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Cryptonym: LITAMIL-9

Definition:
Luis Alberu Soeto, Cuban Cultural Attache in Mexico City, working as a double-agent for the CIA. According to one CIA document, LITAMIL-9 made photo identifications for the LIONION surveillance project. John Newman mistakenly identified Alberu as LIRING-3 in ''Oswald and the CIA''.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10431-10003: HSCA FILM

This document reveals Luis Alberu Soeto as LITAMIL-9, 201-329609.

104-10052-10204: OPERATIONAL PROGRESS REPORT

4/30/65 dispatch from Lawrence Barker/Robert Shaw on behalf of Chief of Station, Mexico City to Chief, Western Hemisphere: Prior to his departure, LITAMIL-9 had been conducting most of the photo identifications for the Mexico City station.

3AH74 (HSCA interview with Sylvia Duran): HSCA Report, Volume III

In her 1978 interview at the HSCA, Silvia Duran was able to identify photographs of Luis Alberu.

104-10414-10355: DISPATCH-OPERATION PROGRESS REPORT

4/30/65, Lawrence Barker (Robert Shaw) writes: "LITAMIL-9...in the past has made most LIONION (Cuban embassy) photo identifications."

104-10404-10159: CABLE RE: REPORT ON CUBAN EMBASSY ATMOSPHERE AND SILVIA DURAN DEMEANOR

11/28/63, cable from R.L Easby (deputy chief, Alan White to Director, MEXI 7115: Neither LITAMIL-7 or LITAMIL-9 had any personal knowledge of Oswald's presence at the Cuban embassy at any time. (Identities are redacted, but revealed on the preceding page). MEXI-7065 indicates that LITAMIL-9 was first approached about Oswald on the night of 11/23/63: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=54825&relPageId=2&search=%22he_has%20seen%20instructed%20report%22

104-10069-10239 FOREIGN POLITICAL MATTERS - CUBA

Alberu Soeto identified as the cultural attache as of this date, at address Michalet 7-301, Colonia Ansures, with the phone number of 11-73-51.

Bill Simpich, State Secret, Chapter 3: http://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Chapter3.html

The most important informant of all was LITAMIL-9, better known as Luis Alberu, a cultural attaché at the Cuban embassy. Bill Harvey himself was confident that Alberu was sufficiently anti-Communist. In 1962, Alberu was developed as an agent by Harvey’s people at Task Force W as part of its anti-Castro operation, Project JMATE. This was standard operating procedure - there was a contingent of officers from Headquarters’ Cuban division inside the Mexico City station. Alberu had contacts with the Spanish Communists in Mexico. He was later shared with the Mexico City station. As LITAMIL-9, Alberu was the principal agent used to identify faces in surveillance photos taken at the Cuban embassy between 1962 and 1965. In 1963, he knew everybody. Alberu was used for a variety of other tasks during the summer of 1963. Station officer Bob Shaw scheduled regular meetings in his car to meet with Alberu and discuss what was going on inside the embassy. Shaw would give Alberu batches of photos and ask him to identify who was depicted in them. Shaw testified that penetrations of the Cuban government were his central task in Mexico City.

104-10110-10198: REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION AND (OR) NAME CHECK FORM

7/27/62 from Chief, CI Operational Approval Division to Deputy Director of Security, re Request for Investigation and/or Name Check: Re C-101331, TFW-Mexico agent. US government interest can be shown to him, not CIA interest. May be just coincidence, but same day as TFW/Exec sends memo out about Hemming the "noted" trainer. Richard Tansing is included in routing slip on Hemming: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=12288#relPageId=3&tab=page

Contributors:
Roy Bierma • Bill Simpich

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