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Cryptonym: GIAGAR-7

Definition:
A member of the GIAGAR group established to support viable anti-Castro activities in Columbia.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
It appears that GI is the digraph for Columbia.
Sources:

104-10220-10092: CABLE- ORLAND PUENTE PEREZ VISITED BOGOTA FROM 20-24 OCTOBER

A less redacted of the prior version of this file in the MFF collections (104-10220-10092) that reveals the entire cryptonym of the referenced contact was "GIAGAR-7". https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10220-10092.pdf

104-10228-10085: DISPATCH:POSSIBLE GIAGAR SUPPORT OF CUBAN EXILES' PLAN TO ESTABLISH GUERRILLA TRAINING CAMP IN COLOMBIA

This dispatch regards the possible use of GIAGAR to support Cuban exile plans to establish a training base in Columbia. However, Eddy Leal the reportedly referenced exile was of "questionable background" due to his involvement with "Venezuelan Communists" and the other exile "APONTE" was largely unidentified and of unknown credibility. Officials determined that while they would observe present Cuban exile activities they believed them to be a waste of time and resources.

104-10297-10129: CABLE-IN VIEW PUBLIC ASSOCIATION CARDONA WITH KUBARK, STATION AND GIAGAR NOW FEEL CARDONA VISIT COLOMBIA FOR JMSPAN PURPOSE WOULD RESULT IN PUBLICITY POSSIBLY LINKING LOCAL JMSPAN COMMITTEE TO KUBARK

This related document states the Agency was concerned that any public associations with Dr. Miro Cardona the leader of the CIA funded CRC (Cuban Revolutionary Council exile association) and local known dissidents called the "JMSPAN Committee" would reveal connections to the CIA and compromise Bogata Station's activities in the capital city of Columbia. It was determined that instead Cardona should lend his political aid to Fernando Guillen after being sent a letter to join in their anti-Castro regime efforts and Guillen would suggest members of the new group in Columbia to Cardona who are unwitting targets of GIAGAR interest. Guillen is described to be the "De Facto Director of local committee but would not appear publicly as officer..." since he already possessed another connection to a GIAGAR related publication. Assistance was requested for Bogata Station to facilitate the contact between Guillen and Cardona to establish a "Free Cuba Committee."

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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