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Pseudonym: Castelon, Samuel

Definition:
Unknown identity. Samuel K. Castelon was a CIA operative who appears to have been based in Caracas, Venezuela for a number of years in the 1960's.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable in mid-January of 1964 stated that Castelon had given LITENSOR "reliable evidence" of Castro's involvement in the Venezuelan arms cache, in a briefing in December, 1963. Furthermore, a dispatch in December, 1966, on the renewal of the LIENVOY Project, stated that Samuel K. Castelon arrived in Mexico in November, 1966, "for a briefing on the LIENVOY mechanism and processing procedures for use in setting up a similar installation in (REDACTION). In addition to the Station briefing, Castelon was escorted through the LP late in the evening by Willard C. Curtis (Winston Scott) and LIENVOY-2 (Luis Echeverria Alvarez) so that Castelon could see the equipment in operation as well as the type of files maintained in the LP." Moreover, a dispatch in May of 1969 indicated that Castelon was possibly Chief of Station, Lima, in Peru. The station itself was withheld, but there were cryptonyms beginning with DU mentioned in the dispatch. DU was probably the digraph for operations in Peru.
Sources:

104-10167-10011: AMHAWK WANTS CASTELON MEET SANCHEZ ARANGO AND SALVADOR ROMANI

06/01/60: Cable from Caracas to Director: Slugline RYBAT JMNET JMRAKE: "1. AMHAWK contacted Castelon 31 May. Said departing 2 June for MEXI. 2. AMHAWK wants Castelon meet Sanchez Arango and Salvador Romani. Latter to head his CARA group. Romani also main asset of CIRAKE-1. 3. See some value meeting these two but hesitant because ignorant HQs and AMHAWK plans for CARA ops and do not wish interfere. Also reluctant show too much ODYOKE (U.S. Government) interest. 4. Will proceed introductions by 1600 1 June unless HQs objects."

104-10167-10010: MANOLO ALCALDE INCALA WHO WORKD FOR DECOR INTERNATIONAL WAS TO BRING AMHAWK PASSPORT TO EMBASSY

06/01/60: Cable from Caracas to Director: REF: DIR 32388 (OUT 81321)* HVCA 7373 Para 8: "1. On 31 meeting AMHAWK he had with him Manolo Alcalde Incala who works for Decor International of Miami and apparently AMHAWK right hand man. He was to bring AMHAWK passport to embassy afternoon 1 June on technical problem at which time Castelon was going to tell him whether or not wanted introduction Sanchez Arango and Romani. However Incala came embassy 1100 hours 1 June with Romani and presented him Castelon. According Romani he to head up CARA branch of 'Bloque Unitario' of Cuban exiled political groups to be formed within next 20 days. Romani in addition to heading CARA unity block will serve as rep AMHAWK political group. According AMHAWK and Romani, Sanchez Arango has agreed work within unity block. 2. Romani most desirous continuing contact Castelon but said in view his known anti-Castro view was preferable he never appear in embassy and any future meetings be very discreet. He appeared frank and willing to discuss his activities in CARA and offered provide any info desired. His work in CIRAKE-1 net shows him to an extremely intelligent and courageous person as well as an excellent newspaperman. 3. Unless HQs permits will not meet Romani again. Will not meet Sanchez Arango. 4. It is apparent CIRAKE operation intimately involved above personalities and CIRAKE-1 subordinate to them. In view this situation request HQs guidance. 5. Incala said AMHAWK going Miami 2 June. C/S Comment: *Not aware role, in any, Salvador Romani within FRD complex."

104-10167-10009: INFO INDICATES MAY BE DESIRABLE FOR CASTELON CONTINUE CONTACT WITH ROMANI

06/03/60: Cable from Director to Caracas (Orig: Martha Tharpe, Unit: WH/4/PA): REF: CARA 5232 (IN-46850)* "Info ref indicates may be desirable for Castelon continue contact with Romani to monitor activities these groups. However, defer action this regard for present. Bender will talk with AMHAWK soon re AMHAWK's activities in Caracas. Results these discussions will probably throw some light on relationships CIRAKE operation, Bloque Unitario and FRD. Will advise. WH Comment: Concerned Salvador Romani, CIRAKE operation in (REDACTION) who says he will head Caracas branch of 'Bloque Unitario' of Cuban exiled political groups to be formed next 20 days and will also serve as representative AMHAWK's political group. Requested guidance, especially re further contact with Romani. C/S Comment: *Dissemination applicable to JMNET cables." Releasing Officer: J. C. King, C/WHD. Authenticating Officer: (Unintelligible), AC/WH/1.

