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Cryptonym: LINEB-1

Definition:
Jorge Fernandez Mascaro, aka Jorge Diaz Mercado, aka Jorge de Moya may have been the double agent working for the CIA and the FBI as well as the USSR. Based in Mexico City, but would travel within the United States.
Status:
Speculative
Sources:

104-10406-10324: LETTER:REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON ITEMS LISTED 1-8

1959: Memo from Robert Blakey to Scott Breckenridge, 6/20/78, asks for information on Bakulin "served at Soviet Embassy in Mexico City in 1959. Referred to in FBI files on Norman Rothman."

1993.08.02.09:54:55:960060: OFFICE OF SECURITY FILE ON BAKULIN, VALENTIN

The reference document for Bakulin is "Diaz Mercado (Fernandez) Jorge." Marginalia states: "Bakulin is our Sov contact of LINEB-1 - Diaz?

1994.06.18.10:32:28:250005: Reel 67, Folder H - AMBUD ((DELETION)) MEMOS.

June 1961: "Memorandum of 4 June 1961 from Ricardo Loriet to Dr. Miro on reorganizing clandestine and guerrilla organization (with memo of Jorge de Moya on Comando units as Annes)...The annexed memo of 14 June from de Moya to Loriet is a rather fanciful compilation on the subject of commando organization, operations, and sea transport means." See 198-10007-10026, p. 4 lists Jorge de Moya y Fernandez Marcado as a rebel army officer; 1994.06.24.14:03:32:690005 has same description for Jorge de Moya Fernandez-Mascaro; 104-10227-10293 reports Jorge De Moya Fernandez serving in group led by Captain Reinaldo Cruz aka Simon. Obituary for Jorge Fernandez Mascaro, 1939-2018. Worked for Bacardi for 26 years after his escape from Cuba in 1960: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald/obituary.aspx?n=jorge-fernandez-mascaro&pid=190098864

104-10215-10015: BAKULIN, VALENTIN VASILYEVICH (201-261813)

Re 1962-1963: Valentin Bakulin, a Soviet military attache, was the "GRU case officer for LINEB-1, a DA (double agent) op being run into US from Mexico City. Turned agent over to Vadim Alexsandrovich Sheynok 7 July 62 then subsequently took agent over July 63 when SHEYNOK departed." 124-10269-10341, 1/30/62, p. 45: TORO, LAROB, OXBLOOD, and the case of Gordon William Groves involve "Soviet espionage against targets in Southern California and directed from the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City...in the OXBLOOD case in 1958 and 1959 the Soviet principal gave letters to the informant to mail from Los Angeles and Chicago, Illinois to Gordon William Groves in La Jolla, California...the Groves letter was chamfer-trapped."

104-10215-10266: MEMO VALENTIN V. BAKULIN

May 1963 memo from Bill Bright in the Soviet Division: LINEB-1 was handled by Bakulin initially from January 1960 to July 1962. "The LINEB-1 agent is known to (the FBI) as OXBLOOD."

104-10295-10061 OPERATIONAL/REDCOAT/CIMPROVE/VICTOR LUKICH KHUKHOREV

May 1963, REDCAP sheet: "(FBI) in Mexi believes (Bakulin) is vulnerable to recruitment or defection and approach being planned by joint (FBI-CIA)."

104-10215-10259: CABLE: SUBJ DID NOT GO MEET SITE 16 AUG

8/24/63 LCIMPROVE LINEB-1 memo from Mexico City to Director: Sheynok left abruptly for USSR on 7/29/63, his family followed suit on 8/14/63. Departure seemed hurried and unplanned. "(LINEB-1) will try elicit reasons about Sheynok's departure, try get reading on (Bakulin's) state of mind." LINEB-1 had been traveling to Los Angeles. Unsure about "Castro Ramos". Bakulin told LINEB-1 that he was taking over again as his case officer.

104-10414-10342: LIST OF RECORDS AND FILES ON SUSPECT RIS OFFICERS

Re 9/28/63: By October 1, someone at CIA made a data entry that "Y spoke to O" (Yatskov spoke to Oswald) on September 28.

BAKULIN, VALENTIN (BALENTIN) VASILYEVICH (BASILYEV)

On Oct. 1, (1963 ?), Bakulin was observed at Soviet Embassy in Mexico City talking with Yatskov and Aleksey Ivanovich Garmashev.

104-10092-10338: CABLE RE MEETING WITH BAKULIN - NO WORD RE PHILIPINE ASSIGNMENT

10/1/63: LINEB-1 and Bakulin meet: Bakulin is put on continuous physical surveillance by the CIA’s Mexico City station unit known as LIEMBRACE.

104-10015-10173: CABLE CONCERNING LACK OF MEETINGS WITH SOVIETS SINCE ASSASSINATION

Re 10/25/63: LINEB-1 was one of at least five double agents that worked on a regular basis with Mexico City station. The other double agents were LIJENNET-1, LITEASE-1, LISTEED-2, and LINILE-1. There were also three Soviet access agents: LICRAVE-1, LICUFF-1 and LICANNY-1. Also see 124-10318-10063, 10/25/63, pages 3-4: "Due to a large number of Soviet diplomatic establishment in Mexico City, as well as several satellite diplomatic establishments, (espionage matters are) considered one of the most important phases of our work here. It has been clearly established through cases such as OXBLOOD, LAROB, OVERLAND, TUMBLEWEED and most recently the GREASER case, that the Soviets are carrying on a large scale third country operation against the United States from Mexico...three (Mexico City) agents spend about one-half of their time on Cuban matters...the third agent handling Cuban matters in addition handles the major portion of the espionage investigations in the office, including the very important LAROB and OXBLOOD double agent cases, and follows the activities of Soviet and satellite diplomatic establishments in Mexico City."

104-10215-10256: CABLE: APPRECIATE REF BUT PREFER NOT

12/29/63 memo from SR/CI/G F. Keith stating that "prefer not make cold approach to (Bakulin) on basis probable gain in form harassment would not warrant probable compromise LINEB-1 and LAROB, and adverse effect on long term targeting (Bakulin). Believe (Bakulin) remains good target."

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