Rumsfeld: Pollard should not be granted early release

Former US secretary of defense says freeing a convicted spy would send the wrong message that such behavior is acceptable.

March 31, 2011 20:40
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Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard 311 (R). (photo credit: Courtesy of Justice for Jonathan Pollard)


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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.

Rumsfeld stated that freeing someone convicted of spying sends the wrong message that such behavior is acceptable.

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Obama receives Pollard clemency call from leading Jews

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 sentence.

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 Pollard.

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