Jonathan Pollard’s spy handler confesses to blowing his cover

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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By Barry Chamish                                                          
To all those astute readers and defenders of me; Once Again You Have 
Been Vindicated.

First, the headline:

Jonathan Pollard not bearing grudge against Peres By GIL HOFFMAN 11/09/201.  
Jailed former Israeli spy reacts to his handler's admission that Pollard 
was incriminated under orders from Shimon Peres. Israeli agent Jonathan 
Pollard chose to express hope rather than anger in response to an 
interview with his former handler Rafi Eitan, who revealed for the first 
time that he incriminated Pollard under orders from then-prime minister 
and current president Shimon Peres.

Eitan told Yediot Aharonot in an interview published Friday that he gave 
the Americans information he knew would be used against Pollard. He said 
he had no choice other than to abide by government decisions.

    * Clinton: I do not expect Pollard to be released
    * Pollard's wife asks PM to renew call to free agent

"When I testified, I felt a myriad of emotions," Eitan said. "I had a 
deep feeling that I should not talk to the Americans about the episode, 
because they certainly did not want what was best for Pollard. But on 
the other hand, I am a disciplined soldier. I have never acted against 
the government's orders, even when I thought we should be acting 

The Campaign for Pollard's Freedom responded by expressing shock that 
Israel became what they said was the first country in the world to 
actively incriminate its own agent. But the campaign refused to 
criticize Peres.

"Neither we, nor Jonathan, wants to dwell on the past," the campaign 
said. "What matters is that the president is currently in the best 
possible position to end this unfortunate tragedy."

Pollard will begin serving the 28th year of his life sentence November 
21. Peres and Pollard have issued formal clemency requests to US 
president Barack Obama, but he has never responded.

US presidents usually grant pardons and commute sentences during the 
American holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving on Thursday.
Need I remind you of who Rafi Eitan is? Look who got it right 15 years ago:

* Rafi Eitan was Jonathan Pollard's handler. He took Pollard's data and 
transferred it personally to PM Shimon Peres all through 1985. And if 
anymore thinks he accidentally rose to lead a Pensioner's Party, knows 
nothing about the corruption of the Knesset. He was never poor enough to 
even need the party, let alone lead it.
Just 20 years ago, Pollard was a powerful Israeli national issue. Today, 
it is run entirely by the Israeli Far Right. Those scary 
kids and the suspicious wife are responsible for Jonathan Pollard's 
survival, which means the rest of his life will be in prison. That's 
how the establishment deflates any issue: just hand it over to the Far 
Right. As soon as Eitan was in, the wife had her say, on the Yoav 
Yitzhak site, that Eitan should resign. The message was, naturally, 
ignored by Israel.

And all this time later, let's present my prescient article of many 
years ago. Pretend I wrote it today:

  (The Real Reason Why Pollard Sits) by Barry Chamish

In early May, '03, I was hired by a group of Israelis now 
organizing rallies on behalf of Jonathan Pollard's freedom to find out 
why, defying all reason, he is still sitting in prison. The people who 
approached me were highly dissatisfied with the official Pollard 
organization run by Esther Pollard and in fact, suspected her of 
sabotaging all alternative efforts to liberate her spouse. Since I took 
on the project, I have noted Esther Pollard's interference with 
demonstrations, speakers and even one webmaster 
( working on behalf of justice for Jonathan Jay 
I don't know what her motivations are, perhaps they are just a 
personal need for attention, perhaps they are more sinister, but with 
Esther Pollard at the helm, no new evidence has emerged that could 
possibly result in Pollard's release. Recent excitement over the 
revelations that Pollard was sitting for the crimes of master spy 
Aldrich Ames, as written by John Loftus, are not revelations at all. I 
discovered the exact claims in a prominent Maariv article from 1985, 
since repeated often in the Hebrew press.

To sort out the puzzle, I referred to a wide variety of sources 
and was fortunate in having a personal expert nearby. He is Joel 
Bainerman, author of the 1992 classic book on Iran Contra-related 
felonies, Crimes Of A President. He thoughtfully provided me with 
relevant text, as well as his rough notes and contacts.
One of his contacts was William Northrup, who lives in a kibbutz 
near Beersheva and was held in a New York lockup for 10 months on 
suspicion of illegally selling military hardware to Iran. He insists 
that the Americans came down hard on Pollard because he exposed the 
Bechtel Corporation's production of chemical weapons in Iraq.

