Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy, is set to be released on parole on Nov. 21 unless the parole board objects, the U.S. Justice Department said. Pollard, a U.S. Navy analyst, was arrested in 1985 and in 1987 sentenced to life for espionage. The Justice Department statement came after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration was preparing for his release. The Journal suggested that a factor for the Obama administration was its hope that Pollard’s release would smooth relations with Israel. U.S. officials adamantly denied that was the case.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.