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Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies S1 EP4 Ana Montes, Queen of Cuba


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Ana Belén Montes (born February 28, 1957) is a former American senior analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency in the United States and a convicted spy. 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.

Early life and career

Montes was born in West Germany, where her father, Alberto Montes, was posted as a United States Army doctor. Her family was of Asturian origins, and her grandparents had emigrated to Puerto Rico. The family later lived in Topeka, Kansas and then Towson, Maryland, where she graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1975. In 1979 she earned a degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and in 1988 she finished a master's degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Montes' brother and sister, Tito and Lucy, became Federal Bureau of Investigation officers and her former boyfriend, Roger Corneretto, was an intelligence officer specializing in Cuba for the Pentagon.

Montes joined the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in September 1985 after working for the United States Department of Justice. Her first assignment was at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington where she worked as an intelligence research specialist. In 1992, Montes was selected for the DIA's Exceptional Analyst Program and later traveled to Cuba to study the Cuban military.

Ana Montes receiving a Certificate of Distinction from CIA director George Tenet, 1997

Prior to her arrest, she lived in a two bedroom co-op in Cleveland Park, Washington, DC.

Montes advanced rapidly through the ranks at the DIA and became its most senior Cuban analyst Her co-workers regarded her as responsible and dependable, and noted her "no-nonsense" attitude. Prosecutors would later allege that Montes was already working for the Cubans when she joined the DIA in 1985.


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