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Cryptonym: UNSNAFU-14

Definition:
Major Luis Crespo Castro. According to a March 1965 CIA cable, UNSNAFU-14 was friendly with UNSNAFU-9 (Luis Enrique Trasancos, a CIA penetration agent at the Cuban embassy in Paris).
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
A dispatch in March 1964 stated that Major Luis Crespo Castro appeared to be an old friend of AMLASH-1, UNSNAFU-8, and UNSNAFU-9. Crespo apparently intervened, along with AMLASH-1, when UNSNAFU-8 and UNSNAFU-9 were recalled to Cuba in late 1963 from the Cuban Embassy in Paris. The order to return was cancelled. In addition, a December 1964 memo listed Luis Crespo Castro as being among those in the inner circle of Cuban Premier, Fidel Castro. Furthermore, the March 1965 cable mentioned above stated that the CIA planned to use UNSNAFU-9 as a possible recruiter directed against those such as UNSNAFU-14, with whom he was friendly. Also, an undated document on Rolando Cubela's contacts in Europe stated that Luis Crespo Castro worked hard to get Luis Trasancos reinstated after being first sacked in Paris in early 1964 or so (may have been the recall in late 1963 mentioned above).
Sources:

104-10216-10121: DISPATCH: COMMENTS OF MAJOR LUIS CRESPO ON CELIA SANCHEZ

03/13/64, Dispatch from COS, Paris to Chief, SAS (Info: Chief, WE, and Chief, JMWAVE): "1. The following information is reported as being of possible operational interest. 2. Major Luis Crespo, who appears to be an old friend of AMLASH/1, UNSNAFU/9 and UNSNAFU/8, stopped briefly in Paris on 4 and 5 March 1964. He advised UNSNAFU/9 that he (Crespo) has interceded with Celia Sanchez in the case of UNSNAFU/9 and UNSNAFU/8 - you will recall that both these members of the Cuban Embassy in Paris were recalled to Cuba in late 1963 but that those orders were cancelled upon the intercession of Major Crespo and AMLASH/1 in Havana. 3. Crespo stated that Celia Sanchez is still a very influential person with Fidel Castro and that Fidel still sleeps with Sanchez from time to time. Crespo stated that Sanchez is very jealous of Fidel and can't stand the young women that approach him."

104-10517-10117: CABLE: (SUBJECT) CONTACTED 21 APRIL, BRIEFED, AND ABLE SEE (SECOND SUBJECT) SEVERAL TIMES

04/27/64, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline KEYWAY PBRUMEN QJFINK UNSNAFU: "1. QJFINK contacted 21 April, briefed, and able see UNSNAFU/14 several times 22 and 23 April. Returning LUXE 25 April. Also met old friend 'El Mago' Robreno whose case familiar HQs. 2. QJFINK assesses UNSNAFU/14 as not recruitable at this time. States UNSNAFU/14 not commie but has great faith Fidel and believes regime will endure short of direct intervention by U.S. UNSNAFU/14 not overly happy present assignment under UNSNAFU/19 but not significantly disaffected. PI from meetings being dissemed separately. 3. DIR: QJFINK somewhat sidetracked by meeting Robreno and offered introduce case officer to him, stating Robreno knows 'everyone.' Offer declined on basis Robreno has too many personnel problems at this time. QJFINK claims also knows AMLASH/1 well. 4. QJFINK cooperative and believe he honestly attempted fulfil requirements levied. However, believe UNSNAFU/14 did not open up to QJFINK but followed current regime line on economic picture, internal political situation and Cuban/U.S. rapprochement...C/S Comment: *QJFINK requested meet with UNSNAFU-14."

1994.05.16.14:08:37:850005: MEMO: CUBAN PERSONALITIES DISCUSSED WITH AMLASH-1 AT 6-7 DECEMBER 1964 MEETINGS IN PARIS

12/20/64, Memo for the record from Nestor D. Sanchez, WH/SA/SO/HH: "1. Capt. Alexander Sarandrea. Subject is a member of Fidel's private shipping company and is unhappy with the Castro regime. Sarandrea left Paris for Canada on 6 or 7 December. A cable reporting this information on Sarandrea was sent from Paris on 8 December 1964. 2. The following are members of Fidel's inner group whom he uses for special projects...f. Luis Crespo Castro...."

104-10247-10030: CABLE RE: REFERENCE ARRIVED AT OPPORTUNE MOMENT FOR COMMENT

03/23/65, Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline RYBAT KEYWAY PBRUMEN UNSNAFU: Page 3: ..."7. Pending further developments, plan use UNSNAFU-9 as possible recruiter directed against such types as UNSNAFU-14 with who he friendly and selected visitors..."

104-10216-10435: DISPATCH: CABLE TO CUBAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

04/15/65, Dispatch from COS, Paris to Chief, WE (Info: Deputy Chief, WH-SA): "1. Transmitted under separate cover is a copy of the cable mentioned in paragraph 3 of Reference C. As will be seen, the text of this cable differs a great deal from that suggested in Reference A. We discussed the Reference A suggestion within the Station, and, in essence, with UNSNAFU/9. We came to the conclusion that such a strong personal attack on UNSNAFU/19 would probably accomplish little since UNSNAFU/19 had already sent in his version to Havana and could be expected to have the backing of most or all of the Paris Embassy personnel - despite noble claims to the contrary made privately to UNSNAFU/9 by UNSNAFU/14 and AMBALD/2. Also considered, especially by UNSNAFU/9, was the possible effect such action might have on AMLASH/1. UNSNAFU/9 was, and still is, very reluctant to take any action which might adversely effect AMLASH/1 or force AMLASH/1 into a position not of his own choosing, i.e., to have to take up the defense of UNSNAFU/9 without being able to choose his own time and place. 2. We are trying to get the story into the press here, as stated in Reference C, and will advise you of any results obtained. A dispatch on the subject of planning for UNSNAFU/9 will be forthcoming shortly."

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

Undated CIA document: "Rolando Cubela Secades contacts in Europe: ..."Luis Crespo Castro - good friend to Cubela. (Worked hard in Cuba to get Luis Trasancos back in his job when he was first fired in Paris in early '64 or so. Crespo travels constantly between Havana and Europe buying ships and material for Castro. His use by Cubela cannot be ruled out)..."

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