Why did Jonathan Pollard spend 30 years in jail? By all accounts, it is a sentence that far exceeds what spies for enemy nations have ever received, never mind what those of friendly nations incurred. Was it a conspiracy? Revenge? Internal US politics?
Everyone spies on everyone else; the only rule is don’t get caught. Or that’s what I thought until I read this fascinating insight at the Times of Israel: Why Jonathan Pollard spent 30 years in prison.
I thoroughly recommend you read it all. It paints a rather different (but informed) picture of the Pollard puzzle, and the solution is a veritable surprise. I have made no attempt to verify the material, but it rings true. Following his release, perhaps there will be confirmation one way or the other.