Department of International Relations
152 Bay State Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
November 5, 2013
The Hon. Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500
Dear Mr. President
I join many Americans more distinguished than I in asking your mercy for Jonathan Pollard, now serving his 29th year of a life sentence (seven of which were in solitary confinement).
Others have pointed out that Pollard is the only person ever sentenced to life imprisonment for passing information to an ally, without intent to harm America, a crime which normally carries a sentence of 2-4 years; and that this disproportionate sentence in violation of a plea agreement was based not on the indictment but on a memorandum that was never shared with the defense. This is not how American justice is supposed to work.
My plea, like those of former DCI James Woolsey, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and that of former Senator Dennis DeConcini, who chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, is based on my experience as senior staffer on that committee.
Having been intimately acquainted with the materials that Pollard passed and with the "sources and methods" by which they were gathered, I would be willing to give expert testimony that Pollard is guilty of neither more nor less than what the indictment alleges.
That is why I join in begging you to exercise your Constitutional right to commute Pollard's sentence to time served.
Angelo M. Codevilla