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Cryptonym: UNSNAFU-12

Definition:
America Cisneros de Fissolo. UNSNAFU-12 was a female Cuban, who probably worked in the Cuban Embassy in Paris in 1963.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
A December 1962 cable mentioned a recent fight between UNSNAFU-12 and the ambassador in the Cuban Embassy in Paris. In addition, UNSNAFU-12 appeared to be in contact with Captain Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez (AMLEO-3) and his wife in 1963. A December 1963 CIA cable from Paris stated that UNSNAFU-12 had apparently said that Lee Harvey Oswald had nothing to do with President Kennedy's assassination. In terms of the identity of UNSNAFU-12, both U-12 and America Cisneros de Fissolo were strong supporters of the Cuban Revolution. Moreover, both were friends of Rolando Cubela Secades (AMLASH-1). Also, both were Cubans who were female and appear to have worked in Paris. Therefore, there is a decent chance that America Cisneros de Fissolo was UNSNAFU-12.
Sources:

104-10220-10187: CABLE - ON 16 NOV RECEIVED ORDERS REPORT FOR DOCUMENT CHECK.

12/13/62, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline KEYWAY PBRUMEN UNRUMBLE UNBOUND: Page 4: ...."6. During course cafe meeting another UNBOUNDER joined group and continued debrief UNRUMBLE-2 about Latins in PARI and UNSNAFU-2. UNRUMBLE-2 stated did not know while no names mentioned, UNBOUND probably referring to UNSIGMA. UNRUMBLE-2 negative and vague replies brought meeting to end. In process however UNRUMBLE-2 became aware UNBOUND fairly well informed Cuban activities PARI including intimate affairs inside embassy such as recent fight between ambassador and UNSNAFU-12. UNSNAFU-8 probably source this info..."

104-10308-10184: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL PROGRESS REPORT AMLEO-3

09/19/63, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 4: ...."12. Mrs. AMLEO-3 has also mentioned that UNSNAFU-12 was most kind to her during her recent home leave in Cuba, and made it quite clear she was anxious to get in touch with AMLEO-3. During the latter part of August Mrs. A-3 again mentioned to her husband that UNSNAFU-12 had written Identity B from Paris stating she was surprised at not having heard from AMLEO-3..."

104-10103-10250: 18 OCT-18 NOV AMLASH HIGHLIGHTS, PARIS

11/27/63, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline KAPOK KEYWAY PBRUMEN UNSIERRA: "UNSIERRA highlights period 18 Oct thru 18 Nov 63: 1. 21 Oct. UNSNAFU/16 states Flora Diaz Parrado to be promoted to minister rank and retired at same time. She to receive retirement pay abroad (i.e. in France). UNSNAFU/12 very bitter about this unusual action. 2. 29 Oct targets visited by Jao Santiago. Santiago complains bitterly that Gramatges trying to fire him. States she writing letter to important officials in Cuba exposing situation in embassy. Santiago states embassy received letter from one Mr. Touzet (Comment: of Touzet Laboratories, Paris) who taking court action freeze embassy Hurricane Flora relief bank account. Action based on expropriated Touzet property in Cuba. Santiago states he will withdraw relief fund from bank on 30 Oct. If he can. UNSNAFU-16 mentions embassy may have to move. (Comment: This subject has been mentioned several times UNSIERRA and UNSOX but no definite word as yet. (REDACTION) has been queried). UNSNAFU/12 states Mario Garcia (Handwritten: Varela, the code clerk??, INT CI DDI Rpt 3 SO/N) was recalled to Cuba and states he drinking heavily. 3. 30 Oct. UNSNAFU/12 complains bitterly about official visitors to Paris and how they denigrate revolution. States she wishes she had concealed tape recorder to record these conversations. She includes Papipo Serguera (as transcriber) and Rolando Cubelas in this group. 4. 7 Nov. Wilfredo Lam visits. Telephone call from Edith Sorel in which Sorel states 'Franqui is leaving on the 12th.' Lam confirms this, stating Franqui wrote Lam saying he coming PARI, LOND, then Prague and HAVA. Mention of Tete Casuso and fear Casuso will try talk with Lam and UNSNAFU/12 (Comment: Via UNRUMBLE/2, PARI having Casuso attempt talk with both Lam and UNSNAFU/12). Lam discussed possible trip to Spain but states he would only go with diplomatic passport for fear of arrest. (CONTINUED BELOW)

104-10103-10250: 18 OCT-18 NOV AMLASH HIGHLIGHTS, PARIS

11/27/63, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline KAPOK KEYWAY PBRUMEN UNSIERRA: "5. 9 Nov. UNSNAFU/12 gives HAVA address of Nay Revnelta: Calle 22 No. 3704, 3/37 Y 41, Miramar tele 25936. UNSNAFU/16 states 'any day now we will be given 30 days to move out of the embassy.' 6. 12 Nov. UNSNAFU/12 reacts to Juan Marinello appointment with anger, frustration, and tears. (Comment: Apparently feels betrayed but no firm indication what course of action she will take). 7. 13 Nov. More talk about Marinello. UNSNAFU/12 states she feels desperate and will attend to her private affairs. UNSNAFU/16 states she may bring evidence of embassy chaos and corruption home for safekeeping and UNSNAFU/12 encourages her to do so. Andres Moreno, who visiting, states Corona may have trouble being accepted by French in view his Communist agitator past. States Corona has seen French Ambassador (Unintelligible) several times (unintelligible) support for his nomination. UNSNAFU/12 comments that Fidel Castro making personnel changes now so that when Khrushchev visits Cuba it will imply his tacit acknowledgement of these changes. UNSNAFU/12 mentions that Fidel is afraid of her because of recordings of conversations which took place in 1958 which UNSNAFU/12 has in her possession. (Comment: No further clarification and possibly be typical UNSNAFU/12 boasting). Further comment about Marinello and UNSNAFU/12 states she may have to vacate apartment. States 'we will find something but I don't believe we will be here for many more months.' 3. Comment. Scattered comments through out later transcripts to effect that many personnel changes going on in Cuba and that told 26 July people seem to be gaining strength. UNSNAFU/12 seems feel that Marinello and Corona being sent abroad to get rid of them for a while."

