March 8, 2011
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, urging him to commute the prison term of Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life term for spying for Israel.
“I believe justice would be served by commuting the remainder of Pollard’s sentence of life imprisonment, ” Kissinger wrote in the letter, in which he enunciated that he had given the matter a lot of thought and research.
“At first I did not have enough information to render a reasoned and just opinion,” wrote Kissinger. “But having talked with George Shultz and [reading] the statement of former CIA Director Woolsey, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman DeConcini, former Defense Secretary Weinberger, former Attorney General Mukasey and others whose judgments and first-hand knowledge of the case I respect, I find their unanimous support for clemency compelling,” Kissinger wrote.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S. for Israel. He is incarcerated at a federal jail in North Carolina.