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Cryptonym: LITAMIL-2

Definition:
201-275992. Had diplomatic plates in 1960. Purchased arms and equipment, established a clandestine radio station in Mexico prior to Castro's successful revolt. All these factors point to Carlos Maristany, the ambassador to the Netherlands.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
LITAMIL-2 is 201-275992, and is known to have Cuban diplomatic plates in 1960. Purchased arms and equipment, helped establish radio station in Mexico prior to final takeover of Cuba. One of the best LITAMIL leads may revolve around L-2's establishment of a clandestine radio station in Mexico before Castro left for Cuba. This document shows that such a station was set up by radio technician Fernando Margolle, who worked with Carlos Maristany. Maristany was a Prio associate who went on to be Cuba's Netherlands ambassador. Prio's associates were part of the LITAMIL net. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=76466&search=%22clandestine_radio+station%22+AND+MEXICO#relPageId=6&tab=page In 1966, Maristany was on a list of Cuban officials believed to be "anti-commie". http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55438&search=maristany#relPageId=143&tab=page Maristany was convicted for attempting to ship arms in Oct 1956 both he and Margolle went to Mexico in November to aid The July 26 movement. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=76466&search=Margolle#relPageId=6&tab=page Jose Aleman was part of this network. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=76436&search=%22Civic_revolutionary+front%22#relPageId=5&tab=page Maristany also served for a time in Cuba as the minister of communications: https://books.google.com/books?id=1H_l-jnrmRoC&pg=PA71&lpg=PA71&dq=%22CARLOS+MARISTANY%22+CUBA&source=bl&ots=47t-EqsAcR&sig=qAjwJliPye-zFiNrGs8YB4Q9DfE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVs_iwwt_SAhVK2WMKHeYXAXwQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=%22CARLOS%20MARISTANY%22%20CUBA&f=false Final note: He was part of a cover company that was linked to the use of frogmen in early 1962: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=34946&search=AMOT#relPageId=2&tab=page He was married to Julieta Martinez Rivera. He was "shipped to Norway" in early 1963, and watched by Anita Potocki and colleagues. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=89538&search=kouri#relPageId=14&tab=page
Sources:

104-10533-10012: DISPATCH:CUBAN EXILE ACTIVITIES (26 OF JULY MOVEMENT)

8/6/58 dispatch sets forth structure of July 26 movement in Mexico. Names members of small leadership group: Leader is Gustavos Arcos Bergnes, others are Hector Geiricelaya, Rafael Silvio Pena Perez (radio operator), Orlando Ventura Reyes, Manuel Fernandez Torro, Manuel Carbonell, REDACTED, Roberto Roca, Teresa Caruso Morin, Virginita (radio operator). Curiously, Fidel Castro's code name is "Alex", probably taken from his middle name "Alejandro". What is also curious is that Alejandro was the name of Oswald's mentor in the USSR in 1959, which many people believe resulted in Lee choosing the alias of "Alex Hidell" which was found on some of his identification cards - including a draft card allegedly found in his wallet on 11/22/63. During the previous month, Justo Carrillo, Angel Buch, Fidel Castro, others signed a unity statement vowing to work together in the wake of the overthrow of Batista. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=59594#relPageId=186

104-10414-10124

"When Castro was in Mexico, prior to 1957, LITAMIL-2 joined the 26th of July movement and worked as a support-type officer. He rented safehouses, automobiles, and other equipment which were needed. On occasion, he fed and housed the trainees in his home in Mexico City. LITAMIL-2 worked closely with Castro but did not join the expedition back to Cuba in the Granma; he remained in Mexico City assisting the revolution by collecting money which he used to buy arms and equipment for Castro and the group in the Sierra Maestra Mountains of Cuba. He also took part in the establishment of a radio station which served the Castro forces with information and propaganda. Following the Castro victory, LITAMIL-2 went to Cuba but, to his dismay, was snubbed by Castro who, according to rumor, thought LITAMIL-2 had leaked information to the Mexicans."

