Jonathan Pollard - Accused in the Media, Never in Court
November 12, 1998
THE TREND OF ACCUSING JONATHAN POLLARD IN THE MEDIA BUT NEVER IN COURT -
BECAUSE THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE ACCUSATIONS- CONTINUES TO
THIS DAY, UP TO AND INCLUDING THE LATEST ROUND OF LIES AND DISTORTIONS
IN THE NOVEMBER 11, 1998 ISSUE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES. FOR EXAMPLE,
POLLARD CONTINUES TO BE ACCUSED OF BETRAYING AMERICAN CODES, WHEN IN
FACT THE US INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY SERVICES KNOW FULL WELL THAT HE
DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CODES INFORMATION AT ALL!
THE FOLLOWING ITEM LEAKED TO TIME MAGAZINE IN DECEMBER 1993, AND
JONATHAN POLLARD'S OWN COMMENTS THAT FOLLOW, PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO HOW
THE US CONTINUES TO WILLFULLY DISTORT THE FACTS OF THE CASE IN THE MEDIA
IN ORDER TO SERVE POLITICAL ENDS.
Time Magazine - Chronicles - Inside Washington
The Damage of Pollard's Espionage
The following item appeared in Time Magazine, December 6, 1993. Jonathan Pollard's comments follow the article.
As Israel presses the Clinton Administration to free Jonathan Pollard,
the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst sentenced in 1986 to life in
prison for spying for the Israelis, Time has learned that one document
Pollard is believed to have slipped to the Israelis - thought to have
landed in Soviet hands, albeit unintentionally - was a huge National
Security Agency compendium of frequencies used by foreign military and
Gathering this information cost the U.S. billions of dollars, but
Pollard rendered it useless. Officials assume countries that knew their
frequencies had been discovered used them for disinformation.
Additionally, officials fear the data in the book were so specific that
is discovery may have cost informants their lives.
JONATHAN POLLARD COMMENTS ON THE ABOVE ARTICLE:
This Time magazine article was part of a very carefully orchestrated
disinformation campaign that was designed to sabotage Prime Minister
Rabin's initial efforts to secure my release. It also reflected the then
ongoing effort to blame me - and by extension, Israel - for all the
damage later attributed to Aldrich Ames. Of course, if the government
had actually possessed any evidence
which could have substantiated the claims made in this piece, the
prosecutors should have, at the very least, indicted me for having
intended to harm the U.S. But that never happened.
The fact is, the government did not formally charge me with having
compromised either the identities of agents or sensitive communications
intelligence, which it could have easily done - assuming, that is, I had
actually committed those crimes. So what, exactly was the real story
behind this NSA compendium?
Firstly, I should make it very clear that the document in question was
not a "code book." Although the distinction may seem academic, it's
critical to understand that I never had access to any cryptographic
material. I'm stressing this point because both the "leakers" and the
prosecutors have, from time to time, tried to leave the false impression
that the compendium was some sort of super secret code-breaking manual
which the U.S. never shared with any foreign intelligence service. And
that, simply put, was not the case.
Secondly, court records clearly show that, when challenged, the
government grudgingly admitted that approximately 1/3 of the compendium
had been officially given to Israel. What was even more amazing, though,
was the fact that the intelligence community absolutely refused to
provide the court with any explanation as to why the remaining 2/3 had
been unofficially denied to Israel.
Citing "national security" considerations, the government also declined
to provide the court with a list of those foreign intelligence agencies
which had received the entire document. This shows how the government
used the compendium as a means of manipulating the criminal justice
Absent any demonstrable harm that I'd caused, the intelligence community
had to do something "creative" to justify its last minute call for a
life sentence. The fact that their subsequent misrepresentation of a
rather obscure NSA document proved to be so effective actually says
more, though, about the judge's willingness to be misled than it does
about the credibility of the government's brief.
After all, here was a man who knew that he'd originally been given a
false description of this compendium, yet, in the end, blindly accepted
their wild, totally unsubstantiated assessment of the alleged damage
caused by my having provided the Israelis with the remaining portion of
the document. What's wrong with this picture?
Lastly, given all the unresolved issues surrounding the compendium, why
wouldn't the judge even consider our request to postpone my sentencing
until after an objective outside expert had reviewed the document?
Assuming this person had all the appropriate clearances, what threat to
national security was posed by our request?
Unfortunately, to this day, neither my lawyers not any other vetted
third party has ever been able to regain access to the stack of
classified sentencing material which was used against me.
What could possibly explain the government's absolutely unprecendented
behaviour in this matter? A legitimate concern for security? Hardly.
I fully appreciate the fact that our country must be protected from
those things which truly threaten our vital national interests. Perhaps
it's time, though, for somebody to tell the intelligence community that
"truth" should not be counted as one of them.