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Dershowitz: 'Time to Give Jonathan Pollard His Freedom'

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 10:31 AM

Just as the United States negotiated with Cuba for the release of two Americans, one a confirmed spy, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard should be released from an American prison, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America’s Forum."

Pollard, 60, has been serving a life sentence at a North Carolina federal prison since his 1987 guilty plea to spying for Israel from June 1984 until his arrest in November 1985.
He provided Israel with thousands of classified documents gleaned while he was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy. He is eligible for parole next year.

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As Dershowitz and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who also headed the CIA and the NSA, discussed Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, who was swapped in a deal with Cuba this week along with American Alan Gross in exchange for three Cuban spies held in the United States, Dershowitz pleaded for Pollard’s release.

"As the general said, we exchange spies all the time," Dershowitz said. "It's time for the U.S. to give Jonathan Pollard, who served almost 30 years, his freedom. We love spies when they spy for us, but we hate them when they spy against us. The time has come to release Pollard."

Pollard had surgery in March for problems with his kidneys, gallbladder, and intestines.

It had been reported that earlier this year the Obama administration, breaking from the policies of previous administrations, was engaged in talks with Israel about Pollard’s release.

Dershowitz, a constitutional law scholar, agreed with Hayden that The New York Times should not have released Trujillo’s name. President Barack Obama this week referred to Trujillo only as "one of the most important intelligence agents the United States has ever had in Cuba.

According to the International Business Times, Trujillo, a cryptographer in Cuba’s Directorate of Intelligence on agent communications, was convicted of espionage in Cuba in 1995 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He reportedly provided information to the United States that helped crack encoded messages and contributed to the dismantling of three major spy networks in the U.S and ultimately led to "successful federal espionage prosecutions."

"The First Amendment has to be balanced against national security," Dershowitz said. "The name should not have been released. The name is not important; it's what he did that's important."

Hayden said Trujillo should be lauded for his heroic work.

"Cuba, despite the closeness to the U.S. and despite the Cuban exile community, Cuba was an incredibly difficult intelligence target," he said. "Their internal intelligence services were just really good at what they did. This individual taking on this task was incredibly heroic and I'm very glad that we were able to get him back. Swapping spies is traditional business in my old line of work. I've got no problems with this at all."

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Just as the United States negotiated with Cuba for the release of two Americans, one a confirmed spy, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard should be released from an American prison, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Friday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.”
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