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Cryptonym: AMHINT-19

Definition:
Raul Villaverde
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
It could possibly his brother Rafael Villaverde, but the 4/12/77 document below shows that Raul was of interest to DDO/WH from 1960-67 and Rafael was only of interest for a few months in 1965. Brother Jorge was in Cuban prison from about 1961-1978 (201-859862). 104-10181-10007, p. 120.
Sources:

1993.08.05.10:41:34:710005: HSCA MATERIAL REVIEWED AT HEADQUARTERS -- CUBAN COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY H

During 1964, Ramon Carona was the advisor for commando activities for RECE. His assistant advisors were Raul Villaverde and Jose Basulto (famous in the 90s for his work with Brothers for the Rescue).

104-10183-10158: AMHINT-19 INFORMED BY BROTHER, THAT CUBAN MAJOR ALMEIDA WAS GOING TO MEET MRS. JOSE VENTURA IN SWITZERLAND

10/29/64 cable from JMWAVE to Director. AMHINT-19 informed by brother, Father Francisco Villaverde, O. P., that Cuban Major Almeida was going to meet Mrs. Jose Ventura in Switzerland during October 64…illaverde probably identical Francisco (Villaverde) Lamadris, Dominican Order priest reported loyal AMTHUG-1 (CS 3/481, July 19, 1961) arrived Miami Aug 61 following three months asylum Brazil Embassy Habana, was National Chaplain for Catholic Youth Organization in Cuba. One of the brothers sentenced 30 yrs by revolutionary tribunal, another in 1961 awaiting trial for participation Bay of Pigs invasion (OO-A 3, 199, 172 Oct 16, 1961). AMOT Report AA 1376, Jan 24, 1963 identified subject Director of Centro de Juventudes Catolicas de Miami without further info...he in Mexico under forged Vatican passport name Francisco Villa Lamar; controlled small student group Pueblo University…"

124-10293-10031: No Title

11/10/65 report from SAC, Miami to Director, FBI. "On November 9, 1965, Rafael Villaverde La Madriz advised Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as follows: He currently resides at 3840 Northwest 186th Street, Miami, with his father, Francisco Jose Villaverde Blanco, and his mother, Cira Maria La Madriz. He has a brother, Francisco, who is a priest in Mexico. Another brother, Raul, resides in the Miami area and is employed as a surveyor. Rafael is currently employed at Marsden, Inc., A. E. duPont Building, Miami, as a general contractor. He is a Reserve Lieutenant in the United States Army Airborne Rangers. He received training in the Army Special Forces. His serial number is C2312347. He and his brother, Raul, are both demolitions experts. He last manufactured bombs in 1961 and 1963 in Cuba. He believes his brother, Raul, is the best demolitions expert in Miami, and both he and his brother are well known in Cuban exile circles. He, Rafael, is not currently engaged in the manufacture of bombs or demolitions of any type. He has never constructed any explosive devices or engaged in the use of demolitions without the knowledge of representatives of United States government agencies. He in the past has worked for other government agencies...Neither Rafael nor his brother, Raul, is presently connected with anti-Castro Cuban exile organizations. He does not know Orlando Bosch personally and has no connection with the MIRR. Another brother, Jorge Salvador Villaverde La Madriz, is currently imprisoned on the Isle of Pines, Cuba. On November 10, 1965, MM T-3, another government agency which conducts intelligence investigations, advised as follows: Rafael Villaverde is a Reserve Lieutenant in the United States Army. He was an intelligence officer in the Cuban Brigade 2506...MM T-3 advised no information had come to his attention...that Villaverde has ever conducted anti-Castro activities outside the sponsorship of US government agencies."

Gaeton Fonzi, The Last Investigation (Thunder's Mouth Press, New York, 1993), p. 357

"(In 1976) some time prior to the Letalier assassination, (Ed) Wilson had gotten another assignment from Khadafy. The Libyan leader wanted one of his principal enemies, hiding in Cairo, assassinated. Wilson decided to dip into the pool of anti-Castro Cubans in Miami trained as experts in the field by the CIA. He called Rafael "Chi Chi" Quintero, a veteran of a number of JMWAVE's sabotage and assassination missions...and gave Quintero the impression it was an Agency job...Quintero called Tom Clines, his old case officer, at the Agency to check out Wilson's request. Clines gave Wilson a ringing endorsement. Quintero recruited two brothers, Rafael and Raoul Villaverde, who had worked for him in the old days, and all three flew to Geneva to meet Wilson and (Frank) Terpil and get the details for the hit...(when CIA director Stansfield) Turner read about the Justice Dept.'s investigation of Wilson in the Washington Post...he called Clines and (Ted) Shackley into his office and demanded an accounting of their relationship with Wilson. Their explanation didn't satisfy Turner and he reassigned them to what he thought were less sensitive posts. Both Clines and Shackley eventually left the Agency to go to work for one of Edwin Wilson's export companies. Clines eventually became the first participant in the Iran/Contra scandal to go to jail."

104-10110-10584: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INQUIRY REGARDING RAFAEL QUIINTERO ET AL

4/12/77 Justice Dept. inquiry about five individuals: Rafael Quintero (AMJAVA-4), Rafael Villaverde, Raul Villaverde, Jesus Lazo, Valentine Hernandez, and Anthony Nestor Izquierdo Diaz, aka Tony Izquierdo. Quintero was of interest to DDO/WH from 1959-67; Rafael Villaverde from Feb.-Sept. 1965, and Raul Villaverde from 1960-67. Based on this finding, Raul Villaverde is more likely to be AMHINT-19.

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP90-00552R000505280005-8.pdf

9/8/81 CBS Evening News program: Subject: CIA CONTROVERSY DAN RATHER: The Central Intelligence Agency, subject to considerable bad publicity in recent years, finds itself embroiled now in another controversy, one that may not be of its making. This one involves a former agent named Edwin Wilson, who has fled this country to avoid an indictment for illegal explosive sales to Libya. And Wilson has been linked to an attempt to kill an enemy of Libya's leader, Colonel Qaddafi, an attempt that involved the hiring of hit men with CIA connections. George Crile has been investigating. GEORGE CRILE: These were the hit men recruited by Ed Wilson. Rafael "Chi-Chi" Quantero (?), recruited by the CIA before the Bay of Pigs and, for several years after, a leader of the infiltration team running terrorist operations to Cuba. Raul Villaverde, an eight year veteran of the CIA's secret war on Cuba, demolitions expert, key member of the infiltration team. His brother, Rafael Villaverde, Bay of Pigs veteran, another of the CIA's longtime infiltration agents….."

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