Former US Deputy National Security adviser Elliott Abrams became the latest former top American official to come out in support of the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard Thursday.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post five years ago, Abrams said he opposed Pollard's release because of ''details of the case that have always made his release problematic.''

But Abrams told i24News on Thursday that that there was a just and a humanitarian case for his release.

"I don't think he's a hero," Abrams said. "But the way to judge it is by the normal treatment like other cases of espionage and it's hard to find someone - particularly in the case of a friendly country - that has been imprisoned for 29 years."

More than 150 Jewish community leaders and human rights activists protested outside the American embassy in Paris Thursday night calling for Pollard's release. It was the first rally for Pollard that was not in Israel or the US.


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