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Cryptonym: SLFREE-1

Definition:
Irving Richard Poyle, jailed in Cuba between 1964-1973. At the time of JFK's death, the CIA was planning a meeting with him in Mexico regarding the AMROD operation with officer Oliver Fortson, whose actual identity remains uncertain.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10528-10056: CABLE RE IDENTIFICATION

As of 9/30/63, FBI informant Poyle had a biographic identifier - 201-733547 - that had some kind of relationship with the agent of another agency with the CIA bio number 201-338838 (the identity of that individual remains unknown).

104-10528-10400: CABLE: DISCUSSION OF MEETING SITE

11/13/63 cable from Mexico City to Director, cable MEXI 6878: "After discussion with ______, Mexico City Station agrees Poyle meet can be made either Monterrey or Mexi but for sake of AMROD op if meet is to be in Mexi FORTSON not be used." C/WH/3 John Whitten commented: "Would expect Fortson Mexi". See 104-10075-10182: On 11/22/63, the WAVE office recommends a meeting with Poyle in Monterrey, Mexico, in part because Poyle may not be returning to the US and because Poyle is set to meet with an FBI officer in Mexico City. See 104-10077-10127: On 11/25/63, C/SAS/CI Harold Swenson recommends that "Fortson should handle Poyle interview because of his familiarity with background. Other ops considerations...exclude (Mexico City Station) and WAVE as meeting site. Accordingly, HQS approves MNTY (Monterrey, Mexico field office).

104-10506-10028: MEMO: LATIN AMERICA DIVISION TASK FORCE REPORT OF POSSIBLE CUBAN COMPLICITY IN THE JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION

1/8/64: "A letter from AMSHOT-1 (now SLFREE-1) on-island...advised that one Francisco Blanco was arrested on 17 Oct 1963 for involvement in a planned assassination of Fidel Castro. Blanco was employed by the Office of Planificacion (sic) JUCEPLAN. JMWAVE Station provided a copy of the letter to local FBI office."

124-10220-10421: [No Title]

3/10/64 memo from SAC, Miami to Director, FBI: States that Poyle is a PSI (potential security informant), and has been for two years under the names "Alfonso" (for Alfonso Rodriguez?) and "William". His information has checked out. Poyle's wife Gloria Molinet provided the FBI with a letter from Poyle alleging that there was a pro-Castro mole named Maria Elena de Cardenas inside of Manolo Ray's JURE group in NYC. Liaison is being maintained with the CIA. The name of the CIA officer handling this case is REDACTED.

104-10071-10402: TRANSMITTAL OF A LETTER FROM AMSHOT-1

3/24/64, notes from AMSHOT-1: "Just to give you an example of how these Red Rats are working...Jacobo Arbenz: He is working like mad contacting people in Guatemala and other Latin American countries, and is supplying them with all the money they need to cause trouble...Robert Williams: They are satisfied with the way this red rat is working, he has been given orders, not only to continue to recruit Negroes in the US to start trouble...but his job now is to try to get some Negro pilots in the US Air Force to fly their ships to Cuba and ask for asylum..." Note that on page 1 Earl Williamson/Alfonso Rodriguez asks "who is AMSHOT-1? Could he be agent provacateur?" What this indicates is that Williamson/Rodriguez is not Oliver Fortson.

124-10214-10371: [No Title]

April 1964: Poyle wrote his wife about Manuel Ray and claimed that he had "communistic feelings", good relations with "communist Albizu Campos", and should be "watched with a suspecting eye...he claimed the right to enter into Puerto Rican affairs because of Puerto Rican ancestry". She provided this info to the CIA.

104-10062-10284: INDEX SEARCH AND 201 CONSOLIDATION REQUEST

Document Extract: Irving Richard Poyle is revealed in this document to be 201-733547 and the subject of the July 1973 debriefing. Reported to be the employer of Jerry Hemming and Anselmito Aliegro. Aliegro was the son of Anselmo Aliegro, Prime Minister of Cuba in 1944 and president of the Cuban Senate in 1954 and 1959; served as acting Prime Minister for one day after Batista fled).

104-10216-10014: SUBJECT: COMMANDANTE ROLANDO CUBELA - INFORMATION FROM SLFREE-1 DEBRIEFING JULY 1973

This July 1973 debriefing of SLFREE-1 is most intriguing due to the interviewee's insistence after 9 years in prison with Cubela and others that Cubela "never intended to kill (Fidel) Castro". The story about Raul Castro and Cubela were lovers had been told years before this debriefing of Poyle.

104-10071-10188: INFO ON PERSONALITIES OBTAINED AND PASSED TO STATION WH/MIAMI AND HQS AND MIAMI FBI

1/28/74 memo of ()FREE-1's recollections of various prisoners in Cuba. Provides his biographical number of 201-733547. An intriguing tip he received was about Robert Taber - the man who founded the FPCC in NYC - it is hearsay, but the tip SLFREE-1 received was that Taber "was working for NBC and for CIA, so he said".

104-10244-10353: CABLE RE: ALLEGED FBI CONTACT MIXUP/NAMES OF CUBAN POLITICAL PRISONERS/LOCATION AND CAPACITY OF NEWLY BUILT PRISON/CONDUCT OF SOME PRISONERS/RESENTMENT AGAINST THE US IN PRISONS/SMUGGLING OF LETTERS O

May 1977: Richard Poyle agreed to an interview with Miami field office re general situation in Cuba. He corresponds with former prison mates Ramon Guin (AMTRUNK-10), Tony Cuesta (AMDENIM-14), brothers Mario and Francisco Chaves who came with Castro aboard the Granma, Armando (Vizcaino) Rodriguez, and Ramon Pimintel. Most of the interview focused on the improvements in security within the Cuban prison system.

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