104-10219-10439 BIO SHEET:MACHADO LLOSAS, MANUEL

This bio sheet for Machado/LITAMIL-1 has "(Carrillo)" on the top right corner. ALSO see 7/18/60: LITAMIL-2 in communication with AMWAIL (Carrillo). l-1 and L-2 getting discouraged because the FRD is not seeking them out. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=51953&relPageId=2

104-10219-10447: DISPATCH:FORWARDING OF CORRESPONDANCE

5/18/60 correspondence between Carrillo and LITAMIL-1. This PRQ states that L-2 knew L-1 was cooperating with PRPRIME/US Government. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=51971#relPageId=3&tab=page By July 1960, L-1 and L-2 were raised to "B" sources. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=51955&relPageId=2 7/18/60: LITAMIL-2 in communication with AMWAIL (Carrillo). l-1 and L-2 getting discouraged because the FRD is not seeking them out.

180-10141-10251: 180-10141-10251

9/27/63: LITAMIL-2 approached by Julio Lanier on behalf of Ray/AMBANG-1 and JURE. Want to start military operation against Cuba using Mexico as a base. Ray receiving money from Venezuela.

DISPATCH: ACCOUNT OF DEVELOPMENTS, 17 SEP - 11 OCT 63

10/11/63, LITAMIL-2 is 201-275992. L-2 "turned over by Terrance B. McGee to Floyd N. Aimonet". JURE's HQ is in Caracas, with Lanier head of Mexican branch. By 10/5/63, L-2 decided to help him. Lanier wanted to know if L-2 was in contact with smugglers who provided equipment to Castro when he left on Granma in 1956. Lanier was also in contact with Opus Dei operatives. L-2 considered Lanier sincere but naive. Also reported that Enio Leiva (or Levya) is not head of Fidel Castro's personal bodyguards. Note that L-2 was the best man at Leiva's wedding, according to this post: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=27854&relPageId=2&search=%22ENIO_LEIVA%22%20%22ENIO%20LEYVA%22

104-10171-10074: CABLE: DO NOT WISH MEX STATION INTERVENE WITH MEXI FORNMIN BEHALF JURE

10/29/63 memo from SAS/EOB David Ronis to Mexico City: HQ has no objection to LITAMIL-2 helping JURE reps with their visa problems. "Might be useful if L-2 makes pretense of helping in order (to) appear cooperative to Lanier." For more on L-2 and the visas, see https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=38338&search=%22hysage-1%22#relPageId=32&tab=page Lanier had been active among Catholics in Mexico on behalf of the FRD: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=26554&relPageId=18&search=lanier

104-10269-10046: CABLE RE: ENIO LEYVA FUENTE AND SERGIO RESTANO CASTRO CUBAN DIPS ARRIVED MEXI

10/2/62 Enio Leyva told L-2 that since he is not a communist, has had lots of problems, but can now see Castro when he wants. Leyva asked L-2 if he was in communication with JURE, L-2 said no. Levya wanted to see LITAMIL-1. Leyva was arrested with Frank Fiorini, Gustavo Arcos, and others in 1958 smuggling arms to Fidel. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=43312&relPageId=2&search=%22ENIO_LEIVA%22%20%22ENIO%20LEYVA%22

1994.05.10.14:32:42:100007 Reel 27, Folder P - MRP, PART II

"The most important factor of the political potential of the MRP is probably the former Civic Resistance Movement (MRC), which, under (Manuel) Ray's leadership, was the largest and most effective single organization supporting the 26 of July Movement during the last two years of the revolution."

104-10219-10446: FORM:PRQ PART II - LITAMIL/1

5/25/60: LITAMIL-1's PRQ-2 states: "During 1958, (LITAMIL-1) was aware of Gustavo Arcos' contact with the case officer and on one occasion called the case officer to say that Arcos would not be able to make a meeting." Two pages earlier, it states that Arcos was a contact of the case officer Shyrock/Hazlett "prior to the downfall of Batista".

104-10219-10442: CABLE:LITAMIL-1 AND LITAMIL-2 BOTH RECEIVED LETTERS

6/7/60: L-1 and L-2 both planned to meet QDCOVE/Ricardo Lorie and AMWAIL/Justo Carrillo in Miami on June 10 to discuss unity. Both L-1 and L-2 have diplomatic plates, cars are duty free. If AMWAIL wants them to break with regime when he makes declaration, there will be a financial loss and "lost for intel purposes".

124-90076-10099: No Title

2/2/55, report of SA George Davis, Miami: In 1954 Carlos Maristany was president of the Cuban Civic Front in Miami that was conducting commando training and associated with ham radio operators.

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