Lindenstrauss hints US officials may have influenced Pollard judge

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstruss on Wednesday elaborated on one of his office's findings of a study recently carried out on the case of Jonathan Pollard which cited the "fierce and consistent" opposition of US administration officials to the convicted spy's release. "There was a meeting between heads of the US administration who spoke to the judge on the eve of the sentencing," Lindenstrauss told Army Radio. "The question is whether the meeting influenced the sentence handed down to Pollard." Pollard was arrested on November 21, 1985, and convicted of spying for Israel. His handlers worked for the Office for Scientific Relations, which was a front for a spy organization operated by the Ministry of Defense. He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995 and recognized by the government as an Israeli agent in 1998. Dan Izenberg contributed to this report