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Quite some time back, someone asked for this list of names (I think it might have been Tim Gratz). Anyway, after all this time, I finally found it amongst mountains of paperwork. So for anyone who is interested, here are those names.

FWIW.

James

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Armando Cubria Ramos, Humberto Sori Martin, Rogelio Gonzalez Corcho, Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar, Nemesio Rodriguez Navarette, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba Varona, Bufemio Jose Fernandez Ortega, Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Gabriel Riano Zequiero, Dionisio Acosta, Orest Frias, Eduardo Limaz Perez, Juan Hornedo, Guillermo Coula Ferrer, Higinio Menendez Beltran, Adolfo Mendoza, Tony Varona, Mario Tauler Sague, Manuel Ray Rivero, Aureliano Sanchez Arango, Francisco Chanes Armas, Alfredo Ruperto, Florentino Fernandez Rodriguez, Secundo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Antonio Fernando Rodriguez, Raul Fernandez Trevejo, Bernardo Iglesias Winter, Raul Cay Hernandez, Humberto Gomez Pena, Jose Luis Cuervo, Higinio Diaz Ane, Jesus Montez, Piere Juan Diaz, Francisco Blanco, Mario Salabarrio, Osvaldo Valentin Figueroa, Alberto Grau Sierra, Alberto Cruz Caso, Julio Omar Cruz, Gregorio Reynaldo Diego, Carlos Vicente Sanchez, Julio Ruiz, Rolando Cubela, Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, Armando Romerio Martinez, Herminio Diaz Garcia, Felix Asencio and Jesus Dominguez.

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Acosta, Dionisio

Ane, Higinio Diaz

Arango, Aureliano Sanchez

Armas, Francisco Chanes

Asencio, Felix

Beltran, Higinio Menendez

Blanco, Francisco

Caso, Alberto Cruz

Cuervo, Jose Luis

Corcho, Rogelio Gonzalez

Cruz, Julio Omar

Cubela, Rolando

Cuesta, Tony

Diaz, Piere Juan

Diego, Gregorio Reynaldo

Dominguez, Jesus

Ferrer, Guillermo Coula

Figueroa, Osvaldo Valentin

Frias, Orest

Garcia, Herminio Diaz

Gonzalez, Secundo Gonzalez

Hanscom, Rafael Diaz

Hernandez, Raul Cay

Hornedo, Juan

Martin, Humberto Sori

Martinez, Armando Romerio

Mendoza, Adolfo

Miyar, Manuel Lorenzo Puig

Montez, Jesus

Navarette, Nemesio Rodriguez

Ortega, Bufemio Jose Fernandez

Pena, Humberto Gomez

Perez, Eduardo Limaz

Ramos, Armando Cubria

Rivero, Manuel Ray

Rodriguez, Florentino Fernandez

Rodriguez, Antonio Fernando

Ruiz, Julio

Ruperto, Alfredo

Sague, Mario Tauler

Salabarrio, Mario

Sanchez, Carlos Vicente

Sierra, Alberto Grau

Trevejo, Raul Fernandez

Varona, Tony

Varona, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba

Winter, Bernardo Iglesias

Zaldivar, Eugenio Enrique

Zequiero, Gabriel Riano

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Quite some time back, someone asked for this list of names (I think it might have been Tim Gratz). Anyway, after all this time, I finally found it amongst mountains of paperwork. So for anyone who is interested, here are those names.

FWIW.

James

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Armando Cubria Ramos, Humberto Sori Martin, Rogelio Gonzalez Corcho, Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar, Nemesio Rodriguez Navarette, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba Varona, Bufemio Jose Fernandez Ortega, Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Gabriel Riano Zequiero, Dionisio Acosta, Orest Frias, Eduardo Limaz Perez, Juan Hornedo, Guillermo Coula Ferrer, Higinio Menendez Beltran, Adolfo Mendoza, Tony Varona, Mario Tauler Sague, Manuel Ray Rivero, Aureliano Sanchez Arango, Francisco Chanes Armas, Alfredo Ruperto, Florentino Fernandez Rodriguez, Secundo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Antonio Fernando Rodriguez, Raul Fernandez Trevejo, Bernardo Iglesias Winter, Raul Cay Hernandez, Humberto Gomez Pena, Jose Luis Cuervo, Higinio Diaz Ane, Jesus Montez, Piere Juan Diaz, Francisco Blanco, Mario Salabarrio, Osvaldo Valentin Figueroa, Alberto Grau Sierra, Alberto Cruz Caso, Julio Omar Cruz, Gregorio Reynaldo Diego, Carlos Vicente Sanchez, Julio Ruiz, Rolando Cubela, Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, Armando Romerio Martinez, Herminio Diaz Garcia, Felix Asencio and Jesus Dominguez.

