Intelligence & Espionage

Jewish Senators Didn’t Stand Up for Pollard

By Elliot Goldenberg Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Naval Intelligence analyst who received a life sentence for spying for the Israelis during the mid-1980’s and was released from prison on Friday, November 20, thirty years nearly to the day after his arrest – could have become a free man during the presidency of Bill Clinton, according to a report by an Israeli journalist. As I note in my book, SPY OF DAVID, back in December of 2011, that journalist, Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, reported a charge by a longtime Pollard advocate, attorney Alan Dershowitz, that Bill Clinton might have actually freed Pollard, in 2000, if Jewish senators had only stood up for him. According to Gedalyahu, at the 2011 annual Israel Business Forum, Dershowitz revealed that he had raised the subject of Pollard to Clinton, who, in 2000, was approaching the end of his term. “Clinton told me,” said Dershowitz, ‘How can you expect me to release Jonathan Pollard when your own senators wrote me a letter not to release him’.” I immediately recalled the article author John Loftus wrote in 2003 that appeared in Moment Magazine in which Loftus argued that the reason Jewish leaders didn’t rally to Pollard’s side, early on, was because, prior to Pollard’s sentencing in March of 1987, Senator Chic Hecht had urged them not to. Upon reading this, I couldn’t help but think of the conversation motion picture producer Suzanne Migdall said she had with the late senator when they sat next to each other on a flight to the Bahamas. Hecht, who, in my opinion, was fed faulty information by the CIA, told Suzanne that the case was “a lot worse than you think. It goes so high up, you have no idea.” What Hecht told those Jewish leaders, Loftus claimed in his 2003 Moment Magazine piece about Pollard, was that Pollard’s spy operation had cost the lives of U.S. moles behind the Iron Curtain – something we now know was the work of spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. As for Pollard, his fate was arguably made into a bargaining chip – his release a bone thrown to the Israelis, no doubt tied into the Obama administration’s unpopular nuclear deal with Iran.   Now, twenty-five years later, the debate over America’s most controversial spy has again been rekindled. Elliot Goldenberg is the author of The Hunting Horse and The Spy Who Knew Too Much. He has written thousands of published articles and has interviewed dozens of national and world leaders; has cultivated numerous contacts in the intelligence3 community. He has received many prestigious awards, including the Florida Press Club Award, for Investigative Reporting and the national Simon Rockower Award, also for Investigative Reporting. Eliot is a public speaker who has often appeared on radio and TV, including CNN.  The preceding was brought to you by CPG News & Information.  


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Bowman Fabricated the Story on Pollard

A recent story that appeared on the Internet, written by Mark Perry with the title “Pollard release plan irks US security establishment,” gives the reader a glimpse of the animus by many in the intelligence community toward US civilian Naval Intelligence analyst turned Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard. Writes Perry, “Current and former U.S. officials opposed to Pollard’s release don’t accept his portrayal by the Israelis and other supporters as an Israeli patriot, noting that Pollard is a U.S. citizen convicted of betraying his country’s secrets in exchange for cash.” Not true, but as Mark Twain famously said, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” “If it were up to me, this man would never see the light of day,” said M.E. “Spike” Bowman, a former senior FBI, National Security Agency and Navy intelligence official who had a key role in the investigation and prosecution of Pollard. Insists Bowman: “From June 1984 until his arrest in 1985, Pollard supplied nearly 200,000 intelligence documents to his Israeli contacts. The material included some of the most sensitive material ever passed to a foreign government, including the 10-volume Radio and Signal Intelligence (RASIN) Manual, outlining U.S. signals and satellite capabilities — what intelligence officers refer to as sources and methods or, more commonly, the crown jewels. “At the height of his operation, Pollard was removing two briefcases full of documents every night, delivering them to the Israelis for copying and then returning them to his office the next day.” “The number of documents he took, by his own admission, would fill a space six feet by six feet and then 10 feet high,” Bowman added. “Pollard gave the Israelis anything and everything they wanted. Eventually, they were just providing him with lists of what they wanted and needed, and he would get it.”  Bowman fabricated the story on Pollard. As I note in Spy of David, most of this is accurate; however the part about Pollard’s taking the RASIN manuals is a total fabrication. A high level intelligence source of mine responded to Bowman’s charges. “Bowman was not an ‘intelligence official’, only a lawyer for NCIS, and was the principle author of the ‘Weinberger Memo’ which has recently been declassified and discredited,” my source told me. “As to the RASIN manual, even the NSA personnel who work with it every day are not allowed to have more than one volume at a time. Israel was given about one third of the manual and Pollard certainly did not have access to it, much less turn all 10 volumes over to Israel.” ~ Elliot Goldenberg, author of Spy of David Now, twenty-five years later, the debate over America’s most controversial spy has again been rekindled.         Brought to you by CPG News and Information. This blog does not necessarily reflect the views of Cardinal Publishers Group or CPG News and Information


