It's official: Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying on the United States for Israel, will be released on November 21, his attorney confirmed.
By COLlive reporter
Free, at last.
Jonathan Pollard, an American citizen convicted for spying for Israel, has been granted his parole after 30 years in prison, his attorney confirmed on Tuesday.
Pollard, the 60-year-old former Naval intelligence analyst, is due to be released in November 21.
He was sentenced to life in prison in 1987, two years after he was caught trying to gain asylum in the Israeli embassy in Washington, AP notes.
"We are grateful and delighted that our client will be released soon," said a statement from the lawyers, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman.
They said the decision to grant him parole, which followed a July 7 hearing, was "not connected to recent developments in the Middle East" — an apparent reference to a recent nuclear deal that the U.S. struck with Iran and that Israel had bitterly opposed.
White House and other officials have denied that Pollard's planned release is in any way tied to the Iran nuclear deal. And Israeli officials have said while they would welcome Pollard's release, it would not ease their opposition to the Iran agreement.