James, This list, were they gunmen who Castro and his security service knew about as potentially dangerous or had actually been used in some missions or exactly what defined their being on the list or not? Also date or approximate date of compilation of the list and reason, if stated, was given to McGovern

Peter,

I take it these people were either responsible for organizing an assassination plot or actually participating in one.

Mario Tauler Sague is of much interest given that he has been named (by some including me) as the man photographed in front of the Russian and Cuban embassies in Mexico City. He was nabbed in Havana by authorities in July of 1960 unloading weapons which had been secretly smuggled into Cuba. The CIA claimed that they had no record of contact with him.

FWIW.

James

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James, were these men members of Operation 40?

John,

Not all of them were but I suspect several were. One definite was Higinio Diaz Ane. This is one guy who needs a serious looking at. I seem to remember reading a report once where Jacob Esterline was interested in getting him out of a Cuban jail and into the United States.

Anyway, Diaz Ane was a leader amongst the ranks of the MRR and was obviously close to Artime and Quintero.

According to this report below, Castro wasn't his greatest fan.

FWIW.

James

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Thanks JR & John,

I think these guys might run the gamut from different eras - early 60s up to late 70s.

Some are well known, others obscure.

Can we attach a date next to them?

BK

Acosta, Dionisio

Ane, Higinio Diaz - MRR (Artime/Quintero - Jake Easterline)

Arango, Aureliano Sanchez

Armas, Francisco Chanes

Asencio, Felix

Beltran, Higinio Menendez

Blanco, Francisco

Caso, Alberto Cruz

Cuervo, Jose Luis

Corcho, Rogelio Gonzalez

Cruz, Julio Omar

Cubela, Rolando

Cuesta, Tony - Boat raider.

Diaz, Piere Juan

Diego, Gregorio Reynaldo

Dominguez, Jesus

Ferrer, Guillermo Coula

Figueroa, Osvaldo Valentin

Frias, Orest

Garcia, Herminio Diaz

Gonzalez, Secundo Gonzalez

Hanscom, Rafael Diaz

Hernandez, Raul Cay

Hornedo, Juan

Martin, Humberto Sori

Martinez, Armando Romerio

Mendoza, Adolfo

Miyar, Manuel Lorenzo Puig

Montez, Jesus

Navarette, Nemesio Rodriguez

Ortega, Bufemio Jose Fernandez

Pena, Humberto Gomez

Perez, Eduardo Limaz

Ramos, Armando Cubria

Rivero, Manuel Ray

Rodriguez, Florentino Fernandez

Rodriguez, Antonio Fernando

Ruiz, Julio

Ruperto, Alfredo

Sague, Mario Tauler - 1960 - July

Salabarrio, Mario

Sanchez, Carlos Vicente

Sierra, Alberto Grau

Trevejo, Raul Fernandez

Varona, Tony -

Varona, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba

Winter, Bernardo Iglesias

Zaldivar, Eugenio Enrique

Zequiero, Gabriel Riano

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James, were these men members of Operation 40?

John,

Not all of them were but I suspect several were. One definite was Higinio Diaz Ane. This is one guy who needs a serious looking at. I seem to remember reading a report once where Jacob Esterline was interested in getting him out of a Cuban jail and into the United States.

Anyway, Diaz Ane was a leader amongst the ranks of the MRR and was obviously close to Artime and Quintero.

According to this report below, Castro wasn't his greatest fan.

FWIW.

James

I knew I had an image of Higinio Diaz Ane somewhere.

FWIW.

James

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Church Committee Interim Report: Cuba

When it came to Fidel Castro, the Agency spared no effort across a quarter of a century. DCI William Colby admitted to the Church Committee that the Agency tried and failed to kill Castro several times.

