Spy’s handler admits for the first time Israeli leaders were aware of his activities, says he doesn’t regret turning Pollard in
The former head of the allegedly rogue clandestine organization that ran Jonathan Pollard confirmed Sunday for the first time that the prime minister and defense minister at the time knew full well that Israel had a spy within the US armed forces.
Rafi Eitan, the head of the Bureau of Scientific Relations in November 1985, told Channel 2’s Uvda investigative news program that he did not want to address the matter of who knew about Pollard because he did not want to make “headlines,” but, when asked whether then-prime minister Shimon Peres and -defense minister Yitzhak Rabin were aware of the spy’s actions, he said, after some deliberation, “Of course.”
Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy, passed reams of classified material to Israel from the summer of 1984 until November 1985. He has been serving a life sentence in US federal prison since 1987 and will be eligible for parole in November 2015.
Pollard was recruited by an up-and-coming Israel Air Force officer, Col. Aviem Sella, and run by Eitan, a former Shin Bet and Mossad officer, who had, among other things, led the Mossad team that captured the fugitive Nazi commander Adolph Eichmann.
In the brief clip released by Uvda on Sunday evening in advance of Monday’s full episode, Eitan, 88, described the crucial moment when he learned that Pollard – abandoned by his Israeli handlers – had fled to the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, bringing his FBI tail to the gate.
Full article: ‘Peres and Rabin knew Pollard was planted in US armed forces’ (The Times of Israel)