Israel admits spy in US was its agent

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The Independent Online
JERUSALEM (AP) - After more than a decade of denials, Israel admitted yesterday that the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard worked as an Israeli agent, a spokesman for the prime minister said. "The state announces that Jonathan Pollard acted as an Israeli agent," said the statement signed by the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Shai Bazak.

Pollard, a former United States naval analyst, is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for passing classified military documents to Israel. Israel had always maintained that Pollard acted alone and not at their direction.

Last month, Israeli media reported that a government committee set up by Mr Netanyahu was working out a plan to acknowledge Pollard as a spy and work for his release. Reports said the Israeli cabinet secretary, Danny Naveh, would visit Pollard next Friday to inform him personally of the decision.