Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy analyst who sold government secrets to Israel, has completed parole and is now free to return to the Jewish state, according to reports.
Pollard, 66, was jailed for passing thousands of confidential documents to an Israeli official in exchange for lucrative payoffs until his arrest in 1985 — a scandal that caused a rift between the U.S. and Israel that spanned decades.
He spent 30 years in prison until his release in 2015 under strict parole guidelines that required constant monitoring and forbade him from relocating to Israel, where he was granted citizenship while behind bars and where his wife lives.
But on Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Pollard had completed his parole and was free to go.
“After a review of Mr. Pollard’s case, the U.S. Parole Commission has found that there is no evidence to conclude that he is likely to violate the law,” the department said.