Top Dems Visit Pollard In Prison
ABC News - December 30, 1999 - Eileen A. Murphy
NEW YORK - As first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton continues
to ponder her
position on whether to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard, one
her closest advisers today visited the convicted spy in prison. New
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who supports clemency for
Pollard, led a small group of top Democrats from the state to the
Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C.
Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, has served 14 years of
a life sentence after pleading guilty to passing U.S. military
Israel in the 1980s.
As Mrs. Clinton runs for the Senate in New York, Jewish organizations
powerful factor in the state's Democratic politics have pressured
to support Pollard's release, saying his sentence was harsher
those given to others convicted of similar crimes.
[Justice4JP: Note the recycling of old Government
lies in the following paragraph! See Facts Page for the truth.]
U.S. officials say Pollard's espionage was one of the most damaging
[Lie! No hard evidence exists
of any damage done by Pollard and this allegation has always been made
only in the media, never in court!]. Officials estimate
[Lie! Pollard did not sell information.
See Fact 6] Israel enough documents and photographs to fill
a room 10 feet by 6 feet by 6 feet
volume of information is absurd! See Facts 20 & 21].
Pollard, now 45, claimed he was trying to protect the Jewish
state from its enemies.
After talking to Pollard for nearly four hours, Silver complained that
the federal government is violating the terms of its plea agreement
keeping him in prison. "Pollard fulfilled his end of the plea
agreement, cooperating fully with the prosecution," Silver
he] received a life sentence and a recommendation that he never be
in complete violation of the plea agreement he
had reached with
Accompanying Silver were Assembly Democrats Thomas
Nassau County, Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx and Helene Weinstein
Brooklyn. Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has organized
"Free Pollard" demonstrations outside Mrs. Clinton"s campaign
headquarters in New York, said these latest visits were part of an
ongoing effort. In the next few months, Hikind says, just about every
New York Democrat will be going to visit Pollard, increasing the
pressure on Mrs. Clinton to take a stand.
But sources say Hikind has promised Mrs. Clinton's campaign that he
would halt the protests for two months to give her some time to decide.
[Not true! This is simply an oblique hint to Hikind to lay off!]
POLLARD WATCHING HILLARY CLOSELY
After the trip, Silver said that he found Pollard to be extremely
intelligent, articulate and very knowledgeable about New York politics
for someone who grew up in Texas. Pollard says he is following the
York Senate race closely but has no political opinion of Mrs. Clinton.
The Clinton administration has been reviewing Israel's request that
Pollard be released since October 1998, when the issue nearly derailed
peace talks at Wye River, Md.
President Clinton directed the White House counsel's office to collect
recommendations from the CIA, the FBI, the Justice Department and other
agencies about possible clemency.
Mrs. Clinton has taken no position on Pollard's case and is said to
awaiting the outcome of a high-level federal review.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has said he supports Pollard's
release. Silver said that he advised Mrs. Clinton that he would
making the trip and added that she asked him to give her a briefing
after the visit. "Clearly she hasn't made up her mind," Silver
Note: Clarifications above [in italics in square brackets] added
by Justice for Jonathan Pollard.
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