JONATHAN POLLARD AND THE PEACE ACCORD
I was moving two boards in the garage over to the wall on
the other side. And I moved a big green bucket and found
four containers: St. Mary's bag, yachting bag, brown bag,
one other. I had two friends here who helped me move the
boards (cement boards) and saw this. The briefcase brown
bag had legal files in it, for my case. These were removed
in the last few weeks to a month.
(signed) Jonathan Pollard, GYR."
The above cryptic message, purportedly written by Jonathan
Pollard, will be interpreted later, in this issue of Conspiracy
Nation. But before doing this, it is necessary to give some
background to the Pollard case. Also, incidentally, Conspiracy
Nation extends best wishes to both parties, Palestinians and
Israelis, that the most hopeful news of their recent peace accord
will bear fruit and that this accord will truly lead to peace.
Conspiracy Nation has covered the deeper implications of the
Jonathan Pollard story for years now. In attempting to summarize
all the information, the problem is -- where to begin? The story
goes much deeper than just "Pollard: A Spy Who Got Caught." It
begins with the OCTOBER SURPRISE, moves from there to
IRAN-CONTRA, involves the late VINCE FOSTER, and includes the
classic series of articles written by J. Orlin Grabbe: "NSA,
Foster, and Bank Transactions Spying," as well as the connected
series, "Fostergate", written by ex-Forbes Magazine senior editor
James Norman. (Grabbe's multi-part series is obtainable at the
Conspiracy Nation website:
Go back to mid-1980. American citizens were being held hostage
by Iran. If President Jimmy Carter could somehow have freed the
American hostages, his hopes to be re-elected president would
have been improved. But George Bush and others connected to
Ronald Reagan worked out a deal to delay the release of the
American hostages; they feared an "October Surprise": an October
1980 release of the hostages might boost Carter's approval rating
and get him re-elected. So the Bush-Reagan forces secretly met
with the Iranians and negotiated that the American hostages not
be released until after the election. In return, the Iranians
received money and the promise of future weapons shipments.
Involved as middlemen in the negotiations and eventual transfer
of weaponry to Iran were the Israelis.
Best now is to resurrect portions of past issues of Conspiracy
== CN 4.82: "The ramifications of the Systematics story could
bring down the Clinton presidency. Just prior to Foster's death,
Hillary reportedly told Foster that his spying for Israel was
known; that he was about to be indicted on charges bordering on
treason, making him another Jonathan Pollard."
== CN 5.39: "Now the medium-sized newspaper that was -- they
have about 300,000 circulation. And they were supposed to
publish, probably, one of the most important stories of my life:
the fact that White House aide Vincent Foster, jr. -- according
to the report -- was involved in stealing and selling nuclear
secrets of the United States, together with a known spy who has
since been punished and sent away for a very long time to jail.
But during this other person's trial, there was a 'Mr. X'
mentioned, and never identified. That, apparently, was Foster."
(CN Interview with Sherman Skolnick, 6/30/95)
== CN 5.40: "But were the story to be distributed worldwide, on
a big basis (which was my original intention), then this other
spy that's been sent away for the rest of his life, Jonathan
Pollard, they most likely would have to re-open his case and
bring Hillary Rodham Clinton to some kind of a trial, or
investigation, upon the re-opening of the case, in that it
appears, from this secret, government report, that Hillary and
the late Foster were involved in treason on the highest level in
the history of the United States." (CN Interview with Sherman
== CN 5.45: "Mr. Grabbe, a journalist of some sort (to divert
myself for a moment), contends that Jim Norman's story was
squelched because the publisher emeritus [of Forbes Magazine] (in
other words, the sort of semi-retired [unclear] but still there)
is Caspar Weinberger, who's involved with the Pollard case and
therefore has got a conflict of interest. But anyway, Norman's
story, which he couldn't get published, called 'Fostergate' (I
have a copy, too)... But that's a very, a *much* watered-down
version of the secret, government report that I have." (CN
Interview with Sherman Skolnick, 7/4/95)
== CN 5.46: "Now, what is this all about? I started to tell
*Spotlight's* people that a *further* segment that I'm
abstracting from the secret report deals with the fact that
[Vince] Foster did *not* release the documents to Pollard on his
own. He did it upon the authority of Vice-President George Bush
and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Those that may
recall the Pollard case know that Caspar Weinberger so much as
said that, if there was a law authorizing the rope and the
gallow, that he wanted Pollard put to the gallows."
