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Sunday, October 23, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the upcoming release of Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, was not tied to the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Israel’s leaders have strongly objected to the deal and there has been speculation that Pollard’s release, scheduled for November, was arranged to help warm U.S. ties to Israel despite that disagreement.

“I haven’t even had a conversation about it. No, not at all,” Kerry told reporters as he left a House of Representatives committee hearing on the nuclear agreement.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Photo: Jonathan Pollard is pictured in this May 1991 file photo, six years after his 1985 arrest. REUTERS/Files

  • CPAinNewYork

    Kerry’s lying. This is obviously an attempt to “make nice” to Israel. I don’t know why Kerry wants to please Israel. They owe us big time. In fact, they not only spy on us, a despicable act by a presumed ally, they murdered 34 US sailors in the raid on the USS Liberty in 1967.

    • CrankyToo

      That’s an emphatic accusation. What’s the basis for it?

  • CPAinNewYork

    Common sense. Pollard was given a life sentence, of which he has served about thirty years. The Israelis have been trying to get him released for years.

    The extent of their gall is mind boggling: they hire an American to spy on America for their gain and then they lobby for his release. They’re proud of it. They call it chutzpah. I call it disgusting.