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U.S. Counterintelligence Officer Outs Alleged Castro Agents

On Sept 20, 2001 the FBI arrested the enemy spy that had managed the deepest penetration of the U.S. Department of Defense in U.S. history. The spy's name is Ana Montes and during her fifteen years in the Defense Intelligence Agency she operated as an agent for Fidel Castro. At the time of her arrest she had moled her way to the head of the DIA's Latin America division. From here, she greatly influenced (if not actually directed) the Clinton administration's Cuba policy. Today she serves a 25 year sentence in Federal prison. She was convicted of "Conspiracy to Commit Espionage," the same charge against Ethel and Julius Rosenberg carrying the same potential death sentence for what is widely considered the most damaging espionage case since the “end” of the Cold War.

"Montes passed some of our most sensitive information about Cuba back to Havana" disclosed then Undersecretary for International Security, John Bolton.

“Ana Montes compromised our entire program against Cuba, electronic as well as human.” admitted Joel F. Brenner, National Counterintelligence Executive. Montes dodged the Rosenberg's fate primarily because of a plea bargain.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Simmons of the DIA had a key role in uncovering Fidel Castro's “Queen Jewel,” as she came to be known, and sending her to prison. Two years later Castro had cause to curse Simmons again. "Virtually every member of Cuba's U.N mission is an intelligence agent," revealed Alcibiades Hidalgo, who defected to the U.S. in 2002 after serving as Raul Castro's Chief of Staff and Cuba's ambassador to the U.N. In 2003 Lieut. Col. Simmons helped root out 14 of those Cuban spies who were promptly booted from the U.S.

In 25 years as a U.S. Military Counterintelligence officer, Lieut. Col. Simmons has ended the operations of 80 enemy agents, many of which are today behind bars. "I believe that the Cuban Intelligence Service has penetrated the United States government to the same extent that the old East German STASI, once penetrated the West German government.”

Retired from the DIA, Lieut. Col. Simmons is now an active reserve officer in Army counterintelligence. Last week on a Miami Spanish-language TV show, (and in his capacity as a private citizen and not as a government official) he dropped a bombshell by outing four more Castro agents, these he termed “Agents of Influence.”

“For Cuba, being able to influence policy and elite opinion-makers is equally important-- possibly even more important-- than recruiting spies with access to intelligence information," said Norman Bailey, who worked for the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Hence the interest of U.S counterintelligence officers in a few of academia's more garrulous and media-savvy “Cuba scholars and experts.”

[HNN: Simmons's list of agents includes several professors including a former Naval War College professor and History Channel series host. We are not printing their names as the charges haven't been proved.]
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