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Cryptonym: AMCOG-2

Definition:
Mrs. (Maria) Leopoldina Grau Alsina de Agüero, aka “Polita.”
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
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.
Sources:

104-10181-10460: CABLE: PRIOR REF A TRIP

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.

104-10181-10461: CABLE: IDEN -1

Cable Iden

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.

104-10103-10183: MEMO:DOCUMENTATION OF CASTRO ASSASSINATION PLOTS

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).

Contributors:
John Newman • Arnaldo M. Fernandez • Bill Simpich

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