The Jonathan Pollard Case, Explained

NATPOP:
“Jonathan Pollard was pleaded guilty this week with espionage charges but the case is far from closed. ”

POLLARD WIFE LEADING TO OBAMA

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IT WAS ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO THAT AN AMERICAN NAVAL AIDE WAS CAUGHT PASSING CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS TO ISRAEL. RONALD OLIVE WAS AN FBI AGENT WHO HELPED CAPTURE JONATHAN POLLARD.

STILL OF POLLARD
NATPOP – Ronald Olive
“When an individual decides to cross that line and betray his country, it’s almost impossible to stop him.”

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HERE’S SOME BACKGROUND ON A CASE THAT HAS LONG BEEN A FLASHPOINT OF US – ISRAEL RELATIONS.

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CAR PASSING BY WITH POLLARD IN THE BACK

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BORN IN 1954 TO A JEWISH FAMILY, MR. POLLARD LONG ADMIRED ISRAEL.

Ronald Olive, FBI Agent who captured Pollard: “This guy wanted to be a spy from the very beginning. He would play spy games, sayig that the Israeli Massad was paying my salary, they’re grooming me to work for the United States government. All fantasies of the spy imagination”

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IN 1984, HIS DREAMS BECAME REALITY WHEN – AS AN INTELLIGENCE RESEARCHER – HE HAD ACCESS TO TOP SECRET DOCUMENTS. HE WAS CAUGHT 18 MONTHS LATER AND SOON BECAME THE ONLY PERSON IN U.S. HISTORY TO RECEIVE A LIFE SENTENCE FOR SPYING FOR AN ALLY.

NATPOP – Protest to free pollard as Kerry visits Jerusalem in January 2014

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IN ISRAEL THE ISSUE HAS REMAINED ALIVE. IN 1995, THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT EVEN GRANTED TEXAS-BORN MR. POLLARD CITIZENSHIP WHILE HE REMAINED IN AN AMERICAN PRISON.
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JERUSALEM RESIDENT, ILAN FARKASH, SAYING:
“I think that Pollard should have been released years ago already, he’s not a murderer and he’s not a killer, he was a spy and I think it’s time to let him free.”

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THE CASE ALSO HAS A RESONANCE IN WASHINGTON’S INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THE SCANDAL CREATED A LINGERING SUSPICION THAT JEWS COULD HOLD DUAL LOYALTIES AND SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED IN SENSITIVE POSTS.

ANY SORT OF NAT WE CAN ADD HERE??? – A SECOND NAT OF KERRY – OBAMA WITH ISRAELI FIGURE

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HOWEVER THE POLLARD AFFAIR TURN OUT, IT HAS BRIEFLY ENLIVENED NINE MONTHS OF DIFFICULT PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. HIS FATE REMAINS JUST ONE ELEMENT OF THE COMPLICATED TALKS BETWEEN THE U.S., ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS.

NATPOP – shaking hands/Kerry leaving

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LISTENING POST/DIPOLMATIC MEMO Reports this week that the White House was weighing the release of Jonathan J. Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel more than 25 years ago, briefly enlivened nine months of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians that otherwise seemed to be shuffling toward another predictable failure. But for a circle of senior American diplomats who have spent the last three decades chasing the elusive goal of Middle East peace, the talk of freeing a Reagan-era spy roused another unwelcome ghost: the dark suggestion that American Jews, like Mr. Pollard, inevitably held dual loyalties and could not be trusted in sensitive posts. For these diplomats, who are Jewish and were active at the time of Mr. Pollard’s sensational arrest and trial, the case was a source of anguish. Even now, 28 years later, it provokes strong feelings and sharp divisions, between those who believe freeing him might be a worthwhile gambit to save the talks and those who argue he is a traitor who should remain in jail.

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Basic history of pollard – who he is and what he did

How Pollard is still a huge issue in Israel

American naval aide who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying on behalf of Israel

Mr. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of espionage more than a quarter century ago, to be released before Passover, which begins the evening of April 14.

who was granted Israeli citizenship while in prison

Mr. Pollard, who worked for the Navy as a civilian intelligence analyst, began spying for Israel after he approached an Israeli officer in the spring of 1984. He was arrested 18 months later.

