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Cryptonym: QKMAGNET

Definition:
A consortium of agents from Immigration (INS), Customs, the Bureau of International Programs of the Department of Commerce, and the US Coast Guard. The apparent purpose was to allow certain raids on Cuba based on approval from intelligence chiefs.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
In December 1960, Frank Fiorini "indicated he would establish the International Brigade and that he planned to have Rorke in charge of the New York office and Information Service of the brigade as a cover for an intelligence operation."
Sources:

104-10274-10252 CABLE: APPROX 1600 HOURS 23 JUNE QKMAGNET RECEIVED FOLLOWING INFO FROM MR. AL TERRABACCIO

6/24/64 cable from JMWAVE to Director: Al Tarabochia, the Miami police detective that worked for Senator Eastland's SISS, is described as a regular contact within this program. Note his name is mangled in this report as Terrabaccio - or is it an alias?

104-10180-10312: CABLE: AMSWIRL/1 REPORTED THAT ON 11 JULY 64 AT 1230 HOURS LOCAL

7/12/64 cable from JMWAVE to Director: AMSWIRL-1/(Customs agent Cesar Diosdado) reported: "...QKMAGNET intercepted both vessels (leaving from Key West to Cuba - planning to infiltrate AMBANG-1/Manolo Ray)...QKMAGNET unit queried its HQS by radio...boats were released and allowed (to) continue. However, QKMAGNET warned that unclassified radio traffic had taken place and if boats continued towards (Cuba), they might be met with hostile reception party...both boats when released, reversed their direction and returned toward Key West."

104-10308-10062: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/ UNSUCCESSFUL EXFILTRATION ATTEMPT

5/25/64 dispatch from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: "AMLEO-3 informed his c/o (case officer) that he had recently heard from his wife...she planned to participate in an exfiltration attempt...AMLE0-3 requested the c/o to alert QKMAGNET to this attempt...AMLEO-3 later claimed that he was the organizer of this aborted attempt.

104-10226-10216: FYI QKMAGNET INVESTIGATIONS INTO MISSING VESSEL AND PBPRIMERS REPORTED REF ATTRACTING INCREASING ATTENTION AND WILL PROBABLY HIT PRESS SHORTLY

12/19/62 cable from JMWAVE to Director, slugline GYROSE: "FYI QKMAGNET investigations into missing vessel...QKMAGNET actively investigating in attempt determine true status Sigma II, but unwilling confront and board Sigma II without request Higher Authority. QKMAGNET aware Sigma II and Revenge of no (CIA) interest...Mr. Annable, father of one missing (American) arriving Miami 13 Dec and is ringing all available bells in effort get some action...on basis info obtained from Spencer Meredith...Annable felt may be possible (CIA) interest in incident...related traffic suggest HQS initiate action obtain policy approval for QKMAGNET Board and investigate Sigma II...Chief of Station comment: HQs approved operation against Cuban vessel." Marginalia reveals the words "UR" and "Harrison".

1994.04.26.09:52:30:780005: Reel 52, Folder M - ELOY GUTIERREZ MENOYO

1/4/63 cable from REDACTED, TFW/CI, ex. 4323 to FBI, DIA, Dept. of State Security, ACSI, ONI, OSI: Alexander Rorke and others went to Anguila Key with Capt. Arce ("Cuco") at helm of Violin III. Concealed in a cove was Sigma II with Gutierrez Menoyo and crewmen. They proceeded to Cuba, dropped off arms and ammunition, seen by Coast Guard who did not intercept them. "The above information is being made available to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, to the Bureau of Customs, to the Bureau of International Programs of the Department of Commerce, and to the U.S. Coast Guard."

124-10226-10290: No Title

In December 1960, Frank Fiorini "indicated he would establish the International Brigade and that he planned to have (Alexander) Rorke in charge of the New York office and Information Service of the brigade as a cover for an intelligence operation."

