Friday, January 27, 2023

Ex-Pentagon analyst who spied for Cuba released from prison

FORT WORTH, Texas ( Associated Press) – A former US defense intelligence analyst who was jailed more than 20 years ago on charges of spying for Cuba has been released in Fort Worth, Texas.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Scott Taylor said Saturday that 65-year-old Ana Belen Montes was released from prison on Friday.

Montes, an analyst with the US Defense Intelligence Agency, was arrested in September 2001 and accused of spying for Cuba.

As part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors, Montes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage in 2002 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Montes admitted to revealing to Cuban authorities the identities of four undercover agents working for the United States and faced the death penalty if convicted.

Federal prosecutors said at the time that the four officers whose identities were revealed by them had not been harmed.

Prosecutors also accused Montes of revealing Cuban secrets too sensitive to be disclosed publicly. According to court records, Montes provided documents revealing details about US surveillance of Cuban weapons.

Officials indicated that Montes was apparently recruited by Cuban intelligence when he worked at the Justice Department’s Office of Freedom of Information between 1979 and 1985, and was asked to work at an agency that he could not find. Get more useful information for the island.

Montes began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1985 and was considered a top analyst in the Cuban military.

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