Clinton Refuses to Reduce Pollard's Sentence
Middle East Newsline - January 21, 2001
WASHINGTON [MENL] - President Bill Clinton refused to commute the life
sentence of a U.S. naval analyst convicted of relaying military secrets
Jonathan Pollard was not on the list of more than 100 people pardoned
by Clinton on Saturday, his last day in office. The list of pardons
included Clinton's brother, business partner, former CIA director and former
Israeli sources said Clinton had signalled to both the administrations of former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Ehud Barak that Pollard's sentence would be reduced. They said such a message was relayed by Barak sources to the Pollards earlier this month.
Over the last two months, American Jewish leaders had urged Clinton to commute Pollard's sentence. The leaders sent written and oral messages to the president as well as met with his aides.
A commutation of Pollard's sentence was opposed by members of the Bush transition team as well as CIA and FBI officials. Clinton administration sources said that amid this opposition the president had made up his mind months ago not to reduce Pollard's sentence.
Clinton pardoned former CIA Director John Deutch, who faced criminal charges in connection with his mishandling of national secrets on a home computer. Deutch was said to have been considering a deal with the Justice
Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
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