Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement on the 11th anniversary of the arrest of Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes. Montes, who was arrested on September 21, 2001, was the senior intelligence analyst on Cuba at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), an important agency of our U.S. government.
"As we recognize the 11th anniversary of the arrest of Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes, we must remain vigilant on all threats against our homeland. I am grateful for the work of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies that worked side by side to arrest the highest ranking Cuban spy ever captured. During her work at DIA, Montes jeopardized our national security, tampered with assessment reports regarding Cuba, her briefings and reports, influenced by her Cuban regime spy handlers, made it to the highest levels of the U.S. government, and she risked the lives of U.S. personnel abroad.
So today I once again remind the appeasers in this Administration that the Castro brothers, being the ruthless dictators that they are, only understand the policy of a clenched fist. The Castro brothers have taken full advantage of Obama's failed policies and diplomatic niceties. The true intent of the dictatorship is to challenge U.S. foreign policy at every turn.
As Montes continues to serve her 25 year sentence with no possibility of parole, we are reminded of the harm and threat of the Cuban intelligence service which continues to undermine U.S. security and foreign policy objectives overseas."