The Pol­lard case

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

You’ve got to won­der what mo­ti­vates the ex­treme ha­tred of Jonathan Pol­lard ev­i­denced by au­thor Ron­ald J. Olive’s book en­ti­tled “Cap­tur­ing Jonathan Pol­lard. How One of the Most No­to­ri­ous Spies in Amer­i­can His­tory was Brought to Jus­tice,” as well as the fury that gushes from the fawn­ing re­view by Joseph C. Goulden (“How a spy was caught and why he still stands to profit,” Jan. 1 edi­tion).

Was Pol­lard guilty of es­pi­onage? Yes. Did he de­serve to be pun­ished? Yes. Was the pun­ish­men­tremote­lypro­por­tion­ate?No.Isheone of Amer­ica’s most no­to­ri­ous spies? Hardly.

Pol­lard re­vealed se­crets to our ally Is­rael about its Arab (and our) en­e­mies. The same folks bring­ing us the world­wide Ji­had. No Amer­i­can op­er­a­tion, mil­i­tary se­crets or per­son­nel were com­pro­mised by Pol­lard’s ac­tiv­i­ties. Even his chief per­se­cu­tor Cap Wein­berger later opined that the Pol­lard sen­tence was too harsh. Goulden’s re­view is a hys­ter­i­cal di­a­tribe re­plete with in­tem­per­ate lan­guage (de­scribes Pol­lard as a “loath­some slug”), boil­ing rage (char­ac­ter­izes a fac­tual ob­ser­va­tion by the au­thor as “drip­ping with dis­gust”) and over the top malev­o­lence (wish­ing for Pol­lard to die in prison). In the pan­theon of cur­rent Amer­i­can spies (Han­son, the Walk­ers, Aldrich Ames and the nu­mer­ous spies for China who have been slapped on their wrists) Pol­lard is in­signif­i­cant yet he en­gen­ders a vis­ceral and ex­ces­sive ha­tred among a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of for­eign pol­icy types. Pol­lard and his crimes are un­wor­thy of this white-hot ha­tred, so there has got to be some­thing more, deeper, and re­ally ugly mo­ti­vat­ing the in­dig­na­tion. Jed West Culver City, Cal­i­for­nia

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