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Israeli Spy Pollard Freed After 30 Yrs in U.S. Prison

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    Israeli Spy Pollard Freed After 30 Yrs in U.S. Prison
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    In this Friday, May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, North Carolina.

    Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released on parole in the United States after 30 years in prison, Reuters reported. 

    He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 1987 of passing reams of classified information to Israel, a case that caused a serious strain in relations between Israel and the U.S.

    "The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard," Netanyahu said in a statement. "After three long and difficult decades, Jonathan has been reunited with his family."

    A former U.S. Navy analyst, Pollard must remain in the United States for five years as part of conditions of his release. 

    His release was announced by the Israeli government and confirmed early Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice.