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Cryptonym: NIELOPE

Definition:
Prominent Cuban citizen. Contact of Rolando Cubela in September 1963. By 1965, he was part of his network.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Part of the "LASH/AMEIJEIRAS/NIELOPE/EL MAGO team"- that would be Rolando Cubela aka AMLASH-1, Efiginio Ameijeras, and Jorge Carlos Robreno aka AMLASH-2.
Sources:

104-10215-10178: CABLE:WHILE IN EUROPE AMLASH PLANS VISIT GOOD FRIENDS

9/13/63 cable from Rio de Janeiro to Director: 1. "While (in) Europe AMLASH (Cubela) plans to visit NIELOPE and ambassador to Morocco Rodriguez Loeches. 2. AMLASH stated NIELOPE unhappy with the regime...AMLASH thinks highly of NIELOPE and because of his prestige feels NIELOPE could play major role anti regime activity...Officers such as Ameijeiras and Almeida who are not completely reliable are slowly being isolated from troops."

104-10216-10324: CABLE RE: REQUEST CAREFUL WATCH AND PRIORITY REPORTING

10/2/64 memo from Director to Mexico City: "Request careful watch and priority reporting NIELOPE activities and travel or planned travel due to his recently reported involvement with AMLASH-1 group and effort (of) this group to establish contact with AMWORLD. Please report any travel also on Cmdte. Efigenio Ameijeiras Delgado...Seems possible Braet's Soviet connections during trip NYC may involve diamond, gold, or narcotics smuggling in which NIELOPE reported involved...Please watch UNSIERRA carefully since Marta Frayde and NIELOPE close friends...ODCOIL and ODBOON (Customs) info in Mexi City indicated ()poss involvement heroin smuggling circa April 1963."

104-10216-10306: CABLE RE: SUGGEST BEFORE ATTEMPTING RECRUITMENT IN PLACE THAT

11/7/64 memo from Grace Roberts at Director's office to Mexico City: "Suggest before attempting recruitment in place that LITAMIL-2 query, as you suggested, NIELOPE on his future plans. If NIELOPE willing to discuss them...it will be easier then to determine if pitch feasible...Please get LITAMIL-2 to ask NIELOPE what's happening in Cuba along the lines of anti-Castro plotting. On this basis, ask him to attempt (to) find out what major regime or anti-regime figures are thinking and planning. If NIELOPE mentions names, HQS has great interest in Commander Efigenio Ameijeiras Delgado, Juan Almeida Bosque, Calixto Garcia Martinez, Pedro Miret Prieto, Captain Faustino Perez Hernandez are doing. Though trust LITAMIL-2, wish not present only these names to him due some uncertainty about NIELOPE himself. Suggest giving LITAMIL the names interspersed with those of Raul Roa Garcia, Faure Chomon Mediavilla, Carlos Lechuga Hevia, Antonio Carrillo Carrera (the Cuban ambassador to Paris), Rolando Diaz Aztarain (Chief, Cuban Navy). Overt comment that Faure Chomon in disgrace and being surveilled in Cuba by (Castro's) forces can be mentioned. Has been in USA press."

104-10183-10091: NOTE: A STUDY OF REFS INDICATES

Circa 1965: "A study of references indicates Carrillo responding to WHIP's queries freely. This gives rise to several suppositions...knows of the WHIP/AMLASH-1 relationship and is part of the LASH/AMEIJEIRAS/NIELOPE/EL MAGO team, though WHIP doesn't know this, which seems unlikely, or suspects that WHIP is in contact with the Americans...and is appearing to cooperate by answering WHIP's innocuous questions about who is who and in what position in the Government of Cuba..."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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