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Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice

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Over the course of eighteen months in the mid-1980s, Jonathan Jay Pollard, an intelligence analyst working in the U.S. Naval Investigative Service's Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, systematically stole highly sensitive national security secrets from almost every major intelligence-gathering agency in the United States. He sold to Israel more than one million pages of classified material--enough to fill a six-by-ten-foot room stacked six feet high. No other spy in the history of the United States has stolen so many ...
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Overview

Over the course of eighteen months in the mid-1980s, Jonathan Jay Pollard, an intelligence analyst working in the U.S. Naval Investigative Service's Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, systematically stole highly sensitive national security secrets from almost every major intelligence-gathering agency in the United States. He sold to Israel more than one million pages of classified material--enough to fill a six-by-ten-foot room stacked six feet high. No other spy in the history of the United States has stolen so many secrets, so highly classified, in such a short period of time.

Pollard was caught, arrested, and sentenced to life in prison. But because his case never went to trial--and so much of the information surrounding it remains classified--many questions have arisen about it. Most of the books and articles that have been written about Pollard denounce his life sentence as unjust.

This is the other side of the story. Ronald J. Olive was the assistant special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the Washington office of the Naval Investigative Service who led the whirlwind investigation against Pollard, and garnered the confession that led to his arrest in November 1985. Here is Olive's account from deep inside the espionage investigation that gives details of Pollard's confession immediately following his arrest and describes Pollard's behavior before and during the time suspicion about his activities was mounting. Revealed are countless other details that have never before been made public.

Calling the Pollard story an extreme example of a counterintelligence failure, Olive writes that mistaken assumptions and leadership failures enabled Pollard to ransack America's defense intelligence long after he should have been fired. The author hopes the vital insights his book offers will serve as a lesson in history, prevent similar problems in the future, and provide an antidote to the uncertainty that has fueled speculation, rumor, and lies surrounding the Pollard case.

About the Author&#58:
Ronald J. Olive spent thirty years in law enforcement, including twenty-two with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), mostly in foreign counterintelligence. Since his retirement in 1999, he has run his own consulting and confidential investigations company near Phoenix, Arizona. While serving in a U.S. Marine recon company, he won the bronze star with combat "V" for valor in the former Republic of South Vietnam.

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What People Are Saying

Bill Gertz
A fascinating insider's account of how Israel betrayed the United States by running a clandestine spy in Naval intelligence who caused 'colossal' damage to U.S. national security.
Brian Kelley
A riveting first hand account of treacherous acts undertaken by one of the most damaging spies in American history.  Olive's insider account documents a series of staggering counterintelligence failures of disturbing proportions.  Lessons learned from this case will be invaluable in training tomorrow's counterespionage investigators.
H. Keith Melton
Was Jonathan Pollard a Jewish patriot or paid Israeli agent? No one is better qualified to expose the myths about Jonathan Pollard than the NCIS agent who was at the heart of the investigation. This book is a must read!
Hayden B. Peake
A fascinating firsthand account, and an unusual mix of sound counterintelligence, bureaucratic fumbling, incredible luck, and Pollard's Inspector Clouseau-like tradecraft.  Much new here, a really valuable contribution.
Nigel West
A compelling, chilling forensic dissection of a greatly misunderstood case of espionage. This is essential reading for anyone dealing with U.S. national security issues, and especially for those who hitherto have failed to grasp the scale of Jonathan Pollard's betrayal of his country. It is also a salutary tale for counter-intelligence professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591146520
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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