Jonathan Pollard may still reveal secrets to Israel, US spies fear
Senior US intelligence officers fear that Jonathan Pollard may still reveal classified US intelligence information in Israel, arguing to the US Parole Commission that Pollard’s parole conditions should not be relaxed.
Pollard, who spent 30 years in a US jail after becoming an Israeli spy while working as an intelligence analyst and has lived in New York since his release last November, could still hold intelligence information that could be damaging to US security, intelligence officials say — which is why they are against his requests for his computer and online activities to stop being monitored. Additionally, he has requested that he no longer be obligated to wear a GPS tracking device.
“Some of the sources and methods used to develop some of the intelligence exposed by Mr. Pollard not only remain classified but are still in use by the Intelligence Community today,” said Jennifer L. Hudson, a senior official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
A former senior US intelligence official said that he had “no doubt, given the volume of the material,” that Pollard still posed a threat.
“The last thing you want is him talking about what’s in his head,” the official added.
In other recent US government statements to the Parole Commission, the amount of intelligence Pollard leaked has been described as “the greatest compromise of US security to that date,” which included “thousands of Top Secret documents to Israeli agents which also threatened US relations in the Middle East among the Arab countries.”
The intelligence establishment in the US is also not willing to forgive Pollard all that easily, and some have poured scorn on his assertion that he sought purely to help Israel.
“It was all about money, and he put most of it up his nose,” said one former official quoted in The Daily Beast. “He was known in Washington as the ‘candy man,’ for God’s sake,” he continued.
Furthermore, despite what Pollard may have said about his intentions, one of the documents he leaked was a large manual that laid out how the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted Soviet communications.
And while no definitive proof exists that Pollard’s leaks ended up in Moscow, “Mossad at that time was well penetrated by the KGB,” retired Adm. Thomas Brooks, the former director of naval intelligence, says. “The Israelis will admit to that.”