In the same lockup for the same crime was Ari Ben-Menashe, who 
wrote a tell-all book called The Profits Of War. He became a primary 
source for Seymour Hersch and Joel Bainerman, though far from their only 
one. All have been besmirched by the official Pollard organization but 
that doesn't mean their facts are all wrong. I use what I have judged to 
be likely truths.

By the same token, I have utilized many more conventional 
sources and their basic facts are far from consistently reliable. It was 
a task just sorting out the dates of the known history. Pollard, 
himself, insists that he started his spying in July, 1984. Loftus and 
Aarons have him identifying an arms shipment in April of 1984. That 
would make the Hersch/Ben Menashe claim that Pollard began his 
clandestine work in 1981, more plausible.

But once one excuses the inconsistencies, a very consistent story emerges. 
Pollard thought he was helping Israel protect itself and 
that his material would fall into honest, trusted hands. Sadly for him, 
it fell into the grimy paws of Shimon Peres and he used it to create a 
crime empire, broadly called Iran Contra. It is the fear of exposing 
Peres and his cronies that is the real reason why the Israeli government 
has made no sincere effort to free Jonathan Jay Pollard.

It's a fairly complicated story and I will lead you through it by way of 
other people's research. When I comment you will see three 
stars *** at the beginning and end of the commentary. For instance:

*** In 1987, a government commission of inquiry headed by Abba Eban 
issued its report on the Pollard Affair. It concluded that the man most 
responsible for the fiasco was Shimon Peres, who became Prime Minister 
in late May, 1984. He was not only apprised of Pollard's intelligence, 
he read it daily. Receiving smaller portions of blame were Defence 
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

This long buried report is, naturally, long forgotten because Peres 
spent a good week denying every word in it and arranging the end 
of Eban's political carrer. But let us not forget, the official 
investigation conducted by the Israeli government concluded that Peres 
was the chief culprit.***


Amir Oren, Haaretz, 1998: "Shimon Peres was almost as concerned about 
domestic policies as he was about the American reaction. He was proud of 
the fact that he, Rabin and Shamir refrained from mutual recriminations 
and how that prevented the media from turning it into an Israeli 
Watergate. Peres worked hard to prevent public discussion..."

Zeev Segal, Haaretz 24/10/95: "One body that studied the subject was a 
committee headed by then MK, Abba Eban. In a report published in May, 
1987, the committee...totally rejected the claim of the government of 
Israel, which stated that the Pollard affair was a 'rogue' operation."

Washington Report On Middle East, Jan/Feb 2003: "Eban disappeared from 
political life after 1987 (for) a report criticizing Labor Party leaders 
Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin for using American Joanthan Jay Pollard 
to spy on the United States. Both rebuked him and the next year his name 
was left off the candidates for parliament."

Seymour Hersch, The Samson Option, Random House, 1991: "The Israeli 
Officials most tarnished by the scandal were Rafi Eitan and Aviem Sella, 
but Eitan did not suffer financially. He was subsequently named to a 
high administrative position with Israel Chemicals, the largest 
state-owned enterprise in Israel. His surprising appointment was 
authorized by none other than Ariel Sharon, who had been named Minister 
of Trade and Industry in 1984."

***And Sharon is not the only high present official involved in the 
coverup. Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein was the legal attache to 
the Washington Embassy Pollard was ejected from, and later tried out a 
coverup tactic that Washington attorney Leonard Garment found odious. 
Such details must be presented in a wider-ranging future report. For now 
let us get to the heart of the matter at hand...Iran Contra.***


Federal Government Watch Discussion List: "The back channel came alive 
under Vice-President Bush from 1984-91. The channel was used to direct 
the laundering of American money to the PLO. Although Pollard didn't 
know it, when he warned the Israelis that a PLO arms shipment was going 
through Greece in 1984, he inadvertantly blew the whistle of the White 
House's first transaction of arms to Iran...In the summer of 1984, 
Pollard noticed a pattern of vessels going back and forth from Greece to 
Yemen, where the PLO had a major base. Pollard passed the tip to the 
Israelis. In the summer of 1984, the Israelis tipped off the Greek 
authorities who seized an entire shipload of arms believed destined for 
the PLO. Neither Pollard nor the government of Israel was aware that 
they had smashed George Bush's first shipment of arms to Iran. Pollard 
never realized that he had busted the most secret White House operation 
of modern times. The summer of 1984 Greek shipment was a dagger over 
George Bush's head."

