Freedom for Ana Belén Montes!

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Ana Belén MontesAna Belén Montes (born February 28, 1957), is a former American senior analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency in the United States. On September 21, 2001, she was arrested and subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit espionage for the government of Cuba. Montes eventually pleaded guilty to spying and in October 2002, was sentenced to a 25-year prison term followed by five years’ probation.

During the course of the investigation against her, it was determined that Montes had passed a considerable amount of classified information to the Cuban Intelligence Directorate, including the identities of four U.S. spies in Cuba. In 2007, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) counterintelligence official Scott W. Carmichael publicly alleged that it was Ana Montes who told Cuban intelligence officers about a clandestine U.S. Army camp in El Salvador. 

Montes was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at her office on 21 September 2001. Prosecutors stated that Montes had been privy to classified information about the U.S. military’s impending invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, and that they did not want her revealing this information to potential enemies.

In 2002, Montes pleaded guilty to the charge which could have carried the death penalty, but was sentenced to 25 years in prison in October of the same year after accepting a plea agreement with the U.S. government. According to her lawyer, Plato Cacheris, Montes committed the espionage for moral reasons, as “she felt the Cubans were treated unfairly by the U.S. government.” Click here to read her statement
 
As of July 2016, Montes is incarcerated at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, a facility which provides specialized medical and mental health services to female offenders. Montes is listed as FMC Register #25037-016. Her tentative release date is listed as July 1, 2023. There is no parole in the US federal prison system.

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