Jonathan Pollard 311 (R).
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)
Christian American leader Pat Robertson joined the effort to release Israeli
agent Jonathan Pollard on Wednesday when he sent a letter to US President Barack
Obama asking him to commute his life sentence to the nearly 25 and a half years
he has already served.
The son of a former US senator from Virginia,
Robertson, 81, mounted a campaign to become the Republican nominee for president
in 1988. He is a widely recognized religious broadcaster, television evangelist,
and successful businessman, who founded and chairs CBN, the Christian
“Pollard’s sentence has been totally
disproportionate to any concept of what we have of justice,” Robertson wrote in
his letter to the US president. “I respectfully urge your administration to do
the compassionate thing and commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard to the time
he has already served.”
Noting Pollard’s poor health, Robertson warned
Obama that “unless something is done he may die in federal
Robertson also wrote that Pollard had become a scapegoat for
the crimes committed by Aldrich Ames, a former counter-intelligence officer and
analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency who was convicted in 1994 of spying
for the Soviet Union and Russia.