“It wasn’t for a lack of trying,” Colby observed.

In August 1975, Fidel Castro gave Senator George McGovern a list of 24 alleged attempts to assassinate him in which Castro claimed the CIA had been involved.

The Committee forwarded this list to the CIA and requested it to respond to those allegations. The CIA’s fourteen-page response concluded:

“In summary, of the incidents described in Castro’s report, the files reviewed

indicate that CIA had no involvement in 15 of the cases: i.e., never had any contact with the individuals mentioned or was not in contact with them at the time of the alleged incidents.

In the remaining 9 cases, CIA had operational relationships with some of the individuals mentioned but not for the purpose of assassination.

Of the cases reviewed, nothing has been found to substantiate the charges that CIA directed its agents to assassinate Castro.

The Committee has found no evidence that the CIA was involved in the attempts on Castro’s life enumerated in the allegations that Castro gave to Senator McGovern. The CIA’s involvement in other plots against Castro and the top figures in his Government are set forth below…”

Gerry Hemming on "Saul Sage"

Mario Tauler Sague

Mario Sague

-- Zach

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On July 29, 1973 an American who has identified himself as Ed Scott (Kaiser) telephoned (name unknown Someone who was in Jail in CUBA and has been recently released) at the address of Mrs. (name unknown) in Miami, Mr. (name unknown) is currently staying at his sister-in-laws house. Scott (Kaiser) said that he and (name unknown) had mutual friends and that he needed to see (name unknown) right away at the Cuban shopping center on N.W. 22 Avenue and 11th Street which the Cubans named "Centro Commercial Cubanos." Scott (Kaiser) who was waiting in front of a small coffee shop located in the shopping center. Upon (name unknown) arrival Scott suggested that they go into the Yumura furniture store where he introduced (name unknown) to one of its owners, a Sergio Gonzales, who was in prison in Cuba with (name unknown). According to (name unknown) Gonzales was supposed to have served six years as a political prisoner and is a former head of the 30th of November revolutionary activities for years, that his group was about to do something big in Cuba, and asked (name unknown) if he could get him some arms. (name unknown) told Scott (Kaiser) that he was arrested for attempting to leave Cuba illegally, and he was not involved with any group and did not want to discuss this any further. Scott (Kaiser) said that he could tell (name unknown) the location of the Russian military camps in Cuba, the location of all the prisons in Cuba, and asked if (name unknown) thought the prisoners would escape if freed by a group, if a group infiltrated into Cuba, would the people of Cuba help them? He also asked what the Cubans needed in way of arms, food etc., to change the present situation in Cuba. Scott (Kaiser) asked (name unknown) about the current conditions in Cuba, the length of his prison sentence, if (name unknown) would be willing to join Scott's group, Scott (Kaiser) asked (name unknown) if he knew anything about a large amount of drugs being smuggled by small boats with Cubans from the United States. Scott (Kaiser) also asked (name unknown) if the American government had talked to him since his return to the United States from the Islands. Scott (Kaiser) said that he would like to take (name unknown) to an office where a girl would take down information from (name unknown) by typewriter and a tape recorder. Scott (Kaiser) then took (name unknown) out to his car, a dark green 1970 or 71 Ford Galaxy, opened the trunk and showed (name unknown) a large number of round things, resembling sticks , wrapped in tin foil. Scott (Kaiser) told (name unknown) they were dynamite. (name unknown) was unable to note the license plate number on the car. Scott (Kaiser) would not tell (name unknown) where he obtained (name unknown) telephone number, but (name unknown) later found out that it was given to Scott (Kaiser) by a Cuban friend, by the name of Felix Rodriguez (fun) who is now employed at the coffee shop counter in the shopping center. Scott (Kaiser) told (name unknown) that he was called to Washington recently in connection with the Watergate case. Scott had an attaché case containing tapes, index cards and photostatic copies of photos of Frank Sturgis, Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, and others which he showed to (name unknown). Scott (Kaiser) said that he made a number of references to an Aldo Vera, Lanz Diaz and other persons. (name unknown) said he steadfastly refused to cooperate with Scott (Kaiser) and told Scott (Kaiser) that the only thing he could tell him is what went on in prison because he knew nothing about what went on outside of the prison walls.

