WASHINGTON — Sen. Dave Durenberger (R-Minn.), former chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told an American Jewish audience that the CIA set the stage for the Jonathan Jay Pollard spy scandal by recruiting an Israeli army officer to spy against Israel in 1982, individuals who heard the allegation say.
During two meetings Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla., Durenberger said that then-CIA Director William J. Casey "changed the rules of the game" by authorizing a spy operation against Israel after its 1982 invasion of Lebanon, according to sources present.
The first report of Durenberger's charge was published Friday by the Jerusalem Post in an article by its Washington correspondent, Wolf Blitzer.
Military Officer Cited
Two sources in Washington said an Israeli military officer who was unhappy with the Israeli military invasion volunteered to provide limited, classified information to the U.S. government. Under a secret agreement between the United States and Israel, both governments had pledged not to recruit spies in each other's country, but have acknowledged that it would be unrealistic to prohibit unsolicited "walk-ins" who offer potentially sensitive intelligence information, the sources said.