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Intelligence community supports restrictions on Pollard

(JTA) — One-time spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard could still damage U.S. interests by revealing methods and identifying characteristics of U.S. assets, says a June 17 filing by Jennifer Hudson, the director of information management for the office of the Director of National Intelligence. The filing, reported June 21 by the Daily Beast, was in response to a petition by Pollard’s lawyers to a Manhattan federal court to ease some of Pollard’s parole restrictions. His lawyers have argued that Pollard, a former analyst for the U.S. Navy who was released on parole from his life sentence last November, was jailed 30 years ago and would no longer possess relevant intelligence.

Hudson said Pollard also had access to human intelligence that could still prove harmful should it be disclosed. “Even though the human resources are not identified by name, both descriptive details about the sources and the very nature of the information provided by the source could tend to reveal the identity since only a limited number of individuals may have had access to that particular information,” she said. “Revelation of the source’s secret relationship with the U.S. government could cause significant harm to the source, his or her family and his or her associates. Even in cases where the source is no longer alive, such disclosure can place in jeopardy the lives of individuals with whom the source has had contact.”

The restrictive conditions for Pollard’s five-year parole include wearing an electronic ankle bracelet with GPS tracking and surveillance of his and any employer’s computers. He also is confined to his home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. — a condition, Pollard’s attorneys argue, that has precluded him from holding a job. He is not permitted to join his wife, Esther, whom he married while he was in prison, in Israel. And, he is restricted in his computer and internet use.

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