Spy Pollard Goes Free in November

Lawyers, Justice Department confirm
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2015 1:59 PM CDT
Spy Pollard Goes Free in November
This 1998 file photo shows Jonathan Pollard.   (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

After 30 years in prison, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard will indeed go free this year. His lawyers and officials with the Justice Department have confirmed the news, which surfaced last week, reports CNN. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst who got caught passing classified information to Israeli operatives, will go free when he becomes eligible for mandatory parole on Nov. 21. US officials could have objected to the parole and kept the 60-year-old in prison on national security grounds, explains the New York Times.

"Mr. Pollard is looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther," says a statement issued by his lawyers. He "would like to thank the many thousands of well-wishers in the United States, in Israel, and throughout the world, who provided grass roots support by attending rallies, sending letters, making phone calls to elected officials, and saying prayers for his welfare." US officials have denied that his release is any way linked to soothing Israel's anger over the Iran nuclear deal. (More Jonathan Pollard stories.)

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