Israeli spy Pollard released from USA Jail after 30 years of imprisonment


WASHINGTON: Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released on Friday after 30 years in an American prison but he will stay in the United States under strict parole conditions in a case that strained relations between the two allies for decades. Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 1987 of passing classified information to Israel. He was released from a federal prison in North Carolina and headed to New York, where he was set up for electronic monitoring as required under his parole, according to spokesmen for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Marshals Service. "After 30 years in prison, he wants to get his life back on track," said Eliot Lauer, one of Pollard's attorneys. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, which has long pushed for Pollard to be freed, welcomed his release. Pollard, who was granted Israeli citizenship while in prison, has said he wants to immigrate to Israel, where his wife lives and where he can expect to receive substantial Israeli government back pay. As quoted by the Reuters.