Israel Gave US Attack Plan, Stolen by Jonathan Pollard, to Russia

I didn’t know much about Jonathan Pollard until I started digging in, except that he was an American Zionist spy who was recently released by Obama, after a similar move by Clinton prompted howls of outrage from the US intelligence community.  US intelligence officers believed Pollard should spend nothing less than life in prison.  I had in the back of my mind some vague memory of reading that Pollard stole secrets for Israel that he insisted did not harm the United States.  But fresh outrage has dredged up old and inconvenient truths.  Pollard essentially left the nation vulnerable to a Russian first-strike nuclear attack, and the damage was so deep we still don’t know what Russia knows about the US nuclear deterrent.  Israel passed on our nuclear secrets to Russia, which it had asked Pollard to steal.

Seymour Hersch, in “The Traitor: The Case Against Jonathan Pollard” wrote that CIA Director William Casey had said:

“the Israelis used Pollard to obtain our attack plan against the U.S.S.R. all of it. The coordinates, the firing locations, the sequences. And for guess who? The Soviets.”

Hersch wrote:

“A significant percentage of Pollard’s documents, including some that described the techniques the American Navy used to track Soviet submarines around the world, was of practical importance only to the Soviet Union. One longtime C.I.A. officer who worked as a station chief in the Middle East said he understood that “certain elements in the Israeli military had used it” — Pollard’s material — “to trade for people they wanted to get out,” including Jewish scientists working in missile technology and on nuclear issues.”

Pollard stole over a million pages of US secrets, and one official told Hersch he “had no idea what he gave away.”

When Clinton was thinking of releasing Pollard, US intelligence officials got so upset they threatened mass resignations if Clinton released him to Israel, where is Pollard was and is a hero. US intelligence is convinced that Pollard got many US intelligence agents killed.

Pollard was defended by Alan Dershowitz, who insisted that Pollard was offered a plea bargain and pleaded guilty in exchange for less than life in prison.  Dershowitz insisted that the US honor its plea bargain.

Many US Zionists are still openly defensive of Pollard, running the disinformation site You will hear that Pollard didn’t get anyone killed, or that he stole nothing which actually hurt the United States, as if, with more than a million pages, he could have read all of them to know.  A key argument in the unauthorized leak cases of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning and Edward Snowden is that the sheer volume of leaked documents precluded them from knowing what was in them.  Yet this same argument has been completely overlooked in the release of Jonathan Pollard.

A pro-Pollard article at in 2014 said:

“it gets harder and harder to ignore what looks like blatant discrimination against a Jewish man who in 1987 pleaded guilty to spying for Israel. How else to explain the U.S. government’s harsh treatment of Pollard?”

Seymour Hersch says:

“Pollard himself has estimated that the documents would create a stack six feet wide, six feet long, and ten feet high.”

Some say that the recent release of Pollard is a signal to other American-Israeli operatives that Israel can always get you out, because the government of Israel has such great influence over the government of the United States. They say this emboldens an American Zionist spy network, of which there are still many, for future operations.
Others say that Obama’s release of Pollard is to appease Israel over the Iran nuclear deal. The Wall Street Journal:

“The Obama administration is preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from prison, according to U.S. officials, some of whom hope the move will smooth relations with Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.”

With the US giving Israel billions a year, why would it have to appease it over anything? More accurately, it is the American Zionist lobby that Obama would have to appease.

In his book “By Way of Deception,” by Victor Ostrovsky, a former Israeli Mossad case officer, says the Mossad makes extensive use of “Sayanim” around the world, Zionist “helpers” of many nationalities who are recruited by Mossad to do Israel’s bidding.  The preface to Ostrovsky’s book states:

“The Mossad – believe it or not – has just 30 to 35 case officers, or katsas, operating in the world at any one time. The main reason for this extraordinary low total, as you will read in this book, is that unlike other countries, Israel can tap the significant and loyal cadre of the worldwide Jewish community outside Israel. This is done through a unique system of sayanim, volunteer Jewish helpers.”

Unfortunately, Ostrovsky makes the common linguistic error of not making a distinction between “Jewish” and “Zionist,” as if every non-Israeli Jewish person would be willing to violate his nation’s laws and cooperate with a foreign power, which is clearly not the case.  Nevertheless, Ostrovsky’s book is courageous and vital, and gives an unvarnished glimpse of the treachery and betrayal of Israel of its allies.  The Israeli government tried strenuously to stop the publication of Ostrovsky’s insider account (read an excerpt from “By Way of Deception.”)

In the wake of the Obama administration’s incendiary release of Pollard, which not long ago threatened a mass resignation of US intelligence officials in protest, it might be a good time to ask, just what is Israel’s relationship to the United States, and how has that relationship changed?

READ: “The Traitor: The Case Against Jonathan Pollard” by Seymour Hersch

Author: Publius

Publius is a political writer residing in the United States. He writes for major online journals and news-opinion sites.

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