How Israel collected information about Pakistani nukes: document

Dawn: WASHINGTON: One of the major tasks of Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy in the United States, was to collect information about Pakistan’s nuclear programme, shows a document released this week.

Between 1984 and 1985, Mr Pollard passed on to his Israeli handlers several sets of official US documents about a Pakistani reprocessing facility near Islamabad.

Mr Pollard, although an American citizen, spied for Israel while working for the US Navy’s intelligence service. In 1987, he was sentenced to life in prison for spying but can be released on parole on Nov 21, 2015.

On Dec 14, 2012, the CIA released a classified document – “The Jonathan Jay Pollard Espionage Case: A Damage Assessment” – it had prepared on Oct 30, 1987.

The document, declassified on an appeal by the George Washington University’s National Security Archive project, contains previously classified information about Mr Pollard’s activities as an Israeli mole in the US intelligence system. The archive is a non-profit organisation working to reduce secrecy in the US government.

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