Castro’s greatest spy

Ana Montes had a long run as a spy. She spent 17 years as a top analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, all the while funneling top-secret info to Cuba. Her double life caught up with her eventually, but not before Montes had been celebrated and promoted by her unsuspecting colleagues.

Lies, Lies, Lies

Montes used traditional spycraft methods like shortwave radio broadcasts, pay phones, phony passports, and wigs. She was good at her job, but it took a toll. On an emotional level, maintaining a double life isn’t easy—and Montes became increasingly tense and isolated. How did she maintain her facade as she passed thousands of state secrets abroad? Our latest Instaread traces her wild journey.

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