ACCESSION NUMBER:334566 FILE ID:NEA407 DATE:03/24/94 TITLE:CLINTON DENIES POLLARD CLEMENCY REQUEST (03/24/94) TEXT:*94032401.PFN clinton/pollard text#yb+ AS kf *NEA407 03/24/94 CLINTON DENIES POLLARD CLEMENCY REQUEST (Text: President's statement, 3/23/94) (260) Washington -- President Clinton denied the application for executive clemency by Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. Navy intelligence officer who was convicted in 1985 for selling American national security secrets to Israel. In a statement made March 23, Clinton said that in making the decision he took into account the recommendations of the attorney general and the views of law enforcement and national security agencies. "My decision is based upon the grave nature of his offense and the considerable damage that his actions caused our nation," he said. Following is the official text of Clinton's statement: (BEGIN TEXT) After personally reviewing the Jonathan Pollard matter, I have decided to deny his application for executive clemency. I make this decision taking into account the recommendation of the Attorney General and the unanimous views of the law enforcement and national security agencies. My decision is based upon the grave nature of his offense and the considerable damage that his actions caused our nation. Mr. Pollard's crime is one of the most serious crimes against our country -- 1lacing national security secrets of the United States in the hands of another country. I have considered Mr. Pollard's argument that he is deserving of a shorter prison sentence because he spied for a friendly nation. I nevertheless believe that the enormity of Mr. Pollard's crime, the harm his actions caused to our country, and the need to deter every person who might even consider such actions, warrant his continued incarceration. (END TEXT) NNNN .