"But Israel got involved in the October Surprise, okay? So
there's this relationship: Bush-Caspar Weinberger-Israel-Foster.
Foster was not an independent force. Nor was Pollard. Pollard
was at the bottom of the thing. The other reason is, they did
not want to know. I started to tell *Spotlight's* people that
other segments of my story, based on the secret report (which is
upwards of 50 pages), deals with Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of
Defense, and Vice-President Bush, in the '80s, more or less
supervising Foster and more or less letting Foster know that it
was 'O.K.' to release these secret documents to Pollard. And
Pollard, apparently, made them available to Israel. But in other
words, the whole chain of situations. And apparently, Foster was
the 'Mr. X' mentioned in hearings on the Pollard case. However,
other people believe that it was an American, Jewish businessman.
I don't believe it. I believe that 'Mr. X' or 'Mr. Y' or 'Mr. Z'
-- mystery people in the Pollard case, not previously identified
-- included Foster, Caspar Weinberger the Secretary of Defense,
and George Bush the Vice- President. So if anyone committed
treason, it was Weinberger, who *was* born a Jew but converted to
another religion, and George Bush, who was fighting around with
Israel. And, the story is incomplete and unfair, and I don't
think they want to know about the Caspar Weinberger, George Bush
connection *to* Foster to Pollard. Because it would mean that
the other ones, higher up, are moreso guilty of treason than
Pollard was." (CN Interview with Sherman Skolnick, 7/4/95)
== CN 5.49: "Foster, Bush, Weinberger -- and Pollard" by Sherman
H. Skolnick: "Remember the 'October Surprise'? That was secret
dealings in October 1980 by vice presidential candidate George
Bush, to delay release of the American hostages held by Iran.
Purpose: to screw Jimmy Carter's bid for re-election. Of
course, Israel was brokering the deal to arm Iran in its war
started in 1980 against Israel's bloody enemy, Iraq."
"In later years, Bush owed Israel a favor. So he and
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger authorized Foster to
release top nuclear missile secrets to Israel -- used was a
pliable analyst in the Office of Naval Intelligence, Jonathan
"The purpose was to make Israel a nuclear power before their
own research would have. Sort of a buffer against the Soviets.
It was a violation of the espionage laws, and when the deal
unraveled, Pollard was made the patsy and got life in prison.
Weinberger, secretly himself in arms smuggling, demanded Pollard
get the gallows or the firing squad."
"A new inquiry into the Jonathan Pollard affair may blow open
the whole mess."
== CN 5.54: "Secret Report Links Foster to Pollard" by Sherman
Skolnick: "The Clinton's close crony, Vincent W. Foster, Jr.,
was being tracked as a possibly traitorous spy assisting Jonathan
Pollard, long before Foster's position as deputy counsel in the
Clinton White House, a secret government report states."
"Surveilled under orders of a clandestine court meeting in a
soundproof facility in the beltway area, Foster had coded Swiss
and other accounts ostensibly put there for him by Israeli
intelligence. Deposits at Foster's account at one bank on the
Swiss-Italian border, at Chiasso, Banca Della Svizzera Italiana
-- and accounts elsewhere -- held at times between 2, and 7, and
as much as 10 million dollars between them, the report states.
The deposits were put there ostensibly for Foster's co-operation
with 'the institute', the Mossad. Foster may have been
blackmailed or tricked, however, by way of the existence of these
accounts to supply top-most U.S. secrets to Israel and to work
jointly with Jonathan Pollard, now serving a life sentence for
spying for Israel, and to work jointly with Robert Maxwell, a
high-level Mossad official under cover of being a publisher.
Others may likewise be blackmailing Israel."
"A federal agency finally commissioned current and retired
intelligence agents to put together a report on Foster never
supposed to be referred to or see the light of day. The report,
under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorizes
the clandestine court in Baltimore, shows among other events:"
"-- Foster, as spy chief, assisted Pollard at the Office of
Naval Intelligence and elsewhere, or directly caused others to
assist Pollard, to get great amounts of the highest level U.S.
secrets on nuclear weapons, including tracking and targetting
details and satellite co-ordinating codes and data."
"-- that Foster assisted Pollard, or directly caused others
to assist Pollard -- both Foster and Pollard apparently were paid
for this -- through the use of PROMIS software and other means,
to supply Israel with such data long before Israel had developed
its own proficiency in the same field."
