Israeli spy Pollard set for US release after three decades

While behind bars in the US, Pollard became an icon of the Israeli right and the Israeli government has long demanded his releaseThe United States turns the page on one of the most contentious chapters in its relations with ally Israel when it releases convicted spy Jonathan Pollard on Friday. Pollard, now 61, an American born in Texas to a Jewish family, has languished for nearly 30 years in prison for passing US secrets to Israel — but more than that, his lengthy incarceration has hung over Israeli-US affairs for three decades. A US court jailed Pollard, a Stanford University graduate and former US Navy intelligence analyst, for life in 1987 after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government.

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