Convicted spy Pollard could be freed soon

2015-07-25 15:52
Jonathan Pollard (File picture 1998, AP)

Jonathan Pollard (File picture 1998, AP)

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Washington - Convicted American spy Jonathan Pollard could be released from federal prison within months.

Pollard becomes eligible for parole in November, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest on charges of selling classified information to Israel.

US officials say they're unlikely to oppose his parole.

His attorney, Eliot Lauer, told The Associated Press on Friday that he hoped his client would be released, but said he had received no commitment from the Obama administration.

Supporters of Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst, argue that he was punished excessively and note that he spied for an ally.

The US has previously dangled his release, including during Israel-Palestinian talks last year. His release now could be seen as a concession to Israel, which strongly opposed the just-concluded US nuclear deal with Iran.

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