(JNS.org) Jewish spy Jonathan Pollard might be released from prison Nov. 21, which will mark exactly 30 years since he was arrested for giving Israel classified information on the U.S., The Algemeiner reported Friday.
An unnamed source involved in the case said the U.S. Justice Department is “seriously considering” releasing Pollard, 60, from federal prison in Butner, N.C. The source said Pollard’s release would come in consideration of his failing health and not for the purpose of calming U.S.-Israel tension over the Iran nuclear deal.
Pollard is the only person in U.S. history to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. Officials with first-hand knowledge of Pollard's case who have called for his release include James Woolsey, former director of the CIA; Dennis DeConcini, former chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee; David F. Durenburger, also a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Robert C. MacFarlane, former U.S. National Security Advisor; Lawrence J. Korb, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense; Prof. Angelo Codevilla, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer; Lee Hamilton, former chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence; and attorney Bernard W. Nussbaum, former White House counsel.