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Cryptonym: QUSPORT-1

Definition:
Bichi Bernal, Cuban military attache in Japan who was recruited by the CIA and then defected.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
It appears that QUSPORT-1 and AMSPORT-1 are one and the same.
Sources:

104-10169-10227: HAND WRITTEN NOTE FILES ALL CUBANS, VICTOR ESPINOSA HERNANDEZ

Reference to "()SPORT-1: Bichi Bernal, ex-mil attache in Japan. Unreacted release reveals the full cryptonym is QUSPORT-1: http://ourhiddenhistory.org/jfk2017-files/JFK-July_2017_Release-Formerly_released_in_part-1of4/104-10169-10227.pdf

Fabian Escalante, JFK: The Cuba Files (Ocean Press, 2006), pp. 69-70

"According to Cubela, when he arrived in Paris on September 14, 1963, he made contact with Tepedino and reaffirmed his idea of staying in France. Under directions from the CIA, Tepedino convinced him to talk with a "second Spanish-speaking CIA officer", because if he really wanted entry into the United States at a later stage, those people could help him. Cubela agreed and the interview took place in an apartment in central Paris. The Spanish speaking officer who contacted him was identified as David Sanchez Morales via a photo...whom Cubela fully identified...Sanchez Morales' connection with the Morales case introduced a new element, suggesting the possibility he might have manipulating it on the margins of the plan drawn up by headquarters...If the CIA suspected that Cubela was a double agent, it is possible that other agents, such as Sanchez Morales, sidelined from it, attempted to utilize Cubela for their own projects...(Morales was told by Cubela that he was determined to eliminate Castro - Morales said he would report that to HQ, and put Cubela in contact with another officer that Cubela disliked.) According to Cubela, at that time he met with Bichi Bernal...Bernal put him in contact with another officer...chief of the US station in Paris. ...Bernal was the Cuban military attache in Japan who subsequently defected after being recruited by the CIA."

104-10295-10000: MEMO:ATTACHED ARE AMSPORT-1'S COMMENTS ON HIS MEETING WITH CUBELA IN PARIS

Although this August 1962 memo is a report from AMSPORT-1, it appears to be the same person: "Attached are AMSPORT-1's comments on his meeting with Cubela in Paris in August 1962...AMSPORT-1 told the friends in the second attachment that Cubela had tried to encourage him to return to the fold, period...After learning that I was in Paris, and that I had abandoned my career because I was in disagreement with the Regime, he told a confidential contact (Luis Enrique Trasancos Archieta/UNSNAFU-9) that he wanted to see me...he denounced the internal Cuban situation as disastrous.

104-10216-10413: MEMO: CIA OPERATIONS AND PLOT TO KILL FIDEL CASTRO, RAUL CASTRO AND OTHER KEY FIGURES OF THE PRESENT REGIME IN CUBA

7/9/65 memo from Harold Swenson to John Hart re his interview with Victor Espinosa (AMHINT-24): "Another of your people is Bichy Bernal who works for REDACTED in REDACTED. Bernal was Cuban Military Attache in Japan when he defected, absconding with $18,000, all of which he kept for himself and none of which he contributed to the counter-revolutionary cause. This is the kind of person whom you trust and whom we do not."

1993.07.20.09:26:43:310530: VICTOR ESPINOSA

6/8/65 memo from Madrid to Director, slugline RYBAT KEYWAY PBRUMEN UNSNAFU AMLASH: "Victor Espinosa on his return to (USA) told ODURGE and ODENVY/FBI of AMLASH conspiracy...derogatory allegations on QUSPORT, QUSWIFT-1, AMWHIP-1...SABETAY is aware of details above as told to LANGOSCH/Swenson by ESPINOSA."

104-10169-10245: CABLE HQS RECHECK INDICATES SUBJ REF B IDEN REF A

11/14/62 memo from WE/3 to Paris, slugline PBRUMEN AMSPORT: "AMSPORT-1 and UNSNAFU-5 claimed knowledge that Victor "Papucho" Espinosa worked for (CIA). ..Victor Espinosa Hernandez...former trainee who terminated March 61 as malcontent."

104-10183-10170: PROTECTING SECURITY BOTH ZRWAGON AND LOCAL PARI OPS, REQUEST AMSPORT/1 BE SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED NOT TO CONTACT ANY OLD PBRUMEN FRIENDS

9/30/64 memo from WITHHELD to Director: CIA was concerned re future dockside ZRWAGON sabotage operations. For that reason, asked AMSPORT-1 to avoid old friends UNSNAFU-5 and UNSNAFU-9 without OK and guidance from Paris Station.

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