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Jailed spy is kept from father’s funeral

Jonathan Pollard gave classified files to Israeli agents. Jonathan Pollard gave classified files to Israeli agents.
Associated Press / June 21, 2011

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MISHAWAKA, Indiana — A former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel was not permitted to attend his father’s funeral in Indiana yesterday, despite requests from Israeli officials that he be allowed out of prison to pay his respects.

The White House also had spurned Israeli appeals to let Jonathan Pollard visit his father, Morris Pollard, before he died Saturday at 95.

Chris Burke, Bureau of Prisons spokesman, said Pollard remained at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina. Pollard’s lawyer, Eliot Lauer, said in an e-mail that Pollard had sought permission from the bureau since June 14 to see his dying father and then asked to attend the funeral in Indiana.

“We made it clear that we would assume any costs associated with accommodating the request,’’ Lauer wrote.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy when he copied and gave to his Israeli handlers enough classified documents to fill a walk-in closet.

Arrested in 1985 after unsuccessfully seeking refuge at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Pollard was convicted and sentenced two years later. He is scheduled for release in 2015, according to a Justice Department website.

About 100 people attended the service and funeral for Morris Pollard, who was a prominent researcher on viral diseases and a retired biology professor at the University of Notre Dame.

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