(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) United States intelligence officials support the continuation of strict parole conditions for Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy who was freed last November after serving three decades in U.S. federal prison, The Daily Beast reported this week.
In declarations filed with the U.S. Parole Commission last Friday, a number of senior U.S. intelligence officials said Pollard still poses a national security risk if left unmonitored.
“Some of the sources and methods used to develop some of the intelligence exposed by Mr. Pollard not only remain classified but are still in use by the intelligence community today,” Jennifer L. Hudson, a senior official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in a written statement. Pollard was the only person in U.S. history to receive a life sentence in prison for passing classified information to an American ally (Israel). He was freed on parole.
Pollard’s lawyers have appealed against his parole conditions, which include GPS tracking of Pollard’s movements with an electronic ankle bracelet as well as monitoring of his personal computer and online activities.
Although the current American intelligence officials reportedly back the strict parole conditions, former intelligence officials were frequent advocates for Pollard’s release and rights while he was imprisoned.