COMMUNIST ISLAND'S SPIES COULD BE INVOLVED IN LONG-TERM PENETRATIONS OF
U.S. GOVERNMENT AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL
By Andrew Richards
The Washington Times
José F. Sánchez
La Nueva Cuba
October 27, 2007
- A defense intelligence official said yesterday that Cuba's spies have
sold American intelligence secrets to other U.S. enemies, and that the
communist island's spies even now could be involved in long-term
operations in the FBI, CIA, Congress and the White House.
Christopher Simmons, a Cuban counterintelligence officer for the Defense
Intelligence Agency, cited in a Heritage Foundation speech the case of
Ana Montes, a former DIA analyst who pleaded guilty to 16 years of
spying for Fidel Castro's dictatorship.
"Based on my estimates, there could be at least six others like her
involved in long-term penetrations of U.S. government at the highest
level ," Mr. Simmons said. Agents for the Cuban regime "have had over 50
years to get this right. They understand America better than some
Americans do ."
Mr. Simmons said Havana has sold any U.S. intelligence secrets it can
get to such foreign countries as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran,
and also makes money through terrorist-training programs. All told,
these activities earn the communist regime hundreds of millions of
dollars per year .
"Castro has spent years strengthening ties and supporting other
terrorist groups and organizations around the world. He still continues
to do so right now," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Republican and a
Cuban-American, said during the same Heritage forum. "This guy has been
extremely successful in infiltrating our intelligence community here in
the United States."
American military intelligence has been compromised by Cuban agents in
every U.S. military mission since 1983, including Grenada and the
1990-91 Persian Gulf War.
U.S. prosecutors said Montes, who spied for ideological reasons, was
arrested within days of the September 11, 2001, attacks to prevent that
from happening again because she was privy to classified plans to attack
the Afghan regime that harbored Osama bin Laden.
The United States needs to keep close tabs on its defense intelligence
information, the congressman said, because Cuba is still spreading
anti-Americanism in Latin America and forging a strong relationship with
"Iran is Cuba's strongest ally," Mr. Diaz-Balart said. "Nut cases bond