"-- in so doing, Foster enabled Israel to be perceived as a
genuine nuclear threat to the Soviet Union."
"-- that the so-called 'publisher' Robert Maxwell assisted in
these joint efforts. (When Maxwell died mysteriously, he was
buried with top honors as if he were the head of Israeli
== CN 5.55: "Secret Report Links Foster to Pollard (Part 2)" by
"Part of the deal -- called treasonous by some Americans --
was to secretly ship arms to Iran, by way of Israel, starting on
or about February, 1981, or even earlier. Some of the weapons
and supplies were taken from NATO supplies stored in various
places in Western Europe."
"Thus developed a secret linkage between the Reagan
administration and Israel. U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar
Weinberger himself reportedly had a financial interest in the
weapons business. As later became clear, Vice-President (and
later as President) George Bush at the same time received
personal financial benefits from arms sent from the U.S. to Iraq.
Part of the Saddam Hussein/George Bush private joint business
ventures, as secret partners, were part of suppressed bank
records in the Chicago federal court case involving stopping the
release of records of Banca Nazionale Delavoro [BNL], Italy's
largest bank owned in part by the Vatican. This author was the
only journalist reporting on the federal court proceedings,
particularly the federal appeals court."
== CN 5.83: "But the point is, he hinted at things that were
already in my story ['Foster, Bush, Weinberger -- And Pollard' by
Sherman H. Skolnick; see CN 5.49] and which [James] Norman knew
about. Namely, that Weinberger and [George] Bush were involved
with Vincent W. Foster, Jr., the White House aide; that before he
got into the White House, Foster was an NSA official, and with
the help of Weinberger and Bush had released nuclear secrets to
Pollard, who gave 'em to Israel for money." (Sherman Skolnick)
== CN 5.98: (Interview with Sara McClendon, 8/30/95):
What about Jonathan Pollard? Is Pollard just a bit player in all
this? Like, he took the fall for this?
Pollard is a very strange person. And I understand, I think it's
about September the 12th that there's a hearing for Pollard (I
think in Washington); a parole hearing. And Pollard's friends
think he's gonna be out of prison by November.
It's almost like they had to find *somebody* to be guilty for it.
And so they just took him to be the one as the scapegoat for all
That's apparently right.
I think we have yet to find out some cause to all this. We
should follow the Foster investigation so thoroughly that we
finally get back to Bush and Weinberger and find out what really
== CN 6.08: "General Colin Powell -- Is He Mr. Clean" by Sherman
Skolnick: "ITEM: About 1985, VINCENT W. FOSTER, Jr. was the
secret link between Bush & Weinberger and JONATHAN POLLARD, a low
level Naval Intelligence analyst. Foster, on behalf of the vice
president and defense secretary, arranged for Pollard to take
large quantities of nuclear launch code secrets right out of one
of the intelligence agencies and turned over to a foreign power."
"From 1983 to 1993, Foster was the equivalent of a military
general in the super-secret NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, including
the few months he was Clinton White House deputy counsel."
"Only Pollard himself was blamed for this treason. At a
hearing, Weinberger, to cover up his own complicity, wanted
Pollard to get the gallows or the firing squad. Pollard got life
in prison. Bush & Weinberger belong moreso in prison than
Pollard. Weinberger reportedly had or has a secret Swiss account
with the blood money."
== CN 6.46: (By Sherman Skolnick, 11/9/95): "George Bush and
Caspar Weinberger pressed Foster into service as the middleman to
release nuclear missile launch codes and tracking data to Israel:
the *highest* U.S. secrets. They used a low-level Naval
Intelligence analyst, Jonathan Pollard, who sold the secrets to
Israel to keep up his own high lifestyle. They helped Israel
jump ahead with their own nuclear development and become a
'Mideast bulwark' against the Soviets."
"Some claim Israel set up accounts of millions of dollars,
for Foster, in banks in Switzerland and the Caymans. A
beneficiary was Hillary Rodham Clinton. Either it was true, or
the NSA created false records to blackmail Foster and Hillary, as
well as Israel, into silence."
"Now look at the timetable: 1986, a year after Pollard was
caught, the prime minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, wanted to go
public on how a major Swedish weapons maker, Bofors, was involved
in the October Surprise and what later was called the Iran-Contra
scandal. Palme was assassinated, and it was blamed on a 'lone
assassin' who was caught but later released. The murder remains
an unsolved mystery."
