What Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard is Doing Now

November 20, 2015, 8:47 PM UTC
Convicted Spy For Israel Jonathan Pollard Out On Parole
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel, leaves a New York court house following his release from prison early on Friday after 30 years on November 20, 2015 in New York, New York. Pollard, who was convicted as a Navy intelligence analyst of passing suitcases filled with classified documents to Israeli agents in the mid-1980s, won't be allowed by the Obama administration to leave the country and move to Israel at this time. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo by Spencer Platt via Getty Images

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.

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