Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released After 30 Years
August 1, 2015
Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst and convicted spy Jonathan Pollard will be released on parole in November after serving a 30-year prison sentence, his lawyers announced Tuesday.
Pollard, 60, was arrested in 1985 for providing classified documents to the Israeli government, and was later sentenced to life in prison. According to Reuters, U.S. officials have denied speculation that Pollard's release is an attempt to ease diplomatic tensions with Israel over the Iran nuclear deal.
National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey said that the decision was "determined by the United States Parole Commission according to standard procedures," and that "there is absolutely zero linkage between Mr. Pollard's status and foreign policy considerations," The New York Times reported.
Pollard's supporters -- which include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- have been demanding his release for years, arguing against the severity of his sentence.
According to The Associated Press, Pollard was eligible for parole in November according to the terms of his sentence. He is scheduled to be released on November 21.