Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger backs releasing Jonathan Pollard. In a letter to President Barack H. Obama, Kissinger said that the time had come to free Pollard, based on the information he had learned about the case. "I believe justice would be served by commuting the remainder of Pollard's sentence of life imprisonment, "Kissinger wrote.
“At first I did not have enough information to render a reasoned and just opinion," Kissinger wrote in his letter to Obama. "But having talked with George Shultz and [reading] the statement of former CIA Director Woolsey, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman DeConcini, former Defense Secretary Weinberger, former Attorney General Mukasey and others whose judgments and first-hand knowledge of the case I respect, I find their unanimous support for clemency compelling," Kissinger wrote.