Jim Popkin: “Ana Montes Is The Most Damaging Spy In US history” (Video)

During her well-known nearly two-decade Washington career, Ana Belén Montes shined at both her real job and her shadowy side job as a treasonous spy.

As an analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), she won citations and cash awards for her impeccable work in charge of the agency’s Cuba desk and colleagues would even call her the “Queen of Cuba.”

When Montes was arrested as a Cuban spy 10 days after Sept. 11, 2001, the people who knew her best could not believe it. One college friend said such treachery didn’t seem true to Ana’s character.

During their time at the University of Virginia, the pal wrote in a newspaper op-ed, “The only secret she ever gave us was her mother’s luscious flan recipe.” But not only was Montes a Cuban spy, she was “one of the most damaging spies in US history,” author Jim Popkin writes in “Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Famous Female Spy — and the Sister She Betrayed” (Hanover Square Press). (The book title refers to the FBI’s randomly generated code name for Ana.)

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The New York Post Writes:

But outside office hours, Montes shared her knowledge about American plans for Cuba gleaned from classified US government documents with the DGI, Castro’s intelligence agency.

From 1984 to 2001, Montes would memorize secret documents on American policy before sharing the information over casual dinners with her Cuban handlers.

Montes was literally given medals by the Cuban government for her undercover work (which they would take back for “safekeeping”), but as Montes regularly “dazzled” her US superiors with the quality of her work, no one was the wiser.

The Montes family had Puerto Rican roots, but Ana was born an American citizen in 1957 in Nuremberg, Germany, where her Army father was stationed. She was raised in Topeka, Kan., after her father was transferred there. Ana’s father worked in mental health and understood the value of a loving home, but the senior Montes often beat his children with a belt.

CIA investigators later stated that abuse might have made Ana “anti-authoritarian” and been a reason she turned against her country.

Another motive was Ana’s disdain for US foreign policy. She’d hung a poster of Che Guevara in her girlhood bedroom because she truly believed in the principles of the Cuban revolution. Then, on a college year abroad in Spain, an Argentine boyfriend convinced Ana the US military regularly interfered in his homeland as well as in places like Nicaragua, El Salvador and Chile — where, he said, the United States supported a coup led by the murderous right-winger Augusto Pinochet.

Here’s a 2006 training video produced by the DIA highlighting Montes:

Read More at The New York Post.


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