A former Pentagon intelligence expert who spied for Cuba has been released


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency analyst convicted of spying for Cuba more than 20 years ago has been released from a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ana Belen Montes, 65, was released on Friday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons website said.

Montes, a US Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, was arrested in September 2001 and charged with spying for Cuba.

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

He admitted to revealing the identities of four undercover United States agents to Cuban authorities and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Federal prosecutors at the time said the four officers he identified were not harmed.

US prosecutors also accused Montes of leaking secrets to Cuba. Court records show he provided documents revealing details of the US arms control over Cuba.

Officials at the time said Montes was recruited by Cuban intelligence while working in the Justice Department’s Office of Freedom of Information from 1979 to 1985 and asked to seek employment with an agency that would provide information more useful to Cuba. .

He began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1985 and was considered one of the best analysts in the Cuban military.


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