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Cryptonym: ZRKNICK

Definition:
The communications monitoring operation against Cuban agents in Latin America. To avoid violating the rule prohibiting CIA operations inside the US, the FBI would obtain the take in these instances and then share the results with CIA.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

Inside the Company, by Philip Agee, p. 299 (hardcover version)

ZKRNICK is the cryptonym used for the entire communications monitoring operation against Cuban agents in Latin America. See p. 299, https://leaksource.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/inside-the-company-cia-diary-philip-agee.pdf

Breckenridge memo on file review progress: PROGRESS ON FILE REVIEW

This memo describes ZRKNICK as a joint operation with the FBI: "In the course of this study the attention of the researchers was drawn to the files of a specially sensitive operation (ZRKNICK); it was an FBI intercept operation of agent traffic." Given that some of the Cuban agents being monitored would be on U.S. soil, where CIA charter forbids operations, this would make sense.

104-10308-10238: MEMO: ZRKNICK OPERATION

This memo clarifies the FBI involvement in this description of operation ZRKNICK: "Description: investigation of Cuban espionage net in Miami, Florida by FBI who shared take with CIA.....was international in scope."

104-10308-10282: ZRKNICK UNNUMBERED BOX VOLUME 111

This appears to be some of the take from the ZRKNICK operation. In particular, note the reference to 11/21/63, where the Cuban intelligence service is supposedly targetting a State Dept. employee in Miami. As stated in State Secret, Chapter 3, this employee was Santiago Garriga, who was involved in setting up an FPCC chapter in Miami and may have been an "alternate fallguy" for the JFK assassination.

104-10308-10240: ZRKNICK: INVESTIGATION OF CUBAN EXPIONAGE NET IN MIAMI

More of the ZRKNICK take.

104-10308-10243: LETTER: DEAR SIR: FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

7/8/63: Intercept of Cuban communications by FBI, given to CIA on 8/12/63. References to Ernesto Santana, Tom Dique, Luisito Aguiar, and Antonio Rojas.

104-10308-10238: MEMO: ZRKNICK OPERATION

More of the ZRKNICK take.

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