From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Castro's uncaught spies
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 20:02:09 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 20:01:36 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
Asunto: Castro's uncaught spies
Fecha: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 7:48 PM
A well connected source in Washington writes:
1. It's shocking to the point of not be believable that nobody
(Ana Belem Montes see NYTimes story below) was in their midst for
2. We have yet to get even a partial accounting of the damage
Analysis she developed was clearly tainted, but the fact that it
accepted and defended by others in the intelligence community --
should know better -- is troubling. This is another intelligence
akin to the others we have been reading about recently.
3. Her case officer, or whoever else was running her, has not
from the US yet, and neither has any other Cuban intelligence
There is no doubt she did not act alone.
4. ..... has said that several dozen Cuban intelligence agents
infiltrated into the US, some as refugees, in the past 3-5 years.
people are still here, along with however many others are here.
From: x [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 11:47 AM
Subject: Castro spy's siblings in FBI , but who helped her career
It is well known that Ana Belen Montes, the Castro spy in the
Intelligence Agency has FBI siblings (footnote 1). However what
many is who helped her career advancement and are there more of
"friends." in high places in the US goverment.
> THE NEW YORK TIMES
> OCTOBER 12, 2002
> Pentagon Aide, a Cuban Spy, Is Described as Unapologetic
> By TIM GOLDEN
> high-ranking Pentagon intelligence analyst who spied for Cuba
> opposed American policies toward Latin America "in no measure
> for her betrayal of the United States," federal prosecutors
said in a
> document filed yesterday.
> The analyst, Ana B. Montes, pleaded guilty to espionage last
> acknowledging that for 16 years she provided Fidel Castro's
> top-secret information, including the true identities of four
> undercover intelligence officers.
> Law-enforcement and intelligence officials said that Ms. Montes
> motivated by her political beliefs and apparently took no money
> Cuban government other than the payment of some expenses for
her travel to
> meet with its agents.
> In a memorandum filed in federal district court in Washington
> Ms. Montes's sentencing next Wednesday, the prosecutors said
> satisfied with her cooperation during debriefings.
> "For over six months she has cooperated with various
> intelligence components without reservation," they wrote.
> Nonetheless, the prosecutors sharply attacked Ms. Montes's
> "she condones a life of deceit and turns a blind eye to the
> others in by compromising sensitive and highly classified
> intelligence information."
> "Although she wishes she had never been caught," they
continued, "she in
> measure apologizes for her betrayal of the United States to the
> Intelligence Service."
> Ms. Montes's lead lawyer, Plato Cacheris, discounted the
> the criticism in the government's letter. "It says that she
> that's all that was required," he said, referring to the terms
of her plea
> Under the plea bargain, Ms. Montes, 45, agreed to a 25-year
> and five years' probation. The only formal explanation of her
> been a brief statement by her lawyers that cited "her moral
> United States policy does not afford Cubans respect, tolerance
> A spokesman for the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington,
> FernÃ¡ndez, declined to comment on the prosecutors' letter,
> Castro government's silence on the affair.
> According to United States intelligence officials, Ms. Montes
> responsible for the most serious damage to American national
> four decades of Cuban spying.
> As a junior analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, an arm
> Defense Department, she began in the mid-1980's to provide the
> materials related to United States support for the Contra
> Nicaragua, officials said.
> She became even more valuable to her patrons after moving to
> Intelligence Agency's Cuban affairs section, where she rose to
> Pentagon's senior analyst on Cuba.
> In their letter, the prosecutors said Ms. Montes "has betrayed
> as much as she has betrayed her country." Two of Ms. Montes's
> siblings work for the F.B.I., her mother worked in a series of
> agencies and her father, a psychiatrist, served two tours as an
> "She brings shame to a family of hard-working, loyal American
> the prosecutors wrote.