Ana Belen Montes – the “Queen of Cuba”

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Ana Belen Montes – The “Queen of Cuba”
11 February 2014


Montes blindsided the intelligence community with blatant acts of treachery. Montes was the pinnacle Analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), yet, in her secret life, her true fervor showed as she worked for Fidel Castro and the Cuban Intelligence Services, Dirección de Inteligencia, (DI), translated in English as the Intelligence Directorate of Cuba. Montes listened to coded messages over shortwave radio, passed secret files to handlers in busy public locales, and snuck into the Communist country adorned with a fake passport. “Your honor, I engaged in the activity that brought me before you because I obeyed my conscience rather than the law. I believe our government's policy towards Cuba is cruel and unfair, profoundly unneighborly, and I felt morally obligated to help the island defend itself from our efforts to impose our values and our political system on it.” (Montes, 2012) Montes gave this statement to the presiding judge who presided over Magistrate Number: 01-0568M. (United States of America versus Ana Belen Montes, Defendant., 2002) Montes showed no remorse, no contrition, and no regret for her actions through her career as an agent for the DI. The purpose of this brief is to explain the life, career working for the United States (U.S.) Government and Cuban government, the downfall which resulted, and the sentencing of DIA Analyst General Schedule (GS)-14 Ana Belen Montes.
On 28 February 1957, Montes was born in West Germany, on a U.S. Army base. Montes was the oldest child of Emilia and Alberto Montes. Alberto Montes was a respected Army doctor who moved his family often, due to the assignments he received. Montes moved from West Germany throughout the Midwest, and finally settled in Towson, Maryland (MD). After Montes’ father separated from the U.S. Army,…...

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