The most important spy for 52 years.
It was so easy for the Cuban Intelligence Service to plant Ana Belen Montes inside the DIA, that we must assume that the Cuban Intelligence Service has done it again and again, in all agencies. The Cuban government has the capability to penetrate the U.S. government. Ana Belen Montes exercised influence like few spies in U.S. history before her. She had the power to shape perceptions and to influence policy.When members of Congress queried the U.S. Intelligence community about an issue related to Cuba, Miss. Montes authored DIA’s response. On those occasions when the Joint Chiefs of Staff provided testimony to Congress on issues related to Cuba, Miss Montes drafted their remarks.
On 21 September 2001, the FBI arrested Ana Belen Montes, a US citizen born 28 February 1957, on a US military installation in Nurnberg, Germany. She was charged with spying for Cuban intelligence for the past five years.
Montes graduated with a major in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1979 and obtained a Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1988. She is single and lived alone at 3039 Macomb Street, NW, apartment 20, Washington, DC. Until her arrest, Montes was employed by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a senior intelligence analyst. She began her employment with DIA in September 1985 and since 1992 has specialized in Cuba matters. She worked at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. Prior to joining DIA, Montes worked at the Department of Justice. In 1993, she traveled to Cuba to study the Cuban military on a CIA-paid study for the Center for the Study of Intelligence.
Commentary: Continue on the reading. It’s extraordinary today because of the lack of emphasis on how spies can destroy the United States from within and the disregard for the intelligence community in general. She’s single, intelligent, gifted, and dangerous.