Jonathan Jay Pollard, United States, Israel discussed on Today in True Crime


To today in true crime podcast original today, recovering Jonathan Jay Pollard an intelligence analyst who divulged highly classified information to Israel. Let's go back to a Washington D. C. Courthouse on the morning of June fourth nineteen, eighty six. Thirty one year old Jonathan Jay Pollard stood before U S. District Court Judge Aubrey Robinson with sweat beading down his face standing beside Pollard, his hand, his wife, twenty five year old, an Henderson Pollard as the to waited for judge Robinson to address them polar turned to his wife and gave her a reassuring smile. Pollard wasn't the only one facing consequences for his actions and was to. She was battling to severe charges of her own, conspiring to receive embezzled government property and an accessory. After the fact to possessing secret US military documents, prosecutors were looking for a sentence of ten years in prison and a half million dollar fine, but while an received some of the attention, the real focus was on her husband, Jonathan. He was facing an even greater charge one that carried a penalty of life in prison. He was accused of providing US military information to Israel an act of espionage. Seven months earlier in November of Nineteen eighty-five. Pollard realized the walls were closing in on him and his spycraft work on November eighteenth after leaving his office at the Naval Investigative Service Pollard was approached by NIS and F. B. I. Agents for questioning unbeknownst to him. A supervisor had noticed suspicious documents sitting on his desk and informed the FBI. Inside Pollard's briefcase were more military secrets that he was intending to hand over to his Israeli handlers, and while transferring top secret information between agencies was common, the content inside Pollard's briefcase was entirely unrelated to the work his department did. When asked if he would go with them for questioning Pollard, said, yes, at some point during the interrogation Pollard was allowed to make a call to his wife, knowing that he was probably being monitored, he floated the word Cactus to an CACTUS was code for getting rid of all classified material from their apartment, and did just that stashing documents into a suitcase and passing it off to a neighbor. As the interrogation continued Pollard was asked to take a polygraph test as the questions continued, and the arm of the polygraph scratched. Pollard knew he wasn't going to be able to keep everything a secret. He didn't have it in him, so he partially confessed he revealed to the federal agents that he had in fact taken top secret documents and handed them off to a foreign country. However, he didn't reveal which country it was. Despite his partial confession, Pollard was allowed to leave. However, the feds made sure to keep him under surveillance. It's possible that the F. B. I wanted to see if Pollard could meet with his handler and arrest, both at the same time, whatever the reason Pollard was free, but not for.

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