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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Should Jonathan Pollard be pardoned?

By Jennifer Rubin

Ha'aretz and other news outlets are reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will formally request that the U.S. release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. Why, especially in the wake of the WikiLeaks classifed information disclosures, would Netanyahu make the request now to spring a spy who has been imprisoned for 25 years?

In Israel, there is widespread sentiment in favor of Pollard's release. A brief look at the headlines and a small sampling of Israeli opinion suggests that Israelis, while not enamored of Pollard, think he's been given a raw deal. Daniel Gordis, senior vice president of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, e-mails me that Israelis are convinced "that he's served far beyond what he deserved" and is the victim of former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger (long regarded by Israel as antagonistic toward the Jewish state), who intimidated to the court that Pollard gave information to the Soviets. (Later, we came to learn that this was the doing of Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames.) Gordis says, "The sense hear, I think, is that Bibi SHOULD ask, but that Obama should do it on humanitarian grounds, not as a tit for tat with a freeze or anything like that. If Obama tries to make it conditional on some political issue or step, most people here would tell Bibi to tell the president to take a hike."

Some Israelis are even more adamant. Ruthie Blum Leibowitz, an Israel-based journalist and former features editor for the Jerusalem Post, tells me, "The guy served his time, and then some. And since the information Pollard allegedly passed on to Israel was about the Iraqi nuclear reactor, if he's not given a medal or a pardon, he could at least be let out of jail for good behavior after all these decades."

Former U.S. officials are stepping forward to present evidence and arguments for Pollard's release. Lawrence Korb, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, outlined the rationale for Pollard's release in an interview with the Jerusalem Post:

Korb said he intends to make the case for releasing Pollard, a one-time US Navy intelligence analyst who gave secrets to Israel and is now serving a life sentence, when he visits the Knesset.

"Yes, he deserved to be punished," Korb said, but added that the 25 years he's already been in prison is sufficient considering the average sentence for passing classified material to an ally is seven years.

Pollard's continued incarceration is a "miscarriage of justice" in Korb's words.

To bolster his case, Korb intends to point to Weinberger's own admission before his death in 2006 that the Pollard incident was "a minor matter" rather than as he had described in his impact statement on the damage Pollard did, which influenced Pollard's sentence.

"Weinberger had almost a visceral dislike of Israel's impact on our policy," Korb recalled in trying to explain his former boss's motives

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A Democratic foreign policy hand tells me that, considering Korb's arguments, "it hardly makes sense for the Israeli PM to take a less forward position. It has become clear in recent years that Weinberger and others blamed Pollard for heinous and treasonous acts of betrayal that far exceeded what he was actually was guilty of, and what, we now know, were the acts of the traitors Hanssen and Aimes." His point isn't that Pollard shouldn't have been severely punished. Rather, he argues that it may be time for the U.S. to reassess matters, since Pollard has "served four times the length of time typical of someone who has spied for an ally, and his health has gravely deteriorated."

Similarly, former Democratic Sen. Dennis DeConcini recently petitioned Obama, according to the Jerusalem Post:

Former US Senate Select Intelligence Committee chairman Dennis DeConcini wrote US President Barack Obama for the second time in five months this week, calling upon him to commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard to the 25 years he has already served.

DeConcini said he felt compelled to write Obama again, in order to follow up on a recent Congressional letter, signed by 39 Congressman, advocating Pollard's release.

"I was on the Senate Intelligence Committee when Pollard was arrested, and subsequently became its chairman," he said. "I am well aware of the classified information concerning the damage he caused. Pollard was charged with one count of giving classified information to an ally, Israel. He was never charged with nor to my knowledge did he ever give any information to a third country."

A source intimately familiar with the Pollard case said DeConcini's letter was the first time someone who knows the classified information has definitively stated in their own words that the Israeli agent did not give any information to a third country, a charge that has been suggested in media reports.

