[They were arrested around the same time as Jonathan Pollard or years later. They sold sensitive secrets, passed technology, and did not hesitate to expose other American agents. Dozens of spies have been caught operating on American soil. They received substantial sentences which were followed by reductions and early release. They are all free today. Only Jonathan Pollard remains in prison.]
While Jonathan Pollard, who was arrested 25 years ago and sentenced to an unlimited life sentence for spying for the benefit Israel, remains in prison, countless other spies who operated on American soil, committing far more serious crimes than Pollard, received much lighter sentences. This includes not only those who worked for friendly nations, but also those who spied for the greatest enemies of the US, from the former Soviet Union to Iraq. They received sentences, which when compared to the one Pollard received, seem light indeed.
Michael Walker, part of the infamous Walker Spy Ring, was arrested in 1985, the same year as Jonathan Pollard. The spy ring he belonged to operated for 17 years, selling sensitive US military secrets to the Soviet Union, causing what authorities described as "extensive damage to national security". He was sentenced to 25 years. He served only 15 years.
Richard Miller, the first FBI agent ever tried for espionage, turned over secrets, including a counter-intelligence manual, to the Soviets. He was sentenced to 20 years. He served only 6 years.
Albert T. Sombolay a specialist 4th class with the Army artillery, pleaded guilty in July 1991 to espionage and aiding the enemy during the Gulf War. After Sombolay's arrest in March 1991, he admitted to providing Desert Shield deployment information, military identification cards, and chemical protection equipment to Jordanian officials for transfer to Iraq. He was sentenced to 34 years. A year later his sentence was reduced to 19 years. With further reductions to his sentence he served less than 10 years.
Richard Craig Smith, former Army counterintelligence agent, was arrested on 4 April 1984 and indicted for selling information to Soviet agents regarding the identities of six double agents in the United States. Smith met on three occasions with KGB officers in Tokyo and received $11,000 for classified information. After months of pre-trial litigation over the admissibility of evidence, Smith was released, with no jail time.
Michael Schwartz, a non-Jew, confessed to and was indicted for the same offense as Jonathan, spying for an ally. In this case, the ally was Saudi Arabia. In order to appease the Saudi ally, a deal was worked out whereby Schwartz was punished only by loss of his job, his pension and his Navy rank. He received no jail time at all.
Another spy, Abdel Kader Helmy, a missile researcher, was sentenced in 1989 for selling technology for the Condor Missile to Egypt which was then transferred to Iraq. He got less than 5 years. He served only 2 years and was released.
Samuel Morrison, a Navy analyst, stole scores of SCI confidential material. ("SCI" classification is even more sensitive than "Top Secret") The material included photos which he sold and which were published in Jane's Defense Weekly, a British publication. Because of his famous Navy grandfather, Morrison was treated with kid gloves. In 1985, he was sentenced to only 2 years. He served only 3 months.
Steven Lalas a US State Department official, out of ethnic loyalty to Greece, exposed the identities of countless CIA agents operating in the Balkans. He put the lives of all of these American agents in jeopardy. Lalas did not even honor the terms of his plea agreement, and yet in spite of this, and in spite of the enormity of his crimes, the government still honored its plea agreement with him. Lalas was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He served 11 and was then released and permitted to return to Greece.
Steven Baba, an American soldier, was arrested for having sent documents relating to electronic warfare secrets and indices of code words to the South African Embassy. The court imposed a sentence of 8 years at hard labor, yet under a plea bargain the sentence was reduced to 2 years. He served only 5 months.
A female spy, Sharon Scranage gave her boyfriend, a Ghana national, information gained as a CIA employee relating to the names of CIA operatives in Ghana. Although this information could have resulted in the loss of lives, the court sentenced Ms. Scranage to only 5 years. Shortly thereafter, the court reduced the sentence to 2 years. She served only 8 months.
Is the United States discriminating against the Jewish spy, Jonathan Pollard?
Maariv News Service, November 22, 2010, Translated to English by Justice for Jonathan Pollard
Editor's Note: Many people do not really know the facts of the Jonathan Pollard case. Here, for the record, are the basic facts. (The complete facts can be found on the Justice for Jonathan Pollard Web site) Jonathan Pollard, is an Israeli agent in prsion by the United States of America for his service to the security of The State of Israel. The information that Jonathan provided to Israel included Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities — all being developed for use against Israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against Israeli civilian targets. Israel was legally entitled to this vital security information according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding signed by both countries. But the information was deliberately being withheld from Israel as the result of an illegal intelligence embargo implemented by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and former Deputy Director of the CIA Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, whose pro-Arab tilt did not jibe with declared US foreign policy.
From the time that Jonathan was first arrested in 1985, Israel denied all ties to him, and cooperated fully with the US prosecution to secure a life sentence for him. For its own shameful reasons the US Jewish leadership endorsed and perpetuated Israel's lies. On March 10, 1987 — six days after Jonathan was sentenced to Life in complete violation of a plea agreement which Jonathan honored and the US abrogated — the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations sent a letter to the US State Department promising never to interfere on his behalf. In betraying Jonathan and by handing over the evidence, Israel earned for itself the dishonorable distinction of becoming the first and only country in the history of modern espionage ever to assist in the indictment and prosecution of its own agent!
In Washington it is an open secret that Jonathan's sentence is grossly disproportionate and purely political. This was confirmed in a 2002 interview with former Secretary of Defense, the late Caspar Weinberger. Weinberger openly admitted that Jonathan's case was a "minor matter" that had been exaggerated out of all proportion to serve another political agenda. The opening that this admission created to secure Jonathan's release was totally ignored. Similarly Dennis Ross, the former US Special Envoy to the Middle East, stated in his book "The Missing Peace" (published in 2004) that Jonathan deserves to be freed unconditionally. Nevertheless, writes Ross, Pollard is far too valuable as a bargaining chip against Israel, so he advised the president at Wye not to release him. Still no response from Israel.
In the 22 years that Jonathan has been in prison, he has repeatedly been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment and severe affliction. The Government of Israel has been informed of each and every episode of mistreatment of its agent but has never once intervened on his behalf, nor has the Government ever protested.