104-10018-10035: CABLE RE SEVERAL LOCAL CU BAN OFFICIALS REACTION TO KENNEDY ASSASSINATION

12/10/63, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline RYBAT GPFLOOR: "1. UNSIERRA for 24 and 25 Nov gives target reaction to Kennedy assassination. UNSNAFU/12 and UNSNAFU/16 appear happy about it, and sorry for Oswald. Comment that Oswald id 'dead duck' since to be judged in Texas. 25 Nov after Oswald shot, UNSNAFU/12 states Oswald poor boy and 'he had nothing to do with Kennedy's murder.' Targets laugh when hearing of Chinese reaction to assassination. 2. No index. C/S Comment: *Requested stations screen all audiotapes since 22 November 1963 for comments on assassination of President Kennedy."

104-10234-10431: CABLE: SUBJECT REPORTS 12 SEPT THAT AMERICA

09/15/64, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMLASH/1: "UNSNAFU/9 reports 12 Sept that America Cisneros, mutual friend of his and AMLASH/1, returned PARI from Cuba last week with box of AMLASH/1 clothes for storage PARI. Although UNSNAFU/9 did not have opportunity private talk with Fissolo, feels this further indication AMLASH/1 planning come PARI this year or next. Hopes get further info this week."

104-10234-10430: CABLE: SUBJECT TALKED WITH AMERICA FISSOLO OF REF ON 15 SEPT

09/17/64, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMLASH: "1. UNSNAFU/9 talked with America Fissolo of ref on 15 Sept. She had message for UNSNAFU/9 from AMLASH/1. AMLASH/1 asked that UNSNAFU-9 contact AMWHIP/1 and have AMWHIP/1 arrange AMLASH/1 be invited to heart congress which to be held Mexico 15 to 20 November 1964. AMLASH/1 stated he had tried go to similar medical congress held in Tokyo but was unable join delegation..."

104-10216-10200: CABLE: FYI, HEQA 4049 DATED 6 SEPT ADVISED AMERICA CISNEROS DE FISSOLO

09/23/64, Cable from Director to Paris: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMLASH/1: "1. FYI, HEQA 4049 dated 6 Sept 60 advised America Cisneros de Fissolo, a Cuban, and her husband Mario Fissolo, a Mexican of French descent, were residing in Quito. Both were described as strong supporters of the Castro regime and seeking ways to return to Cuba in order to help the Revolution. 2. Appreciate any further info developed."

104-10216-10315: DISPATCH: SUBJECT - TRANSMITTAL OF SNAFU/18 TRANSCRIPTS

10/21/64, Dispatch from COS, Paris to Deputy Chief, WH-SA: "Forwarded under separate cover are the UNSNAFU/18 transcripts for the period 28 August - 27 September. These are the only ones received so far." Page 2: ..."They talk about America Fissolo and mention that she's just back from Cuba; they mention that she is slightly off her rocker and comment favorably on her husband who's a locomotive technician; Garcia Otero would like to send him to Cuba on a one year contract. America is supposed to have seen Faure Chomont and Rolando Cubela while in Cuba..."

104-10183-10424: CONTACT REPORT: MEETING OF 22 JUNE 1965 AT HOEL ROOSEVELT AND 23 JUNE 1965 AT THE TUDOR ROOM OF THE HOTEL COMMODORE

06/28/65, Contact Report: Page 8: ..."28. Carlos (Tepedino) knows nothing of interest about Hernan Hernandez, America Cisneros, Mario Fissolo, Gustavo Arcos, Luis Crespo, Luis Alonso, Luis Trasancos, Emilia Otero, Carlos Theye, Antonio Sanz or Victor Espinosa. (At the time when the foregoing names were reviewed with Carlos (about midnight) he appeared to be extremely weary and to have difficulty in continuing the interview)..."

104-10234-10005: CABLE: RE PARA 2 REF, AMERICA CISNEROS DE FISSOLO IS PERSON WITH WHOM CUBELA STAYED.

03/11/66, Cable from Director to Geneva: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC INDEVOUT/3: "Re para 2 ref, America Cisneros de Fissolo is person with whom Cubela stayed while PARI during Dec 64 - Jan 65. Not identical with Jacinto Cisneros which is alias of Felipe Llaudy Hernandez."

104-10247-10264: ROLANDO CUBELA SECADES CONTACTS IN EUROPE

Undated CIA document: "Rolando Cubela Secades contacts in Europe:...America Cisneros and her husband Mario Fissolo. Living Paris..."

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Gavin McDonald

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