Pollard is the only person in US history to receive a life sentence for spying for an ally

SOURCE – government summary on Pollard http://www.nytimes.com/1986/06/05/us/text-of-the-government-s-summary-of-its-espionage-case-against-pollard.html

Anne Henderson Pollard, serving a five-year term for pleading guilty to charges related to the sale of state secrets to Israel by her husband

VISUALS

Protests to free Pollard ywnews – Youtube

Pollard in prison/wife/court drawings – CNN

Esther pollard appeal to Obama

“I am asking for your compassion, for your mercy”

Obama is interrupted by a pro-pollard heckler – 12:50 mark
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/03/21/president-obama-speaks-people-israel

Surveillance footage of pollard actually stealing documents – InfoLiveEnglish – YouTube

Ronald Olive, FBI Agent who captured Pollard: “This is a story about a spy who has never should been.”

Ronald Olive, FBI Agent who captured Pollard: “He had a photographic memory, but there was another side on Jonathan, when he was a dreamer and a fantasizer”

israelnews on Youtube

Former Central Intelligence Agency head James Woolsey:

MOS in israel of people talking about him

1988 interview with pollard

The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy – IRmep on Youtube

TV segment from June 7, 1986: “Jonathan Pollard was pleaded guilty this week with espionage charges but the case is far from close. ”

JERUSALEM RESIDENT, ILAN FARKASH, SAYING:
“I think that Pollard should have been released years ago already, he’s not a murderer and he’s not a killer, he was a spy and I think it’s time to let him free.”

ISRAELI SPY, JONATHAN POLLARD INTERVIEWED BY CHANNEL 2 FROM HIS CELL AT BUTNER PRISON, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, SAYING:
“For Israel to have admitted that I was an agent, was a precondition for an equitable resolution of my affair.”

