Sunday, February 5, 2023

US frees intelligence analyst accused of espionage

FORT WORTH, Texas ( Associated Press) – A former US military intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Cuba more than 20 years ago has been released from a federal prison 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 for the United States Defense Intelligence Agency, was arrested in September 2001 and accused of spying for Cuba.

Montes pleaded guilty in 2002 to conspiracy to commit espionage as part of a plea bargain and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He admitted to revealing the identities of four undercover American agents to Cuban authorities and faced a possible death sentence if convicted.

Federal prosecutors then said that the four officers whose identities they identified had not been harmed.

US prosecutors also accused Montes of revealing Cuban secrets too sensitive to be disclosed publicly. Court records say he provided revealing documents about US surveillance of Cuban weapons.

According to officials at the time, Montes is believed to have been recruited by Cuban intelligence when he worked at the Justice Department’s Freedom of Information Office between 1979 and 1985, and was asked to find a job with the agency. which provided more useful information to Cuba. ,

He began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1985, and was considered a high-level analyst in the Cuban military.

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