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Francesca Akhtar

'El Mexicano'

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Francesca,

A bit more on Francisco Rodriguez Tamayo if you are still looking into him.

He used the alias Nicolas Diaz and his Agency file was 201-293114. That may help with specific document searches.

He was born in 1932 in Puerto Rico. I'm not sure how or when he came to Cuba but he was a Captain in Castro's rebel army until June 1959 when he left for the United States and set himself up in Miami.

Curiously the FBI were very interested in him early in 1963. Efigenio Armejeiras told them that as of July 1963, 'El Mexicano' was a paid Castro agent and that he had been associating with Pedro Diaz Lanz.

In 1968, Rodriguez Tamayo was suspected of being involved in an assassination plot in Venezuela (target unknown).

All in all, a very curious character.

James

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Francesca wrote:

I think the problem is of course just because someone was a cuban exile doesn't mean they were involved in the assassination or just because they disliked kennedy.

A brilliant observation! First, of course, is the fact that not only Cuban exiles disliked JFK. Some indeed liked him very much. And even though some disliked him VERY much because of the betrayal at the Bay of Pigs, that does not mean they were involved in the assassination.

Francesca, I offer you a research project that should be quite simple: research why most Cubans have three names and what the last name means.

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Francesca,

A bit more on Francisco Rodriguez Tamayo if you are still looking into him.

He used the alias Nicolas Diaz and his Agency file was 201-293114. That may help with specific document searches.

He was born in 1932 in Puerto Rico. I'm not sure how or when he came to Cuba but he was a Captain in Castro's rebel army until June 1959 when he left for the United States and set himself up in Miami.

Curiously the FBI were very interested in him early in 1963. Efigenio Armejeiras told them that as of July 1963, 'El Mexicano' was a paid Castro agent and that he had been associating with Pedro Diaz Lanz.

In 1968, Rodriguez Tamayo was suspected of being involved in an assassination plot in Venezuela (target unknown).

All in all, a very curious character.

James

Hi James,

many thanks for the information! I'm still interested in him yes although lately have been busy with other things and have taken a bit of a break from research lately. His agency number is very useful thanks. I am also interested in the alleged link to Pedro Diaz Lanz as he was one of David Ferrie's associates I believe.

Is he still alive by the way? (Lanz not Ferrie :-). I haven't come across an obituary on the internet so far.

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Francesca wrote:

I think the problem is of course just because someone was a cuban exile doesn't mean they were involved in the assassination or just because they disliked kennedy.

A brilliant observation! First, of course, is the fact that not only Cuban exiles disliked JFK. Some indeed liked him very much. And even though some disliked him VERY much because of the betrayal at the Bay of Pigs, that does not mean they were involved in the assassination.

Yes but just because it can't be said that ALL cuban exiles were involved in the plot to Kill JFK, that doesn't however mean that SOME were not.....

Francesca, I offer you a research project that should be quite simple: research why most Cubans have three names and what the last name means.

Well I have no idea on that one I'm afraid....

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Spanish and Hispanic people take both their father and mother's surnames. So they all have a first name and two surnames i.e. Felipe Gonzalez Márquez. When Spanish women marry, they keep their own name but can add their husband's if they wish. My sister is married to a Spaniard and her full name is Joanne Steel (de) Cudilleiro. Any children would be :Juan(ita) Cudilleiro Steel.

Hope this helps. Now you can get on with your discussion!

All the best

Penny

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Does anyone have any new information on Francisco Rodriguez Tamayo?

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