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Cryptonym: LIONION-1

Definition:
Alberto Rodriguez Gallego, part of LIONION photography project targeting Cuban embassy.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10113-10404: HSCA REQUEST

104-10414-10060: CABLE: IT NOT PRESENTLY POSSIBLE HAVE LIONION-1 COVER BOTH

"LIONION I (True name Alberto Rodriguez Gallego) - OS File #228 726 reflects that this Cuban citizen was of operational interest from 1961 until at least 1967."

104-10118-10433: PROJECT REPORT

"LIONION is a young PBRUMEN (Cuban) lawyer in exile. He left (Cuba) in 1960, planning to continue on via Mexico to the Unite States where he resided in his early years. His two brothers are American citizens...while in Mexico, LIONION was recruited, as LILILY-1 (sic), to perform (Cuban) operational support services for the Station...LIONION-1 is the mainstay of the operation. LIONION-1 also acts as a dispatcher for the LIEMBRACE surveillance team from which he is compartmented...LIONION-1 also processes on the premises all photographic coverage of the main Embassy gate through final printing, cropping and mounting...as (Cuban) refugees they are vulnerable to pressure which might be brought upon them by (CIA) through the Mexican government should they get out of line...LIONION-1 passes as a REDACTED who can afford to dabble with notable REDACTED success because of family landholdings in Tampa, Florida (inherited from his deceased father)." "The station KURIOT technician, Hugh T. Francottte, meets with LIONION-1 at least once a week. The Case Officer, Lawrence F. Barker/(Robert Shaw) meets with him less frequently."

104-10145-10312: INTERVIEW OF LIONION/1

When the House Committee on Assassinations tried to interview LIONION-1 in the late 70s, the CIA interviewer initially assured them "no problem", and set up an elaborate process for his interview.

104-10145-10113: HSCA REQUEST TO INTERVIEW ((DELETION))

11/1/78 memo from Rodger Gabrielson to Scott Breckenridge: "My worry is that LIONION-1 was terminated in 1972 with a feeling that he may have been compromised/doubled. If that is true, we stand to lose no matter which way we play it."

104-10246-10027: PHOTO OPERATION TARGETED AGAINST THE CUBAN CONSULATE

"LIONION I and 2 were terminated 1/11/72. The termination report assumed that they were being either doubled or their operation was being monitored...LIONION 1 and 2 intended to resettle in Madrid on 1 Sept. 72. HSCA researchers have had access to this item."

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