What Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard is Doing Now by Michal Addady @FortuneMagazine November 20, 2015, 3:37 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was released from prison on Friday and has been hired to work at an investment firm. His lawyers have confirmed that Pollard will be working as an analyst at a New York-based firm but said they were unable to disclose any additional information at this time. Pollard served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, a U.S. ally. The Associated Press writes that while some advocated for a life sentence, his supporters, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, believe that his punishment was excessively harsh and have been pushing for him to be allowed to move to Israel, which his parole does not permit. Pollard was hired as an intelligence research specialist by the Naval Ocean Surveillance Information Center after leaving graduate school in 1979. He was working as a civilian analyst for the U.S. Navy when he was arrested in 1985. He pleaded guilty to providing the Israeli intelligence service with classified information regarding Arab, Pakistani, and Soviet military capabilities and was sentenced to life in prison with the opportunity for parole after 30 years.