"Israeli prime minister, Itzhak Rabin, wanted to go public,
once and for all, with details explaining away Israel's role in
October Surprise, Iran-Contra, and the Jonathan Pollard mess.
Rabin, like Olof Palme, was assassinated. And it was blamed on a
lone assassin (or a small group of nobodys, as plotters)."
== CN 6.57: (Interview with Sherman Skolnick):
Reuters NewMedia carries an article ["U.S. Weighs Israeli
Citizenship Move on Spy", Wednesday, November 22, 1995, 7:13 AM
EST], sent to me by a CN reader, stating, in part:
During his last trip to Washington in September, Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated this month, said
he hoped [Jonathan] Pollard would be released and allowed to
go to Israel. But President Clinton rejected the request."
[Skolnick claims they were quiet about this until after Rabin's
death.] It sort of exposes the Bush-Weinberger connection.
Because if [Pollard] gets his Israeli citizenship and is
transferred to Israel, he may be released there and he may begin
speaking openly that he was the 'low man on the pole' and [that]
[Vince] Foster and others were involved.
Do you still see Vatican involvement? [e.g., see CN 6.45]
The Vatican and the western bankers are the ones that put up the
money for the deal with the PLO [Palestine Liberation
Organization]. And some Israelis were joking a little too loud
-- because others heard it -- about, somewhere down the road,
after they had taken the money, that they may renege on the deal
and get the land back. And so, maybe that was one of the reasons
for killin' him.
== CN 6.77: (By Sherman Skolnick, 12/14/95): "Item: The
Jonathan Pollard case. George Bush as Vice-President and Caspar
Weinberger as Secretary of Defense made an arrangement with a top
official of the National Security Agency, Vincent W. Foster, Jr.
Bush and Weinberger owed Israel a favor left over from the
'October Surprise' when Israel trans-shipped U.S. weapons to Iran
which agreed to delay release of the hostages to help install the
Reagan-Bush ticket. Foster was the middleman in releasing
nuclear missile secrets to Israel by way of a low-level Naval
Intelligence analyst, Jonathan Pollard, who got life in jail for
the deal and the matter was closed up. When he got into the
Clinton White House in '93, Foster wanted Clinton to 'blow the
whistle'. Foster was assassinated to shut his mouth."
== CN 6.83: (From The Japan Times Weekly, 12/2/95, by Sherman
Skolnick): "The Israeli radio journalist, who had predicted a
bloodletting at Mossad, had called the Chicago investigator
because that morning's edition of The Washington Post had
published a front- page article listing some of Skolnick's
allegations about the connection between the mysterious death of
White House vice counsel Vince Foster and its connection with the
Jonathan Pollard spy case as well as other scandals involving the
Israeli intelligence service Mossad."
"The links between the Rabin assassination and Foster's
possible murder shed light on the infighting between different
factions of the CIA and Mossad, which intensified following
revelations of secret transfers of U.S. nuclear technology to
Israel, covert military dealings with Saddam's Iraq and Ayatollah
Khomeini's Iran, and the alleged delay in the release of American
hostages in Tehran, which enabled Ronald Reagan to win the 1980
presidential election. The murder of the leader of Islamic
Jihad, just weeks before Rabin's assassination, certainly
indicates that rogue Mossad operatives have been working overtime
to destabilize the Mideast peace process."
== CN 8.48 (By "Ru Mills") "The scenario for Hillary's demise had
been laid months ago. Rumors have been fed into the rumor mill
that she and Vince Foster were lovers. DNA analysis of the hairs
found in Vince Foster's underwear show that they match Hillary's.
Other sources, rumored to be allied with the CIA, have published
articles stating that Hillary and Foster have been Mossad moles
within the National Security Agency for years. Foster is said to
have sold Israel the codes used by the President to launch
nuclear missiles. A rogue group within the CIA is said to have
uncovered Foster and his partner in the White House. According
to the same article, this group of Rogues drained the Swiss bank
accounts of Foster. All of this is supposed to make the public
think that Foster was just about to be exposed as an agent of a
foreign government. When Jonathan Pollard was discovered selling
secrets to the Israelis, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Could Foster expect any less? Not wanting to heap shame and ruin
upon his family, he chose the noble way out..."
== CN 8.66: ("Getting on the White House 'Enemies List'" by
Sherman Skolnick): "And while you are at it, say that Foster was
the mysterious Mr. X or Mr. Y in the Jonathan Pollard spy mess.
