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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 7:33 p.m.

JERUSALEM — Former CIA Director James Woolsey said on Saturday that anti-Semitism could be a factor in the United States' refusal to release a Jewish American jailed for spying for Israel.

Woolsey told Israeli Channel 10 TV that Americans who spied for other countries, including Greece, were freed after short sentences. But Jonathan Pollard remains jailed 25 years later.

Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy when he gave thousands of classified documents to his Israeli handlers. He was arrested in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison.

‘‘I certainly don't think that it is universally true, but in the case of some American individuals, I think there is anti-Semitism at work here,” Woolsey said.

Others who did the same as Pollard were freed quickly, he noted.

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