Jonathan Pollard 311 (R).
(photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)
Former US secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld said that Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard should not be granted clemency by US President Barack Obama, in an interview with Channel 10 aired on Thursday.
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Rumsfeld stated that freeing someone convicted of spying sends the wrong message that such behavior is acceptable.
Despite Rumsfeld's comments, efforts to bring about the release of
Pollard received a boost on Wednesday when a key Republican congressman
and 100 New York State assemblymen called upon Obama to commute his
Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island, New York, became the first
Republican Congressman to call for Pollard’s release following a recent
meeting with him. He released a video on YouTube in which he called upon
Obama to “do the right thing and let [Pollard] resume his life and
return to Israel.
In New York, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, assemblyman Dov
Hikind (D-Brooklyn), and 100 of their legislative colleagues
representing areas throughout New York State, affixed their signatures
to a letter sent to Obama on Wednesday beseeching him for a pardon for