Report: Obama mulled freeing Pollard, but Biden opposed

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October 1, 2011 23:58

 
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US President Barack Obama had considered offering clemency to jailed Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard but was convinced not to by Vice President Joe Biden, The New York Times quoted Biden as saying in an article published on Friday.

"President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,’" Biden said. “If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life.”

Biden allegedly made the statement during a meeting with rabbis in Boca Raton, Florida last week.

The US vice president reportedly made the comments when asked by one of the rabbis why Pollard had not been released.

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