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Pentagon Analyst Accused of Spying

September 21, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency was charged with conspiracy to spy for Cuba, the Justice Department said Friday.

Authorities said Ana Belen Montes was charged in an FBI complaint with conspiracy to deliver U.S. national defense information to Cuba. She was held without bond and did not enter a plea when she appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Washington.

Montes has been employed since 1985 by the DIA, which is the intelligence arm of the Defense Department.

Montes was in contact earlier this year with the Cuban intelligence service via shortwave radio, the FBI alleged in a 17-page affidavit filed in court.

The affidavit stated that the FBI secretly entered Montes’ residence under a court order May 25 and uncovered information about a number of Defense Department issues, including a 1996 war games exercise conducted by the U.S. Atlantic Command.

Montes transmitted a substantial amount of classified information to the Cuban intelligence service, the affidavit alleged.

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