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Cryptonym: AMQUIP-1

Definition:
Felipe Vidal Santiago
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
104-10306-10024, p. 32 shows that on 6/6/63 the (Special Group Augmented) discussed various possibilities of establishing channels of communication to Castro." Vidal had previously got wind of this through Colonel Bishop and was livid.
Sources:

104-10162-10042: TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS.

3/18/60 cable from WH/4/FI Ralph Selhafer to Mexico City: "...assigned crypt AMQUIP-1 and advise him we desire AMMAIL-3 meet with him soonest. HQs will advise rendezvous data when AMQUIP-1 visa problem solved...Request thru debriefing re 300 man group AMQUIP-1 reports he has in Cuba."

104-10162-10039: ARTIME AND JOSE CARAGOL BONA FIDES.

3/22/60 cable from WH/3/MEXI to Bogota and Mexico City: The background to this message was that "AMQUIP-1 learned from Jose Caragol that LITAINT-1 and LITAG-1 were going to defect." The message stated: "Info...from (Manuel) Artime stated Jose Caragol was informer for Castro who now living Mexi. Suggested caution in evaluation of any info originating with Caragol which relayed by AMQUIP-1. For Mexi: Request Mexi try obtain current info on Caragol bona fides. See 104-10241-10183 for background data on Jose Caragol.

1993.11.10.08:31:22:150005: Reel 1, Folder J - ARTIME BUESA, MANUEL.

4/18/60: Manuel Artime's notes - "Things Accomplished". "...Contacted the revolutionary group of Felipe Vidal through his brothers in Miami. To give them something to do, I am going to get them to organize a counterespionage group in Miami."

104-10162-10232: SOURCE INFORMED STATION IDEN LEFT FOR GUATEMALA CITY

6/16/60, cable from Bogota to Director: "AMQUIP-1 informed station IDEN left for Guatemala City 15 June seek assistance for AMQUIP-1 group. AMQUIP-1 learned from brother (that) Manuel Antonio Varona, Aureliano Sanchez and Manuel Artime planning hold meeting San Jose, Costa Rica and AMQUIP-1 to be invited. Presumes this meeting of A1? 'Cuban friends' in (USA). AMQUIP-1 says he has not received invitation nor travel expenses."

104-10217-10116: MEMORANDUM: SUBJECT - OVERDUE ACCOUNTS

"In July 1960, Headquarters advised Station Bogota that (AMQUIP-1) with two aides would be traveling to (USA) to assume the post of Navy Chief in the FRD Directorate and visa assistance was requested. Routine difficulties followed including no funding by the FRD until finally in August 1960 the Station had to advance funds for (AMQUIP-1) and one companion $150 each required by the Consulate as evidence of solvency...since that time, (AMQUIP-1) has become a security risk. He is considered an opportunist and associates with people with whom (CIA) wishes no contact."

104-10221-10222: FELIPE VIDAL SANTIAGO

"Vidal arrived in the United States on August 9, 1960, from Bogota, Colombia...he was a lieutenant in the Cuban Navy from 1944 to 1956. In 1958 he affiliated himself with Fidel Castro and after January 1, 1959, he was appointed chief of the Maritime Police by the Castro government. On October 15, 1959, he was appointed Naval Attache at Caracas, Venezuela. He defected on March 7, 1960 (and found temporary haven in Colombia)...on April 8, 1961, Vidal applied for political asylum (in the US). Vidal indicated that in the United States he would reside at 708 NW 23rd Street, Miami, Florida, and he had in his possession a document identifying himself as the coordinator of the anti-Castro organization Movimento de Liberacion Democratico Revolucionario...". During April 1961, he brought former Supreme Court justice Julio Garceran out of Cuba. In Oct. 1961, while working with a suspected Castro agent, Jack Cannon, Cannon's boat was sunk off the Cuban coast and $80,000 in arms were lost. In Aug. 1962, Vidal refused to let Frank Sturgis participate in bombing raids on Cuba. On 10/22/62, Vidal and American adventurer Roy Hargraves were planning a military mission to Cuba. On Nov. 1962, Hargraves was hired by "an old Nicaraguan revolutionist" to put a fire bomb in an unidentified boat. Marginalia identifies Vidal as 201-267043, and CIA document DBA-31065. (12/26/62 FBI memo) Also see 104-10167-10446: By 1/5/62, C/WH/4/PA-Prop Stannard Short said that Vidal was considered a security risk, associating with people with whom CIA wanted no contact.

