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Cryptonym: AMSHALE-1

Definition:
Antonia Veciana, leader of Cuban exile group ALPHA-66. Veciana told HSCA investigator Gaeton Fonzi that he had worked with a "Maurice Bishop" who Fonzi came to believe was CIA officer David Phillips.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10102-10176: VECIANA, ANTONIO CARLOS BLANCH 201-312966 DPOB 1928, CUBA

May 1977, Latin American Division Task Force: Four page chronology about Antonio Veciana. Highly informative.

104-10181-10431: ANTONIO CARLOS VECIANA BLANCH

12/29/61, Request for Approval by WH/4 Howard Gossage: Veciana was to be used as a "sabotage man" with the MRP. Veciana knew of US government interest in him, but not that it was CIA, according to the request.

104-10103-10160: CABLE REGARDING ANTONIO CARLOS VECIANA BLANCH

8/2/68 cable from JMCOBRA to Madrid: Memo discussed how Veciana thought his cousin-in-law Guillermo Ruiz might be recruitable - but the writer was doubtful - didn't think that Veciana knew much about Ruiz's present circumstances.

124-90135-10117: No Title

"The Justice Department furnished a letter from CIA dated 1/14/63, which stated that (the) Agency had no operational interest or contact with Alpha-66. CIA stated that it had no value because of its discrediting in the Cuban exile community by the disclosure of the secret alliance between its leader, Veciana, and Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, the head of SNFE. Under their alliance, Gutierrez diverted Alpha-66 funds to finance SNFE paramilitary operations and ran them as Alpha-66 activities. The Alpha-66 combat element had no exploitable military value because it was either identical with or heavily penetrated by the Gutierrez action group." Another document reveals that CIA did have an interest in the dissident faction, the one that called itself L66: 124-90137-10275, http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=119096#relPageId=2&tab=page

Miami News, 10/28/62, "2 Exile Groups Unite to Work Against Fidel": http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/belligerence/Alpha-66-1962-1979.pdf

Veciana announces in news article that Alpha-66 and SFE (Second Front of the Escambray) have united and will be working together against Fidel Castro's government. (See page 4 of this Alpha-66 collection of news clips).

104-10169-10091: THE INFORMATION IN THE FIELD COMMENTS ON PRINCE AND PELAEZ WAS TAKEN FROM INFORMATION ON FILE AT JMWAVE

7/30/65 AMRAZZ-1 was the source of a report that Veciana, Jose Prince aka Jose Antonio, and Eduardo Pelaez aka Tito were involved in a plan to assassinate Castro. However, Veciana's plans may not be coordinated with the plans of Prince.

180-10141-10365: No Title

1978, HSCA staff notes: "In April 1961 Bishop (David Phillips) directed Veciana to assassinate Fidel Castro. Plans were discussed and contacts given. His contacts at the United States Embassy in Cuba were: (1) Ewing Smith, political advisor, (2) Lt. Col. Sam Kail, army attache, and (3) Joe D'Acosta, vice consul. (Fonzi interviews). As part of the assassination attempt, that apartment from which Castro would be shot (in 1961) was rented by his mother-in-law...on the evening of the attempt, when he thought by that time Castro would be dead, he took his mother-in-law to a place where they were supposed to get the boat...since she could not swim, Veciana had to get in the water with her, pull her to the boat, get in and come with her to the United States. He thought he would immediately return to Cuba but then he heard the attempt had failed and that some of his men had been captured and some eventually talked. (Veciana interview with Gaeton Fonzi, March 2, 1976)

124-10306-10071: No Title

As of 10/3/63, MRP pr officer Joaquin Godoy/AMRAZZ-1 said that its headquarters was still at 160 NW 29th St., Miami. It continues to work with SNFE and Alpha-66. Those two organizations share an office at 109 SW 12th Avenue, Miami, with Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo as SNFE head and Veciana as Alpha-66 head. SNFE has planned for six months to return to Cuba via Plan Omega, overthrow of Castro by infiltration and internal uprising, but still has no definite date. See 180-10143-10209, p 8: As of Nov. 1963, Gutierrez was military chief of Plan Omega. See 104-10192-10335, p. 3: On 3/23/64 Veciana and Gutierrez met and agreed this would be their last meeting in the United States. 124-90102-10135, p. 5: By 1965, Gutierrez Menoyo had been captured and Veciana had resigned.

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Roy Bierma • Bill Simpich

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