'Pollard sought intel on Arab countries, not US'
By GIL HOFFMAN The Jerusalem Post 12/15/2012 22:58
Jonathan Pollard delivered nuclear, military and technical information to
his handlers on Israel’s Arab adversaries and their Soviet benefactors – not
on the United States – when he spied for Israel from June 1984 to November
1995, according to the newly declassified CIA 1987 damage assessment of the
Pollard case, published on Friday by the National Security Archive at George
The damage assessment includes new details on the specific subjects and
documents sought by Pollard’s Israeli handlers, such as Syrian drones and
central communications, Egyptian missile programs and Soviet air defenses.
The Israelis asked for a signals intelligence manual that they needed to
listen in on Soviet advisers in Syria.
They wanted to know about Arab and Pakistani nuclear intelligence, Arab
chemical and biological weapons, Arab military readiness, and Soviet
aircraft, missiles and air defenses.
The 166-page assessment 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, the
Mediterranean Littoral Intelligence Summary, and the Indian Ocean Littoral
Intelligence Summary, in addition to the more than 800 documents on other
subjects that Pollard delivered to the Israelis in suitcases.
“We believe that Pollard responded effectively to the general Israeli
taskings, but that he himself exerted the strongest influence on what was
compromised by virtue of his own access, interests and collective
intelligence,” the document states.
Under the heading “What the Israelis Did Not Ask For,” the document said
Israel “did not request or receive from Pollard intelligence concerning some
of the most sensitive US national security resources” and did not express
interest in US military activities, plans, capabilities or equipment.
The documents describe a dispute among Pollard’s handlers, Rafi Eitan and
Yosef Yagur, in which Eitan asked Pollard for “dirt” on senior Israeli
officials who were providing information to the US, but Yagur told him to
ignore the request and said that gathering such information would terminate
The damage assessment also features a detailed chronology of Pollard’s
personal life and professional career. It says he started dreaming of making
aliya at age 12 following the Six Day War and that before he started spying,
he complained of anti-Israel attitudes of his colleagues and inadequate US
intelligence support for Israel.
The document says that despite what it called “emotional and behavior
difficulties,” Pollard gained the respect of his superiors who repeatedly
promoted him. It says that he cooperated fully with the investigation
Pollard’s wife, Esther, said the documents proved that her husband should
not have to spend a second longer in prison.
“After the release of this secret document, which confirms the truth about
Jonathan’s actions and dispels endless lies and canards, there is no excuse
for President Shimon Peres to allow Jonathan to continue to rot in prison,”
she said. “Mr. Peres is directly responsible for Jonathan’s plight and he
can bring the ordeal to an immediate end by acting now. He knows what he has
to do. Let him get on with it.”
Esther Pollard called upon Peres to seize the opportunity presented by the
release of the secret information, and the fact that it is the US holiday
season, to act without delay, to do whatever was needed to bring her husband
home immediately before it is too late.
“There are no more excuses on the part of Jewish leaders for silence or
indifference,” she said. “This latest revelation should cause an outcry that
screams to the Heavens to save Jonathan’s life NOW! Jonathan Pollard needs
to be released now!”