U.S. Rules Out Swap of Jailed Cuban Spy Ana Belen Montes 3

Mugshot_of_DIA_s_Ana_5_1_IH64TF61_L166332774By NORA GÁMEZ TORRES, ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The Obama administration “has no intention” of releasing or swapping jailed Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes, according to a letter sent by the U.S. Department of State to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Aug. 19 letter, obtained by el Nuevo Herald, followed a number of news reports pointing to the possibility of freeing Montes — a top Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analyst on Cuban affairs who is serving a 25-year prison sentence — in exchange for Cuba handing over American fugitive Assata Shakur, formerly known as Joanne Chesimard.

The letter, addressed to committee chairman U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says the State Department “want(s) to assure you that the United States government has no intention of releasing or exchanging Montes.”

Nunes had written to Obama on July 12 urging the president not to release or swap Montes, calling her “one of the most brazen traitors in U.S. history.” The State Department wrote that it was “responding on the president’s behalf.”

Montes, one of the top foreign spies captured in recent years, authored some of the key U.S. intelligence assessments on Cuba. She was arrested in 2001 and was sentenced in 2002 after she pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba throughout her 16 years at the DIA.

Montes was — and remains — unrepentant. She betrayed the public trust, the security of the United States and her oath to support and defend the constitution while remaining loyal to the Castro brothers in Havana,” Nunes wrote. “Ana Belen Montes richly deserved her 25-year prison sentence, and must serve every day of it.”

“She betrayed the public trust, the security of the United States and her oath to support and defend the constitution while remaining loyal to the Castro brothers in Havana” — U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Montes, who is of Puerto Rican descent, declared in a 2015 interview with the blog Cayo Hueso, which supports the Cuban government, that she has not changed. “I will not be silenced. My commitment to the island cannot be ignored,” she was quoted as saying.

Nunes’ letter noted that because of her senior post at DIA, Montes has compromised every single U.S. intelligence collection program that targeted Cuba, revealed the identity of four covert U.S. intelligence agents who traveled to Cuba and provided Havana with information that could have wound up in the hands of other U.S. enemies.

“In short, Montes was one of the most damaging spies in the annals of American intelligence,” the committee chairman wrote.

Article continues here:  No Deal For Montes



  1. Finally I am happy to know that a voice of wisdom reached this administration not to release Montes. If Montes would has been released to the Cubans, this event would have proven to be catastrophic to the safety of our nations. The information that Montes has in her head at his time may be outdated but the modus operandi and procedures of our intelligence system is still of relevance and she has knowledge of all our government’s intelligence procedures.

  2. “It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
    “To play them such a trick,
    After we’ve brought them out so far,
    And made them trot so quick!”

    “I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
    “I deeply sympathize.”
    Holding his pocket-handkerchief
    Before his streaming eyes.

    The Walrus and The Carpenter — Lewis Carroll

  3. Bill and Hillary Clinton know better. John Bolton knows exactly what is involved over this issue, which is the biggest fiasco in the history of U.S. intelligence when the White House yielded to the totally false recommendation borne from Ana Belén Montes, wherein, she catapulted U.S. intelligence to state an official United States position that told; “Cuba was no longer a risk to U.S. national security”.

    Bill Clinton under the veiled threat from Fidel Castro of sending a brand new flotilla of refugees (Fidel has played many U.S. Presidents like fiddles) to Florida, sent Bill Clinton shivering inside and made him willing to accept an appeasement tactic under a false recommendation about terrorist Cuba in face of upcoming elections.

    A private citizen, patriot at heart, published a self funded ($15,000) and self-written full-page newspaper article, on June 28, 2000, in the Washington Times stating the opposite; that Cuba was in fact the most serious threat to U.S. national security to alert the White House of this without knowing the grave error of U.S. intelligence for recommending that so called “Cuba was no longer a risk to U.S. national security” and his newspaper article additionally accused Hillary Clinton of appeasement (also when Puerto Rican terrorists who bombed New York Fraunces tavern and killed Americans who were pardoned September 1999 under Hillary´s recommendation to hubby Bill, because she wanted and needed the Puerto Rican vote to become New York Senator) by precluding the Armed Forces of military maneuvers in the island of Viekes.

    José Rivera, a total MORON–in my opinion and others as him too almost analphabets–and a communist, member of the New York States Assembly from the broken down criminal ridden BRONX and his cohorts accused the writer of the article behind his back–as it is their style of communist brand–and made Hillary Clinton come against the writer with a vengeance, creating a false indictment against the writer. In fact the writer is a ton smarter than these bastards, he signed the self funded newspaper article under a pseudo last name and they were so STUPID that´s the style the indictment was written. He did not fight the indictment because they arrested his wife to threatened him and he knew, he would have to subpoena Ana Belén Montes in trial mode, a spy who was in secured quarters under debriefing and questioning.

    When the FBI killed Ojeda in Puerto Rico (A Machetero terrorist leader) after shooting him and let him bleed to death without going into his house where he was (something quite atypical), Hillary Clinton was not allowed to travel either to Puerto Rico for fundraising, the writer was now in prison, but he slept satisfactorily that night, because Hillary by the grace of G-d and the FBI action was not able to go to PR. The writer´s attorney knowing the writer´s story asked him the next morning as he visited him in prison and said; “So. how do you like what happened yesterday? The writer inmate answered, “very satisfied about it” and the writer then asked his attorney: “Did you see the name of Ojeda´s farm?” the attorney replied “No, what is it” the writer inmate replied; “Birán” the attorney then asked; “what´s that?” the writer inmate replied; “The name of the town where Fidel Castro was born”. Everything about Ana Belén Montes is not beneficial to our nation and even the thought of her being considered to a swap is totally unwarranted for U.S. national security. She may have a finite sentence but the issues regarding U.S. intelligence are ongoing and must be protected also on an ongoing basis.

    If Obama during a moment of stupidity or craze figures to wrongly decide he could let go scot-free Ana Belén Montes that would be one of the gravest detrimental decisions to impact U.S. intelligence. There are issues, people in the know are sure do not have closure and Ana Belén Montes which cannot be let go, given her knowledge of the U.S. side.

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