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Saturday, December 15, 2012
CIA document: Pollard Spied on Arabs - Not USA

For copy of the document:
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB407/docs/Pollard%20damage%20assess%20CIA.pdf
For page listing what information Israel sought
http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=439849612730018

The Jonathan Pollard Spy Case: The CIA's 1987 Damage Assessment Declassified
New Details on What Secrets Israel Asked Pollard to Steal
CIA Withholding Overturned on Appeal by National Security Archive
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 407
Posted - December 14, 2012
Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson
For more information contact:
Jeffrey T. Richelson/Thomas Blanton
202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB407/

Washington, DC, December 14, 2012 –When Naval Investigative Service analyst
Jonathan Pollard spied for Israel in 1984 and 1985, his Israeli handlers
asked primarily for nuclear, military and technical information on the Arab
states, Pakistan, and the Soviet Union – not on the United States –
according to the newly-declassified CIA 1987 damage assessment of the
Pollard case, published today by the National Security Archive at George
Washington University (www.nsarchive.org).

The damage assessment includes new details on the specific subjects and
documents sought by Pollard's Israeli handlers (pages 36-43), such as Syrian
drones and central communications, Egyptian missile programs, and Soviet air
defenses. The Israelis specifically asked for a signals intelligence manual
that they needed to listen in on Soviet advisers in Syria. The document
describes how Pollard's handler, Joseph Yagur, told him to ignore a request,
from Yagur's boss, for U.S. "dirt" on senior Israeli officials and told
Pollard that gathering such information would terminate the operation (page
38).

Under the heading "What the Israelis Did Not Ask For," the assessment
remarks (page 43) that they "never expressed interest in US military
activities, plans, capabilities, or equipment."

The assessment also notes that Pollard volunteered delivery of three daily
intelligence summaries that had not been requested by his handlers, but
which proved useful to them, and ultimately handed over roughly 1,500 such
messages from the Middle East and North Africa Summary (MENAS), the
Mediterranean Littoral Intelligence Summary (MELOS), and the Indian Ocean
Littoral Intelligence Summary, in addition to the more than 800 compromised
documents on other subjects that Pollard delivered to the Israelis in
suitcases.

The damage assessment also features a detailed 21-page chronology of
Pollard's personal life and professional career, including his work for the
Israelis, highlighting more than a dozen examples of unusual behavior by
Pollard that the CIA suggests should have, in retrospect, alerted his
supervisors that he was a security risk. Prominent on the list were false
statements by Pollard during a 1980 assignment with Task Force 168, the
naval intelligence element responsible for HUMINT collection. Pollard is now
serving a life sentence in prison for espionage.

The CIA denied release of most of the Pollard damage assessment in 2006,
claiming for example that pages 18 through 165 were classified in their
entirety and not a line of those pages could be released. The Archive
appealed the CIA's decision to the Interagency Security Classification
Appeals Panel, established by President Clinton in 1995 and continued by
Presidents Bush and Obama. The ISCAP showed its value yet again as a check
on systemic overclassification by ordering release of scores of pages from
the Pollard damage assessment that were previously withheld by CIA, and
published today for the first time.

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