DeConcini also wrote Obama that Pollard's sentence was unjust given the shorter time served by agents of enemy countries and the plea bargain Pollard reached with the American Justice Department.

Pollard's own website provides an interesting table comparing his sentence with that of other spies. The argument on sentencing boils down to this: "Jonathan Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. On November 21, 2010, Pollard entered the 26th year of his life sentence, with no end in sight. The maximum sentence today for such an offence is 10 years. The median sentence for this offence is 2 to 4 years." Even this data, however, does not persuade some. As one Capitol Hill advisor familar with the case put it, "spying for a foreign country, even a close ally, is a betrayal of our country and unforgivable."

Those of us lacking access to the material DeConcini and the president have at their disposal have a difficult time assessing whether Pollard was subjected to unfair treatment. But the feigned indignation by some members of the media and the usual Israel bashers, suggesting that Netanyahu's request is beyond the pale or evidence of atrocious judgment, is entirely unwarranted. He's only asking, after all. And frankly, after being bashed by domestic critics and coalition partners who disagreed with his effort to mollify an American administration at times quite hostile to the Jewish state, it's entirely understandable that Netanyahu would look after his own political fortunes.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 22, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Should Jonathan Pollard be pardoned?

Perhaps, but ask again in 20 years.

Posted by: packard1 | December 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

How about if we trade him straight up for Samuel and Sol Sheinbein?

Posted by: 54465446 | December 22, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

intimated to the court, not intimidated.

Posted by: mattman26 | December 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Ruthie Blum Leibowitz, I'm surprised to hear, is laboring under a misunderstanding that seems to be fairly widespread. The information that Pollard passed to Israel was not (allegedly or otherwise) about the Iraqi nuclear reactor. The Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in June, 1981. Pollard did not begin passing classified documents to Israel (was not in a position to do so) until 1984.

Posted by: Lynne053 | December 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Israel always asks for something from the US. Let me know when they give us something other than disrepect and arrogance. The man was a spy. Let him rot in prison. Israel has kept people in prison for lesser reasons.

Posted by: mg11231 | December 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rubin, I would assert the Israeli PM always "look[s] after his own political fortunes" regardless of his nation's relationship with the US.

He may be only asking. Fair enough. Those from the US who are emphatic in their responses are only replying. And in their emphatic responses may lie some lessons for why the US-Israeli relationship has had some frosty moments of late. The Israeli PM might (and perhaps you) might just learn something instead of dismissing the passion as "unwarranted."

Posted by: MsJS | December 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Today's editorial supports assassinations of the enemies of the nation by executive order. That would apply very well to Pollard. He betrayed us, giving nuclear secrets that ended up in Russia. He got some of our people killed. We should end this constant pressure for his release by executing him in a targeted killing. Maybe we could send him to Gitmo to kill him, since that would please the Post even better. Maybe we need to reopen his case, or charge him with some of the murders he caused. However, he should be dead.

Posted by: MarkThomason | December 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

For the simple reason alone that the US government violated it's own plea bargain agreement with Pollard he should be released. Jonathan did not transfer any secret information to anyone other than Israel, an ally and friendly state to the US, and yet was punished far more excessively than real American spies who sold out their own country. Caspar Weinberger who despised his own Jewish antecedents was the main player who fabricated evidence against Jonathan, deliberately and consciously lied about Jonathan, and because of the anti Israel American security establishment and diplomatic corps, Jonathan has been held in prison for things he never even did.
I expect no fairness from Barack Obama, no more so than from his predecessors Bush or Clinton. Clinton in fact did promise to release Jonathan during the Wye Plantation negotiations in 1995 but reneged on that promise after pressure from those same anti Israel and anti Jewish intelligence agencies and Department of State.
Thus if even Clinton was willing to release Jonathan, then what could possiby prevent Obama from doing so as well?