On July 30, 1973 Mr. Saldivar (fun) father of Eugenio Saldivar, visited (name unknown) at (name unknown) sister-in-law's apartment. Mr. Saldivar and (name unknown) then went to have coffee at the aforementioned shopping center and saw Scott (Kaiser) there with some of his "cronies" and Armando, who is not further indentified, but was exiled in the Uruguayan Embassy in Havana in 1962. The group started a normal conversation with (name unknown) and after they drank their coffee, Scott (Kaiser), in an effort toward trying to be funny, according to (name unknown) took an old Cuban $100 bill out of his pocket to pay for the coffee. The group insisted that (name unknown) have lunch with them but (name unknown) declined with the excuse that he had a doctor's appointment.

On the morning of August 3, 1973 (name unknown) again visited the Cuban shopping center to purchase some items and again encountered Scott (Kaiser). An unidentified Cuban at the shopping center that day called Scott "Casid" (Kaiser). Scott (Kaiser) told (name unknown) that he was very busy these days and showed (name unknown) a large boat near the shopping center which Scott (Kaiser) said he was fixing up in preparation for a trip soon. Scott (Kaiser) invited (name unknown) to come see him the following day where he was working on the boat. The boat that Scott was working on is located in back of the Cuban shopping center on N.W. 22nd Avenue (name unknown) said it reportedly is worth about $75,000 and is owned by a Mr. Richard Cabrera, nickname Cayo, whose means of livelihood is unknown to (name unknown). In a note to this agency dated August 6, 1973 (name unknown) said that "they", sources not named, told him that Scott is also known by the name of Kaiser, and that Scott, or Kaiser, has spread the story around the Cuban colony that he is a member of the CIA; that he fought in the Indo-China war; that he was a member of the French Foreign Legion, and that he was wounded many times in World War II. Scott (Kaiser) said that he and Armando were going to Washington again to be questioned in the Watergate matter. Scott is a personal friend of Armando Fernandez, who is about 45 years old, who reportedly is in jail in Cuba at the present time and claims to be or to have been associated with the CIA. Reportedly Fernandez, together with Carlos De Armas who is about 50 years old, were arrested in Cuba on or about July 20, 1973 for having gone to Cuba to bring out the family of Armando Fernandez and some other people. According to (name unknown) the families who were to have left Cuba illegally on the return trip with these three were also arrested in Varadero where the families lived. (name unknown) said that the person called "El Pirate" allegedly had been in jail in Cuba previously but got out and came to Miami and that these three persons used to hangout in the Yumura furniture store in the shopping center on N.W. 22nd Avenue, which is where my father spent many of his afternoons.

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Scott (Kaiser) said that he made a number of references to an Aldo Vera, Lanz Diaz and other persons. (name unknown) said he steadfastly refused to cooperate with Scott (Kaiser) and told Scott (Kaiser) that the only thing he could tell him is what went on in prison because he knew nothing about what went on outside of the prison walls.

My apologies, I thought the document said Lanz Diaz, and its actually Higinio Nino Diaz. The reason I thought it was Pedro is because I have a photo of Pedro and my father that was taken in 1973.

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Quite some time back, someone asked for this list of names (I think it might have been Tim Gratz). Anyway, after all this time, I finally found it amongst mountains of paperwork. So for anyone who is interested, here are those names.

FWIW.

James

*********************************

Armando Cubria Ramos, Humberto Sori Martin, Rogelio Gonzalez Corcho, Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar, Nemesio Rodriguez Navarette, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba Varona, Bufemio Jose Fernandez Ortega, Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Gabriel Riano Zequiero, Dionisio Acosta, Orest Frias, Eduardo Limaz Perez, Juan Hornedo, Guillermo Coula Ferrer, Higinio Menendez Beltran, Adolfo Mendoza, Tony Varona, Mario Tauler Sague, Manuel Ray Rivero, Aureliano Sanchez Arango, Francisco Chanes Armas, Alfredo Ruperto, Florentino Fernandez Rodriguez, Secundo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Antonio Fernando Rodriguez, Raul Fernandez Trevejo, Bernardo Iglesias Winter, Raul Cay Hernandez, Humberto Gomez Pena, Jose Luis Cuervo, Higinio Diaz Ane, Jesus Montez, Piere Juan Diaz, Francisco Blanco, Mario Salabarrio, Osvaldo Valentin Figueroa, Alberto Grau Sierra, Alberto Cruz Caso, Julio Omar Cruz, Gregorio Reynaldo Diego, Carlos Vicente Sanchez, Julio Ruiz, Rolando Cubela, Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, Armando Romerio Martinez, Herminio Diaz Garcia, Felix Asencio and Jesus Dominguez.

