Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Case Against Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard

Ronald Kessler, a noted journalist, Newsmax.com columnist and author of a good number of books on the FBI and the CIA, including his current book, The Secrets of the FBI, wrote an interesting column on convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

As chief of the Justice Department’s counter-espionage section, John L. Martin supervised the prosecution of Pollard and 75 other spies. Only one case resulted in acquittal.

He tells Newsmax that no other spy for a friendly country has ever been prosecuted for espionage, as Pollard was. “No spy for a U.S. ally has engaged in anything like the magnitude of the Pollard case and been charged with espionage. There are no cases comparable to Pollard’s.”

Indeed, Pollard gave Israel access to classified documents that would fill a space 10 feet by 6 feet by 6 feet. “The enormous amount of material he turned over to the Israelis applied to just about everything imaginable, including communications intelligence information and some of our most closely guarded secrets,” Martin says. “A good deal of it did not relate to Israeli security.”

You can read the rest of the column via the below link:


I interviewed Ronald J. Olive, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent who helped bring down Pollard, for Counterterrorism magazine.

You can read the magazine piece via the below links:





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