Loftus, Aarons, The Secret War Against The Jews: "Pollard notified the 
Israelis, who passed word to the Greeks, who raided the arms ship. None 
of the players knew that this shipment was directly connected to an 
event two months previous, in which US hostages had been kidnapped in 
Lebanon. The ship had not been commissioned by Arafat but by US 
Vice-President Bush and was ultimately destined for the patron the of 
Lebanese kidnappers, Iran. The shipment marks he true beginning of the 
infamous Iran Contra scandal.

Winston  Mideast Analysis And Commentary 8/13/99: "Pollard inadvertantly 
exposed the first shipment of arms-for-hostages in what became the Iran 
Contra scandal. As he was in the Naval Intelligence Anti-Terrorism Unit, 
he saw this shipment, one year earlier than is generally known, and 
believing it to be arms for the PLO or Iraq, revealed it to the 
Israelis. This alone would make it imperative for the Iran/Contra 
planners to keep him locked up forever."

***Enter Peres. Pollard provided the data that exposed Bush's arms for 
hostages operation. Of course, a moral Prime Minister would have 
demanded that Bush put an end to this arming of Israel's worst enemies. 
But Peres is not remotely moral, so he saw the bigger potential of this 
nascent crime. He wanted in and the crime expanded into what we know as 
How do we know this? Because when Pollard discovered the arms ship, 
Israel had no role in paying America's enemies off with arms for 
releasing hostages in Lebanon. But by September, Peres had sent a team 
to Washington consisting of Yaacov Nimrodi, the former Ambassador to 
Iran, Al Schwimmer, former head of Israel Aircraft Industries, and David 
Kimche, chairman of the Israeli branch of the Council On Foreign Relations.

After that, Israel was right in the middle of the operation. This 
is basic indisputable logic. Israel joined the operation only after 
Pollard's intelligence exposed the existence of it. That means Peres 
wanted a piece of the pie and must have used Pollard's data to get his 
cut of the action.

The easiest way in would have been threatening to expose the arms 
for hostages operation and bring down Bush and his team. We call such a 
threat, blackmail. And that's how Pollard's good intentions were used. 
And not for the last time.

Shortly after Pollard's capture on Non.22/85, the Peres team of 
Kimche, Schwimmer and Nimrodi all quit the operation. In laymen's terms, 
they hauled ass out of there. But Peres didn't want to give up all the 
goodies that came with Iran Contra. So in January 1986, he replaced the 
team with his anti-terrorism advisor Amiram Nir. He was murdered in 1989 
in Mexico shortly before he was to testify to the Senate Committee 
investigating Irangate.

Lest one think Iran Contra wasn't worth the trouble, look how much just 
one member of Peres' team brought in for his effort and then 
consider what Nir knew. Finally, note who else quit his post in the wake 
of Pollard; the American National Security Advisor, Bud McFarlane, who 
resigned in Dec. 85.***

Joel Bainerman, Crimes Of A President, SPI Books, NY, 1992, raw notes 
and final text: "In June l991 an Israel police investigation was opened 
to determine if Nimrodi withheld profits from the sales from the Defence 

A month later Nimrodi made a public declaration in a Tel Aviv court
stating that he had acted on his own behalf in his arms dealings with
the Iranians and thus all the profits from the deals were his. He
claimed he earned $37 million from the Iranians, but after paying for
the missiles and other expenses, he says he took a loss on the deal of 
nearly $750,000. (Inside Israel, August, l993)

Those same bank records in Switzerland could have become a nightmare
for some Israeli government officials, namely Prime Minister Peres,
even shedding light on why the Israeli government never allowed Nir
(or Schwimmer and Nimrodi) to testify before Congressional
investigations. Was Peres perhaps worried that Nir would disclose that
it was his role in the diversion of money from the Iranian arms sales
to the Contras or that he personally authorized the establishment of
the fund to initiate covert anti-terrorist operations?

