WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the American naval intelligence official who spied for Israel, could be released in November after serving his sentence, the Justice Department said Friday.

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the American naval intelligence official who spied for Israel, could be released in November after serving his sentence, the Justice Department said Friday.


Officials denied that there was any link between Pollard’s impending parole and attempts to mollify Israel over this month’s nuclear agreement with Iran.


"Mr. Pollard’s status will be determined by the United States Parole Commission according to standard procedures," said Alistair Baskey, a National Security Council spokesman. "There is absolutely zero linkage between Mr. Pollard’s status and foreign policy considerations."


Pollard was arrested in 1985 on charges that he sold Israel highly sensitive information, including details that prosecutors have said allowed the Soviet Union to identify U.S. agents there. The scandal caused a rupture in U.S. Israel relations, and between Israel and the U.S. Jewish community.


The U.S. intelligence community has fought previous campaigns to grant clemency for Pollard, whose detention became rallying cry in Israel.


But in November, Pollard will have served the required 30 years of his life sentence. Under the laws in place at the time, that will make him eligible for release unless the parole board intervenes.


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