Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Loses Bid to Relax U.S. Parole Conditions

The former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who served 30 years in prison is required to wear an electronic tracking device and obey a curfew, among other conditions

Jonathan Pollard exits following a hearing at the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York City, U.S., May 17, 2017.
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A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, to relax his parole conditions.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the U.S. Parole Commission acted within its discretion in requiring Pollard to wear an electronic tracking device, obey a curfew, and allow his computers to be monitored.

Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986 to conspiracy to commit espionage in connection with providing Israeli contacts with hundreds of classified documents. His lawyers have said his parole conditions have prevented him from getting a job.