“Cuba poses no significant threat to the U.S. or any of its hemispheric neighbors. No evidence exists that Cuba is trying to foment any instability in the Western Hemisphere.” (National Intelligence Estimate on Cuba by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, largely authored by Ana Belen Montes, April, 22, 1998.)
“I believe U.S.policy towards Cuba is cruel and unfair, profoundly unneighborly. My greatest desire is to see amicable relations emerge between the United States and Cuba. I hope our government will abandon its hostility towards Cuba and to work with Havana in a spirit of tolerance, mutual respect, and understanding. This would enable Cuba to drop its defensive measures and experiment more easily with changes (reforms). And it would permit the two neighbors to work together and with other nations to promote tolerance and cooperation.
Castro poses no significant threat to the U.S. or any of his hemispheric neighbors. No evidence exists that Cuba is trying to foment any instability in the Western Hemisphere…I do not understand why we must continue to dictate how the Cubans should select their leaders, who their leaders cannot be, and what laws are appropriate in their land. Why can’t we let Cuba pursue its own internal journey.” (Defendant Ana Belen Montes during the proceedings USA vs Montes U.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC) CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:02-cr-00131-RMU.)
Now let’s fast-forward to April 2015:
“Cuba is not a threat to the United States…They don’t implicate our national security in a direct way… On Cuba, we are not in the business of regime change. We are in the business of making sure the Cuban people have freedom and the ability to participate and shape their own destiny and their own lives…And let’s be clear that we’re prepared to partner and engage with everybody to try to lift up opportunity and prosperity and security for people in the region. I’m optimistic we’ll continue to make progress and that this can indeed be a turning point not just between the United States and Cuba but for greater cooperation among countries across the region.” (U.S. President Barack Obama, April 11, 2015.)
For our many, many valued friends peeking over the tall wall enclosing the Cuban-American informational ghetto:
In 2002 Ana Belen Montes, known as “Castro’s Queen Jewel” in the intelligence community was convicted of espionage on behalf of the Castro regime (in the trial cited above). This communist spy was convicted for the same crimes on behalf of Castro’s regime as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of on behalf of Stalin’s. Today she serves a 25-year sentence in U.S. Federal prison. Only a plea bargain spared her from sizzling in the electric chair like the Rosenberg’s.