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Alan Dershowitz On The Jonathan Pollard Case

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
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4 Responses to “Alan Dershowitz On The Jonathan Pollard Case”

  1. I have read two things about this case that Dershowitz did not mention. OF course not everything one reads is true, and I have no way to verify these claims, but here they are.
    First. The report that was given the sentencing judge, which apparently caused him to reject the plea bargain, accused Pollard of leaking material which made its way to the USSR and led to the death of several of our agents. I have read that this report was actually written by the spy whose own activities were responsible for those deaths, written probably to cover himself.
    Second, Pollard’s original motivations for giving material to Israel was his belief that our government was obligated by a treaty with Israel to share what information it gathered about activities in the Middle East, and the Defense Department was violating that treaty by withholding it. He therefore saw himself not as spying, but as providing the sharing required by that treaty. He supplied massive amounts of information to Israeli intelligence, but, I have read, all of it pertained to the Middle East and may have been required to be shared by that treaty.
    This latter claim, if true, may or may not mitigate his crime, but does suggest that Pollard was not motivated by the aim of harming the United States Government but rather by seeing that it obeyed its commitments. He would have been justified in protesting the non-sharing, but was not justified in taking the law into his own hands by sharing the material himself. Of course Weinberger and other high officials would naturally be annoyed at a peon like Pollard claiming that their own behaviors were illegal.

  2. wHY DID YOU ERASE MY COMMENTS.THE TRUTH SHOULD NOT BE HIDDEN.IT'S NOT THE ETHICAL THING TO DO.THE VOICELESS NEED OUR VOICES.TO SPEAK FOR THEM.JONATHAN DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE A PAWN.FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM TELLS US WHAT HAS TO BE DONE.JUSTICE JUSTICE SHALL YOU PURSUE.RELEASE HIM TO AN ISRAELI HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY!

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