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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-02-20

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Friday, February 20, 1987

Pollard Was Master Spy,
Not Just A Minor Agent

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rom the first revelation

that U.S. Navy intelli-
gence analyst Jonathan
Jay Pollard was spying for
Israel, one question has
puzzled almost everyone
knowledgeable about Israeli-
American relations: Consider-
ing how close the two coun-
tries are and how much is
already shared, what could
Pollard have provided that
would be worth the risk?
My information suggests
that far from the small-time
bungler portrayed in some
news accounts, Pollard was a
master spy who provided im-
portant information to the
Israelis.
Leon Charney, a New York
lawyer who briefly repre-
sented Pollard and is close to
senior Israeli officials, says,
"His help was clearly inval-
uable to the security of the
State of Israel!'
The intelligence provided
by Pollard to Israel included
specific material dealing with
the following general areas:
• Reconnaissance of PLO
headquarters in Tunisia, in-
cluding a description of all
the buildings there. This and
other related data obtained
by Pollard — especially the
specific capabilities of the Li-
byan air defense system and
the exact movement of U.S.,
Soviet and French ships in
the Mediterranean — enabled
the Israeli air . force to evade
detection and to bomb those
headquarters on Oct. 1, 1985.
• Iraqi and Syrian chemi-
cal-warfare production capa-
bilities, including detailed
satellite pictures and maps
showing the location of fac-
tories and storage facilities.
America's refusal to provide
this chemical-warfare mater-
ial directly to Israel had
angered Pollard. Israeli of-
ficials said that the first
documents Pollard gave
Israel, which greatly im-
pressed his handlers, included
the layout of eight Iraqi
chemical warfare factories.
• Regular U.S. intelligence
assessments of operations
planned by a PLO unit.
• Soviet arms shipments to
Syria and other Arab states,
including the specifics on the
SS-21 ground-to-ground and
the SA-5 anti-aircraft mis-
siles. Whenever the U.S.
discovered that a Soviet ship
was passing through the
Bosporus into the Mediterra-
nean, Pollard passed that in-
formation to Israel.
• The U.S. intelligence com-
munity's assessment of a par-
ticular Soviet-made fighter.

• Pakistan's program to
build an atomic bomb, in-
cluding large satellite
photographs of its nuclear
facility outside Islamabad.
Despite the official Israeli
claim that Pollard was part of
a rogue operation, Israeli of-
ficials speak of him in terms
that suggest he may prove to
be one of the most important
spies in Israel's history.
In general, Pollard gave
Israel the pick of U.S. in-
telligence about Arab and
Islamic conventional and un-
conventional military activi-
ty, from Morocco to Pakistan
and every country in between.
This included both "friendly"
and "unfriendly" Arab
countries.
Pollard, 32, was arrested
outside the Israeli embassy in
Washington on Nov. 21, 1985
after attempting to obtain
political asylum there. He
pleaded guilty to espionage
charges and his wife, Anne
26,
Henderson-Pollard,
pleaded guilty to lesser
charges involving unauthor-
ized possession of classified
documents. Both of them are
scheduled to be sentenced on
March 4.
Why did Israel recruit and
run Pollard? Some U.S. of-
ficials argue that the opera-

The court
documents suggest
lax security and
sloppy procedures
in the military
intelligence facility
where Pollard
Worked.

tion wasn't necessary, since
Israel gets virtually every-
thing it wants from American
intelligence agencies. But
Israeli officials, living on a
thin margin of security, ap-
parently were not convinced
of this logic. They feared that
the United States wasn't sup-
plying everything. And what
the United States wasn't sup-
plying could be essential for
Israel, especially in the area
of sophisticated -reconais-
sance photography and elec-
tronic intercepts where
Israel's capabilities are
limited.
Pollard held "rIbp Secret"
security clearances. Accord-
ing to the presentencing
memo submitted last month
by U.S. Attorney Joseph E.
diGenova, Pollard had access
to "Sensitive Compart-
mented Information," prin-

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