Former CIA Chief R. James Woolsey told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday that that there is “no good reason” for the way Jonathan Pollard Pollard is being treated.
After 30 years in prison, Pollard was hospitalized late last week after losing consciousness. His health has been deteriorating, and despite urgent appeals for his release on moral and humanitarian grounds, the U.S. government has refused.
Woolsey said that there is no reason for denying clemency to Jonathan Pollard, nor any reasonable explanation for the behavior of those who are obstructing his release:
“[Pollard] should have been released years ago… I think my country is quite wrong on this and I cannot offer any reasonable explanation for the behavior of those either in the White House or otherwise who have not seen fit to show clemency to Pollard.”
Woolsey was one of eight former senior American officials who wrote to President Obama decrying the injustice of turning down Pollard’s recent request for parole and urging his immediate release.