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Breaking down Jonathon Pollard's release

Former U.S. Naval intelligence officer, Jonathan Pollard, will be paroled this fall after serving nearly 30 years of a life sentence for espionage against the U.S. The White House and U.S. Justice Department said they would not contest his parole. In a plea deal Pollard admitted to turning over volumes of classified U.S. documents to the Israeli government. Efforts to secure Pollard’s release were a source of decades-long diplomatic tension between the U.S. and Israel. The White House denies that Pollard’s release is linked to the recent nuclear agreement made with Iran. We’ll discuss Pollard’s parole with journalist Richard Silverstein. He writes about Israeli security state in his blog, Tikun Olam. We’ll also talk with Larry Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Korb served as an assistant secretary of defense in President Reagan’s administration and lobbied for Pollard’s release saying he’d already served enough time given the nature of the crime committed. (Photo:Flickr/Matt Blaze)

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