Prof. Angelo Codevilla, who was on the professional staff of the Senate
Intelligence Committee at the time of the arrest of Israeli agent Jonathan
Pollard, wrote US President Barack Obama, offering him expert testimony on the
In the letter, which was obtained Thursday, Codevilla wrote Obama
that Pollard was the only person ever sentenced to life in prison for the crime
of passing information to an ally without intent to harm the United States. He
responded to accusations that Pollard might have been guilty of more than that
“Having been intimately acquainted with the materials that Pollard
passed and with the sources and methods by which they were gathered, I would be
willing to give expert testimony that Pollard is guilty of neither more nor less
than what the indictment alleges,” Codevilla wrote.
Pollard received a
boost earlier this week when former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, a close
ally of Obama, called upon him to commute Pollard’s sentence when he commutes
others ahead of Christmas.
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