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Washington - Former CIA Chief: I Prevented Pollard Release Deal in 1998.

Published on: May 1, 2007 03:41 PM
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Washington - Former CIA chief George Tenet claims, in a new book, that he was the person who prevented the release Jonathan Pollard during the Wye Plantation talks in October of 1998. The talks, between then-Prime Minister of Israel Binyamin Netanyahu and then-head of the Palestinian Authority Yasir Arafat, were brokered by President Bill Clinton and focused on an Israeli withdrawal from most of the biblical city of Hevron.

In his book “At The Eye of the Storm,” Tenet says that Israel had demanded that Jonathan Pollard – who had been convicted of spying for Israel in 1985 – be released from jail, as part of a deal in which Netanyahu agreed to the Hevron withdrawal.

According to Tenet, the senior American staff at Wye Plantation, including Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, held a meeting on the evening before the signing of the accords. In that meeting, Berger told Tenet – “you should know that Netanyahu has put [the matter of] Pollard on the table.”

Tenet says he got up and stormed out of the room at that point, saying “you are wrong, Pollard is not on the table.” Berger ran out after him, but Tenet was adamant, calling the idea “ridiculous” and insisting that the Pollard issue had nothing to do with the matters being discussed at Wye. Berger then told him, according to Tenet’s account, that President Clinton had not yet agreed to anything.


Tenet claims he spent the next hours choosing his course of action. “If Pollard was in the final package deal, no one at CIA headquarters would believe I had nothing to do with it,” he thought. He concluded that his career as the head of the CIA would be destroyed if he agreed to the deal. [Arutz7]

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 May 02, 2007 at 12:34 AM Anonymous Says:

So it all boils down to politics, the hell with justice. Every politician should be liable for misuse/abuse of power and be punished accordingly. Remember Martha Stewart? Let's make an example out of one of these guys too.


 May 01, 2007 at 08:37 PM Anonymous Says:

its a shame Pollard doesnt have money like the chilul hashems who were pardend if anyone pulled off what they did they would never see the light of day its all about moneyisn


 May 01, 2007 at 06:44 PM Anonymous Says:

yemach shemo, may he die a slow painful death, and suffer like the pain he caused the Pollard family, TENFOLD!!! Amein.


 May 01, 2007 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

With "friends" like this, who needs enemies?


 May 01, 2007 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

This has been known since ater Wye, that Tenet threatened to resign if Pollard was released, and that is why he wasn't released. This is not news, it was just added to his book.


 May 01, 2007 at 04:12 PM Anonymous Says:

what is Jonathan Pollard know that can end the career of the head of the CIA this is more then anti semitsm...


 May 01, 2007 at 04:04 PM John from DC Says:

This is why the Clinton administration was a flop. Storming out of meetings, personal careers are a major factors in international politics, no subordination to superiors, we are lucky we didn't get 3 bin ladens...

How in hell did Tenet survive into the Bush administration? Did he commit not to storm out of meetings??? Maybe that's why we got the Nigeria "yellow cake" and WMD scandals. Without storming out he lost his tongue/leadership and became a good boy...


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