White House Deflects Questions About Pollard -
Can't Recall Pollard Offense???
Middle East News Line - September 8, 1999
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The White House, which set a Friday deadline for a
renunciation of violence by jailed Puerto Rican bombers, has refused say
whether convicted spy Jonathan Pollard can benefit from the presidential
White House spokesman Joe Lockhart threatened that unless the Puerto
Rican militants renounce violence the "parole will be repealed and they
will go right back to jail."
A reporter at Tuesday's briefing, referring to the militants up for
parole, asked whether Pollard was "involved in any plans to bomb, kill
and maim anybody."
Lockhart dismissed the question. "You would have to talk to those
who prosecuted him," he said.
Pollard has accused President Bill Clinton of withdrawing from his
pledge given last year to then-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to free
the former U.S. naval analyst. He has spent 14 years of a life sentence
for passing defense secrets to Israel.
On Tuesday, Pollard petitioned the Israeli High Court to press Prime
Minister Ehud Barak to work for Pollard's release. Barak said he will no
longer work openly for Pollard's release. Pollard's petition states that
Barak's claim that he is working for Pollard's release - quietly or
otherwise - is not credible.