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The MEGA Dangle

The announcement of the pending release of Jonathan Pollard brought forth assertions by alleged “experts” opining that “friends don’t spy on friends.” Here’s a clue: spies spy. That is what they do. It’s their job. They spy on enemies and friends … on everybody. To wit: In a 7 May 1997 article The Washington Post stated that the American National Security Agency had intercepted an encrypted call by and between an Israeli Mossad agent and his boss, General Danny Yatom. It was a request from the Israeli Ambassador for a copy of a letter written by former Secretary of State, Warren Christopher to PLO chief, Yasser Arafat. Yatom’s response was a curt, “This is not something we can use MEGA for.” From this intercept, The Washington Post deduced that an Israeli mole was loose somewhere in the US Intelligence community, ala Jonathan Pollard, and his code name was MEGA. The alarm sounded throughout American counterintelligence and the US Attorney General, Janet Reno, immediately assigned the FBI to investigate. The MEGA affair turned out to be no more than a Mossad security check of their communications with what is called in The Trades, a “dangle.” Had the American investigators inquired, they would have discovered that MEGA (short for MEGAWAT) identifies one of two databases the US maintains and shares with friendly governments on current affairs. The second database is coded KILOWAT. Additionally, the Christopher letter had been published in its entirety in the Hebrew daily, Ha’aretz, almost as soon as it was delivered. This raised serious questions as to the reason(s) the story was leaked in the first place when the NSA never, ever leaks to the press. Putting aside complete incompetence, most felt that it was simply part of an on-going effort by the American Intelligence community to bash Israel in the media. Or, perhaps it was a simple message of American one-up-man-ship to the Israelis. Whatever the case, it was bad news for Israeli Intelligence. In going for the Israeli “dangle,” the NSA revealed that the communications code known as SILON had been deciphered. And, that was the good news. SILON is one of those unbreakable, automated cipher-jumping, frequency-hopping codes, the breaking of which does not point to NSA ingenuity but rather directly to an American “mole” inside Israeli Intelligence. So, the next time some pundit sadly bemoans the Pollard Affair with “friends do not spy on friends,” remember, The Trades is a game for serious players only and spies always spy. Article by William Northrop Author of SPOOK WAR, A MEMIOR FROM THE TRENCHES Spook War gives a glimpse into the events when the Reagan Administration shifted American foreign policy to the interests of the Arab States from our allies.


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Huckabee called for Pollard’s release in 2011

By Elliot Goldenberg, author of Spy of David Long a friend of Israel – in contrast, many believe, to Barack Obama – Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee jumped on the free Jonathan Pollard bandwagon back in 2011, following the lead of Philip B. Heymann and others. Huckabee called for Pollard's release. On January 26 of that year, as noted in Spy of David, Gil Hoffman reported in the Jerusalem Post that Heymann, a former U.S deputy attorney general, had requested that President Obama release Pollard. According to Hoffman, Heymann – the James Barr Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, author of two books on terrorism, and the director of Harvard Law School’s International Center for Criminal Justice – became the first U.S. official to state he had reviewed Pollard’s complete record and found no evidence that he helped America’s enemies. Heymann also became the second senior Harvard Law School professor to write Obama, asking him to commute Pollard’s life sentence to the more than twenty-five years he had already served. The first, Hoffman noted, was Charles Ogletree, who was a mentor to both the president and his wife, Michelle.   “Having already served a severe sentence, Pollard is now supported by political and religious leaders across the political spectrum in seeking a commutation,” Heymann wrote in a letter to the president. “I join them with deep conviction as to the justice of their shared cause.” At the same time, Pollard would soon pick up another supporter – perhaps his most important ally, yet. That new ally, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who had come up short in his 2008 bid for the presidency, but is now making another run at the White House, arrived in Israel in late January 2011 with actor Jon Voight. They both met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  On February 1 the Jerusalem Post reported that Voight called Pollard’s life sentence “beyond injustice,” and “a clear case of anti-Semitism.” According to the Jerusalem Post, Huckabee stated that, as a gesture of friendship to Israel, President Obama should commute Pollard’s sentence. “Right now,” Huckabee said, “we don’t need anything that reflects that we are anything but an absolute ally of Israel. would send the right message to the rest of the world: that America is not pulling back on its friendship and relationship with Israel, but it is accelerating it and making sure that we are taking every step possible to solidify those bonds.” It is finally happening. Pollard is scheduled to be released from prison on or before November 21, 2015, the thirtieth anniversary of his arrest. ~Elliot Goldenberg Now, twenty-five years later, the debate over America’s most controversial spy has again been rekindled.        


