Anne Pollard, the first wife of Jonathan Pollard who was convicted in 1986 for her role in her then-husband's espionage case, is planning on suing the Israeli government for "damage to her reputation," Channel 10 news reported on Saturday evening.
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Anne Pollard reportedly claims that she suffered the harm to her reputation in the period leading up to her former husband's release. Jonathan Pollard was released from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina on Friday after serving 30 years for passing secrets on to Israeli contacts in Washington while he was an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy.
In a lawsuit drafted by Anne Pollard's lawyers, Roee Attias and Iris Agassi, they allege that in practice, she worked for an Israeli security agency and therefore her status following the high-profile release of her ex-husband last week should be addressed, Channel 10 reported. In addition the complaint is said to mention a series of defamatory statements by senior Israeli officials who "did her an injustice" and even allegedly presented her as someone who was not of sound mind.
With regard to her prior attempts to address her status vis-à-vis the Israeli security establishment, the complaint reportedly states that Anne Pollard, who now lives in Israel, was told that she would have to wait until her ex-husband's release from prison. Now that time has come, Attias noted in comments to Channel 10.
Anne Pollard served three-and-a-half years of a five-year sentence for her role in the espionage case. Shortly after her release, Jonathan Pollard divorced her.
Jonathan Pollard is waging his own legal battle following his release from prison regarding the terms of his parole, which include monitoring devices on computers that he will be using in a job that he has lined up as an investment analyst in New York. Although he was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995, his parole conditions bar him from moving to Israel, as they require him to remain in the United States for the next five years.