On Tuesday the U.S. Parole Commission granted parole to Jonathan Pollard, the only person in U.S. history to be sentenced to life in prison for spying on an ally. A former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, Pollard was arrested in 1985 for selling classified documents to Israel, a crime for which he plead guilty the following year. According to a statement from his lawyers, Pollard, now 61, will be released on November 21, or at the two-thirds mark of a 45-year term. This was Pollard’s second parole hearing; last year, Pollard, who is serving time at a medium-security penitentiary in North Carolina, was denied parole.
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Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.