Jonathan Pollard

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Jonathan Jay Pollard

Jonathan Pollard was born August 07, 1954 in Texas. Pollard's father was a microbiologist at Notre Dame University. Raised by Jewish-American and Zionists parents, they instilled a deep since of pride and respect for Israel in him from a young age. As a young student he was considered very bright, a member of the National Honors Society in high school. While attending Stanford University he majored in political science. During these years Pollard fancied becoming a Jewish citizen, along with joining the Israeli army.

Upon graduation Pollard enrolled in a graduate program at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. It was there he begin informing to the CIA on foreign students, with ambitions of getting a foot in the door of the CIA. He applied however, was turned down by the CIA because of his recreational drug use while in college. He continued his pursuit to secure a position within the Intelligence community and in 1979 he was hired by the U.S. Navy intelligence agency as a civilian intelligence analyst.

During a 1982 meeting between U.S. Navy and Israeli intelligence officers, Pollard was convinced that the U.S. was withholding critical secrets from Isral. While working as an analyst, he began to seek out contacts within the Israeli military and security services to provide his services. On May 29, 1984, Colonel Aviem Sella, a famous Israeli war hero met with Pollard. Pollard brought classified materials to the initial meeting and explained that his goal was to supply Israel with U.S. secrets to help the country “strengthen its defense capability.” He provided volumes of secret material such as satellite photos, sensitive cables, reports, and other documents to the Israelis. It is believed that the satellite imagery obtained from Pollard assisted the Israeli Air Force’s strike on Palestinian Liberation Headquarters in Tunisia in October 1985. This intelligence allowed Israel’s Air Force to avoid...
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