[emphasis added by T. Graves]

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Quite some time back, someone asked for this list of names (I think it might have been Tim Gratz). Anyway, after all this time, I finally found it amongst mountains of paperwork. So for anyone who is interested, here are those names.

FWIW.

James

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Armando Cubria Ramos, Humberto Sori Martin, Rogelio Gonzalez Corcho, Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar, Nemesio Rodriguez Navarette, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba Varona, Bufemio Jose Fernandez Ortega, Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Gabriel Riano Zequiero, Dionisio Acosta, Orest Frias, Eduardo Limaz Perez, Juan Hornedo, Guillermo Coula Ferrer, Higinio Menendez Beltran, Adolfo Mendoza, Tony Varona, Mario Tauler Sague, Manuel Ray Rivero, Aureliano Sanchez Arango, Francisco Chanes Armas, Alfredo Ruperto, Florentino Fernandez Rodriguez, Secundo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Antonio Fernando Rodriguez, Raul Fernandez Trevejo, Bernardo Iglesias Winter, Raul Cay Hernandez, Humberto Gomez Pena, Jose Luis Cuervo, Higinio Diaz Ane, Jesus Montez, Piere Juan Diaz, Francisco Blanco, Mario Salabarrio, Osvaldo Valentin Figueroa, Alberto Grau Sierra, Alberto Cruz Caso, Julio Omar Cruz, Gregorio Reynaldo Diego, Carlos Vicente Sanchez, Julio Ruiz, Rolando Cubela, Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, Armando Romerio Martinez, Herminio Diaz Garcia, Felix Asencio and Jesus Dominguez.

Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, His correct name is spelled Eugenio Saldivar with an (S) not a (Z), and yes, you are correct James, these two. A lot of these other guy's became paid informants, which is why they ended up dead.

Scott

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Quite some time back, someone asked for this list of names (I think it might have been Tim Gratz). Anyway, after all this time, I finally found it amongst mountains of paperwork. So for anyone who is interested, here are those names.

FWIW.

James

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Armando Cubria Ramos, Humberto Sori Martin, Rogelio Gonzalez Corcho, Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar, Nemesio Rodriguez Navarette, Gaspar Dominguez Trueba Varona, Bufemio Jose Fernandez Ortega, Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Gabriel Riano Zequiero, Dionisio Acosta, Orest Frias, Eduardo Limaz Perez, Juan Hornedo, Guillermo Coula Ferrer, Higinio Menendez Beltran, Adolfo Mendoza, Tony Varona, Mario Tauler Sague, Manuel Ray Rivero, Aureliano Sanchez Arango, Francisco Chanes Armas, Alfredo Ruperto, Florentino Fernandez Rodriguez, Secundo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Antonio Fernando Rodriguez, Raul Fernandez Trevejo, Bernardo Iglesias Winter, Raul Cay Hernandez, Humberto Gomez Pena, Jose Luis Cuervo, Higinio Diaz Ane, Jesus Montez, Piere Juan Diaz, Francisco Blanco, Mario Salabarrio, Osvaldo Valentin Figueroa, Alberto Grau Sierra, Alberto Cruz Caso, Julio Omar Cruz, Gregorio Reynaldo Diego, Carlos Vicente Sanchez, Julio Ruiz, Rolando Cubela, Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, Armando Romerio Martinez, Herminio Diaz Garcia, Felix Asencio and Jesus Dominguez.

Tony Cuesta, Eugenio Enrique Zaldivar, His correct name is spelled Eugenio Saldivar with an (S) not a (Z), and yes, you are correct James, these two. A lot of these other guy's became paid informants, which is why they ended up dead.

Scott

Scott, how many of these guys were initially pro-Castro before turning against him?

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