Dan Quayle, who was former US president George H.W. Bush's vice president, became the highest ranking American official yet to call for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard on Monday.
In a letter to US President Barack Obama, Quayle called Pollard's life sentence "very extreme" and urged Obama to commute his sentence to the more than 25 years he has already served.
January 31, 2011
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC
RE: Jonathan Pollard
Dear Mr. President.
I write this letter urging you to consider commuting the sentence of Jonathan Pollard.
I believe that a life sentence for the crime committed is very extreme. Though his crime was very serious, I hope you will once again look very carefully at this pending request.
Many others have written you on this matter. I join them in urging a commutation of his sentence.
Thank you considering this request.
With warm regards,