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Cryptonym: HUMAIL

Definition:
Jose Figueras, former President of Costa Rica. HUMAIL was probably a CIA asset/agent in Costa Rica. A cable in May 1960 stated that HUMAIL and President Betancourt were successful in resolving issues between Tony Varona and Sanchez Arango.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
In the same cable mentioned above, HUMAIL was reported to have said that Fidel Castro had considerable support in Cuba and the time was not right to try and oust him. Furthermore, HUMAIL also agreed to cooperate in efforts directed against Trujillo. In addition, a cable in June 1962, stated that HUMAIL was generally favorable to Manuel Ray (AMBANG-1).
Sources:

104-10167-10032: CABLE: BETANCOURT MEETING SUCCESSFUL IN SETTLING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SANCHEZ ARANGO AND TONY VARONA.

05/05/60, Cable from San Jose to Director: "1, COS had unscheduled meeting with HUMAIL 4 May. HUMAIL said that he and Betancourt were successful in settling differences between Sanchez Arango and Tony Varona. HUMAIL favors unity between latter two and AMWAIL and Felipe Pasos. 2. HUMAIL believes governments in exile are out-moded suggests that international recognition would be difficult at this time. Instead he favors a clandestine government but would not say where it should be located. HUMAIL believes Fidel Castro not yet ripe for ousting because he still has considerable mass support. 3. Pres Betancourt told HUMAIL that U.S. Government now wants to take measures against Trujillo. HUMAIL willing to forget Nicaraguan problem for present time in order to apply his full efforts against Trujillo. HUMAIL asks in what way he may cooperate. 4. COS has scheduled lengthy DTRACCOON talks with HUMAIL on 9 May. Since subjects discussed foregoing paragraphs certain to be on HUMAIL's mind, request Headquarters instructions by COB 9 May at latest. C/S Comment: *Report plans to talk with HUMAIL (1) during week of 9 May."

104-10179-10118: CABLE RE: WITHHOLDING ACTION ON REF UNTIL RETURN OF

06/12/62, Cable from San Jose to Director: "Withholding action on ref until return of HUMAIL at which time will elicit info on Manolo Ray. C/S Comment: *Stated HQs does not yet desire contact Manolo Ray. Also HQs desired info which assist in assessing actual extent moral and material support given Ray and MRP and whether any evidence of commitments on part LA politicians to install Ray as head post liberation Cuban Govt."

104-10192-10260: CABLE RE: SUBJECT - IS GENERALLY FAVORABLE TO MANOLO RAY, BUT NO FURTHER INFORMATION

06/25/62, Cable from San Jose and Director: "According to RNRADULAR (identified in marginalia as "Sacha Bolman", misspelling the name of Sacha Volman), HUMAIL (identified in marginalia as "Figueras" is generally favorable to Manolo Ray, but no further info. Will try to elicit. C/S Comment: HQs desires info re extent moral and material support given Ray and MRP by (Latin American) political personage."

124-10350-10086: No Title

"On November 29, 1962....(Santiago) Rey explained that Sanchez Arango/AMEER-3 is usually characterized as having been associated with the Caribbean Legion, an association between Luis Munoz Marin, Governor of Puerto Rico; Romulo Betancourt of Venezuela; Jose Figueras, of Costa Rica, and other lesser-known politicians of several Latin American countries. The Caribbean Legion was a political alliance of liberal leaders who took the stand against dictatorships in Latin American countries."

124-10219-10093: No Title

3/17/65 Washington Post reported that Cuban exiles and Dominican Republic military officers had been kicked out of Costa Rica for trying to foment a rightist, neo-Nazi coup that would have assassinated the country's president Francisco Orlich and former president Jose Figueras who was one of the original leaders of Latin America's democratic left. "The 90-odd Cubans who were expelled have set up a training camp in Monkey's Point just across the border in Nicaragua."

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