104-10260-10148: CABLE RE: CRISIS IN MILITARY STAFF ONLY ONE FACET RELATIONS AMEER AND BALANCE AMCIGAR

9/6/60 cable from MASH to Director: "Crisis in military staff only one facet of relations AMEER (Aureliano Sanchez Arango) and (the) balance of AMCIGAR (the FRD Executive Committee). Lines of authority and responsibility of MASH committees badly snarled (in view of) recent insistence (by AMEER of) his perogative as AMCIGAR (FRD Executive Committee) member. General ill feeling and distrust (among) senior AMRASPERS (FRD members) toward AMEER also applies (to) 'his boys'. In military field these include Oscar Diaz (ground), Orlando Garcia (recruiting) and Felipe Vidal Santiago (naval)..."

104-10172-10162: DISPATCH: CUBAN EXILE AND PANAMANIAN COLLABORATORS EFFORTS TO PROCURE ARMS AND AMMUNITION

6/25/62 dispatch from C. W. Matt at TFW to Chief, JMWAVE: Seeking info on "composition, plans, political orientation and capabilities" of any group affiliated with the individuals at the center of 5/25/62 memo, HZPA 12311. Memo makes clear one of those individuals was Felipe Vidal Santiago, 201-267043. TFW also hopes to use AMDENIM-1 to approach Bernabe Sanchez.

Dick Russell, High Times Magazine (August 1996)

Exile militant Felipe Vidal Santiago, arrested on a 1964 sabotage mission into Cuba, told his captors that in Washington, D.C. in December 1962 he'd met with a lawyer/lobbyist connected to a "Citizen's Committee to Free Cuba." This lawyer informed Vidal Santiago of a conversation he'd had with Republican Henry Cabot Lodge, soon to be U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, who said he'd heard from Kennedy aide Walt Rostow of "a plan to open a dialogue with Cuba." "Vidal told us he was very surprised," says Escalante. In fact Vidal, infuriated and betrayed, had alerted his exile cohorts, as well as a CIA contact, Colonel William Bishop. "It was almost like a bomb, an intentional message against Kennedy." Vidal was also an information conduit for General Edwin Walker, the ultra-right Texan paramilitary leader at whom Oswald had allegedly taken a shot in April 1963. And FBI files call Vidal a "very close friend" of Miami mobster John Martino, who intimated to family and associates that he had foreknowledge of the JFK assassination... Felipe Vidal Santiago told Cuban intelligence that on the weekend before the assassination, he was invited to a meeting in Dallas by the CIA's Colonel William Bishop. "It was supposed to be a meeting with a few wealthy people to talk about financing anti-Castro operations," says Escalante. Bishop left on his own "for interviews" numerous times during their stay in Dallas. After approximately four days they returned to Miami. Not long before his death in 1993, Colonel Bishop confirmed to this writer that he'd had knowledge of the JFK plot. The Cubans indicate that the Vidal-Bishop Dallas trip concerned plans for re-taking the island once Castro's people had been implicated in the assassination.

Larry Hancock, Someone Would Have Talked (2007)

In addition to his involvement in the Bayo-Pawley mission, John Martino was personally involved with Felipe Vidal Santiago, Frank Fiorini/Sturgis, and others within the Miami exile community including individuals who had been part of the "casino" scene in Havana. Vidal mentioned several visits to General Walker during 1963. Walker himself had limited personal funds and relied on his connections to right-wing organizations and in particular, to H.L. Hunt who was largely responsible for funding Walker's campaign for governor in Texas. There is no documented account of Vidal meeting with Hunt or Hunt's representatives. However, Hunt's behavior after the assassination suggests that he may have been concerned about somehow being implicated, at least by his associations or remarks.

1993.08.05.11:22:30:590052: MEMO WITH ROUTING SHEET AND MATERIALS RE VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS OF INTERE

2/15/65 letter from CIA general counsel Lawrence Houston to Assistant Attorney General Walter Yeagley. Houston says that the 10/22/62 raid on Cuba by Vidal and Hargraves may have happened, but that these two men had no CIA affiliation and the raid was not sponsored by the CIA.

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