Pollard, a Naval Investigative Service analyst, spies on the US for Israel in 1984 and 1985. During this time, he provides Israel with nuclear, military, and technical information on Arab states, Pakistan, and the Soviet Union. Stealing an estimated 800 documents and another 1,500 intelligence summaries from the time he was recruited by Israeli Air Force officer Aviam Sella in May 1984, until he is arrested with his wife in November 1985. Despite his plea agreement to the US government, Pollard is sentenced to the maximum penalty of life in prison. At the time, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger states to the court, “It is difficult for me to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by the defendant [Pollard] in view of the breadth, the critical importance to the U.S., and the high sensitivity of the information he sold to Israel.” After multiple pleas to have Pollard released from prison, the US Government announces in July 2015, that it will not oppose his parole in November 2015. He is released on November 20, 2015.
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