Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard tried to pass classified information to Australia and South Africa, according to an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and an official of the United States Justice Department, cited, Monday, by Newsmax. Agent Lydia Jechorek told the internet site that Pollard said he tried to spy for "another friendly country" before he spied for Israel. John L. Martin, who was chief of the Justice Department’s counterespionage section, named the country was Australia, saying “After Australia rejected his overtures, Pollard spied for Israel.”
Jechorek said Pollard told the Naval Investigative Service, now called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), that he gave classified documents to South Africa in 1980. Pollard has been in prison 26 of a life sentence on a conviction for passing classified information to Israel. The other cases were not prosecuted.