PEOPLE SIGNING A PETITION TO FREE POLLARD

REUTERS

DITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING/PART VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the Middle East after peace talks, as sources say a deal allowing negotiations to continue could include the release of Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in the United States for spying for Israel.
SHOWS:
BEN GURION AIRPORT, ISRAEL (APRIL 1, 2014) (U.S EMBASSY HANDOUT – ACCESS ALL)
1. U.S SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY GOING UP AEROPLANE STEPS AND WAVING
2. PLANE CARRYING KERRY ON RUNWAY
JERUSALEM (APRIL 1, 2014) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
3. PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET
4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM RESIDENT, ILAN FARKASH, SAYING:
“I think that Pollard should have been released years ago already, he’s not a murderer and he’s not a killer, he was a spy and I think it’s time to let him free.”
5. PEOPLE IN STREET
6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM RESIDENT, BOB MARTHA, SAYING:
“I think however, on the surface, from what we can see, that he served far longer than many convicted espionage spies of other countries and it might be a good thing, given his health and given the relationship between our countries (referring to Israel-U.S. relations), if the United States administration could find a way to release him.”
7. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SITTING OUTSIDE IN COFFEE SHOP
8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM RESIDENT, URI AYALON, SAYING:
“If it will take forward the peace process and will allow us really to go to reconciliation and really to bring peace to the Middle East, so maybe it’s a good thing. If it won’t give us anything but more hostility and the continuity of the hatred between the Palestinians and the Israelis here, so I don’t know if that’s something that really takes anything forward.”
BUTNER PRISON, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (FILE – MAY 15, 1998) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (CHANNEL 2 – NO ACCESS ISRAEL/INTERNET)
9. FORMER ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SECRETARY DANNY NAVEH ENTERING MEETING AND HUGGING IMPRISONED ISRAELI SPY JONATHAN POLLARD
10. NAVEH READING MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TO POLLARD
11. NAVEH PRESENTING SILVER GOBLET TO POLLARD
12. POLLARD
BUTNER PRISON, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, (FILMED FROM TELEVISION STUDIO IN HERZLIYA, ISRAEL) (FILE OCTOBER 30, 1998) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (CHANNEL 2 – NO ACCESS ISRAEL/INTERNET)
13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI SPY, JONATHAN POLLARD INTERVIEWED BY CHANNEL 2 FROM HIS CELL AT BUTNER PRISON, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, SAYING:
“For Israel to have admitted that I was an agent, was a precondition for an equitable resolution of my affair.”
14. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI SPY, JONATHAN POLLARD, INTERVIEWED BY CHANNEL 2 FROM HIS CELL AT BUTNER PRISON, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, SAYING:
“The Israeli government has continued to make mistakes, the same mistakes that plagued my case for the previous 13 years. They assumed they had friends in Washington, when in fact they didn’t.”
JERUSALEM (FILE) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
15. PEOPLE SIGNING A PETITION TO FREE POLLARD
16. PHOTO OF JONATHAN AND ESTHER POLLARD
17. ESTHER POLLARD AT THE PETITION-SIGNING TENT
STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left the Middle East after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours on Tuesday (April 1) in an effort to salvage the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.
Kerry broke into his travel schedule on Monday (March 31) for a flying visit to Jerusalem and headed straight back to Europe after his early morning discussions with Netanyahu.
There was no immediate word of any breakthrough and a Palestinian official said Kerry might return to the region late on Wednesday (April 2) to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The negotiations appeared on the brink of collapse at the weekend, when Israel failed to press ahead with a promised release of several dozen Palestinian prisoners.
Israel wanted assurances the Palestinians would not abandon the talks, aimed at ending the decades-old Middle East conflict, when an initial deadline for an accord expires on April 29.
U.S. officials have said that a deal allowing negotiations to continue could include the release ofJonathan Pollard, who has spent more than 25 years in an American jail after being convicted of spying for Israel.
Sources close to the talks, who declined to be identified, said that under the proposed arrangement, Pollard would be freed before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins in two weeks’ time.
Jewish residents of Jerusalem largely welcomed the idea of the possible release.
“I think that Pollard should have been released years ago already, he’s not a murderer and he’s not a killer, he was a spy and I think it’s time to let him free,” said Ilan Farkash.
U.S. intelligence agencies have long opposed any early release of Pollard, who pleaded guilty in 1987 to charges of spying for Israel and U.S. officials said no decision on his release had yet been made.
Bob Martha, another Jerusalem resident, said Pollard had already served a very lengthy prison term.
“I think however, on the surface, from what we can see, that he served far longer than many convicted espionage spies of other countries and it might be a good thing, given his health and given the relationship between our countries (referring to Israel-U.S. relations), if the United States administration could find a way to release him,” Martha said.
Pollard, a U.S. citizen who was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995, is due for parole next year and his early return could provide Netanyahu with the leeway he may need to convince coalition hardliners who object to the release of more Palestinian prisoners.
Jerusalemite Uri Ayalon said he would support Pollard’s release, if it meant progress in the flailing peace talks.
“If it will take forward the peace process and will allow us really to go to reconciliation and really to bring peace to the Middle East, so maybe it’s a good thing. If it won’t give us anything but more hostility and the continuity of the hatred between the Palestinians and the Israelis here, so I don’t know if that’s something that really takes anything forward,” he said.
Kerry, who has visited the region more than 10 times in little more than a year as he strives to secure a peace deal, held talks separately upon his arrival in Jerusalem with Netanyahu and with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
The focus of his mission appeared to have shifted from reaching an elusive framework agreement by April 29, including general principles for a final peace accord, to simply keeping both sides talking beyond that previously set deadline.
Editorial Restrictions: PART NO ACCESS ISRAEL/INTERNET
Source Format: SD
Audio: NATURAL WITH ENGLISH SPEECH
Locations: BEN GURION AIRPORT, ISRAEL/ JERUSALEM/ BUTNER PRISON, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES
Source: US EMBASSY HANDOUT/ REUTERS/ CHANNEL 2
Revision: 3

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AP SCRIPT

RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART NO ACCESS CANADA/ FOR BROADCAST USE ONLY – STRICTLY NO ACCESS ONLINE OR MOBILE
AP TELEVISION – AP CLIENTS ONLY
FILE: Washington DC – 4 March 1987
1. Close of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in police car
2. Exterior of the Naval Intelligence Centre where Pollard worked
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FILE: Unknown location – 15 May 1998
3. STILL of Pollard
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FILE: Washington DC – 4 March 1987
4. Pollard being driven away in police car

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