Story of Cuban Spy Ana Belen Montes Illustrates the Constant Threats Posed By the Castro Regime, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Apr 19, 2013

(WASHINGTON) –U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on Ana Belen Montes, the imprisoned Cuban spy and former senior United States intelligence analyst. An in-depth article on “the most important spy you’ve never heard of” by Jim Popkin will be featured in this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Jim Popkin’s feature in this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine does an exceptional job illustrating the damage caused by Ana Belen Montes to United States national security. It is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the true nature of the threat the Castro regime still poses to our interests and to the people of Cuba. For nearly 20 years, Montes was a trusted U.S. Defense Department intelligence analyst who used her position to provide top secret information to the Cuban intelligence apparatus.

“Montes’ espionage activities led to real security threats, as illustrated by her crucial role in a 1987 attack in a military camp in El Salvador in which a Marxist guerilla group took 65 lives, including an American Green Beret, Sergeant First Class Gregory Fronius. Dubbed by many as ‘the most important spy you never heard of’ and ‘one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history,’ Montes not only betrayed her friends, family and country, but her treasonous acts likely contributed to the death of many more Americans and pro-American forces in Latin America.

“Her story offers us a sobering reminder to remain vigilant as the Castro regime and other actors are constantly seeking to hurt the United States and undermine the values of freedom and democracy. Her story marks one of the United States’ intelligence community’s biggest failures in the fight against the brutal Castro regime, but I hope that we have learned the lesson that it offers. We must recognize that not even for a moment can we entertain any illusions about the true intent of the Castro regime, and we must remain committed to opposing those regimes that threaten the cherished freedom and democratic principles enjoyed by people across our Hemisphere.”