Pollard Calls For Sentence Review
Middle East News Line March 16, 1999
JERUSALEM [MENL] -- Jonathan Pollard has again called on the White House to review his
life sentence -- this time in wake of the sentencing of a
National Security Agency analyst convicted of spying for the Soviet
In a letter to White House counsel Charles Ruff, Pollard's
attorney, Larry Dub referred to the 24-year prison sentence imposed on
David Sheldon Boone, the former NSA cryptologic traffic analyst recently
convicted of spying for the Soviet Union (in the 1980's).
Dub, a Jerusalem attorney, said Boone's activities of providing
the Soviets with U.S. signals collections systems was attributed to
Pollard, the U.S. Naval intelligence analyst who spied for Israel in the
early 1980s. Pollard has already served 14 years in prison.
The attorney said the charges against Boone were more serious
those levelled against Pollard. Still, Dub said, Boone drew a lighter
"If the guidelines applied in the Boone case are any standard to
Pollard's life sentence violates all standards of equal treatment and
proportional justice," Dub wrote.
U.S. President Bill Clinton said he is reviewing Pollard's life
sentence. Israeli diplomatic sources said they are skeptical whether
Clinton will announce a decision over the next few months -- this, in an
attempt to stay out of Israel's national elections, scheduled for May
A similar letter written by Dub to Ruff on Jan. 13 has still not