Thu,May 23,2013 14 Sivan 5773
This paper's Gil Hoffman writes:
The principle of lifnei iver [placing a stumbling-block before a blind person] prohibits one from giving bad advice to another person...the Midrash explains the reason the verse ends with the warning about fearing God: Human beings do not know whether advice proffered to them by friends is good or bad. Often, advice is given with an ulterior motive. Only God knows the true motive of the advice giver. In addition, the above verse is considered to be a prohibition against helping or causing another to sin. Thus, placing any kind of prohibited temptation in front of someone would not be allowed.
The CIA document surmised that Robinson delivered the sentence because of the plea bargain violation, along with his perception of the severity of the espionage offense. “Pollard’s willingness to grant an interview [on November 20, 1986] to journalist Wolf Blitzer for The Jerusalem Post without obtaining advance approval of the resulting text from the Justice Department violated the terms of his plea bargain,” the document said.