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Who is Ana Belen Montes?
Ana Belen Montes was on February 28th, 1957 in Western Germany, where her military-officer father was based as an Army doctor.
In 1979, when she was 22 years old, the University of Virginia granted her a bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Later on, she acquired a Master’s Degree in this specialty. In 1985 she was hired by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), due to her capabilities, she was sent to the Air Force Base in Bolling, Washington, where she worked as a specialist in intelligence investigation.
In 1992 was promoted to the Pentagon as an analyst. Using a fake position, she was located for a while in the diplomatic representation in La Habana in order to study the Cuban military. In 1998 she was sent again by the DIA to the island to observe Pope John Paul II’s visit to the island.
Ana was known to be polite, modest and always smiling. While living alone in a simple apartment on the north side of Washington D.C., she climbed up the professional ladder until she became a top level analyst at the Pentagon, Senior Analyst.
She rapidly was granted access to almost everything known to the intelligence community related to Cuba. Due to her position, she belonged to a secret, “inter-agency working group on Cuba”, gathering all most important analysts in federal agencies, such as the CIA, the White House itself and the State Department. Allegedly for 16 years, she shared the information at her disposal with Cuba. She felt the U.S. government’s actions against Cuba were unethical and un fair.
On September 21st, 2001, she was arrested by FBI agents while in her office at the DIA headquarters in the Bolling Air Base in Washington DC. Some days later she was accused of “conspiracy to commit espionage” in favor of Cuba. She pleaded guilty for her actions.
On October 16th, 2002, she was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole. Eventually, she was transferred to the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, within the U.S.A .Navy military Base in Fort Worth, Texas. This federal prison is for criminals with mental or physical illness; she is confined in the psychiatric area, although she is free from any illness of this kind. Her release date is scheduled for July 1st, 2023.
Ana Belen Montes’ Inhumane Prison Conditions:
When first incarcerated, Ana Belen Montes was kept under extreme and inhumane isolation:
In the past few years, some of these conditions were changed to:
1. Ana can ONLY receive correspondence from relatives or friends who belong to a limited list of 20 people, who knew her before her imprisonment.
2. Ana NOW has access to books, magazines and television (CNN). Books must be sent through bookstores and publishing houses and should not be hard cover
3. Ana can ONLY receive visits from the same limited group of people she corresponds with.
4. Ana is ONLY allowed to speak to her mother every week.
5. Although she may NOW interact with other prisoners, the mental conditions of much of the population of Carswell make it difficult for Ana to develop friendships within the prison.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons says she is allowed to have contact only with close family members, because she is accused of espionage.
Ana Montes never did anything to deserve such harsh, inhumane treatment. She didn’t kill anyone, didn’t harm anyone, and was motivated only by the purest of reasons. She never received any money from the Cuban government nor was she recruited through any sordid blackmail tactic. She did not act out of vengeance or desire to obtain power in any way. None of the information she shared with Cuba jeopardized national security.
Ana Belen Montes’ testimony at her sentencing: