On Pollard's Birthday, Congressman Demands His Release

Melissa Radler - Jerusalem Post - August 7, 2003

A New York Congressman marked Jonathan Pollard's 49th birthday with a request that President George W. Bush free the former naval analyst.

"The life sentence which Jonathan Pollard is now serving is not a reflection of the severity of the crimes he committed, but rather the result of ineffective counsel," Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) wrote in an August 7 letter. "He has served more than enough time for the crime of spying for an ally," wrote Weiner.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing classified information to Israel. Spying for a US ally generally carries a sentence of two to four years in prison.