Officials deny report that US preparing to release Pollard

WASHINGTON – US officials on Friday denied a Wall Street Journal report that the Obama administration was considering early release for Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel.

The Justice Department said Pollard must serve his full 30-year sentence. It stressed that he has long been eligible for consideration for parole in November but insisted that the administration has no say in how that process unfolds.

One US official rejected the notion that Pollard’s release would have anything to do with trying to smooth tense relations with Israel over President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fiercely opposes.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Officials-deny-report-that-US-preparing-to-release-Pollard-410112

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