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“The Edward Snowden Affair” Q&A Part 1

Edward Snowden truth Q: What are the most important disclosures? A: The first disclosure, the Verizon report, which shows that the phone records of all Americans (by all major phone providers) has been turned over to the federal government for the last seven years. The second exposés, the PRISM editorials, which appeared the next day in both The Guardian and Washington Post. These prove that surveillance is taking place with our online communications. The day after that, the Washington Post rewrote its report (and The Guardian debuted the same in a little noticed article), which revealed that GCHQ and the NSA are working together. The Boundless Informant article. It shows that the NSA has hid surveillance programs from congressional oversight committees. Later reports would argue that this was not an isolated incident. All of the South China Morning Post exposés. They were the first to state the NSA has been spying on foreign nations without provocation. This includes economic and civilian espionage. The XKeyscore article at the end of July is very condemning. It depicts the nearly godlike technological capabilities the NSA has at its fingertips. The Guardian's Microsoft report, which shows that Internet corporations are willfully participating in mass surveillance. The joint Guardian/Washington Post/Pro Publica encryption editorials. They prove that no communications are safe, not even ones using secure websites or encryption technology.   Q: What kinds of explosive material has the press failed to report to the public? A: I anticipate that forthcoming disclosures from the bounty of the purported 1.7 million files in the Snowden press's possession will continue to be limited to civilian, diplomatic, domestic, and economic affairs such as revealing that the Five Eyes are spying on each other atop domestic surveillance being more invasive. However, it is clear that of the millions of classified documents, military secrets are being carefully protected. This is because the Edward Snowden press has stated that--upon the whistleblower's request--national security will not be compromised. This implies that they have access to delicate military data but have, and continue, to refuse to divulge this information. Case in point, the federal government openly stated that Chinese hackers stole millions in military R & D from the Pentagon. To assume similar espionage hasn't been ordered and executed by the U.S. would be naïve.   Q: What are the most disturbing aspects of the NSA reports? A: That the intelligence community had hid surveillance programs from Congress. A secret court, the FISC, which was supposedly created with the express purpose of overseeing the NSA and whose judgments are rarely revealed to the American public, essentially rubberstamps itself into extraneousness. How our legislators gerrymandered the law in order to grant itself almost absolute freedom to spy, such as creating the word “metadata” because “communications,” by law, cannot be surveilled. The fact that the U.S. government isn’t acting alone and, as the Snowden press has heavily implied, has other nations spy on Americans in order to circumnavigate around the Fourth Amendment. However, the most enraging aspect of the intelligence revelations is the NSA’s attitude. A classified training slide was revealed that tells intelligence agents that if a privacy law has been violated, the error should be reported but, if the government worker fails to do so, it’s “nothing to worry about.” In a September report, another series of slides refers to cell phone users as naïve, gullible “zombies.”   Q: What was the NSA's response to the disclosures? A: Instead of changing protocol to keep other guilty consciences from whistleblowing, the NSA instituted a security lock down, i.e., two-person data transfer system. Interestingly, instead of curtailing its spying as a gesture of good faith, it increased its surveillance capabilities: It opened the Utah Data Center last September. This facility has the ability to retain an unimaginable amount of data and is said to be able to make metadata immortal. Author of the "Edward Snowden Affair," Michael Gurnow  


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