Washington – As the calls for clemency for Jonathan Pollard continue to intensify, Henry A. Kissinger, an elder statesman, well-respected diplomat, and experienced member of the United States intelligence community, has become the latest American governmental leader to issue a public call for Pollard’s release. Pollard has spent more than 25 years languishing in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel, an ally of the United States.
Kissinger, who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to time served (the full text of the letter appears below and a copy is attached).
Like former Congressman Lee Hamilton, who also recently called on the President to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard, Kissinger has served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is a nonpartisan and independent body of the Intelligence Community that has full access to the complete range of intelligence-related information. Kissinger was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the time of Pollard’s sentencing.
In addition, Kissinger served as a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board.
Kissinger served as Secretary of State from 1973-1977 and as National Security Advisor from 1969-1975. In addition, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ford in 1977.
Kissinger graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954. He has served as a faculty member at Harvard University, in both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs.
“[H]aving talked with George Shultz and read the statements of former CIA Director Woolsey, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman DeConcini, former Defense Secretary Weinberger, former Attorney General Mukasey and others whose judgments and first-hand knowledge I respect, I find their unanimous support for clemency compelling,” wrote Kissinger in his letter to the President. “I believe justice would be served by commuting the remainder of Pollard’s sentence of life imprisonment.”