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After his arrest, U.S. officials said Pollard had provided classified information about radar-jamming techniques and electronic capabilities of nations hostile to Israel including Saudi Arabia.

A court statement from then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger says Pollard did “irrevocable” damage to the U.S. and had provided the Israelis with more than 800 U.S. classified publications and more than 1,000 classified messages and cables. Portions of the Weinberger document that have been declassified state in part that Pollard admitted passing to his Israeli contacts “an incredibly large quantity of classified documents” and that U.S. troops could be endangered because of the theft.

His lawyers have pressed for access to the unredacted document, saying it’s important to determine whether the damage assessments refer to predictions of potential damage that never occurred, or to damage that actually was suffered.

Seymour Reich, a former B’nai B’rith International president who has visited Pollard in prison and supports his release, said he thought it was ironic that Pollard was swept up in political negotiations when he had previously expressed a desire to be freed only on his merits or on humanitarian grounds.

“He just didn’t want to be used. He felt if he was going to be released - and he wanted to be released - it should not be on political grounds,” Reich said.

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Associated Press writer Pete Yost contributed to this report.

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