File - In this May 15, 1998 photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
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Former spy Jonathan Pollard is set to be released from a federal prison in North Carolina on Friday, 30 years after he was caught selling American intelligence secrets to Israel.Pollard, 61, was given a life sentence in 1987 in a case that has complicated diplomacy between the two countries.Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has asked the U.S. to allow Pollard to move immediately to Israel, the pro-government Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reported Thursday.Two New York congressmen, Reps. Eliot Engel and Jerrold Nadler, have also written U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying that Pollard should be allowed to renounce his American citizenship and emigrate to Israel.
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