Former CIA Director Points to Anti-Semitism in Pollard Case

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Former CIA Director James Woolsey says anti-Semitism could be a factor in the U.S. refusal to release Jonathan Pollard.

Woolsey’s told Israeli media over the weekend that Americans who spied for other countries including Korea and Greece were freed after short sentences, while Jonathan Pollard is still jailed after 25 years.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave thousands of classified documents to his Israeli handlers. He was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison.

“I certainly don’t think that it is universally true, but in the case of some American individuals, I think there is anti-Semitism at work here,” Woolsey said.

He said others who did the same as Pollard were freed quickly.