Cuba pushing for another sweet deal from Obama, looking to trade American cop killer for convicted Castro spy

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Mugshots of Joanne Chesimard (left) and Ana Belen Montes (right)

In its latest attempt to strike another one-sided deal with President Obama, Cuba’s Castro dictatorship is apparently offering to return convicted cop killer and fugitive Joanne Chesimard in exchange for convicted Cuban spy, Ana Belen Montes.

Via the New York Post:

US and Cuba in talks to bring cop-killer back to America

US and Cuban officials are reportedly discussing an exchange that could bring New Jersey cop killer Joanne Chesimard back to American soil.

The talks between the two countries, which have normalized diplomatic relations, could also send notorious Cuban spy Ana Montes back to the Caribbean nation, according to NBC.

“Cuba has been a haven for US fugitives,” a federal law-enforcement official told NBC.

Chesimard, a former Black Panther and an aunt of hip hop legend Tupac Shakur, escaped prison in 1979 after she was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper. She has been hiding out in Havana since the mid-1980s.

Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, is the only woman on the FBI’s list of most-wanted terrorists.

Montes had been a senior analyst for Cuban affairs with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

On Sept. 21, 2001, Montes was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage for Cuba.

She was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is scheduled to be sprung in 2023.

While it would be great for Chesimard to finally face justice, none of us should lose sight of the fact that Cuba has never had a valid reason to shelter the escaped terrorist fugitive and should have turned her over to the U.S. decades ago. On the other hand, American traitor Ana Belen Montes worked directly with Cuba’s dictatorship to undermine U.S. foreign policy and to deliberately harm and kill American soldiers. While both are murderous criminals, the nefariousness of their acts are definitely not equal.

As retired spy-catcher Lt. Col. Chris Simmons (Ret.) points out, Montes’ crime resulted in the murder of 65 American soldiers:

Cuban-Supported FMLN guerrillas killed 65 soldiers, including American “Green Beret” Gregory A. Fronius, in a single three-hour battle. The surprise attack on the El Paraiso camp occurred on April 1, 1987 – shortly after Castro spy Ana Montes visited the camp as part of a five-week familiarization visit to the (then) war-torn nation. Montes then shared numerous U.S. secrets with her handler – to include the precise time to attack — on a date she knew 75% of El Paraiso’s garrison would be away conducting counter-insurgency operations.

There is no reasonable person that would consider this to be an equal trade; Cuba gives up one of the many fugitives they are harboring who offer them nothing but a poke in the eye of their enemies and in return score a major propaganda victory by getting one of their spies released. And if they indeed get Montes, it will be the gift that keeps on giving. Once they are done with the celebrations and parades in Havana honoring the spy, she will be sent on a world speaking tour.

Based on Obama’s history and previous foreign policy decisions, it may very well be that the White House is not really looking at this incommensurate prisoner swap as a chance for a fugitive cop killer to finally face justice. Instead, it is quite possible they view this as an opportunity to make amends for what they may deem the unjust conviction and imprisonment of a leftist American who was just following her conscience. The fact that she was a traitor who caused the death of 65 American soldiers probably does not factor into their decision-making process.

1 thought on “Cuba pushing for another sweet deal from Obama, looking to trade American cop killer for convicted Castro spy”

  1. I’ll believe it when I see it, but if the swap is made, “Assata” will NOT spend the rest of her life in jail, assuming she goes to jail at all–and you’d better believe Obama can pardon her and get away with it. No matter how you slice it, this is a no-win situation–no win for justice, that is.

    And by the way, I wouldn’t call the traitorous Montes American, which would probably insult her anyway; she was born in Germany, where her Puerto Rican father was stationed, and I don’t believe she has a truly American bone in her body.

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