Posted by: Beniyyar | December 22, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

One reason he has been treated differently is that spies are often traded, and Israel hasn't officially caught any of ours over there, probably for diplomatic reasons.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 22, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The article states that Pollard only spied for a "friendly" country, Israel. However that is not true:

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard -
"According to Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigator Ronald Olive, Pollard also passed classified information to South Africa[14] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[15] Pollard also used his access to secret documents to furnish classified information to nongovernmental employees, including two friends of his who worked as professional investment advisers.[16] Pollard also stole classified documents related to the People's Republic of China, on behalf of his wife Anne; Anne Pollard used the classified assessments to advance her personal business interests, and kept them around the Pollard household, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light. During the course of the Pollard trial, Australian authorities reported the disclosure of classified American documents by Pollard to one of their own agents..."

Posted by: privacy5 | December 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe in larger trade, Isarel agrees on Gilad Shalit trade with Hamas and gets Pollard from US but Hamas also must agree to rejoin with PA as part of deal.

This would weaken Iran's influence and change the playing abit in ME, with 5000+ dead already its worth the chance.

Posted by: Bloodyscot | December 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Lets make a deal. We free Pollard, and in return Israel freezes developments around Jerusalem for 1 year to get the peace talk going again

Posted by: chetrice | December 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Can someone ask how does Pollard run a web site from prison? Unless his family members run it for him.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | December 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

So what if Israel is an ally? The USSR was an ally when the Rosenbergs spied for Stalin. That didn't excuse them, and it cannot excuse Pollard. We executed the Rosenbergs, and we should execute Pollard. Let him have an "accident" in prison. Happens all the time.

For Israel to ask for Pollard after taking $100 billion of aid from us, after our going to bat for Israel in the UN even when against our own interests, after spitting in the face of the President of the United States in deeply insulting. It is arrogance of the highest order.

And it calls into question the loyalties of Americans who work for his release.

Posted by: Garak | December 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

One other point: Israel using US Jews to act against the interests of the US reflects on all other US Jews, rightly or wrongly. It puts into question the loyalty of all American Jews. Israel claims to represent all the world's Jews. Yet it puts them all at risk when it asks some to engage in activities such as spying on their home countries.

American Jews should be livid that Israel even considers this. After all that American Jews have done for Israel, even asking them to spy on the US is condescending and arrogant. American Jews should be pressing AIPAC, the ADL, ZOA, and the rest of The Israel Lobby to make it absolutely clear that Israel is to immediately and forever cease and desist.

Israel can always find evangelicals and Christian Zionists willing to put the interests of Israel ahead of the interests of the US, and to spy on the US. It doesn't need to use American Jews as disposable "assets" (to use an intelligence term).

Posted by: Garak | December 22, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Israel wait and see if they can help elect a new president in a couple of years who is more amenable to their desires? They have done too much to alienate this one to expect much in the way of favors. It's probably our defence establishment that is keeping the guy locked up anyway so maybe that's who the Israeli PM needs to focus his attention towards.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | December 22, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Without fail, whenever the question of Pollard's release comes up, the antisemites crawl out of the woodwork and start questioning "the loyalties of Americans who work for his release" and Israel's status as America's ally.

Sadly, most of Pollard's supporters seem unfamiliar with the facts, and simply parrot what they read on (or as quoted by other sources from) the "Justice for JP" website. The plea agreement, for example, was actually violated by the Pollards, not by the government (or so the courts have consistently found).

The same is true of his detractors, though obviously they get their "information" from entirely different sources. E.g., Pollard was never charged with treason, there is no evidence that he ever got anyone killed and the initiative for his spying spree was entirely his.

Posted by: Lynne053 | December 22, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Lupin is bad in history. The attack on the Iraqi Nuclear reactor by Israel happened in 1981. This was a few years before Pollard's espionage. At the very least, that remark should have been edited out.

Posted by: simon3034higgins | December 22, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Pollard's sentence isn't too long, but that the average is too short.