124-10224-10192: No Title

2/1/63, cable from Director of CIA to Director of FBI, DIA, Dept. of State Security, ACSI, ONI, OSI...reference is made to OUT 57734 re Frank Fiorini (note: 104-10221-10282); on 1/31/63 "another office of this agency received the following information from the M & M Dredging Company: 'Pedro Diaz Lanz now on Cay Sal and four of his boats passed Cay Sal this morning.' The direction of the boats was not given, but it was assumed that they were going south. The above information was given to representatives of the US Coast Guard...The above information is being made available to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, to the Bureau of Customs, to the Bureau of International Programs of the Department of Commerce, and to the U.S. Coast Guard."

104-10221-10282: CABLE: FRANK ANTHONY STURGIS, ALSO KNOWN AS FRANK FIORINI

7/23/62 cable OUT 57734 from TFW/CI Richard Tansing x 5874 to Director of FBI, DIA, Dept. of State Security, ACSI, ONI, OSI...reference is made to OUT 55026, dated 7/16/62, "reference reported that subject, according to a fairly reliable source who has been involved in previous leaflet operations against Cuba has scheduled his next overflight for 26 July 1962. This same source has reported additional information as follows on subject's recent activities. (Marginalia then states "CARNEY" - this could be Ray Carnay, originally reported as Ray Carney, who reported on similar activities during this time period.) On 6/21/62 subject delivered to Pedro Diaz Lanz an quantity of weapons including 57 mm recoilless rifles several automatic weapons and a considerable amount of ammunition." Authenticating officer CI/LIA Cal Tenney; Releasing officer William Harvey.

104-10076-10408: JMWAVE CABLE RE NAME TRACE FINDINGS

12/13/63 cable WAVE 8977 from JMWAVE to Director: Spencer Meredith is president of Cuban Rescue, Inc. Subject found wreckage of Sigma II on 12/11/62. Meredith well known re sinking of Revenge about a year ago. Boat supposedly sunk by machine gun fire, but never recovered. "It was definitely established during QKMAGNET investigation that subject gave false information to QKMAGNET and other authorities...QKMAGNET has no definite bio info on Meredith but investigation of "Revenge" brought out that he lived with family in Varodaro, Cuba at time of Castro takeover...QKMAGNET describes Meredith as highly unsavory character who not to be trusted."

104-10076-10417: JMWAVE CABLE REQUESTING NAME TRACES ON HUGO CORDAY AND SPENCER MEREDITH

12/13/63 cable WAVE 8986 from JMWAVE to Director, ref WAVE 8977: "Check of QKMAGNET records" shows number of boat was former Sigma III boat "Pura Mercedes". Francisco Perez Rojas co-owner, Cuban national police officer in Chile. His father was Antonio Perez Quesada who was maritime guide for Comandos L-66 raiding party that shelled Soviet vessel Baku on March 28, 1963.

104-10048-10202: ANTI CASTRO ACTIVITIES

8/13/62 cable from TFW/CI x 5874 to Director of FBI, DIA, Dept. of State Security, ACSI, ONI, OSI: "On 13 August 1962 a fairly reliable source reported he had been contacted by Alexander Rorke" and his friends Frank Sturgis and Oscar Mestre - "we're all set to do something" - they had an aircraft and needed a boat...on 31 August Rorke told his source he had something to do with the shelling done in Havana the previous week by the DRE...The above information is being made available to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, to the Bureau of Customs, to the Bureau of International Programs of the Department of Commerce, and to the U.S. Coast Guard."

124-10226-10290: No Title

Nov. 1958 - Lorie, Pedro Diaz Lanz and Fiorini purchase a C-46 airplane in Fiorini's name. Eleven Cubans, including Gustavo Arcos, and Fiorini are arrested with the C-46 and American-made arms. (See LITAMIL-1 for more on this event.) By Nov. 1959, Fiorini was on the "notice of prevention of departure" list of INS. (p. 41)

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