Retired agent Peter Lapp served in the FBI for 22-years. Assigned to the Washington Field Office, he specialized in counterintelligence, espionage, economic espionage, and trade secret theft matters.
In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Pete reviews the espionage investigation of Ana Belen Montes, who was arrested ten days after 9/11 for espionage, and sentenced to 25 years for spying for the Cuban Intelligence Service while she worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The application of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants played a key role in Pete and his senior co-case agent’s ability to gather evidence in this case.
Pete was also the case agent on the theft of trade secrets investigation of MIN Yonggang, who as a former DuPont employee was convicted of misappropriating over $1 billion of the company’s trade secrets. Pete gained inter-agency experience while conducting a joint-duty assignment at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence/Partner Engagement. Later in his career, he was promoted to program manager, and chief of the economic espionage and People’s Republic of China (PRC) espionage units at FBIHQ’s Counterintelligence Division.
Pete conducted hundreds of awareness briefings while at the Washington Field Office to academic, industry, and community groups on the topics of counterintelligence, insider threat, and active shooter.
Pete is the founder of PJ Lapp Consulting, LLC where he now focuses his vast knowledge and experience in counterintelligence and insider risk. He is a widely recognized expert and thought leader in the area of IR. Combining his experience as an investigator and program manager of espionage and economic espionage investigations, Pete is well qualified to provide seasoned advice on how to successfully build your IR program to mitigate reputational risk and protect your critical assets to help companies maintain their competitive advantage.
Pete is the author of Queen of Cuba: An Agent’s Insider Account of the Spy Who Evaded Detection for 17 Years.
Special Agent (Retired)
Peter J. Lapp
May 1998 – Mar 2020
“Every counter intelligence success is a counter intelligence failure. She committed espionage for 16 years before being caught. The damage she did is long lasting and can’t be erased.”—Retired Agent Peter Lapp
The following are links to FBI and news articles about the Ana Montes espionage investigation and information about the use of FISA warrants in national security matters:
FBI Website: Ana Montes: Cuban Spy
CNN “Declassified” – 8/8/2018: The most dangerous U.S. spy you’ve never heard of
Washington Post – 4/18/2014: Ana Montes Did Much Harm Spying For Cuba – Chances Are You Haven’t Heard of Her
Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA)