After 28 Years, Pollard Deserves Facts, Not Fiction – Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman
As pro bono attorneys for Jonathan Pollard since 2000, we never cease to be amazed at how those who are hostile to Pollard feel compelled to make up facts. In an opinion piece in the New York Times titled “Don’t trust this spy,” M.E. Bowman makes a series of false and inflammatory allegations that are contradicted by the public court record.
Bowman now claims that Pollard supposedly “sold the daily report from the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet Ocean Surveillance Facility in Rota, Spain.” That allegation is nowhere to be found in the public court record. Moreover, it is contradicted by the 1987 CIA report which concluded that Israel never even requested information from Pollard concerning “U.S. military activities, plans, capabilities or equipment.”
Bowman claims that Pollard pleaded guilty to a charge that could have resulted in the death penalty. That is categorically false. He never pleaded guilty to any such charge, nor was he accused of a capital offense. Pollard was not charged with treason because his espionage was for an ally, not an enemy. Moreover, the public record contains an undisputed statement that no U.S. agents lost their lives as a result of anything Pollard did. (Jerusalem Post)