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.

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. 

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