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Cryptonym: CIARK-1

Definition:
May have been the father of Rafael Rivas Vasquez. Described as a medium level Venezuelan Government official with contacts among Cuban exiles.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
A October 1961 CIA dispatch revealed that CIARK-1's son was a member of the MRR and had been chief of propaganda for that organization in Miami. In an October 1961 CIA dispatch he cited noted Cuban exile, Carlos Hernandez, as one of those who had either left, or turned down an executive position, or quit one, in the MRR, because of the alleged influence of Carlos Guillot on that organization. Hernandez was noted as an activist in guerrilla activity who trained other Cuban exiles for the CIA. Another person to consider either as another Venezuelan agent is Armando Duran. In 104-10169-10257, Carl Jenkins describes him as an ally. In 104-10296-10045, he is described as the son of the Venezuelan consul.
Sources:

104-10274-10161: CABLE: WITHHELD

06/01/61, cable from Caracus to BELL: "1. According CIARK-1 Manolo Ray arriving CARA 4 June. 2. CIARK-1 also said that Luis Botifol will arrive CARA near future. 3. Please provide arrival info on Botifol and provide guidance for treatment both persons."

104-10274-10171: CABLE: REQUEST NO STA CONTACT AND NO GUIDANCE TO YOUR SOURCES RE TREATMENT

06/02/61, cable from BELL to Caracas: "1. Request no STA contact and no giudance to your sources re treatment of either. We interested any info you obtain their mission and activities. 2. No HQs knowledge Botifol ETA or his or Ray's plans go Cuba. *WH Comment: CIARK-1 reported Manolo RAY arriving CARA 4 Jun and Luis BOTIFOL to arrive CARA near future. Requested ETA BOTIFOL and guidance for treatment both persists."

104-10169-10180: DISPATCH: CUBAN EXILES IN VENEZUELA

06/29/61, dispatch from COS, Caracas to COS, WAVE: "1....CIARK-1 has provided the Station with the names of the following persons in this category whom he has met in the course of his activities in trying to help re-locate the Cuban exiles now arrived in the country: a. Roger Antonio *QUERALT Zarete - born 19 November 1907 November MRR who intends to report to Evelio DUQUE. (See also HVCA-8331). b. Oscar * (Unintelligible) - born 4 April 1924. Member MRR who intends to report to Evelio DUQUE together with QUERALT. c. Ernestino Cecilio *ABREU - born 11 November 1924. Member MRR who was "responsable militar" for the MRR in the province of Matanzas who intends to report to Dr. Oscar SALAS. d. Luis Bernabe *BOZA Dominquez - born 22 October 1936. Member of the Directorio Estudiantil. e. Guillermo Aurelio *BOZA Dominquez - born 29 February 1940. Member of the Directorio Estudiantil. f. Eduardo *GARCIA Daralayet - born 25 March 1941. Member the Unidad Revolucionaria who used the name Juan Bautista Sanchez during underground activities"...

104-10193-10170: DISPATCH: JMZIP/MOVIMIENTO DE RECUPERACION REVOLUCIONARIA

10/25/61, dispatch from COS, Caracas to Chief of Base, JMWAVE, Chief, WHD: "CIARK-1 recently returned from a trip to Miami. Following his return he discussed with his Case Officer on 23 October the conclusions which he had drawn about the present situation in the Movimiento de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MRR). It is noted that CIARK-1's son is a member of the MRR who was formerly chief of propaganda for that organization in Miami. Although CIARK-1 is considered by the Station to be a responsible source, his personal involvement in the MRR should possibly be taken into account when reading the attachment. (REDACTION)."

104-10193-10170: EXCERPT FROM CONTACT REPORT DATED 25 OCTOBER 1961

"1. CIARK-1 was greatly concerned about the situation of the Movimiento de Recuperacion Revolucionaria in Miami. He said the only liaison man who represents the organization in its dealings with KUBARK, Carlos Guillot, is extremely arbitrary and incapable and has alienated most of the MRR membership in Miami. One of the points which CIARK-1 mentioned to substantiate the antagonism which GUILLOT had aroused was the fact that Guillot had undergone psychiatric treatment two years ago. CIARK-1 said that he knew definitely that this was true. 2. According to MRR members, and this opinion is shared by CIARK-1, Baro, the head of the MRR in Miami, has become sold on Guillot, and believes he can do no wrong. 3. The MRR is not receiving any financial support from CIA, according to MRR members who believe this to be an error as they feel that the MRR is still the most effective force within Cuba in the anti-CASTRO movement. 4. CIARK-1 provided a list of names of some of the persons who had left the MRR, given up executive positions in the MRR or who had turned down positions because of Guillot. These names are listed as follows: PITA, (fnu) - Former MRR Coordinator for the Province of Habana. Now a member of the DRE. HERNANDEZ, Carlos - One of the Cubans used by CIA in the training of other Cubans for guerrilla activity. Still a member of the MRR but does not participate in any of the activities of the MRR in Miami. ABREU, Ernestino - Still a member of the MRR but resigned his post as funds chairman. GOMEZ, Danilo - Resigned from his position as a member of one of the MRR sub-committee. COLADO, Joaquin - Former Secretary of Propaganda in Cuba. Refused position as propaganda chief in Miami. The Tung Brothers - Worked in propaganda in Cuba but refused positions in Miami. SALAS, Dr. Oscar - MRR rep in the Consejo. Fired by Baro. GONZALEZ Mora, Antonio - Fired from executive position as assistant to Artime and then thrown out of the MRR."