Posted by: Otiose1 | December 22, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Pollard should've been hanged and no way should he be released. It's disgusting to see dual-loayalist side with a TRAITOR because he happened to be Jewish.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | December 22, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION ON JONATHAN POLLARD 1993

The European Parliament Resolution on Jonathan Pollard
September 16, 1993

The European Parliament,

1. noting that Jonathan Pollard, then of the US Navy, was convicted in 1985 of passing classified information to Israel concerning the military activities of Iraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern nations,

2. noting also that the information dealt with the chemical, biological and nuclear arms build- up in these countries and that Pollard considered he had a moral duty to warn Israel of the developing massive threat to its security and to the lives of its people,

3. whereas Pollard has expressed remorse for his action,

4. whereas Pollard, who was not accused of treason, or of intending to harm the US, pleaded guilty under a plea bargain, and was thus convicted and sentenced, without a full trial, to life imprisonment, despite the Government's promise not to seek such a penalty,

5. noting that the sentence imposed on Pollard was grossly disproportionate to those imposed on others by US courts for supplying information to a friendly power (normally from two to four years),

6. shocked that most of Pollard's eight years in prison should have been spent in solitary confinement and underground,

7. astonished that Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, described by one of his Under-Secretaries for Defense as having had 'an almost visceral dislike of Israel', should have sent a message to the trial judge, one hour before the sentencing hearing, asking for the stiffest possible sentence commensurate with Pollard's 'treasonous' (sic) behavior,

8. noting however that Mr. Weinberger stated recently that he thought it was time that Mr. Pollard should be released; aware that Christian and Jewish organizations throughout the world have pleaded for the harsh sentence of life imprisonment to be commuted and that Judge Steve Williams wrote, in a dissenting opinion to an appellate court finding, that 'the government's conduct in this case resulted in a 'complete miscarriage of justice',

1. Urges the US Administration to commute Pollard's sentence to one of time served and to release him immediately;

2. Calls on EPC to intercede with the US government with this end in view;

3. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, EPC and the Government of the United States.

Voted almost unanimously on 16th September 1993.
See Also:

* Euro-Parliament Adopts British MEP's Motion Urging Pollard Release
* U.S. City and State Resolutions
* The Calls for Pollard's Release Page

http://www.jonathanpollard.org/1993/091693.htm

Posted by: LindaRivera | December 22, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

FREE political prisoner, Jonathan Pollard severely punished by America for saving Israel. His health is severely damaged from initially spending several years in an underground U.S. jail. Pollard gave Israel information America promised in an Agreement to give Israel. America broke the promise. It is to be hoped that if someone had information America was going to be attacked, that the person would have the ethics to warn America, as Jonathan Pollard did for Israel/Free World.

Pollard's "SIN": He Permitted Israel to Act in its Defense

WorldNetDaily
September 26, 2001
Terror in the U.S. and the Jonathan Pollard case
By Larry Dub

"... thanks to Jonathan Pollard, Israel was ready with gas masks and sealed rooms when Iraq attacked her during the Gulf War...The usual sentence for spying for an ally is 2-4 years...

Indeed, the Government's own Victim Impact Statement (VIS), which was submitted to the court prior to sentencing indicated that Pollard's greatest "sin" was that by giving Israel vital security information which permitted the Jewish state to act in its own defense, he had made Israel "too strong" and thus angered America's "moderate" Arab allies..."
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24659

Posted by: LindaRivera | December 22, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

American Leaders' Love for Muslim Terrorists and HATE for Jews:
Over the years, America has intensely pressured Israel to release THOUSANDS of Muslim terrorists from Israeli jails. A high proportion of the released terrorists returned to jihad against hated Jewish infidels.

As an integral part of the Wye Accords, in the Wye double-cross, President Clinton promised to free Jonathan Pollard if Israel would release 750 Arab terrorists and murderers, with Jewish blood on their hands. The terrorists were released. President Clinton/U.S. broke their promise. Pollard was not released. American government' venomous hate for Jewish innocents is frightening.

