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Book on Cuban spy sparks call for report

March 18, 2007

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— A new book on convicted Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes prompted calls by lawmakers Friday for the Bush administration to reveal more on the damage done by a spy who may have caused the death of a U.S. green beret.

Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Montes "may well turn out to be one of the most notorious spies to infiltrate" the Defense Intelligence Agency, where she worked as the top Cuba analyst with access to secret documents and intelligence gathering methods for years.

Ros-Lehtinen and fellow Miami Republican Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart have requested "a top to bottom assessment" of the damage caused by Montes, who was arrested shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"Our questions are simple," they said in a joint statement. "How many reports did Montes write? How much influence did she have on the final reports the policymakers read? The persons she met with? What was the extent of her spying?"

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