The Committee For Jonathan Pollard released a statement Tuesday downplaying initial White House reactions to President Shimon Peres's formal request from US President Barack Obama to release the Israeli agent.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told reporters that the United States had not altered its stance on keeping Pollard behind bars."There's no change in our position," Vietor said.
But committee spokesman Adi Ginsburg said Vietor's statement was not the official reaction of Obama to Peres's request and merely reflected the White House's policy until now.
"President Peres issued his request officially and personally to president Obama and we are all waiting for the official and personal response of Obama directly to Peres," Ginsburg said. "President Obama is the only one with the authority to commute sentences, so any declarations by any other officials are irrelevant."Read the full story here.