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Cryptonym: AMCOG-2

Mrs. (Maria) Leopoldina Grau Alsina de Agüero, aka “Polita.”
Niece of Ramon Grau San Martin, circa 5/6/65, 104-10181-10460 and 104-10181-10461; uncle is aka “the Doctor,” Sister of AMCOG-1 and niece of AMCOG-3, 12/9/63, 104-10073-10101. Wife of Jose Aguero; 104-10073-10101. A Rescate contact, sent by Antonio Varona to work with Alberto Cruz Caso, his brother Ramon, and Manuel de Jesus Campanioni Souza (an associate and friend of Santo Trafficante) to assassinate Castro with poison pills. Seeking documentation that she was involved in Operation Pedro Pan and the assassination plots with her brother AMCOG-1.


1962: Review and Analysis of AMFAUNA Operation; the ailing former Cuban President (Ramon Grau San Martin) was being coerced to remain in the AMCOG residence while his nephew, AMCOG-3, and niece, AMCOG-2, were being held in a Cuban prison for a ransom of one million dollars. References to the "identities" can be first seen at page three.

104-10181-10461: CABLE: IDEN -1

Cable Identity-1 is Ramon Grau San Martin, former President of Cuba. Identity-2 is Dr. Francisco Condom Cestino; Identity-3 is Elvira Diaz Biarte.

104-10073-10101: DEBRIEFING OF AMFAUNA-14

Debriefing of AMFAUNA-14; See Fabian Escalante, The Secret War (pp. 132-133); see also document at end of Shackley Deposition to SSCIA, 157-10014-10046.


CIA response to Castro's Assassination Plots in following item: "Leopoldina Grau Alsina...a POA was granted for her use as a source of intelligence in her brother's net on 17 March 1961. However she was terminated on 18 November 1963 due to insufficient intelligence production and lack of operational security." When she was arrested in January 1965 with her brother, poisons were found in her possession...the memo states "nothing in the files" indicates that she was directed to kill Castro or that the poisons were provided by the CIA. Manuel Companioni was arrested at the same time.

157-10014-10046: TESTIMONY OF HALLEY, 19 AUG 1975

Castro's Assassination Plots, provided by Fidel Castro to George McGovern in 1975, is attached here. "...a net of CIA agents, headed by Ramon and Maria Leopoldina Grau Alsina (known as Polita)...were part of the organizations "Rescate", "Movimento Anticomunista Revolucionario" (MAR) and other organizations organized and directed by (CIA).

124-90135-10117: [No Title]

August 1965, CIA report stated that Cuban officials believed former President Ramon "Grau's nephews were CIA agents involved in a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro...The capture of Grau's nephews was brought about, according to Cuban authorities, by denouncements made by Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo following his capture in the mountains of Oriente province. Headquarters comments: According to the Miami News of 2/5/65, Mrs. Leopoldina Grau Alsina de Aguero and Ramon Grau Alsina, niece and nephew of former Cuban president Ramon Grau San Martin, were arrested about 1/20/65. The Cuban government announced the arrest of Gutierrez on 1/25/65, i.e., after the arrest of the Graus."

John Newman • Arnaldo M. Fernandez • Bill Simpich

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