Convicted Spy, Jonathan Pollard, Hospitalized

10:39 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard has been hospitalized at a prison medical center in Butner, N.C., since April 4.

The former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst received a life sentence in 1987 for leaking classified documents to Israel.

Israeli President Shimon Peres has dispatched a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

Many Israelis believe the sentence was too harsh, and officials often demand his release.

In his letter Monday, Peres pleaded with Obama to release Pollard for humanitarian reasons. The 57-year-old Pollard was hospitalized last week. Peres hosted Pollard's wife on Sunday.

Democratic and Republican administrations in the U.S. have repeatedly refused Israeli appeals to release the convicted spy.

The White House on Monday said its position has not changed and that the president has no intention to release Pollard.

A lawyer for Pollard, 57, says that for over a year his client has suffered from increasingly debilitating and incapacitating medical problems that have resulted in emergency surgeries and other emergency medical procedures.

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