Territory of Lies; The Exclusive Story of Jonathan Jay Pollard: The American Who Spied on His Country for Israel
New York: Harper & Row, 1989. Hardcover. 336 pages. Illustrations. Footntoes. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. J Presentation copy inscribed and dated by the author. Wolf Isaac Blitzer (born March 22, 1948) is an American journalist, television news anchor, and author who has been a CNN reporter since 1990. He is the host of The Situation Room and also serves as the network's lead political anchor. In 1986, he became known for his coverage of the arrest and trial of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who was charged with spying for Israel. Blitzer was the first journalist to interview Pollard, and he later wrote a book about the Pollard Affair titled Territory of Lies. Blitzer writes that Pollard contacted him because he had been reading Blitzer's byline for years, and because Blitzer "had apparently impressed him as someone who was sympathetic". Pollard also hoped that Blitzer would help him "reach the people of Israel, as well as the American Jewish community." Blitzer's interview with Pollard was controversial in the context of the legal action against him, as it was construed by some media voices as a possible violation of the terms of Pollard's plea deal, which forbade media contact. Blitzer's subsequent book about the affair was included in The New York Times list of "Notable Books of the Year" for 1989. In its review, the Times praised the book as "lucid and highly readable" and called Blitzer's judgment of Israeli officials "harsh but fair". Pollard was released on November 20, 2015, in accordance with federal guidelines in place at the time of his sentencing. Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) is a former intelligence analyst for the United States government. In 1987, as part of a plea agreement, Pollard pleaded guilty to spying for and providing top-secret classified information to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison for violations of the Espionage Act.
Pollard is the only American who has received a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally of the U.S. In defense of his actions, Pollard declared that he committed espionage only because "the American intelligence establishment collectively endangered Israel's security by withholding crucial information". Israeli officials, U.S.-Israeli activist groups, and some U.S. politicians who saw his punishment as unfair lobbied continually for reduction or commutation of his sentence. The Israeli government acknowledged a portion of its role in Pollard's espionage in 1987, and issued a formal apology to the U.S., but did not admit to paying him until 1998. Over the course of his imprisonment, Israel made repeated unsuccessful attempts through both official and unofficial channels to secure his release. He was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.
Opposing any form of clemency were many active and retired U.S. officials, including Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, former CIA director George Tenet; several former U.S. Secretaries of Defense; a bi-partisan group of U.S. congressional leaders; and members of the U.S. intelligence community. They maintained that the damage to U.S. national security due to Pollard's espionage was far more severe, wide-ranging, and enduring than publicly acknowledged. Though Pollard argued that he only supplied Israel with information critical to its security, opponents pointed out that he had no way of knowing what the Israelis had received through legitimate exchanges, and that much of the data he compromised had nothing to do with Israeli security. Pollard revealed aspects of the U.S. intelligence gathering process, its "sources and methods". He sold numerous closely guarded state secrets, including the National Security Agency's ten-volume manual on how the U.S. gathers its signal intelligence, and disclosed the names of thousands of people who had cooperated with U.S. intelligence agencies. While Benjamin Netanyahu argued that Pollard worked exclusively for Israel, Pollard admitted shopping his services—successfully, in some cases—to other countries.
Some of the accusations against Pollard can be traced to a CIA mole named Aldrich Ames, who allegedly caused a shift to "blame Mr. Pollard for exposing the American agents to clear himself of suspicion." The same source "said that Mr. Pollard never exposed American agents in the Soviet Union or elsewhere." Pollard was released on November 20, 2015, in accordance with federal guidelines in place at the time of his sentencing.
Sentenced to life in 1985 for selling U.S. military secrets to Israel, Jonathan Jay Pollard insists he did not spy against America, but for Israel. Blitzer probes the truth, asking: Why did the U.S. withold intelligence important to Israel's (an ally) security? Was Pollard only one member of an Israeli spy network. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Intelligence, Espionage, Spies, Jonathan Pollard, Israel, Jerry Agee, CIA, Rafael Eitan, James Hibey, Aubrey Robinson, Aviem Sella, Caspar Weinberger, Yosef Yagur