Ana 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.
- “Las acciones de Ana Belén constituyen un acto de solidaridad” – 80 grados, 31 de marzo de 2017
- Ana Belén Montes: solidarity with Cuba to the last consequences – La tercera, March 27, 2017
- Silvio Rodriguez Puerto Rico Tour Hails Independence Fighters – Telesur, March 27, 2017
- Libertad para Ana Belén Montes: ¿Quiénes lo hicieron antes? – MINH, 13 de marzo de 2017
- Ana Belén Montes cumple 60 años – Cartas desde Cuba, 28 de febrero 2017
- Ana Belén Montes, quince años presa en EE.UU. – Rebelión, 28 de febrero, 2017
- La increíble historia de Ana Belén Montes – Rebelión, 22 de febrero, 2017
- Ana Belén Montes, prisionera de conciencia – El Nuevo Dia, 15 de febrero de 2017
- Virtual war against Cuba and the fate of Ana Belen Montes – People’s World, February 12, 2017
- Cuban 5 Member Calls for Solidarity with US Political Prisoners – TeleSUR, December 16, 2016
- Free Ana Belén Montes now! – Workers World, October 28, 2016
- Campaign Begins in Cuba for Imprisoned Spy Ana Belen Montes – Havana Times, September 25, 2016
- Ana, prisionera boricua olvidada – El Nuevo Dia, 17, de septiembre de 2016
- U.S. rules out swap of jailed Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes – Miami Herald, August 26, 2016
- Ana Belén Montes: testimonio de prima hermana Cubainformacion TV, 2 de mayo de, 2016
- Ana Belen Montes’ Harsh Prison Conditions – Havana Times, March 18, 2016
- Barack Obama en Cuba… ¿Y por qué no Ana Belén Montes?- Rebelión, 23 de febrero de 2016
- Release political prisoner Ana Belen Montes – The Guardian, February 15, 2016
- Cuba, War and Ana Belen Montes – Counterpunch, February 8, 2016
- A spy after my own heart: Ana Belen Montes – 21 Century Manifesto, January 18, 2016
- Declaración de Óscar López Rivera sobre Ana Belén Montes – Tercera Información, 14 de enero de 2016
- Comité cubano pide a Obama que indulte a la espía Ana Belén Montes – El Nuevo Herald, October 18, 2015
- Presentación del Comité Cubano Pro Libertad Ana Belén Montes – kaosenlared.net, 15 de octubre de 2015
- New revelations about Cuban spy Ana Montes – Miami Herald, August 2, 2014
- Prisoner of Conscience: Ana Belen Montes (ProLibertad)
- Ana Belén Montes (EcuRed)
- Ana Belén Montes (Wikipedia)
- Song for Ana Belén Montes – David Rovics, November 17, 2012
- Statement by Ana Belen Montes – Miami Herald, October 16, 2002
- Declaración de Ana Belén Montes en la corte Federal – 16 de octubre de 2002