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Cryptonym: CIFENCE-4

Definition:
Luis Posada. This cryptonym was used after the use of AMCLEVE-15.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Luis Posada and Allen Dulles share the same digraph because they were both based in Venezuela.
Sources:

124-90158-10014: No Title

Late 50s-early 60s: Posada was schooled as a chemist in Cuba - he went to work for Firestone as a production manager, and then moved to the US and worked for Firestone in Akron, Ohio. He was part of the training of Cuban officers in the US military - Posada received his training with the Rangers at Elgin AFB, Florida. Prior to being recruited by JURE's Rogelio Cisneros, Posada had been active with the MRP. (Ray's previous group). Cisneros was replaced as JURE's military coordinator by Varela Castro.

104-10178-10037: Posada, Luis Clemente, 201-300985, Vol. I

The only document provided in the July 2017 release to date is the cover document, which states that the former cryptonym for CIFENCE-4 is AMCLEVE-15: http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/NARA-July2017/JFK-July_2017_Release-Formerly_released_in_part/104-10178-10037A.pdf

1993.08.11.14:08:32:620006: CUBAN COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY HANDBOOK

10/30/64 CIA Counterrevolutionary Handbook: Luis Posada, Nino Diaz/AMNORM-1 Tony Cuesta/AMHAWK-14, Jose Basulto, and Jorge Garcia Rubio are among the well-known PM personalities listed by RECE (Representacion Cubana en el Exilio, or Cuban Representation in Exile, trying to unify Cuban groups since early 1963 behind a five-man "war board") as "advisors" for guerrilla or commando activities. After a year of organizing, the five men nominated and ultimately elected with the participation of more than 40,000 were: Erneido Oliva, Vincente Rubiera Feito, Aurelio Fernandez, Ernesto Freyre, and Jorge Mas Canosa. On 6/1/64, the war board meets with Thomas Mann, former ambassador to Mexico and now Undersecretary of State for Latin American affairs. This is the first time Mann has met with any Cuban exiles to discuss Cuban matters.

Tom Gjelten, "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause", p. 275

"As a directorate that was to act on behalf of the entire Cuban exile community, RECE was a bust. It did serve, however, as a launching pad for two of the most important and controversial figures to emerge from the Cuban exile world, Jorge Mas Canosa and Luis Posada Carriles. One went on to become the most powerful single player in the Cuban-American community, with contacts and clout that were the envy of every lobbyist in Washington. The other became notorious as an anti-Castro saboteur, regarded by the United States and other governments as a criminal terrorist and by Fidel Castro himself as a mortal enemy."

124-10300-10077: No Title

"...On October 23, 1965, Posada interviewed by Bureau agents. Posada readily admitted he had been in contact with three Americans who were seeking to purchase hand grenades, weapons, silencers and explosives. He had been placed in contact with these Americans by Diego Borges. He confirmed (Herminio Diaz Garcia, Ramon Escarda Rubio, and Francisco Tamayo Rodriguez) were also involved in this transaction...Posada said that he identified the one of the photos as Frank Rosenthal. Immediately after he identified this photo, CIA instructed him to break off all contact with these three Americans and to have nothing further to do with them. Posada said that six silencers which had been manufactured at the home of Tamayo had been given by Borges to Rosenthal. He said Escarda had been looking for pentolite...Posada (was) contacted by Frank Rosenthal during the month of October 1966. Rosenthal told Posada that all silencers he had purchased from Posada were pieces of junk...maybe his friends would kill Posada and Borges...Rosenthal said he knew Posada was working for CIA and he wanted some CIA equipment. Posada allegedly refused to do this but Posada made a number of fuse devices which he gave to Rosenthal...Posada stated Rosenthal contacted him on June 11, 1967. Rosenthal asked for requested equipment and told source he would get him if he did not deliver. Posada refused to do anything more for Rosenthal...(at p. 10): (Posada) stated (Luis Marti) is the sour)ce for Cubans who desire explosives...(Billy Levitt, known bookmaker, said) he felt the bombings were related to disputes between various bookmakers in the Miami area..." The consensus was Rosenthal was behind four recent bombings, and in a meeting with CIA's Austin Horn and local officials it was agreed that Posada would set up Rosenthal for an arrest for purchasing bomb parts, but that the charges would be dismissed if necessary rather than expose Posada's identity and the role of the CIA.

104-10178-10000: POSADA, LUIS CLEMENTE

2/13/70 cable: "For security reasons, REDACTED would prefer that CIFENCE-4 and wife be allowed to fill out applications for re-entry permits and CIFENCE-4 be allowed to fill out application for preservation of residence in Caracas. If their presence in the United States is absolutely repeat absolutely necessary, however, they can travel to Miami after 4 Mar 1970. After this date, CIFENCE-4 will be on leave from CIFENCE for approximately three weeks. He said he can tell CIFENCE-1 the purpose of the trip to allow wife to see brother who recently came out of Cuba. He feels the maximum period he can remain in Miami is one week..."

1994.05.09.10:57:29:630005: Reel 17, Folder P - ANTONIO CARLOS VECIANA BLANCH.

Jack Anderson reported that in 1971 Antonio Veciana and Luis Posada worked together in a failed plot to kill Castro in Chile - Posada was supposed to provide forged documents laying the blame at the feet of the Soviets.

104-10220-10128: LUIS CLEMENTE POSADA.

12/22/71 Request for Approval or Investigative Action: Posada was to be used as a penetration into DISIP, the Venezuelan security service.

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