Richard Miller was convicted of espionage in 1991 and sentenced to 20 years. Miller was released after 13 years. Miller was alleged to have provided classified documents, including an FBI counterintelligence manual.

Andrew Daulton Lee delivered classified documents detailing how to decrypt secure U.S. government message traffic and detailed specifications of the latest U.S. spy satellites to Russia. Lee would often also use these trips as an opportunity to engage in drug deals when not working on espionage. Lee would sell the same intelligence reports to China. In 1976 Lee was sentenced to life in prison and was released on parole in 1998, after 22 years. Lee’s heavy sentence for the same offense was likely due to his prior criminal record and admitted drug trafficking.

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Aldrich Ames was similarly sentenced to life in prison — but his spying led to the death of at least 10 Soviet intelligence officers. John Walker Lindh, an American who joined the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, received a 20-year sentence.

Pollard reportedly offered material to other American allies: South Africa, Argentina, Taiwan and Pakistan. He spied for an ally, not an enemy. (This does not excuse criminal conduct, but it does seem a mitigating factor, certainly so far down the road.)

The U.S. intelligence community has not forgotten or forgiven Pollard for his actions. Any move to release him will surely spark a furious internal reaction.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. I wish that all of the Jews who support the Democratic Party and President Obama by donating hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democratic War Chest realize that the USA is a very anti semitic country. Basically, the White House and this President hates the Jews and the Jewish People regardless of where they live. This is the reason why Pollard is still in prison, and will probably never be released, unless he is dead.

  2. Pollard is a hero. In wake of the Holocaust any and all actions is mandated according to Halacha! No matter how "benevolent" a diaspora Government be, Chazal invoked ESAV SONESH ES YAAKOV! Some US administrationdshave been v anti-Semitic! Among them Ulyisiss Grant, FDR(refusing to bomb rail roads to Concentration camps nor letting Jews into the USA nor put pressure on England to discard the White Paper that restricted Jews to flee to the Land of Israel by during Holocaust!!! Watch Thursday 12:00 Noon go to mnn.org New York Time number 4 Judaism click beneath it Watch now!

  3. Lets not forget past and present anti-Semitic administrations as Ulylsis Grant,FDR(not allowing Jews into USA,refusing to bomb rail tracks to concentrations and failed to pressure England to discard its White Paper restricting Jews fleeing To Eretz Yisroel prior durin and after the holocaust..

  4. Nixon made anti-Semitic remarks. Jimmy Carter is openly anti-Semitic to this day! Reagan visited nazi cemetery Bitsburg with the corps of gestapo/ss nazis and when there was an uproar he responded"AW SHUCKS IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO"! In addition, he condemned Israel for bombing Iraq nuclear site! Bush I and to a lesser degree Bush II were anti-Semitic. Te most anti-Semitic President since carter is Obama! It's the first time in American history a Black president is openly anti-Semitic. The black congressional faction signed fealty to Farahkhan-trashcan! Obama administration firs in history is inter racial, inter ethnic inter religious and gender inclusive anti-Semitic! In this post holocaust era we are obligated to take any actions to save Jewish lives. REMEMBER Chazal-sages, declared Esav Soneh Es Yaakov-gentiles hate Jews!

  5. He must be just about eligible for having served his sentence, though I do believe it was rather harsh, and America if it was a christian country could have shown compassion. the man admitted his error.

  6. The NY Sun has an excellent editorial on this subject.

    First, Pollard is no more a "hero" than Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were heroic; both betrayed their countries. The major difference is that the Rosenbergs weren't doing this for money. Israel wasn't an enemy, but neither was the USSR; we weren't at war with either, and in fact the Soviet Union had been a strong ally up until a couple years before the Rosenbergs' betrayal.

    Whether Pollard has done enough time, or whether he merits some form of compassionate release due to illness is one issue. But the idea that he should be traded for Palestinian terrorists is beyond stupid; some of those terrorists will undoubedly murder again, meaning there would be blood on both American and Israeli hands.

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