From The Knesset Record, February 28, 2001:

"...The former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, made an explicit commitment to the then-Prime Minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu, to release Jonathan Pollard.

This promise was made prior to the Wye Summit and [again] during the course of the negotiations at Wye... This was not a personal promise made to a particular prime minister... This was a promise made to the State of Israel and to the People of Israel..." Dani Naveh, Minister without Portfolio'.
See: http://www.jonathanpollard.org/wye.htm

Posted by: LindaRivera | December 22, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Four previous US presidents have seen what Pollard did to us and have refused to release him. The Israeli government has admitted that Pollard had given them a roomfull of documents - and it was for money! What more do we need to identify a traitor? Throw away the jail key.

Posted by: april0611 | December 22, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

To Mark Thomason,

Pollard never committed treason and was not tried for, or found guilty of treason. Pollard did not cause any of our people to be killed! If what you claim was true, not one single person would be asking for Pollard's release. Dennis DeConcini and others would most certainly NOT be asking for his release.

America's injustice to Pollard shocked even the Europeans.

Posted by: LindaRivera | December 22, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

That Weinberger completely overestimated the damage Pollard caused favors his cause, that he is an embarrassment to American Jews in the service of our country mitigates against him.

Probably on balance clemency as to the term, *but no pardon*, is in order.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 22, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Technically he would not get a pardon but rather a commutation of his sentence to time served.

His crime was very serious, as Israel is not really an ally like the UK, Canada, and Australia. Life in prison is a harsh sentence, but one that Pollard knowingly risked when he conducted his espionage. His trial was fair, his guilt was never in doubt, and the sentence was fair.

Posted by: Incongrous | December 22, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

LindaRivera | December 22, 2010 9:46 PM

Pollard was not convicted because he plead guilty.

Pollard gave information which caused the Soviets to kill some of our agents, thus he did cause deaths.

Pollard gave information to Israel which was passed on to the Soviets. Our secrets went: Pollard, Israel, Soviets. This is not a reason to accommodate Israel in the matter.

Yes, people very much do ask for outrageous and treasonous things when it is to benefit Israel. You are either ignorant or one of them using lies to manipulate us again.

Posted by: MarkThomason | December 22, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Let Pollard die in jail. Once dead Israel can have his worthless body.

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | December 23, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse


Pollard should have been shot for treason.

Posted by: googleguy | December 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

MarkThomason | December 22, 2010 10:44 PM |

No matter how many times you repeat those lies, it doesn't make them true.

Pollard was not convicted of treason because he was never charged with treason.

Pollard's information did NOT cause the Soviets to kill any of our agents, which is now old news. Information that was at first suspected to come from Pollard turned out to have come from Ames and Hanssen.

It's entirely unclear whether any information Pollard gave to Israel was passed on to the Soviets. That's pure speculation and now largely discredited (see above).

To be clear, I do not agree that Pollard should be released. Let him apply for parole and stop trying to game the system or compromise it with this misleading public opinion campaign.

Posted by: Lynne053 | December 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Lynne053 | December 23, 2010 11:06 AM

Pollard was never charged with treason because he was never charged with anything until a deal had been worked out. What he did was treason, and that is how he came to have a life sentence.

I am glad to see you admit the reports of the other facts I cited. They are discredited only in minds that do not wish to believe. The Court was convinced by evidence, and on that basis I believe what is based on evidence, not your declaration of it being discredited.

At least I don't call you a liar. Wrong, but not a liar. I take it you are motivated by loyalty to Israel, and so cannot see anything else.

Posted by: MarkThomason | December 23, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, in the real world, spies such as Anna Chapman and her friends (who truly wished to undermine this country) are released without prison sentences and go on to be iconic celebrities in their country.

Posted by: DerTunkeler | December 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, in the real world, spies such as Anna Chapman and her friends (who truly wished to undermine this country) are released without prison sentences and go on to be iconic celebrities in their country.

