AMERICAS > US suspects Israel hid extent of spying: ex-envoy

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Pollard. Hürriyet photo

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The United States refuses to release an American who spied for Israel because it suspects the Jewish state concealed the existence of other spies, a former Israeli envoy to Washington said on Monday.
Speaking to Israeli public radio, former ambassador Itamar Rabinovich said Washington never believed that Jonathan Pollard -- an American who is serving time for passing secret US documents to the Jewish state -- acted alone.
"The Americans suspect that Jonathan Pollard was not alone, that there were other Pollards and that Israel, despite all its promises, did not reveal all its cards," he said.
"They (punished) Israel on the back of Pollard and expressed their anger more with Israel than with Pollard," he added.
Asked about the possible existence of other Israeli spies in the United States, Rabinovich would say only: "I fear so." And asked if Israel had come completely clean about details of the Pollard affair, he said: "To my knowledge, Israel hasn't said everything." Pollard, a former navy analyst, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for having passed classified US defence documents to Israel between May 1984 and November 1985 when he was arrested.
He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995 and three years later, he was officially recognized as an agent working for the Jewish state, which promptly launched a bid to bring him to Israel.
This week, nearly 70,000 Israelis, including prominent intellectuals, signed a petition calling on Israeli President Shimon Peres to use a trip to the United States this week to pressure President Barack Obama for Pollard's release.
Many Israelis feel that Pollard's sentence was too harsh given that he was providing information to a "friendly" nation.


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US Observer

6/11/2012 3:50:08 PM

Understand there are no "firends" when it comes to nations. There are alliances and common cultural, strategic, and financial ties that may bind nations to one another. In the end though, they are all in competition for power. Human collection is a tool to achieve that. And @ KC, your beloved China has pretty much stolen all its technology from the U.S and Russia. They would be no where on their own ingenuity.

Chas Spencer

6/11/2012 3:29:56 PM

So now the Perez trip and it timing make sense, Perez interjects himself into US election politics and delivers theJewish vote to Democrats i.e. Obama. If elections go to Democrats, Perez has a very potent "I owe You" chit to collect from the US president and all the Senators and Representatives who got a fide back into the office on Barack's coat tails. Clever & insedious. with friends like that, who needs enemies?

R Collins

6/11/2012 2:00:11 PM

The Walkers, Hansen and Ames are all still in jail so should be no surprise Pollard is.

american american

6/11/2012 1:11:38 PM

kc, don't you think turkey has spies in america as well? what about the chinese and korean tech spies who steal info for their businesses...do you trust them?

Köksüz Kosmopolit

6/11/2012 12:23:04 PM

Mr Somalia: "Israeli" ≠ "Jew". And anyway, I have always found the Jews to be, as Mark Twain put it, just as bad as the rest of us. Every nation spies on every other nation. Doubtless the US has spies in Israel; as it has in Britain, Germany & Canada, also its close friends (and doubtless the British, Germans and Canadians return the compliment). Why, I suppose that even Somalia will one day spy on other nations, if it ever becomes a proper country.

MR Somalia

6/11/2012 11:35:21 AM

That's why you never trust Jews. See here they spying and conspiring against the very nation that gave them an illegal state. That's the true nature of them. Americans will one day discover the reality for themselves in the meantime they can keep footing their bills.
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