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Pire qu'un Crime . . .

"Arts, Culture, Reverence, Honour, all things fade.
Save Treason and the dagger of her trade . . . "

—Oscar Wilde, "Libertatis Sacra Fames"

The Pollard treason case is so unusual that I want to start my review of this book with a review of the reviews. I do this because the first-hand story by the Washington correspondent of The Jerusalem Post and the book's equivocal subtitle attracted some exceedingly well-informed people as book-reviewers—George A. Carver Jr., Walter Laqueur, Joseph Sobran, and Stephen Green. (Green's two articles covered a full page of The Christian Science Monitor.) What they have to say about the book is worth reporting. I will save my own opinions and analysis for last.

First, the facts in the case, all of which were admitted in Federal Court by Pollard and his wife in their guilty plea made on March 4, 1987. (He is serving a life sentence and his wife, five years.) Pollard became a junior US Navy intelligence analyst in 1979. His earlier job application had been turned down by the CIA. In 1984 he was assigned to the Threat Analysis Division of the Naval Investigative Service's Anti-Terrorist Alert Center. That appointment gave him access to classified materials, including satellite photos and top secret communications intelligence. For 18 months, Pollard, known in the trade as a "walk-in"...

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