Intel analyst offers expert testimony to Obama on Pollard

Prof. says Pollard was only one sentenced to life for passing information to ally state without intending to harm US.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 12, 2013 22:11
Jonathan Pollard red, white and blue

Jonathan Pollard red, white and blue. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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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 case.

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 crime.

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“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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