With all the talk about domestic threats to our national security it is a particularly odd time for President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard from prison, where he has been since being caught trading U.S. intelligence secrets to Israel and convicted of espionage in 1987. His release was promised back in July when it was widely viewed as part of Obama’s apology to Israel for going against Netanyahu’s wish to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. During his tenure as a spy with top secret security clearance, Pollard traded suitcases worth of secrets a day to a foreign country. It was what some officials call the most egregious act of espionage in our history. The conditions of his release require Pollard – who gained Israeli citizenship while in jail –to stay in the United States for five years to be monitored. Let’s just hope they remembered to revoke his top secret clearance.

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