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Cryptonym: AMHINT-5

Definition:
Isidro 'Chilo' Borja, early member of the DRE. He controlled the group's boats and headed the group's military section in 1963. Clare Boothe Luce referred to him as a boatman she called 'Julio Fernandez'. When CIA director Bill Colby followed up this story in October 1975, he was fired within days - with Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney taking over leadership positions in Ford Administration.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

180-10080-10262: No Title

Memo from Gaeton Fonzi and Al Gonzales to G. Robert Blakey: Interview with Salvat on 2/27/78. Cites his Miami office, Librario Universal, a retail and wholesale book firm dealing in Spanish language editions. Said principal leader of DRE was Luis Fernandez Rocha, its general secretary. Isidro Borja (AMHINT-5) was its military leader, known as Chilo.

104-10181-10334: CABLE: RE PARA TWO REF A, INFO RECEIVED FROM AMHINT-5 WHO ARRANGED

6/21/61: Memo from JMWAVE to BELL. Marginalia identifies Isidro Borja Simo as AMHINT-5. Salvat (AMHINT-2) was in the middle of an operation in Santiago de Cuba. Received later information that Salvat was back in Havana.

180-10145-10295: [No Title]

1961-62: During this period, Justin McCarthy was working most closely with Manolo Ray (AMBANG-1) and DRE (AMPSPELL).

180-10118-10048: [No Title]

8/24/62: Hernandez chrono reveals that Isidro Borja was on the Miramar raid, as was Carlos Hernandez, Leslie Jose Nobregas-Hevia, Juan Manuel Salvat Roque (AMHINT-2), Francisco Blanco-Hernandez and others.

104-10171-10328: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL TRANSMITTAL OF DOCUMENTS AND PRESS COVERAGE OF SHELLING OF HAVANA,

8/26/62 from Ted Shackley, Chief JMWAVE to Bill Harvey, Chief of Task Force W: Credit statement and underlying circumstances reported by AMHINT-2 (Juan Salvat). Statements of support by MRR, MDC, UR, Dr. Jose Alvarez. Coverage by US newspapers.

124-10281-10085: No Title

On 4/3/63, Isidro Cosme Borja Simo was interviewed by the FBI. He obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from McGill U. in Toronto in 1957. Identified himself as Chief of Military Operations for the DRE. Recent Cuban raids have been cancelled due to weather and issues with the US government regarding the Neutrality Act and the need to avoid hostilities with USSR and Cuba. Do not want to see the DRE vessel Juanin II seized.

104-10171-10253: CABLE: 3 APR AMINT-8 REPORTED MORNING 2 APR AMSPELL CALLED SPECIAL MEETING ITS MILITARY SECTION, SPEAKER WAS AMHINT-5

4/63: AMHINT-5 said the DRE should not shut down its military section, but instead tighten its belt and live without CIA funding.

104-10170-10002: HQS CONCERNED AS TO HOW CITUTOR 1 INVOLVEMENT WITH AMSPELLS MAY AFFECT GROUP

10/22/63 cable from WH/1/V to Caracas: The purpose of the communication is for Newby (CIA officer George Joannides) to "come to HQS to discuss AMHINT-5's activities in Venezuela."

180-10141-10387: No Title

Staff notes indicate that when Clare Boothe Luce was talking to Justin McCarthy about the man referred to in other documents as "Julio Fernandez", she was told by McCarthy that "Julio Fernandez's" code name was "Chilo" - that was the nickname for Isidro Borja. Starting on the previous page: "I knew a number of these leaders well; they were going in and out of Cuba, I paid for one of the motor boats, Bill Pawley did too...the night of the assassination, right after Oswald was caught, one of my boys telephoned me from New Orleans - he was captain of "her" boat- the Cubans were told to leave Miami - he had opened a call in New Orleans - he telephoned to tell me that Oswald was a hired gun; Oswald had tried to penetrate their little cell; that they turned around and did a counter penetration job on Oswald; all of this was done several months before the assassination..."she spoke to him again during Garrison era, and he said, "I am making my way in Miami, and I never want to hear a damn word about the assassination of Kennedy because you Americans really do not want to hear the truth."

180-10142-10247: No Title

"McCarthy identified three of the Cubans with whom he had been associated as Luis Fernandez Rocha (AMHINT-53), Jose Antonio Lanusa (201-339258) and one with the code name 'Chilo' (Isidro Borja, AMHINT-5)." (Note: Luce described the "boatman" she was familiar with as "Julio Fernandez" - this man could only be the boatman Isidro Borja.)

Peter Dale Scott, Dallas 63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House

October 1975: There is an "allegation of Pawley’s close friend and political ally Clare Boothe Luce, about a story from her 'young friend,' the skipper of one of the anti-Castro DRE raider boats she and Pawley were sponsoring. Luce claimed that her friend (to whom she gave the pseudonym 'Julio Fernandez'), told her the night of Kennedy’s assassination that he 'had these tape recordings of Oswald' in New Orleans, tapes which included Oswald’s 'bragging that he could shoot anyone, even the Secretary of the Navy.' Luce phoned CIA Director William Colby about the story on October 25, 1975, telling him chiefly about the tapes...by the end of the day of the second phone call, October 31, 1975, Colby had been dismissed as CIA Director by Ford’s White House Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld and his assistant Dick Cheney. This was part of the notorious 'Halloween Massacre' that also ended Henry Kissinger’s career as National Security Adviser."

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