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Washington - Henry Kissinger Calls On President Obama To Free Jonathan Pollard‏

Published on: March 7, 2011 01:44 PM
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Washington - As the calls for clemency for Jonathan Pollard continue to intensify, Henry A. Kissinger, an elder statesman, well-respected diplomat, and experienced member of the United States intelligence community, has become the latest American governmental leader to issue a public call for Pollard’s release.  Pollard has spent more than 25 years languishing in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel, an ally of the United States.

Kissinger, who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to time served (the full text of the letter appears below and a copy is attached).

Like former Congressman Lee Hamilton, who also recently called on the President to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard, Kissinger has served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is a nonpartisan and independent body of the Intelligence Community that has full access to the complete range of intelligence-related information.  Kissinger was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the time of Pollard’s sentencing.

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In addition, Kissinger served as a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department.  He is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board.

Kissinger served as Secretary of State from 1973-1977 and as National Security Advisor from 1969-1975.  In addition, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford in 1977.

Kissinger graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954.  He has served as a faculty member at Harvard University, in both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs.

“[H]aving talked with George Shultz and read the statements of former CIA Director Woolsey, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman DeConcini, former Defense Secretary Weinberger, former Attorney General Mukasey and others whose judgments and first-hand knowledge I respect, I find their unanimous support for clemency compelling,” wrote Kissinger in his letter to the President.  “I believe justice would be served by commuting the remainder of Pollard’s sentence of life imprisonment.”


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 Mar 07, 2011 at 01:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Finally

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 01:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Another "Has Been" that is caling for his release. Where the H was he when he was in power and could really do something.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 01:58 PM Mark Levin Says:

This story reads like a hespid on Henry Kishmir.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 03:18 PM Rachel W. Says:

So what's Obama waiting for - the Queen of England to intervene?

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 03:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Why doesn't Jimmie Carter also ask for Pollard's release?

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 03:51 PM Sherree Says:

Reply to #4  
Rachel W. Says:

So what's Obama waiting for - the Queen of England to intervene?

My question exactly? Is he waiting for a bribe or does he want to include this in the mideast negotiations?

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 03:55 PM BLONDI Says:

better late than never.....obama will have to do something under all this pressure, if her wants re-election and our votes!!

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 03:57 PM sane Says:

Kissinger finally ding something right after stabbing Israel in the back in 73-74.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 06:40 PM ShmuelG Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Another "Has Been" that is caling for his release. Where the H was he when he was in power and could really do something.

He was 'in power' until mid-January 1977, long before anybody heard of Jonathan Pollard.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 07:18 PM Upset Says:

Henry Kill-enger (as he was known in Israel) the self-hating Jewish traitor who has so much Jewish blood on his hand has come under a lot of pressure lately. This is clearly a move by this traitor to improve his public image before he leaves this world. He hates the fact he was born Jewish and was willing to have Israel destroyed in the 1973 war as reported by John Loftis. He has never shown any love for his people or for Israel. His only concern has always been for his public image and standing. He is a rat and will always be a rat. Unless he does Teshuva he will rot in hell for what destruction he has caused to his people. Shame on him! He should know better. A man who barely escaped from Hitler ym"s. He tried to destroy his people as Hitler ym's did. We will never forgive him for what he did! Nice try Henry but this insincere gesture is too little too late! You are a dispicable fraud! There are no words to describe how despicable you are. Try and face the many Jewish widows and orphans you created in Israel and explain what you did to them!

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 Mar 08, 2011 at 01:01 AM charliehall Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Another "Has Been" that is caling for his release. Where the H was he when he was in power and could really do something.

Kissinger's last government service was in the Ford Administration, leaving office in 1977. Pollard was arrested in 1985.

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 Mar 08, 2011 at 01:06 AM Charlie Hall Says:

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Rachel W. Says:

So what's Obama waiting for - the Queen of England to intervene?

Has Pollard even APPLIED for clemency? Or parole, which requires no Presidential action?

In any case, the number of clemency requests granted so far by President Obama is zero. He hasn't discriminated against Pollard, he hasn't let ANY convicted criminal out! He has denied 1,157 clemency requests, and let 626 expire. Clemency is clearly a longshot, at least statistically.

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 Mar 08, 2011 at 09:29 AM ProminantLawyer Says:

#12 misses the point..clemancy is available if you a "Rich". (get it "rich" like m/m rich and the clintonman; get it????)

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 Mar 08, 2011 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Now that he's in the last phase of his life, this is an obvious attempt to redeem his despicable past with regards to Israel & the Jews .He's so transparent that it would be laughable if the issue wasn't so important. Free Jonathan Pollard Now.!!!!!Kissinger, you've got alot to atone for.

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