A former US defense intelligence analyst who became a double agent and spied for Cuba during the Cold War has been released from prison.

Ana Montes, 65, was released 20 years after serving a quarter-century sentence, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

During his time as an analyst, he admitted to revealing the identities of four U.S. secret agents to Cuban authorities — and divulging some secrets too sensitive to be shared publicly.

Court records also said he provided documents that revealed details about U.S. surveillance of Cuban weapons.

The now 65-year-old spent nearly two decades spying for Cuba.

He was arrested in September 2001 and a year later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage.

Chris Simmons, a former DIA investigator who helped investigate Montes, said she was successful and effective in providing damaging intelligence to Cuba, who is suspected of passing that information on to other enemies of the United States. are selling

“Historically many spies have given up information, but he repeatedly tried to kill Americans in combat,” Mr. Simmons was quoted as saying by NBC.

“A very deadly woman, a very dangerous woman.”

An undated handout photo from a 2005 US Department of Defense report shows Ana Belon Montes receiving a national intelligence certificate from George Tenet, director of Central Intelligence (DCI) of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency. Serve as  US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE / HANDOUT BY REUTERS This photo was provided by a third party
Montes received a national intelligence certificate from George Tenet, then the CIA’s Director of Central Intelligence.

Mantis is believed to have been recruited by Cuban intelligence when he worked in the Freedom of Information Office at the Justice Department between 1979 and 1985, officials said at the time. He went to work in an agency that would provide more useful information to Cuba. .

Encrypted coded messages

So she went to work for the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1985, and was considered a top analyst in the Cuban military — even rewarded for her work.

Meanwhile, Montes received regular coded messages over shortwave radio from Havana as strings of numbers, which she would type into a decryption-equipped laptop to translate into text, prosecutors said.

At his sentencing, Montes argued that he had obeyed his conscience and that U.S. policy toward Cuba was cruel and
Injustice “I felt morally responsible to help the island defend itself from our values ​​and our attempts to impose our political.
system on it,” he said.

Under President Joe Biden, the U.S. has eased some sanctions on Cuba but has maintained Cold War-era restrictions on the island and tightened restrictions on illegal immigration, inflation and drug shortages. reaching record levels between

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