And that Foster arranged for Pollard, a low-level naval analyst,
to get nuclear missile tracking secrets to give to a foreign
power. That Foster did this on behalf of then vice president
George Bush and Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense in the
Reagan administration. The foreign power, Israel, was owed a
favor by Bush for their role in aiding Bush in the 'October
Surprise,' delaying the release of the U.S. hostages in Iran so
as to wreck Jimmy Carter's bid for re-election as president and
to put in the Reagan/Bush ticket. (Israel was the go-between for
U.S. weapons to Iran, and Iran delayed release of the hostages
until a few minutes after Reagan's inauguration as president,
== CN 9.02 ("The Secret Report and the Death Warrant" by Sherman
Skolnick): "Surveilled under orders of a clandestine court
meeting in a sound-proof facility in the Beltway area, Foster had
coded Swiss, Grand Cayman, and other accounts, ostensibly put
there for him, with Hillary Rodham Clinton as a beneficiary to
the accounts, by Israeli intelligence. Deposits at the purported
Foster accounts at one bank on the Swiss-Italian border -- and
accounts elsewhere -- held at times between 2, 7, and as much as
10 million dollars between them, the report outlines."
"The deposits were put there ostensibly for Foster's
co-operation with 'the institute,' the Mossad. Foster may have
been blackmailed or tricked, however, by way of the apparent
existence of these accounts to supply top-most U.S. secrets to
Israel and to work jointly with the low-man on the intelligence
totem pole, Jonathan Pollard, later sent to jail on a life
sentence for supposedly spying for Israel; and to work jointly
with Robert Maxwell, a high-level Mossad official under cover of
being a publisher. And, of course, others may likewise be
== CN 9.52 ("Great Britain: Puppet-Master of Israel?") "On the
other hand, Zionists need not be Jews. Zionism is simply a
homeland in the middle of all the rest. Britain set up
trans-Jordan (now called Jordan) and Palestine to irritate the
Arabs and keep them off-balance for the oil business. That's the
reason that they allowed Jonathan Pollard, with the help of
[Vince] Foster, to give 'em the nuclear missile secrets. Why?
So that Israel could threaten not only the Arabs, but the
"Do you see the point? Israel started out with a
million-and-a-half people (they've got 5 million now), they're
surrounded by 50 million Arabs. How do you control all these
Arabs? Put the so-called 'Zionists' in the middle to irritate
them. And you give them the nuclear stuff. Nobody points this
out. Because, when anyone points this out, they says, 'Oh!
You're a renegade Jew.' They go after you -- the Amy Zisooks of
the world -- they go after you. Why? They don't want 'family
secrets' to be dragged out." (Sherman Skolnick)
== CN 12.38 (by "Ru Mills"): "Evidently there is more behind the
'release of Pollard' than meets the eye. No sooner had
newspapers around the world printed the story of his release,
than other articles appeared stating that the 'release' story was
"My conspiracy mind says that someone is playing hardball
with someone else, and Jonathan Pollard is a pawn in the game."
"If Pollard was connected to Vince Foster, as some say, then
Jonathan Pollard could be the weak link in the Clinton chain
fence of obfuscation and denial."
This Is A Developing Story
The Pollard case has so many interconnections with so many other
matters that a succinct summary is nowhere near finalization. It
is part of "The Octopus" (see, e.g., *The Octopus* by Kenn Thomas
and Jim Keith. (Portland: Feral House, 1996. ISBN:
But going back to the cryptic message received today (10/23/98),
purportedly written by Jonathan Pollard, here is how Mr. Skolnick
(with help from "Rhea Fortean" (pseudonym)) deciphers its
"I was moving two boards in the garage over to the wall on
the other side."
(Garage is where grimy work gets done. "Two boards" are Arafat
and Netanyahu(?). "The wall" is "The Wailing Wall" in
"And I moved a big green bucket and found four containers:
St. Mary's bag, yachting bag, brown bag, one other."
("Green" -- money -- bucket. Contributions of money from Vatican
(St. Mary), British (yachting; Britania rules the ocean), CIA
(brown bag), and one other.)
"I had two friends here who helped me move the boards
(cement boards) and saw this."
("Two friends" are Bill and Hillary Clinton(?) "Cement"
indicates danger, such as "cement overcoats"(?))
"The briefcase brown bag had legal files in it, for my
case. These were removed in the last few weeks to a
(Suppression of information(?) Pollard no longer able to finger
Weinberger et al.(?))
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