Posted by: DerTunkeler | December 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

MarkThomason | December 23, 2010 11:22 AM |

Mark, I'm certainly not calling you a liar, only pointing out that you are repeating lies, which you no doubt believe to be true. I suggest you look up the legal definition of "treason." You will find that it doesn't remotely apply to Pollard. The use of that term in the vernacular, OTOH, (which is how it was used by Sec. Weinberger in his declaration) is a different story.

As for the other facts I cited, you're free to look them up as well. The Court was not "convienced by evidence." As you point out, there was no trial and no "evidence" was presented. The misinformation about secrets passed to Russia has in fact been discredited, whether you choose to accept that or not. The men responsible are now also in prison and will stay there.

Good job bringing up that loyalty thing again, though. It's like a broken record.

Posted by: Lynne053 | December 23, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer, although I agree that Pollard got a raw deal, I try to withhold judgment about the U.S. prosecutors' and Courts' handling of his case. As a criminal defense attorney, I see lots of cases go down wrongly.

Instead, I fault the Israeli governments, going back decades now, for Pollard's plight. Why is it that spies for the Soviet Bloc, a U.S. enemy, were traded or deported to their client states, but Israel, a U.S. friend, has been unwilling to make a substantial effort to gain Pollard's release?

Friends do spy on friends, and on everyone else. U.S. spies caught in Israel spying on Israel are deported without fanfare. And I am sure there are many of them. Yet the U.S. does not reciprocate. Israel, if it had some gumption, could have gotten Pollard released many times over. I blame Israel for allowing Pollard to languish in Israel these many years.

And the excuse to not release Pollard being all the secrets that could come to light were he to be released? Don't tell me Pollard's knowledge does not pale in comparison to the information Israel has and could use as either as carrot or a stick.

Begin once accused Joe Biden of treating Israel like a "vassal state" and "banana republic." Maybe if Israel would act like a sovereign nation, it would be treated like one.

Posted by: esq_stu | December 23, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer, you meant "intimated" rather than "intimidated" in paragraph #2.

That "ex parte" CLASSIFIED MEMORANDUM which DiConcini perused, included an allegation that Pollard spied for Apartheid South Africa, a BLATANT LIE, but malevolent Weinberger and his minions threw in the kitchen sink, knowing most would stick and anger the Judge.

The now-deceased black Judge, Aubrey Robinson was enraged at even the mention of White South Africa and most courtroom attendees that day witnessed Pollard receiving Life, with a wink and a nod from Joseph DiGenova, the prosecutor.

Pollard was "promised" a harsh sentence but not life.

DiGenova's career took off... Whatever happened to the arrogant barrister, still tied to the apron strings of his wife, Victoria Toensing, for sure.

Even obnoxious Chris Matthews said, "Who plea bargains for a life sentence?"

Pollard has lost all of his appeals on "technicalities" that he applied too late...DUH!! WHO IS BOUGHT AND SOLD ON THE FEDERAL BENCHES??

THIS GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE CORRUPTION, LIKE A CANCER, IS EATING AWAY AT OUR TENET OF EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL.

THE AMERICAN HALLS OF INJUSTICE, JUST MIGHT BE A TERRORIST STATE.

Posted by: furtiveadmirer | December 26, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Releasing this traitor will set an excellent example to current U.S. military personnel. If classified material is to be shared with an Ally, there are steps to take to make it a legal evolution. He is lucky he did not receive a death sentence which is the maximum penalty for espionage. He may be a Hero within certain Israeli circles, but America is not and should not be considered one.

Posted by: mrsweettalker15 | December 26, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I also appreciate the care taken in part by the brave columnist Jennifer Rubin to cite opinions both in favor and opposed to The spy's release

Posted by: mrsweettalker15 | December 26, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

(sarcasm)

Posted by: mrsweettalker15 | December 26, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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