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Cryptonym: ZRPRIMA

Definition:
Program to penetrate the foreign technical personnel being hired by Castro to work in Havana.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10247-10250: CABLE-AMWHIP/1 IN PARIS 2 AND 3 JULY 63 WITH JOSE VENEGAS VALDESPINO

Early July 1963: While in Paris, AMWHIP/1 saw in the Cuban consulate "three Cuban plastics and electronics engineers who were going to Poland to recruit plastics techs for Cuba."

104-10077-10153: DIR CABLE RE LIST OF ITEMS TO BE POUCHED AND INFORMATION CONCERNING PROGRAM DISCONTINUATION

11/22/63, 1700 Zulu Time, just minutes before the assassination: "Recently concluded HQs review of ZRPRIMA program shows that (CIA) efforts have not achieved any significant results and continuation of program as such no longer warranted. Main reason for (CIA) failure is that Cuban technician recruiting program has been miserable failure when measured against Fidel's original objective of 2000 techs from Western Europe alone. Though our figures not complete, we estimate probably less than fifty candidates have succeeded in inserting about thirty recruited techs into the various hiring channels, but so far only to have received contract approval from (Havana). Cuban failure to recruit in significant numbers appears (to be) largely to reluctance foreign ministry and foreign service officers pursue tech recruiting mission aggressively, bureaucratic incompetence in Havana, fear of infiltration of hostile agents and probable loss of interest in the program on part of Castro himself."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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