Washington (AFP) - Here are key dates in the espionage saga of Jonathan Pollard, the US naval intelligence analyst who passed secrets to Israel:
September 19, 1979: Pollard, a Stanford University graduate, is hired by Navy Field Operational Intelligence as an intelligence specialist. He eventually gains Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance.
June, 1984: He begins passing classified material to an Israeli colonel, Aviem Sella.
November 21, 1985: Pollard is arrested after trying to seek asylum at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. His wife Anne is arrested the next day.
June 14, 1986: Pollard pleads guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government. The full scope of the intelligence loss has never been disclosed.
February 15, 1987: He tells journalist Wolf Blitzer in a jailhouse interview of some of the information he passed to the Israelis, including satellite imagery of Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters in Tunis and intelligence on Arab military activity, in apparent violation of a plea agreement.
March 4, 1987: Pollard is sentenced to life in prison. His wife is sentenced to five years, but is paroled after three and a half and they divorce after her release.
November 22, 1995: He is granted Israeli citizenship.
May 12, 1998: After unsuccessful attempts to win his release, Israel, which had claimed he worked for an unauthorized rogue operation, admits Pollard had been an Israeli agent.
1998-2001: A long-running campaign for clemency gains notable supporters but US intelligence leaders voice adamant opposition to his release.
2007: Benjamin Netanyahu pledges that if re-elected, he will secure Pollard's release.
July 28, 2015: The US Parole Commission announces that Pollard will be released on parole November 20, 2015 after 30 years in prison.