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Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard leaves NY court

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:03

Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, leaves a Manhattan court after urging a federal judge to overturn restrictive probation conditions imposed after his release from prison in November after serving a 30 year term. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, urged a federal judge on Friday (July 22) to overturn restrictive probation conditions imposed after his release from prison in November after serving a 30 year sentence. Eliot Lauer, Pollard's lawyer, argued in federal court in Manhattan that the U.S. Parole Commission had imposed arbitrary requirements that he wear an electronic tracking bracelet and submit his work computer to monitoring. Those conditions were based partly on the grounds that Pollard could still disclose government secrets, which Lauer called inconceivable as his client would need to remember classified information from 30-plus years ago. By leaving the computer restriction in place, Lauer said that Pollard was being prevented from taking an investment firm job. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Sol Tinio pointed to a letter by U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, stating that documents compromised by Pollard remain classified at the levels of "top secret" and "secret." She added that the documents could still pose a current harm to national security if disclosed further. She also said the commission rightly concluded Pollard was a flight risk given the numerous instances in which he said he wished to move to Israel, where his wife lives. Forrest said she planned to rule within four weeks. Pollard, 61, pleaded guilty in 1986 to conspiracy to commit espionage in connection with his providing Israeli contacts hundreds of classified documents he had obtained as a Naval intelligence specialist in exchange for thousands of dollars. He was sentenced in 1987 to life in prison. After serving 30 years, which included time in custody following his 1985 arrest, Pollard was released on parole on Nov. 20 from a federal prison in North Carolina and is now living in New York. Pollard, who was granted Israeli citizenship in prison, has said he wants to emigrate to Israel, which had long pushed for his release. As part of his parole, Pollard must remain in the United States for five years. Friday's proceedings were the second time Pollard challenged his parole conditions in court. In December, Forrest ordered the Parole Commission provide further justification for the GPS monitoring or searching of Pollard's computers. It upheld the conditions in March.

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Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard leaves NY court

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:03