Israel spy Pollard released by US
Nov 20, NY: Convicted former US navy analyst Jonathan Pollard has been released from a U.S. prison. He was jailed for life in 1987 for passing classified information to Israel.
Pollard, 61, was freed on Friday morning, ending one of the longest-running and most contentious issues between the US and Israel.
His release from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina came nearly 30 years to the day after his arrest for providing large amounts of classified U.S. government information to Israel, authorities said.
Pollard's parole conditions require him to remain in the US for five years. Repeated Israeli appeals over the years for the US to show clemency towards Pollard were rejected.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Israeli people welcomed his release.
The White House has said that it has no intention of altering the conditions of Pollard's parole, and even friends and supporters say they don't know exactly what's next for him.
The Oslo Times