Pentagon analyst convicted of spying for Cuba released from prison
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Former US military intelligence officer and Pentagon analyst Ana Belen Montes, jailed in 2002 for spying for Cuba, has been released from prison.
Ana Belen Montes, the former US military intelligence officer and Pentagon analyst who was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2002 for spying for Cuba, has been released from prison.
Her release at the age of 65 was announced on Saturday January 7th by the Associated Press referring to Scott Taylor, Representative of the Federal Bureau of Prison.
Prosecutors believed Montes revealed the identities of four undercover US agents to Cuban authorities. She was also accused of providing top secret information to Cuba about US surveillance of Cuban arms. She faced the death penalty on the charges.
In 2002, Montes made a deal with federal authorities and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage. She was then sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The investigation revealed that Montes was recruited by Cuban intelligence from 1979 to 1985. At the time, she was working in the US Department of Justice’s Freedom of Information Division. It was alleged that after being recruited by Cuba, they asked Montes to apply for a position where she would have access to information that would be more useful to their intelligence services.
Montes began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1985 and was considered a leading analyst for the Cuban military.
Russian President Vladimir Putin previously demanded that counterintelligence should strictly suppress the actions of foreign intelligence agencies and identify traitors and spies, as reported by Gazeta.ru.
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