Newt Gingrich: Leaning toward freeing Pollard

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 8, 2011 23:38

 
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Leading Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich became the first candidate in the race to say he would free Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, telling CNN in an interview: "I am prepared to say my bias is towards clemency, and I would like to review it. He's been in a very long time. But we are pretty tough about people spying on the United States."

Gingrich's point of view on Pollard has apparently changed since 1998 when the then-House speaker was quoted as saying that the US should not put "traitors on the negotiating table as a pawn" and demanded that then-president Bill Clinton forget about releasing Pollard.

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