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U.S. Intelligence Expert Nabbed As Cuban Spy

Saturday, 22 September 2001 12:00 AM

Ana Belen Montes, 44, a 16 year employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) gave classified information on military exercises and other top secret matters to Cuba, according to the FBI.

The FBI picked up Montes, the DIA's The Defense Intelligence Agency's senior analyst for matters involving Cuba, at her office at the DIA's Bolling Air Force base headquarters in Anacostia, D.C.

According to federal prosecutors Montes was working for the Cuban intelligence service while working for the U.S. government. She had been under surveillance since May, FBI sources said.

Prosecutors told a federal magistrate Montes "knowingly compromised national defense information" and did harm to the United States. She was ordered jailed without bond and was put under a suicide watch.

"This is a clandestine agent for the Cuban intelligence service," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Walutes Jr. told the Washington Post. "This has been going on for quite some time," he added.

FBI agent Stephen A. McCoy said authorities determined that Montes was passing details "about a particular Special Access Program related to the national defense of the United States," according to an affidavit filed with the court.

An affidavit stated that Motes had betrayed a U.S. intelligence agent working undercover in Cuba, and also told her Cuban handlers that the U.S. knew details about Cuban military weaponry, including their number and locations

"This has been a very important investigation, because it does show our national defense information is still being targeted by the Cuban intelligence service," Van A. Harp, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office told Post reporters.

A senior intelligence official told the Post "It is very serious," adding that that "it is still too early to say how much damage she may have done." The official also warned that any secrets Montes passed to the Cubans could have been shared with other with other foreign governments, thus magnifying the damage to U.S. security.

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