Territory of Lies: The ExclusivenStory of Jonathan Jay Pollard,nThe American Who Spied on HisnCountry for Israel and How HenWas Betrayednby WolfBlitzernNew York: Harper & Row;n336 pp., $22.50nThe Pollard treason case is so unusualnthat I want to start mynreview of this book with a review of thenreviews. I do this because the first-handnstory by the Washington correspondentnof The Jerusalem Post and the book’snequivocal subtitle attracted some exceedinglynwell-informed people asnbook-reviewers — George A. CarvernJr., Walter Laqueur, Joseph Sobran,nand Stephen Creen. (Green’s twonarticles covered a full page of ThenChristian Science Monitor.) Whatnthey have to say about the book isnworth reporting. I will save my ownnopinions and analysis for last.nFirst, the facts in the case, all ofnwhich were admitted in Federal Courtnby Pollard and his wife in their guiltynplea made on March 4, 1987. (He isnserving a life sentence and his wife, fivenyears.) Pollard became a junior USnNavy intelligence analyst in 1979. Hisneariier job application had been turnedndown by the CIA. In 1984 he wasnassigned to the Threat Analysis Divi-nAmold Beichman, a WashingtonnTimes columnist, is a research fellownat the Hoover Institution on War,nRevolution and Peace. He has justncompleted a book on Soviet treatyndiplomacy.n26/CHRONlCLESnOPINIONSnPire qu’un Crime . . .nby Arnold Beichmann”Arts, Culture, Reverence, Honour, all things fade.nSave Treason and the dagger of her trade …”n— Oscar Wilde, “Libertatis Sacra Fames’nsion of the Naval Investigative Service’snAnti-Terrorist Alert Center.nThat appointment gave him access tonclassified materials, including satellitenphotos and top secret communicationsnintelligence. For 18 months, Pollard,nknown in the trade as a “walk-in” (thatnis, a volunteer spy), presented his Israelinhandlers with 360 cubic feet of documents,nor 850,000 pages. Over half ofnthe documents were classified as “TopnSecret” or higher. As Blitzer puts it,n”Pollard made virtually the entire U.S.nintelligence-gathering apparatus availablento Israel.”nThe Pollards were arrested in Novembern1985 outside the Israeli embassynin Washington to which, with thenFBI in hot pursuit, they had fled fornasylum, and from which the embassynchased them away. That is the betrayalnthe book’s subtitle refers to: Pollard’snnnIsraeli handlers hadn’t planned his escapenin case of detection. Presenfly,nthere is a Justice for the Pollards movementnin New York and a Citizens fornPollard committee in Israel. ProfessornAlan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professornwho is the Pollards’ attorney,nwants the life sentence overturned.nNow to the reviews.nCarver, a former CIA executive, is anJohn M. Olin senior fellow at the Centernfor Strategic and InternationalnStudies. His review ran in the May 15nWashington Times.’Carver praises thenauthor for his “unflinching intellectualnhonesty” because “Mr. Blitzer nevernlets his personal judgments skew hisnevidence.” While Blitzer is “reluctant”nto pass such a judgment. Carver concludesnthat the Pollard operation wasn”explicitly authorized by the Israelingovernment’s topmost levels” — i.e.,nfrom Prime Minister Shamir on downn— although the Israeli government hasnalways insisted that this was an “unsanctioned”nrogue operation of whichnit knew nothing. (Former SupremenCourt Justice Arthur Goldberg sniffednat the “rogue” alibi, in view of the factnthat Pollard’s handlers were promotednafter the scandal broke.) Carver alsonsays that Blitzer “surfaces” but doesnnot explore some intriguing possiblenconnections between the Pollard casenand the Iran-Contra affair.nCarver is persuaded that there mustnbe — or must have been — another Israelinspy within the US intelligencencommunity, since Pollard was “frequendyntold exactly which sensitivendocuments to look for, identified bynthe title, code-word classification andneven, on occasion, document num-n