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1985 is known as "The Year of the Spy" for good reason. Numerous Americans were arrested that year in treason and espionage cases, including such notables as John Walker and his "Family of Spies," Edward Lee Howard, and Ronald Pelton. However, clearly the strangest of the 1985 espionage arrests was that of Jonathan Pollard and his wife Anne, who were charged with spying for Israel. While most of the famous 1980s spy cases involved long-term investigations running for years, the Pollard case ran less than two weeks from first report to the actual arrests. Even stranger however, was that the investigation began as a simple look into the mishandling of classified documents by Pollard, with the treason/espionage charges developing only at the very end.
To learn more about the bizarre story of the Jonathan Pollard spyhunt, join military/intelligence historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday @ @WriteStream) at 1 p.m. Eastern.His guest this week will be former NIS/NCIS Special Agent Ronald Olive, who headed the Pollard investigation back in 1985. Olive is the author of the US Naval Institute Press book (@USNIBooks) CAPTURING JONATHAN POLLARD. Together they will explain the bizarre story and life of Jonathan Pollard, and the incredible twists and turns of that two week investigation. Listeners are encouraged to call in to offer questions and opinions, on what will be a lively hour on Military Monday.
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