Ana Belen Montes awarded certificate of distinction from CIA Director George Tenet 1997.
Regarding the USAID Cuba-Twitter fiasco, one of the Washington Posts Cuba “experts”(not the one married to the daughter of Cuba’s top KGB protege, another one named Adam Taylor) writes:
Actions like this (the USAID Twitter fiasco) make Russia look smart for expelling USAID, and make Cuba look dumb for letting them stay.
Dumb? But what was the end result of the USAID Cuba-Twitter scheme? Here:
USAID saw evidence from server records that Havana had tried to trace the texts, to break into ZunZuneo’s servers, and had occasionally blocked messages. But USAid called the response “timid.”
Even though Cuba has one of the most sophisticated counter-intelligence operations in the world, the ZunZuneo team thought that as long as the message service looked benign, Cubacel would leave it alone….The operation had run into an unsolvable problem. USAid was paying tens of thousands of dollars in text messaging fees to Cuba’s communist telecommunications monopoly routed through a secret bank account and front companies. It was not a situation that it could either afford or justify — and if exposed it would be embarrassing, or worse.”
In brief, the U.S. taxpayer contributes tens of thousands (probably more) to Castro’s Cubacel while funding the twittering of thousands of selfies and cat pictures among Cuban “new men” and women. (Well…maybe not so many cat pics, since we hear most of Cuba’s cats mysteriously vanished during the last “Special Period.”)
So again: “Dumb?”
And oh…Might even more U.S. taxpayer money be entering Castro regime coffers (or defraying their costs) via USAID funding of all those “courageous and oppressed dissidents?”– who seem to afford more international airline travel (with regime permission?–or regime blessing?) than the wildest vacation dreams of the Soccer-Moms and Joe-Sixpacks who (involuntarily) foot their bills?…Is this why Cuba (usually much shrewder and brutal in such matters and with the best counter-intelligence on earth) hasn’t followed in the footsteps of Russia, Bolivia, Ecuador, etc. and booted USAID? Is it why they appear so “timid? with USAID? Heck, maybe its a cash cow for them?!
Fascinating datum: In 1987 Cuban Intelligence Officer Florentino Aspillaga defected in Prague and revealed that every Cuban agent (4 dozen of them) the CIA had recruited to spy on the Castro regime since 1962 was in a fact double agent controlled personally by Fidel Castro.
Recall that practically EVERY SINGLE ONE of Alan Gross’ contacts in Cuba’s “civil society” was a Castro intelligence agent!
Folks, we’re talking about an “intelligence community” (US’) who once based their Cuba policy on the word of Vilma Espin!
Folks, were talking about an intelligence community that relied on An Belen Montes bosom colleague Fulton Armstrong as “National Intelligence Officer for Latin America” ( the U.S. Intelligence Community’s most senior analyst) from 2000-2004!
(UPDATE: The WaPo’s Cuba “expert” Adam Taylor recently removed the phrase: “and made Cuba look dumb,” from his article. The change apparently came shortly after his original wording was quoted in this Babalu post. This poster upholds the orignal quote, and–yes–implies that Taylor changed it because it made HIM look dumb.)