The Independent

Cold War spy released after 20 years in US prison


Ana Montes, a former US intelligen­ce analyst found guilty of spying for Cuba in one of the most high-profile espionage cases of the Cold War, has been released after 20 years in federal prison. Now 65, Montes spied for Cuba for almost two decades while working at the US Defence Intelligen­ce Agency. She was arrested in September 2001 just 10 days after the 9/11 attacks, with one former Bush administra­tion official describing her as “one of the most damaging spies the United States has ever found”.

Montes pleaded guilty in 2002 to conspiring to commit espionage as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutor­s and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. She acknowledg­ed revealing the identities of four undercover US agents to the Cuban authoritie­s and had faced a possible death sentence if convicted. Federal prosecutor­s at the time said the four agents whose identities she revealed were not harmed.

Montes was released from a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She will be placed under court-ordered supervisio­n – including having her internet usage monitored – for five years and is barred from working for government or contacting foreign agents without permission.

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