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Israeli spy, pardoned by Trump after decades evading extradition for US trial, becomes a general in belated promotion

Aviem Sella, who the US tried for decades to extradite from Israel to stand trial on espionage charges, has been given a symbolic promotion in rank. It was announced days after a meeting between the leaders of the two nations.

Sella, 75, was the focus of a big scandal that put a rift between the US and its Middle-Eastern ally back in the 1980s. The Israel Air Force fighter pilot was taking a sabbatical in the US and, while there, had recruited US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard. Pollard abused his access to American secrets to sell them to the Israelis. He was ultimately caught and sent to jail.

Sella's role as Pollard's handler was not disclosed to the US officers investigating Pollard's activities and, unlike other Israeli officials involved in the case, he was not granted immunity from prosecution by the US. He instead went back to Israel, which then refused to extradite him on a US request.

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