No Comparison Between Pollard and Ames Cases
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036-5306
April 1, 1994
Editor Rocky Mountain News
Re: Jonathan J. Pollard
To The Editor:
The March 1 columns of Holger Jansen ["Russian Bear can't Bite The Hand That Feeds
it"] and Gene Amole - ["Betrayal Of Country An Unforgivable Act"] make false and
highly misleading comparisons between the Aldrich Ames espionage case and the case of
Jonathan J. Pollard.
First, Mr. Jansen declares that "like Ames, the information Pollard passed to the Israelis cost the lives of some of our Arab informants." Mr. Amole repeats the same false charge. But the government has never charged that Mr. Pollard's actions led to the deaths of U.S. agents. If there were any such evidence, the government surely would have used it during Mr. Pollard's sentencing and Mr. Pollard's subsequent appeal. However, the government has never produced any such evidence.
Second, Mr. Amole declares that "Pollard . . . is unrepentant for what he did." Again, that
is simply false. Mr. Pollard has repeatedly admitted that what he did was wrong and
expressed great remorse for his actions.
Third, Mr. Amole suggests that Mr. Pollard, like Mr. Ames, was in it "for the money."
However, Mr. Pollard sought out the Israelis and volunteered to give, not sell classified
intelligence data to Israel concerning nuclear, chemical and biological weapons being
constructed by Iraq and others for use against Israel -- information that Mr. Pollard
believed the U.S. was withholding from Israel in violation of a treaty. (Defense
Secretary-nominee Bobby Rudy Inman has admitted publicly that he cut off Israel from
promised defensive information as retaliation for Israel's destruction of Iraq's nuclear
reactors.) Everyone who has studied the record objectively knows that Mr. Pollard acted
as he did because he could not stand the implications of silence in the face of another
Holocaust, not for money.
Fourth Mr. Jansen suggests that the Ames case, like the Pollard case, involved "friends
spy(ing) on each other." But Ames allegedly aided the Soviet Union when it was an
implacable enemy of the U.S.; Mr. Pollard helped one of our closest allies. Moreover, Mr.
Ames has been accused of intending to injure the U.S.; Mr. Pollard was not even charged
with harming or having reason to know his actions would harm the U.S.
In short, the Pollard came has nothing to do with the Ames case.
Very truly yours,
Theodore B. Olson
The writer is the attorney for Jonathan Pollard.
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