Indeed Nir knew a great deal about U.S. and Israeli arms sales to Iran
because he was the roundabout via everyone's activities passed
through. He must have known who set up the Swiss accounts, who
controlled them, and how much went to the Contras and how much to
middlemen like Ghorbanifar and Secord's pockets? He sat in on crucial
meetings in Teheran, Frankfurt, Washington, Tel Aviv and London. He
knew of all covert operations and where the money originated from to
fund them.
In an interview with YEDIOT ACHRONOT after leaving office in March
l987 Nir said that Shamir went out of his way to protect his name and
reputation, in Israel and in the U.S., while Peres simply "left him to
the dogs" adding that "the moment you need support from him (Peres),
he vanishes."'


Angelo Codevilla, MENL 24/7/00: "He gave them that part of the flow of 
US intelligence which they used to receive regularly, but which the US 
cut off in 1981...This consisted of intelligence 'products.' It was 
satellite pictures, reports of all kinds, electronic directories and so 

John Loftus, Moment, 6/03: "Jonathan Pollard didn't have the 'blue 
stripe' clearance according to intelligence sources I spoke with. That 
was the bombshell that would clear him of any possible connection to the 
deaths of our Russian agents."

Codevilla, ibid: "Jonathan Pollard could not have provided codes, 
because he did not have any access to codes."

Ari Ben-Menashe, Profits Of War, Sheridan Square Press, 1992: 
"McFarlane, in fact, had been providing computer access codes of 
intelligence reports to Rafi Eitan, according to Eitan. Sitting in Tel 
Aviv, Eitan would request computer access codes for certain items he was 
interested in. A  representative in Washington, a woman named Iris, 
would pass the request to McFarlane. He would then give her back the 
specified access codes. She would give the codes to Pollard."  8/6/03: :The issue was brought to the high court by 
former national security advisor Robert McFarlane who claims he was 
libeled by a 1991 Esquire magazine story linking him to the Jonathan 
Pollard spy case...Both courts ruled that McFarlane failed to show that 
Esquire displayed a reckless disregard for the truth."

***Now we move into stage two of the exploitation of Jonathan Pollard. 
Pollard was assigned to receive and analyse satellite photos of ship 
positions and look for aberrant routes. That would have made the 
discovery of Bush's arms ship natural. But for the next piece of Peres 
blackmail, he would most likely have needed help.

Pollard uncovered a crime the equal of Iran Contra: the American 
corporation Bechtel was making chemical weaponry for Saddam Hussein. And 
Peres instinctively knew he could milk this discovery for all it was 
worth because Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger was a VP of Bechtel 
before choosing public service and Secretary of State George Shultz was 
a former Bechtel CEO.

I have no doubt that Pollard passed the Bechtel gas data to Israel 
but how he got it is still in dispute. Perhaps he received satellite 
photos which exposed the factories, but it seems more likely that he was 
given intelligence much higher than he was entitled to receive. For that 
he would have needed help from one of the few entitled to receive top 
secret access codes and Robert McFarlane as National Security Advisor 
was one those few.***


Codevilla, MENL 24/7/00: "This memo contained the lie that Pollard 
caused the deaths of countless US agents. It also reportedly said the 
Israelis sold part of that information to the Soviet Union. All of these 
things are not only untrue, they were known by Weinberger not to be 
true...The policy was building up Iraq, a policy to which Weinberger and 
much of the rest of the US government sacrificed true American interests 
in the 1980s. We supplied Saddam Hussein with not only arms but with 
intelligence and forbearance...The main thing is we permitted, licensed 
and financed large American corporations to build plants there. The 
infrastructure that is being bombed in Iraq right now is mostly 
American-built. Now we get to the deeply embarassing part. One of the 
companies involved was Bechtel, with whom Caspar Weinberger and George 
Schultz, Secretaries of Defense and State, had close personal relations."

