The United States on Wednesday downplayed recent speculation that it could free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in return for Israel agreeing to release a fourth and final batch of Palestinian prisoners.
"There are no plans to release Jonathan Pollard at the moment,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage against the United States – a very serious crime. He was sentenced to life and is currently serving his sentence.”
Pollard sentenced to life in prison on 1987 for spying for Israel. The Israeli government has repeatedly sought his release, but consecutive American administrations have rejected this option. (Ynetnews)