Judge rules against Israeli spy’s attempt to lift parole limitations

Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard‘s challenge to parole limitations was rejected by a federal judge on Thursday.

The former Israeli spy had petitioned the court to lift the conditions he wear an electronic monitoring device and submit his work computer to federal authorities for regular examination.

Convicted of spying for Israel in 1986, Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released after serving 30 years in November 2015.  Pollard was paid by Israel for his deception.

Pollard’s attorneys asserted the former navy intelligence officer was not a flight risk and the condition he turn over his personal computer hurt employment opportunities.  Similarly, lawyers contended Pollard does not constitute a threat to revealing further classified material.

In her ruling from a Manhattan courtroom, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest stated the provisions set on Pollard by the U.S. Parole Commission were reasonable in face of Pollard’s expressed wish to return to Israel where his family resides and where he has been granted citizenship.

Israel had repeatedly petitioned the United States for Pollard’s release.

Citing the gravity of Pollard’s crimes, Forrest invoked the U.S. Parole Commission’s study of the case and underlined a letter from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who stated information Pollard revealed remains classified.

“The Commission was certainly within its discretion to credit Director Clapper’s characterization of the intelligence Pollard compromised over the characterization advanced by Pollard’s preferred sources,” Forrest wrote in her ruling. 

A similar ruling in March upheld Pollard’s parole conditions.


[Reuters] [Photo courtesy vosizneias.com]