Federal Government Watch Discussion List, Yahoo, message 631: ""As 
Jonathan Pollard discovered to his horror, the German nerve gas 
factories constructed in Libya and Iraq are using the identical formulas 
used on Jews at Auschwitz... President Bush Sr. was good friends with 
Saddam's Deputy Foreign Minister and made personal phone calls to one of 
his former Yale classmates to obtain American funding for Bechtel's oil 
pipeline in Iraq...The Bechtel corporation was even building Saddam 
Hussein a chemical factory he could use for poison gas production.", 9/4/03: "Schultz worked at Bechtel, so did Caspar 
Weinberger.Bechtel was listed by Iraq in its report to the UN weapons 
inspectors as one of the companies that helped supply Saddam with 
equipment and knowledge for making chemical weapons. Bechtel in the 
1980s was prime contractor on PC1 and 2, two petrochemical plants 
constructed in Iraq which had dual use capacity. So I guess the bottom 
line is that the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfield squad are now holding Saddam 
Hussein accountable for chemical weapons of mass destruction - the same 
weapons which these same officials ignored in pursuit of the Aqaba 
pipeline project.


Barry Chamish, The Fall Of Israel, Canongate, Edinburgh, 1992:"By 1985 
Syria had closed down Iraq's pipeline to the Mediterranean and Iran was 
blockading the Persian Gulf.Iraq wanted to build an alternative pipeline 
to Aqaba, Jordan's Red Sea port, and the American corporation Bechtel 
agreed to construct this multi-billion dollar project, but only if it 
received assurances that Israel would never blow it up, not even in 
wartime. American Attorney-General Edwin Meeese approached Peres who 
agreed in return for $70 million a year to be transferred to the Israeli 
Labor Party. When word of the bribe leaked, Meese was forced out of 
office, but, as usual, scandal escaped Peres."

Joel Bainerman, Crimes Of A President, Notes And Final Text:

McFarlane was also the major White House backer of the Iraqi pipeline 
deal. To bebuilt by the Bechtel company it would feed 300,000 barrels of 
oil each day from Iraqi oilfields to a terminal at the Jordanian port of 
Aquaba. As part of the arrangement, then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon 
Peres's Labor party would receive up to $1 billion over a ten year 
period in return for a pledge not to bomb the pipeline in the event of a 

Originally, it may have been intended to have this money come 
from the Pentagon's budget. When John Poindexter took over from 
McFarlane as National Security Adviser in December l985 he killed a plan 
his predecessor had come up with to have secret payments made to Israel 
out of a heavily disguised National Security Counsel-controlled 
appropriation in the Pentagon's budget. (Washington Post, March 5th, 
l988) "The idea was for it to come out of the defence budget on an 
installment basis," one source was quoted as saying. "It was, to be a 
payment to the Israelis to be good." (Washington Post,February 25th, 
l988) .

It may be nothing but a mere coincidence, but Israel's spy in 
Washington, Jonathan Pollard, was operating throughout McFarlane's 
period as National Security Advisor. A month after Pollard was arrested, 
McFarlane resigned. Yet six months later he is leading a delegation on a 
secret mission to Teheran. Why didn't National Security Adviser 
Poindexter go?

McFarlane's ties to Rafi Eitan, then the Prime Minister's 
Anti-Terrorism Advisor and who would later be named as the Israeli 
intelligence agent behind the masterminding of the Pollard affair, also 
need to be investigated., 9/4/03: "Bechtel and the State Department were having 
trouble getting the right degree from the Israeli Labor Party that the 
pipeline would be off limits to attack. Bechtel and Reagan 
administration officials were trying to get complete assurance from the 
Labor Party that the pipeline would absolutely not be attacked."

***So here's what the Peres government did with Pollard's intelligence: 
they put the squeeze on Bechtel and that meant on Caspar Weinberger. The 
threat was simple enough: if you guys at Bechtel don''t find a way to 
funnel me a lot of money, $700 million will do, we'll expose the Iraqi 
gas plants and sabotage your pipeline deal. Hence, the insurance policy 
excuse was formulated under great duress.

When a very peeved Weinberger discovered that it was Pollard who 
was passing Peres his blackmail weapons, he showed no mercy. He 
intervened with Pollard's judge and made sure he got life for a five 
year crime knowing the Israeli government could put no stop to him or 
risk its own massive exposure.

Weinberger is home free. In 1992, President Bush pardoned him for 
all Iran Contra-related crimes. Shimon Peres was just chosen as head of 
the Israeli Labor Party. And unless this little piece of the whole truth 
is thoroughly investigated, Jonathan Pollard will sit for good in his 
cold, cold cell.***

No need to thank me.

  1. if you can’t trust your handlers who can you trust ?

  2. pete maynard dominguez says:

    Not known , seen , or heard of before . Unusual , peculiar , out of place for some . Foreign .

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