Peres: Obama asked me not to speak publicly about Pollard before parole hearing

Former president Shimon Peres said on Wednesday that he had complied with US President Barack Obama's request that he not speak publicly about clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard while the legal process was taking its course.
In his first remarks to the press on Wednesday after it was learned that Pollard would be released on parole this coming November, Peres said that he "appreciated" the decision.
"It's a very moving decision both personally and otherwise," the former president told reporters in Tel Aviv. "Imagine for a person to sit 30 years, day in day out, alone in a prison...Even when you are a prisoner you do not stop to be a human-being."
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