104-10227-10018: CABLE: FOLLOWING FROM ODACID OFFICER FROM CONVERSATION WITH

09/15/62, cable from Caracas to Director: Sluglines GYROSE AMSPELL: "1. Following from ODACID officer from conversation with Manuel Brana, member of Consejo Revolucionario recently arrived VENE: A. AMHINT-2 in VENE as result request VENE Govt. Had conversations with Rear Admiral Armando Lopez Conde. AMHINT-2 attempting negotiate use of Orchila Island for training and operations site for AMSPELLS. Lopez assisted similar operations during Larrazabal regime for Fidel in 1958 and personally favors AMHINT-2 proposal, but Lopez needs Betancourt approval. AMHINT-2 asked use other VENE base if Orchila not available. 2. According CIRAKE-2, AMHINT-2 and three other members (portion GBLD being SVCD) his parent organization spoke at private meeting of 20 to 30 Venezuelans, Cubans and two Americans 13 Sept. Purpose meeting urge Venezuelans from local organization to purchase boats for AMSPELLS. One pledge of ten thousand bolivares received. 3. CIRASH-6 tacitly admitted responsibility (portion GBLD) AMHINT-2 visit Venezuela, said AMHINT-2 planned depart VENE 14 Sept on Latin American tour. C/S Comment: *No evidence support AMSPELL by Betancourt; however, CIARK-1 believes that AMSPELL visit VENE coordinated by CIRASH-6 who CIRATAL-1 advisor on Cuban matters."

104-10170-10056: CABLE: RE AMSPELL RESISTANCE TO TAKEOVER EFFORTS.

09/18/62, cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines GYROSE AMSPELL: "Concurs ref. While ability AMSPELL resist efforts from outside opportunists takeover organization is considerable, WAVE increasingly wary lest AMSPELL itself embark adventures counter ODYOKE policy. WAVE appreciates info CARA assets on recent indications AMSPELL now actively planning launch unilateral operations against PBRUMEN from Venezuela despite WAVE efforts dissuade. C/S Comment: *HQs believed CIARK/1 fear opportunists take over unfounded."

104-10220-10108: INFORMATION REPORT: STATEMENTS OF A VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL CONCERNING THE MEETNG BETWEEN BETANCOURT AND FORMER CUBAN PRESIDENT PRIO SOCARRAS WAS IN FAVOR OF PRIO'S NEW CUBAN EXILE GROUP.

09/20/63, cable from Caracas to Director: "SUPDATA source from CIARK-1 from Coro. According to Coro, the names of the two Venezuelans were CIARK-1 and his brother. CIARK-1 said he would be going to Miami in a few days and would meet with Prio. Filed 192140Z no foreign dissem secret Venezuela/Nicaragua/Cuba"... Page 2: "SOURCE: A medium level Venezuelan Government official (F) with contacts among Cuban exiles, from Jose R. Coro, a Cuban exile and associate of Carlos Prio Socarras, former President of Cuba. Source is well known by the Cuban exile community, and Prio requested Coro to pass the information to source"...

104-10220-10093: CABLE- ORLANDO PUENTE PEREZ ACCOMPANIED DUPINO LATE SEPT MISSION TO VENEZUELA.

10/24/63, Cable from Caracas to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMWORLD: "1. Orlando Puente Perez accompanied Prio during late Sept mission to Venezuela. Reported Refs A and B. When queried about Puente 23 Oct, CIARK/1 said he generally discredited among Venezuelan officials and did not participate prior meetings with them. CIARK/1 does not believe Puente now in Venezuela. Will report arrival and info about mission if he returns. CIARK/1 doubts that Puente can accomplish any purpose other than possible collection financial contributions. 2. Index. C/S Comment: *Reportedly Orlando (Puente) Perez representing Cuban ex-President Prio visiting area on mission to finalize plans against Cuba. HQs would appreciate coverage if possible."

104-10178-10154: CABLE:

09/27/67: "1...C. On 7 Oct 65 CIARK-1 asked by CIRATAL-1 to look into activities of (REDACTION) in Miami: that he neglecting his job and devoting himself to life of pleasure (REDACTION)-12834, 15 Oct 65)."

124-10279-10032: No Title

Counterrevolutionary handbook: Leading personalities of the MRR as of mid-1962 had been Jose Ignacio Lasaga, Cesar Baro Esteva (AMYUM-19), Oscar Salas Marrero, Rafael Quintero (AMJAVA-4) and Manuel Baro Esteva (AMHINT-27)

1994.06.18.10:33:21:000005: Reel 67, Folder I - AMBUD ((DELETION)) MEMOS.

Rafael Rivas Vasquez (AMFRAME-1) was the first national coordinator of propaganda for the MRR. Also see 104-10271-10039, p. 5. Fifteen years later, he was the head of Venezuelan intelligence. 104-10271-10039, p. 8: AMPALM-1 was the head of the joint MRR/MDC propaganda arm.

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