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Cryptonym: LIOOZE-1

Definition:
Pablo Agustin Aldama Acosta, chief of Cuban intelligence in Mexico, and a double agent.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10103-10075: PROGRESS REPORT ON DEFECTION AND RECRUITMENT ACTIVITY IN LATIN AMERICA

The cover sheet for this report is sent July 1962, from Mexico City chief of station Win Scott to Bill Harvey at Task Force W. This progress report is a significant document, written during or about 1962. LIOOZE-1 is described as "not ideal from the standpoint of control". "LIOOZE-1 returned to Cuba in 1961, and although arrangements were made for him to report by SW, the channel has never been activated at his end, in spite of the fact that AMSEVER-3 was sent into Cuba as a legal traveler to ascertain why not. Apparently LIOOZE-1 prefers not to run any risks inside of Cuba itself."

104-10176-10087: CABLE: OP CARRIED OUT PER REFS. AFTER "SOFTENING UP" BY LITAMIL-1

10/24/60: "After softening up by LITAMIL-1, and LITAINT-1, LIOOZE-1 agreed to remain in place MEXI if possible and cooperate ODYOKE (United States) re intel activities. CO (Case officer) briefed LIOOZE-1 (in the) presence (of) Birch O'Neal and LITAINT-1 about 1 hr. with following results: LIOOZE-1 has no contact Soviet Embassy; Two Americans (Martin and Mitchell) who went Soviet Union via MEXI and HAVA did not have contact Cuban embassy; LIOOZE-1 has direct contact RAMIRO VALDEZ, Chief G-2 HAVA. Messages not encoded but delivered HAVA personally by someone of "confidence". VALDEZ according L-1 not happy with regime but will not make attitude known."

104-10177-10289 EXCERPT OF CABLE RE: VOLUMINOUS LIOOZE-1 FILE AT STATION SHOWS MYRIAD CONTACTS

5/29/64, Mexico City to Brussels: "Voluminous LIOOZE-1 file at Station shows myriad contacts from 1959-60...Subject be queried for all info on...Ramon Cuenca Montoto, former Cuban (intelligence service) officer Mexi...suggest thorough debriefing on Cuban (intelligence service) set-up Mexi, especially interested in (intelligence service) personnel outside embassy. In embassy - interested in Rogelio Rodriguez, Oscar Concepcion, Elfidio Interian, Alfredo Mirabal, Luis Alberu/LITAMIL-9, Antonio Garcia Lara/AMSTET-1, Margot Machado, Peregrina Alonso.

104-10185-10265: 201 FILE OF PROTECTABLE SOURCE.

11/7/62 cable from Mexico City to Director: "On 16 Mar 62, while at airport (in Havana), LITAMIL-9 was introduced to Manuel Fernando Avila Aguirre, Mexican and his wife, Omayda Valdez Camejo, Cuban by Agustin Aldama Acosta." Marginalia over the name of Manuel Fernando Avila Aguirre are the words "AMSEVER-3". (at page 75): LITAMIL-9 was introduced to AMSEVER-3 by LIOOZE-1. (at page 72): LIOOZE-1 told LITAMIL-9 that AMSEVER-3 was an American agent. This also documents that Agustin Aldama Acosta was LIOOZE-1.

104-10163-10332: CUBAN ACTIVITIES IN MEXICO

1/6/60 field report: "Eusebio Azcue, Lopez, former director of the Cuban peasant housing program, left Habana for Mexico City on 7 December 1959. According to Azcue, the chief of intelligence in Mexico City is Agustin Aldama who operates on a budget of $1500 a month."

1994.03.07.15:38:13:120007: Reel 2, Folder F - CIA FILES ON EUSEBIO AZCUE LOPEZ, 1960 - 1970, AS REVIEWED BY ED LOPEZ

4/20/60, Political/Communist, The Cuban Embassy in Mexico City, The following personnel are employed in the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City:....Dr. Ricardo B. Vidal Dominguez (note: LITAMIL-3). Counsellor at the Cuban Embassy who has been acting as Charge d'Affaires since the departure of Dr. Salvador Massip. He is a career diplomat but takes his orders from Pablo Agustin Aldama Acosta, the Civil Attache, and Lieutenant Hector Garcia Vidal, the Military Attache...Pablo Agustin Aldama Acosta. Civil Attache. The 'eminence grise' of the Cuban Embassy in Mexico and by far the most fanatical and active Castroist of its staff, Aldama Acosta is in charge of coordinating all Cuban Government activities in Mexico against the Cuban exiles, a task in which he is ably assisted by Garcia Vidal. A frequent traveller between Mexico City and Havana, Aldama Acosta is said to receive his orders from Fidel Castro Ruz himself. He is in close, almost daily contact, with Pavel Antoniovich Yatskov, the Third Secretary and consul at the Russian Embassy in Mexico City, with whom he coordinates his anti-exile activities. He shares a flat with Garcia Vidal, which is sometimes used as a hiding place for arms which are sent from Cuba in the Cuban diplomatic bag. His activities have attracted the attention of the Mexican authorities who are said to be considering the possibility of expelling both him and other members of both the Cuban and Russian Embassies as 'personae non gratae'."

124-90137-10070: No Title

10/14/60, memo from Director, FBI to Legal Attache, Mexico: "On 10/14/60, CIA confidentially advised that it is in the process of attempting to recruit (Pedro Agustin Aldama Acosta) and preliminary steps have been taken in Mexico to have an undercover agent confer with him. According to CIA, subject apparently has been encountering some difficulties with the Cuban Government as a result of Aldama being accused by another Cuban official as being anticommunist..."

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