Just as the United States negotiated with Cuba for the release of two Americans, one a confirmed spy, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard should be released from an American prison, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Friday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”
As Dershowitz and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who also headed the CIA and the NSA, discussed Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, who was swapped in a deal with Cuba this week along with American Alan Gross in exchange for three Cuban spies held in the United States, Dershowitz pleaded for Pollard’s release.
“As the general said, we exchange spies all the time,” Dershowitz said. “It’s time for the U.S. to give Jonathan Pollard, who served almost 30 years, his freedom. We love spies when they spy for us, but we hate them when they spy against us. The time has come to release Pollard.”
Pollard had surgery in March for problems with his kidneys, gallbladder, and intestines.
It had been reported that earlier this year the Obama administration, breaking from the policies of previous administrations, was engaged in talks with Israel about Pollard’s release.
Dershowitz, a constitutional law scholar, agreed with Hayden that The New York Times should not have released Trujillo’s name. President Barack Obama this week referred to Trujillo only as “one of the most important intelligence agents the United States has ever had in Cuba. Read more at NEWSMAX.