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Cryptonym: LITAMIL-3

Definition:
Ricardo Vidal Dominguez. Informant within the Cuban diplomatic corps who tried to convince consul Eusebio Azcue to defect during September 1963. He himself had a history as consul in the Cuban embassy in Mexico City, 1959-1961.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Uncle of LITAMIL-1. One of the most closely guarded identities by the CIA. A Cuban foreign service officer for about 30 years stationed in Mexico City. He may have used the pseudonym "Carlos Blanco". Described as a "former" foreign service officer on 6/28/63 when he provided background information on the Cuban embassy officials and employees. 104-10088-10057. LITAMIL-3 was urged to "stay in place" at his diplomatic post as of 4/19/61 for several reasons. More than 30 years of diplomatic experience and enjoying the full confidence of cut-outs LITAMIL-1 and LITAMIL-2 was among the key reasons. 104-10297-10043. Identified as the Secretary for Public Relations for the Bloque Pro-Unidad Cubana En Exilio, a new Cuban-Mexican anti-Castro organization, in March 1962. 124-90090-10041.
Sources:

104-10219-10432: CABLE:LITAMIL-1 LEFT MEXI 11 AUG FOR MIAMI AND BUEN

8/14/60 memo from Mexico City to Director: "Night 11 Aug and morning 12 Aug LITAMIL-1 talked Ricardo Vidal Dominguez Cuban Charge Mexi re resigning soonest. Vidal "ready" resign but needs "few days" get several personal problems ironed out particularly safety wife and children who living Mexi."

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

5/25/60, PRQ, Part II: The case officer ("Clyde Shryock"/Thomas Hazlett) has met LITAMIL-1 on several occasions during the past year at his business office. While at the office, Ricardo VIDAL Dominguels (sic), Cuban Charges has been Case Officer at the office and on two occasions talked to Case Officer. LITAMIL-1 believes that VIDAL will not talk about these contacts to Cuban officials." 4/20/63 memo 104-10073-10008 (p 6 of 8) says that Vidal is a "counselor at the Cuban embassy who has been acting as the charge d'affairs since the departure of Dr Salvador Massip. He is a career diplomat but takes his orders from Pablo Agustin Aldema.9

104-10297-10043: CABLE-RE REF A PARA 3 MEXI STRONGLY RECOMMENDS CONSIDERATION LITAMIL-3 RETAIN DIPLOMATIC POST MEXI FOR FOLLOWING REASONS

4/19/61 memo from Mexico City to BELL: "MEXI strongly recommends consideration LITAMIL-3 retain diplomatic post MEXI for (following) reasons: Excellent cooperation since (MEXI 8830); more than 30 years diplomatic experience; good rapport with Mexican officials; his friendship with US and Thomas Mann...both "cutouts" LITAMIL-1 and LITAMIL-2 have his full confidence and his desire (to) have (US on) "his side" gives (case officer) good rapport and "wedge". LITAMIL-3 has been anxious (to) "get out" emb for considerable time but has "stayed in place" at station request. Station believes retention (of) LITAMIL-3 would vindicate him (in the) eyes (of) anti-Castroites who not aware clandestine operation and solve disposal problem." This memo references BELL 4228 - the next item, below.

1994.08.11.15:55:53:790028: Reel 62, Folder H - CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL (CRC) - ORGANIZATION.

4/11/61 BELL 4228 memo from WH/4/PA Martha Tharpe at BELL to JMWAVE, (REDACTED): "WH comment: Concerned about rift between FRD groups Mexi and advised reps these groups traveling (to) Miami, see REDACTED and AMBUD-1 carrying letter from Mexican Presidency to AMBUD-1 regarding rupture of relations and takeover Cuban Emb Mexi. Suggested AMBUD-1 and REDACTED be briefed (of) this situation and requested guidance of takeover Cub Emb and consulate and possible seizure (of) files."

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

LITAMIL-3 is 201-290894. He was born in Cuba had spent 31 years in the diplomatic corps and served as consul and attache in Mexico from 1938 to 1952 and from 1959 to 1961. He refused to accept any salary from the Station and recruited LITAMIL-6, 7, 8 and 9, all loyal friends of his from the Cuban Embassy. They all agreed to cooperate with Tom Hazlett.

104-10276-10048: EXCERPT: BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON CURRENT PERSONNEL OF THE CUBAN EMBASSY IN MEXICO

6/28/63: "Report EE-390; MEMO FROM CARLOS BLANCO. Subject. Background information on current personnel of the Cuban embassy in Mexico. SOURCE: P-26. Information received on 26 Jun from Mr. RICARDO VIDAL Dominguez, former Foreign Service officer with approximately 30 years of service in Mexico City, now delegate in Mexico of the Association of Anti-Communist Foreign Service Officials and Employees in Exile."

104-10163-10013: WITHHELD

9/10/63 Dir 67341 memo from C/SAS/CI/OPS to Mexico City JMWAVE: "Want ___ from HQ to make pitch to Azcue (leaving in 10 days), otherwise LITAMIL-3 can make the pitch. Goal is recruitment in place and not defection, request mexi plan ops this regard. Bill Harvey's Berlin colleague Neill Prew listed on here.

104-10163-10260: (CABLE) LITAMIL-3 SPOKE BY PHONE TO AZCUE 19 SEPT TOLD A OF WISH SPEAK

9/20/63 MEXI 6216 memo from Mexico City to Director, with Bill Harvey's former colleague Neill Prew written-in as someone who should see the memo: "LITAMIL-3 spoke by phone to Azcue 19 Sept told of a wish to speak to him re matter previously discussed. A-S reply to this quote you know my feelings on this have not changed mind, will not change mind, unquote. L-3 said will call later, A said quote, I beg you, no no no don't call me re this again, unquote. L-3 convinced A sincere and that it impossible to lay on op. Handwritten below is a note from JHS - probably "John H. Scelso" aka John Whitten: "J'accept. Good try. Nothing lost. We can write a letter but even that doesn't sound hopeful so let's wait for further developments." ""We can write a letter but even that doesn't sound hopeful so let's wait for further developments." The document is marked as "CI" Who is the man referenced as JHS? I think it's John H. Scelso (JHS)

1994.08.10.16:49:04:850028: Reel 46, Folder G - MEXICO DISPATCHES.

10/22/63 memo re LITAMIL-3's report - says that he had a good trip to the US and Puerto Rico, and that Roberto Agramonte Pichardo could probably obtain direct access to Manuel Ray, if desired. Although LITAMIL-3 is redacted, this document reveals his identity: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=27328&search=%22050-126-03%22#relPageId=19&tab=page

https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10163-10140.pdf

Page 59 of 62: Offers more background on Ricardo Vidal, mentioning his friendship with Azcue. Mentions there was a rumor in 1960-61 that Azcue would defect. Affirms that Vidal is 201-290894.

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