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        12/11/2013, Tevet 8, 5774

      Former U.S. Governor Calls for Pollard's Release


      Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson is the latest to call for the release of Jewish-American prisoner Jonathan Pollard. In a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Richardson stated, "in my view, there is no longer a need for a discussion today. Virtually everyone who was in a high position of government - and dealt with the ramifications of what Pollard did at the time - now support his release... Israel and Pollard have both publicly apologized for their actions. Pollard cooperated with the government and has been a model prisoner."

      Richardson also served as America's Ambassador to the United Nations.

      Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment for passing classified documents to Israel that allegedly dealt with Arab chemical and biological weapons capabilities.