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Cryptonym: AMSERF-1

Definition:
Francisco (Frank) Bartes.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
CIA source Bartes headed the New Orleans CRC and was also an FBI informant, his contact was Warren de Brueys.

Joe Piccolo was Bartes' case officer as of 1/30/61. Other identifiers include 201-289885 and C-87424.
Sources:

HSCA Report, Volume X Current Section: V. Cuban Revolutionary Council (CRC): New Orleans Chapter

Bartes attended the court hearing of Oswald and Bringuier in August 1963. "(Bartes) spoke to an FBI agent that day, warning that Oswald was potentially a dangerous man. Bartes declined to identify the agent to the committee, saying only that he had frequent contact with him during this period of time." Given his statement below, this contact was undoubtedly Warren de Brueys.

104-10164-10061: CANCELLATION OF OPERATIONAL CLEARANCES

Links the C-number to the 201 number (201-289885) and the name or crypt of the individual - here, it's AMSERF-1. Identifies the C-number as an "operational clearance". Thirty individuals are on this list, including Isidro Borja Simo. 104-10242-10067 is another version of this document.

104-10110-10043: GARRISON INVESTIGATION OF KENNEDY ASSASSINATION: FRANCISCO BARTES

A CI/R&A memo states: "On 25 June 1962 Lawrence LaBorde (AMDENIM-4), Gerald Patrick Hemming, Jr. and Howard Davis paid a visit to a Cuban in New Orleans, Frank Bartes, and reached an agreement to train anti-Castro Cubans as guerilla fighters and demolition experts. In June 1964, Bartes was the CRC chief in New Orleans and notified that the CRC was being dismantled. "Bartes advised the New Orleans office of the FBI that the New Orleans delegate of the MDC was Jose Manuel Cusco, who was not very active, and that the Miami chief was Jose Ignacio Rasco (AMPALM-5)." Bartes was also an FBI informant, and his contact in New Orleans was Warren de Brueys. Also see 124-10220-10322, p. 3.

104-10428-10002: LIST OF NAMES AND 201 NUMBERS

aka Bardes or Bartez/ Lists the same 201-28985 file number assigned to AMSERF-1 in an earlier reference.

104-10110-10039: PERSONAL INFORMATION ON FRANCISCO BARTES

Three page bio on State Department form. Includes supplemental page on background as pilot.

104-10164-10051: FYI AND POSSIBLE USE POA GRANTED AM( )

Owner of two sugar centrals and a large experimental rice farm. Director of Consolidated Railroad Company, Cuba. Originator of document is Joseph Piccolo of WH/4/Ops/Support, dated 1/31/61.

104-10164-10337: PROVISIONAL OPERATIONAL APPROVAL

Memo from CI/Operational Approval and Support Division to C/WH/4/Cuba, attn. Joseph Piccolo, 1/30/61. The Subject is AMSERF-1.

104-10164-10057: FRANCISCO BARTES, PRES OF CUBAN RAILROAD

Memo sent by WH/4/PM to Havana, 7/14/60.

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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