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May 15, 1997:  Ana Belen Montes, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s senior Cuba analyst for political and military affairs, was briefed about a Top Secret Special Access Program (SAP).  One of the Castro regime’s highest ranking penetration agents in the Defense Department, in her subsequent communications to Havana, Montes noted that she and a colleague were the only ones in her office knowledgeable of this program.  Widely used throughout the Intelligence Community, SAPs consist of safeguards and other protocols that exceed standard security measures.

Mid-May 1959:  According to a declassified CIA report, by this date, 40-50 Cuban agents were active in the Miami area.

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