The Latest: Pollard declines to comment on prison release

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Posted: Nov 20, 2015 11:19 AM
The Latest: Pollard declines to comment on prison release

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard says he can't comment on his release from prison.

Pollard served 30 years for selling intelligence secrets to Israel. His release caps an extraordinary espionage case that complicated American-Israeli relations for three decades.

The 61-year-old checked in at a federal probation office in New York City on Friday morning, following his release from a prison North Carolina. He was accompanied by his wife, Esther. He had to maneuver through a throng of reporters, photographers and onlookers.

He was wearing a blue yarmulke, loose khakis and a blue Oxford shirt. He left in a waiting SUV.

According to court papers, he will be working at a financial firm in the city.

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9:50 a.m.

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has checked in at a federal probation office in New York following his release from a prison North Carolina.

Pollard served 30 years for selling intelligence secrets to Israel.

Pollard's release caps an extraordinary espionage case that complicated American-Israeli relations for 30 years.

But his legal fight isn't over. Shortly after his release, Pollard's attorneys began a court challenge to terms of his parole that they called "onerous and oppressive."

A video taken by a WCBS journalist showed Pollard walking into the federal courthouse in Manhattan with his wife, Esther, on Friday morning.

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5 a.m.

Israel says the United States has freed convicted spy Jonathan Pollard from federal prison after nearly 30 years and the Israeli prime minister has issued a statement welcoming the release.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the statement on Friday that "the people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard. After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been reunited with his family. May this Sabbath bring him much joy and peace."

There was no immediate confirmation of the release from U.S. officials.

The release of Pollard, 61, marks the end an espionage case that divided public opinion and became both an irritant and a periodic bargaining chip between the United States and Israel.