104-10235-10006: CABLE- RELIABLE STATION ASSET WHO PRINCIPAL ACTION AGENT CUBAN KUWOLF PROJECT PAST TWO YEARS

08/24/62: Cable from Caracas to Director, Guatemala (Castelon Acting): REF GUAT 2397: "1. (REDACTION) subject ref, reliable Station asset who principal action agent Cuban KUWOLF (Psychological and Paramilitary Staff) project past two years. He leading figure among Cuban exiles and extremely active in these circles. 2. (REDACTION) invited by Mario Barrera to attend exiled Cuban newspaper men's conferences slated for Panama and Bogota during August. Station plans fund his travel these events. 3. Would appreciate any info GUAT receives result Ydigoras audience."

104-10227-10018: CABLE:FOLLOWING FROM ODACID OFFICER FROM CONVERSATION WITH

09/15/62: Cable from Caracas to Director (Castelon Acting): Slugline GYROSE AMSPELL: "1. Following from ODACID officer from conversation with Manuel Brana, member of Consejo Revolucionario recently arrived VENE: A. AMHINT-2 (Note: Juan Manuel Salvat Roque) in VENE as result request VENE Govt. Had conversations with rear admiral Armando Lopez Conde. AMHINT-2 attempting negotiate use of Orchila Island for training and operations site for AMSPELLS. Lopez assisted similar operations during Larrazabal regime for Fidel in 1958 and personally favors AMHINT-2 proposal, but Lopez needs Betancourt approval. AMHINT-2 asked use other VENE base if Orchila not available. 2. According to CIRAKE-2, AMHINT-2 and three other members (portion GBLD being SVCD) his parent organization spoke at private meeting of 20 to 30 Venezuelans, Cubans and two Americans 13 Sept. Purpose meeting urge Venezuelans form local organization to purchase boats for AMSPELLS. One pledge of ten thousand Bolivares received. 3. CIRASH-6 (Note: Orlando Garcia Vasquez) tacitly admitted responsibility AMHINT/2 visit Venezuela (portion GBLD) said AMHINT-2 planned depart VENE 14 Sept on Latin American tour. CS Comment: *No evidence support AMSPELL by Betancourt; however, CIARK-1 believes that AMSPELL visit VENE coordinated by CIRASH-6 who CIRATAL-1 advisor on Cuban matters."

104-10187-10003: CIA FILE ON (ASSET)

01/15/64: Cable from Mexico City to Director: REF EMBTEL 1583 dated 14 Jan 64: "1. Note charge Boonstra report of Vicente Sanchez Gavito (Mexican Ambassador to OAS) conversation in which Sanchez Gavito said 'Venezuelan problem is critical for government of Mexico. Although FONOFF has not seen any of the evidence on origin arms cache, said FONOFF has received reliable information to the effect evidence of Castro origin is convincing.' 2. Believe 'reliable evidence' likely that given to LITENSOR (Adolfo Lopez Mateos) by Samuel K. Castelon in December briefing."

104-10188-10052: (ASSET) DEVELOPMENT AND PLANS

12/19/66: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WHD: Subject: Renewal of Project LIENVOY: Project LIENVOY Renewal: Page 12: "L. Other: WOPROP in the renewal review for LIENVOY Project in 1966 commented that this project in their view was a model for imitation by others, particularly in the area of efficient processing and exploitation of raw take. On 21 November 1966, Samuel K. Castelon (ps) arrived in Mexico for a briefing on the LIENVOY mechanism and processing procedures for use in setting up a similar installation in (REDACTION). In addition to the Station briefing, Castelon was escorted through the LP late in the evening by Willard C. Curtis and LIENVOY-2 so that Castelon could see the equipment in operation as well as the type of files maintained in the LP."

104-10188-10052: (ASSET) DEVELOPMENT AND PLANS

12/27/66: Cable (Orig: C. Nustos, Unit: WH/1): "No objection passing Castelon LIENVOY study requested ref provided study for (REDACTION) Station use only. However, HDQS is preparing sterile published version which will go (REDACTION). *Requests permission pass to (REDACTION) sterile copy of study on LIENVOY."

104-10218-10007: LEONOV, NIKOLAY SERGEYEVICH.

05/16/69: Dispatch from COS, Withheld to Chief, SB Division (Info: Chief, WH Division): Subject: REDTOP/AEKICK - Forwarding of Intercepted Letter: "1. Forwarded herewith as Attachment A are copies of two letters written by Nikolay Leonov (Handwritten note: 201-132139), a Soviet journalist with 'Novostit' who is currently in Lima on an extended TDY. The letters were intercepted and reproduced by liaison (DUBRIDE) and passed to the Station, with a request for a Spanish translation. 2. The letters were translated for the Station from Russian to Spanish by DUMAGENTA-3. Following the correction of some obvious Spanish grammatical errors by DUMAGENTA-3 and a re-typing for security reasons, the translation was passed to DUBRIDE. A copy of the Spanish translation (marked as Attachment B) is attached for the information of the Desk. The letters give the appearance of being pure propaganda and the information contained therein may well appear in the Soviet press. 3. We assume that the Attachment will be translated from Russian to English and we would appreciate a copy of the English translation being forwarded to the Station. (REDACTION) for Samuel K. Castelon."

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