Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954 in Galveston, Texas) is a former civilian intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel. He received a life sentence in 1987.Read the rest of Pollard's bio HERE
Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, while publicly denying, until 1998, that he was an Israeli spy. Israeli activist groups, as well as high-profile Israeli politicians, have lobbied for his release. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced particularly strong support for Pollard, visiting the convicted spy in prison in 2002.
Pollard's case was later linked to that of Ben-Ami Kadish, another U.S. national who pleaded guilty to charges of passing classified information to Israel in the same period.
Erick Erickson, of Red State wrote about Pollard last month:
...Jonathan Pollard was a spy for hire who was hired by Israel, South Africa, and potentially other countries. He ratted out our intelligence and potentially cost people their lives because of it.I suspect Erickson is already preparing his blog post on Huckabee's support of this traitor. He tweeted this message about an hour ago:
There are few conservatives within the actual conservative movement who are paying attention, but the bulk of those who are do not want Pollard released. They want him hanged or shot as a traitor to his country.
I realize there are people who believe our alliance with Israel outweighs every other consideration and they are forced to make logical leaps to defend or mitigate Jonathan Pollard’s actions. But let’s be clear that Jonathan Pollard is a traitor to his country and those defending him or mitigating what he did are defending a traitor with blood on his hands...
Mike Huckabee ins't just in favor of letting murders out of jail, but traitors too. http://t.co/hufdNy7I don't understand Huckabee's rationale on this. Do we really need to release an individual who may be responsible for the loss of American lives just to appease Israel?
Update: Erick Erickson has a post up now.
As Governor Arkansas, Mike Huckabee issued 1,033 pardons and commutations, including for 12 convicted murderers.Update: More video.
Several have come back to haunt him.
But if 12 convicted murderers were not enough, Huckabee has gone across the final and furthest bridge. He’s now all in favor of granting clemency to Jonathan Pollard — a traitor whose treason conducted on behalf of the Soviet Union (indirectly through others who forwarded on his intel) and others, including but not limited to Israel, caused deaths, destruction, and all sorts of havoc with our national security.