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Cryptonym: AMCLEVE-15

Definition:
Luis Posada Carriles, aka Luis Clemente Faustino Posada, Luis Clemente Posada, Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, El Bambi.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Luis Posada is one of the most important figures, still alive today and with a remarkable history.
Sources:

124-90158-10011: No Title

"Posada was schooled as a chemist and worked there for the Firestone Rubber Company as a production manager. After his arrival in the United States, he worked for the Firestone Company in Akron, Ohio...Prior to his being recruited by ROGELIO CISNEROS (AMBANG-4), Posada had belonged to the anti-Castro movement known as (MRP)."

104-10226-10162: DISPATCH: UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIA (UR) MILITARY COORDINATION

7/5/61 dispatch: Posada is listed as one of UR's "Black Falcons", along with Eduardo Perez Gonzalez (AMDENIM-11) and Julio Garcia aka "Al Smith" (AMCHEER-1)

104-10178-10221: SUBJECT: AMCLEVE/15 201-300985

PRQ Part 2, Sept 65: Posada was a member of Brigade 2506 and participated in training in the spring of 1961. Identified in this document as AMCLEVE-15, 201-300985. Active with JURE between December 1963-Feb. 1965. No record that Posada received cryptonym or 201 number prior to his time with JURE. "He has been a paid agent since March 1965." This document identifies 201-300985 as Luis Posada: http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB153/19720417.pdf

1994.06.02.15:07:15:780005 Reel 61, Folder B - UNIDAD REVOLUTIONARIA.

Tony Cuesta/AMDENIM-14 was also UR and worked with the Falcons during the 1961 period.

National Security Archive, "The CIA File on Luis Posada Carriles": http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB334/

Posada escaped from prison during the trial for the death of the 73 people killed by the bombing of a Cubana airliner. Orlando Bosch/AMDITTO-23 has been implicated in that bombing.

180-10145-10324: 180-10145-10324

In 1969, Reinaldo Pico/AMICE-31 and AMCLEVE-15 are described as "mutual friends".

10/18/76 State Department memo, pp. 4-5.

Luis Posada was now chief of counterintelligence of Venezuela's intelligence organization DISIP. Posada, Orlando Bosch, and three others were arrested for the bombing of the Cubana airliner carrying 73 people. http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB153/19761018.pdf

104-10129-10245: Personal Record Questionnaire

Posada worked for Firestone in Havana between March 1958-March 1959 - then "unemployed" until 1961, stationed in Guatemala for the Bay of Pigs and back to the Firestone in Akron, Ohio from July 1961- March 1963, when he left and his joined the US Army for the next year at Fort Benning between March 1963-March 1964 (see p. 17). In Akron, Posada reported to FBI agent Dick Patterson (see p. 18). Described as a "good shot" in hunting. (p. 23) Sought out for questioning by Contact Division in early 1963. (p. 43). In 1965, study was done on his relationship with Emilio Aragones (target in alleged pro-Castro plot aimed at JFK), Osvaldo Dorticos, and Jorge Mas Canosa. (p. 35). JMWAVE training branch instructor, also served as CI informant until termination in 1967. His contact was the "well-known gangster" Lefty Rosenthal. (See p. 16) Posada was a CIA informant in Venezuela in 1974 (working as a DIGEPOL employee at the Ministry of Interior as early as 1968) and reported to WH/3/V (See pp. 14, 16, 19). Was he posing as a Jesuit in 1960? See this letter (in Spanish, could use an English translation): http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55497&search=%22dr._tito%22#relPageId=77&tab=page

124-10225-10175: No Title

On 8/18/64, Posada said he was terminating his membership with JURE. He said that although he had been in charge of its training camp in Polk County, Florida for several months, the training camp was no longer receiving support due to Ray's failure to enter Cuba by 5/20/64 as promised.

1994.05.09.10:57:29:630005: Reel 17, Folder P - ANTONIO CARLOS VECIANA BLANCH.

Jack Anderson reported that in 1971 Antonio Veciana and Luis Posada worked together in a failed plot to kill Castro in Chile - Posada was supposed to provide forged documents laying the blame at the feet of the Soviets.

124-90158-10011: No Title

1976: Posada is working in Venezuela with DISIP as a commissioner or informant...several wealthy Cubans are in Venezuela funding actions groups such as FLNC and Accion Cubana. "The persons who are contacted by Orlando Bosch Avila and Frank Castro are...Dr. Gustavo Ortiz Faz (note: possibly the man who killed Manolo Castro, according to Ilan Ehrlich's book "Eduardo Chibas: The Incorruptible Man of Cuban Politics", p. 46)...and Luis Posada. Posada, aka "El Bambi", has a private investigative agency...(see pages 2-8 of 46...report on Posada;s background. In 1964, he was the chief trainer at Weir William's land in Polk County, Florida, running the Campo de Insurugencia Jose Marti for JURE. Prior to his recruitment by Rogelio Cisneros, he had been active with MRP. During 1964 he worked with CIA trainers Jose Benito Clark and Delfin Pio Martinez, while claiming he had no contact with CIA)

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