the review, saying they were biased against Pollard.
Clinton promised to review Pollard's case last October during
negotiations at the Wye Plantation of a US-brokered interim
peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu had demanded that Pollard's release be
included in the deal.
The idea of freeing Pollard has drawn strenuous opposition from US security professionals who say his release would
encourage the United States' enemies.
Writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel; Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress; and Harvard
law professor Alan Dershowitz, who once represented Pollard, asked Clinton this week to show 'the redeeming quality of
mercy' and free Pollard. (Reuters)