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Cryptonym: SKEWER-1

Definition:
Luis A. Ferre, former governor of Puerto Rico.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10169-10042: INFO ON CAPABILITIES AND INTENT REF CUBAN GROUPS CONSIDERED WORTHWHILE

12/19/61 cable from WH/4/PM Charles Matt x8911 to JMWAVE: "Re Para 5 ref SKEWER-1 info on capabilities and intent ref Cuban groups considered worthwhile especially in view para 2 ref which indicates little or no pressing required. We especially interested what if any support is required being provided (to) MRP by (Puerto Rican) government." Handwritten reference to Luis Ferre's biographical number, 201-205712.

104-10181-10205: CABLE RE: IN 6 JULY MEETING SKEWER-1 CONFIRMED HE MADE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION

7/7/62 cable from San Juan, slugline GYROSE: "In 6 July meeting SKEWER-1 confirmed he made financial contribution A-66 project and stated this op being supported by highly responsible Cuban exiles. Said person who called on him was Antonio Veciana who was identified as Julio Lobo's 'comptroller'..this not an AMBANG (JURE) activity but has AMBANG-1's 'blessing'."

Larry Rivera, The New JFK Show Blog: "The Mystery of SKEWER-1, Godfather of Cuban Exiles". http://merdist.com/wp/2017/08/07/the-mystery-of-skewer-1-godfather-of-cuban-exiles/

In this batch of files we found 104-10179-10156A, which is an agency report written by Alfonso Rodriguez, addressed to “Chief, Task Force W”. The many references to SKEWER-1 describe a wealthy “industrialist” who has a soft spot for the exile movement, and financially supports all efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro at any cost...(SKEWER-1) is extremely visible in Puerto Rico, prompting any and all Cuban exile groups to approach him for financial aid.

180-10141-10491: [No Title]

"A review of files dated July 7, 1962, however, revealed that contact with Veciana had been made by an asset, SKEWER-1, and that SKEWER-1 had given Veciana $500 for operational activity."

104-10169-10040: PROPOSAL OUTLINED PARA 2 AND 3 REF DISCUSSED IN GENERAL

11/9/62 memo from San Juan to Director: "...in face of any inquiry (of) his support (of) UR, he could attain full effect of cover story by initiating 'regular and substantial' support without mentioning amount...if it felt necessary to substantiate cover story, he willing actually forward funds to the group in his name."

104-10226-10110: DISPATCH, UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIA; DEVELOPMENT AS PROPAGANDA MECHANISM AND COVER FOR UNILATERAL OPERATIONS

1/16/63, Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, TFW: "Currently, JMWAVE financial support to the UR has averaged $4500 monthly...financial cover has been given close attention by JMWAVE and UR inner circles. "UR Bonds" are printed in several denominations and are used for the solicitation of contributions. AMPANIC-9...refuses to accept a fee, offering instead to let the sponsor contribute to the cause through the purchase of a UR bond. Through the cooperation of the San Juan Station the services of SKEWER-1 have been provided as a backstop for substantial and regular contributions."

Larry Rivera, The New JFK Show Blog: "The Ferre-Odio Connection". ://merdist.com/wp/2017/08/10/the-ferre-odio-connection/

"(On) 9/25/68, Harold Weisberg wrote about a connection that existed between Sylvia Odio and Luis Ferré. When Sylvia settled in Dallas in mid 1963, she stayed at the home of John and Joanna Rodgers, owners of Texas Industries. Weisberg reported that : “Sylvia Odio was for a while in the Rodgers home, arranged by her friend Luis Ferré.” As Howard dug deeper into the Odio case, he came across and met Colonel L. Robert Castorr and his wife. The Castorrs knew the Rodgers family well. Joanna confided much of her relationship with Sylvia to Mrs. Castorr. The Castorrs told Weisberg in tape recorded interviews, that the Rodgers had met one “Mr. Forray” on a cruise, where “Mr. Forray” asked the Rodgers if they could look after Sylvia in Dallas."

124-10285-10232: No Title

CIA memo, 1967: "Enclosed to the Bureau and San Juan are two copies of a Biographic Data Report of Veciana which was prepared by Mr. Harvey Summ when he was Coordinator of Cuban Affairs for the United States State Department at Miami. This report had been furnished to the Bureau by the State Department under the date 4/1/65 under the caption Biographic Data Reports on Cuban Exiles...there should be no objection to contact with Veciana concerning matters of Puerto Rican communist activities." Summ "doubt(ed) if (Veciana) had any political philosophy at all." Summ described as a financial specialist and didn't believe he was drawn to action other than speaking to groups and doing fundraising.

Contributors:
Larry Rivera • Bill Simpich

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