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Pseudonym: Cobfield, Leland

Definition:
Unknown identity. Leland H. Cobfield, along with George H. Ramskill, monitored AMSTALK-1 (Miguel Angel Diaz Isalgue). Memoranda in April and May of 1967 gave Cobfield's rank as SO/II.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable in March, 1968, stated that Cobfield was the case officer of AMSTALK-1. Another document in the same month mentioned that AMSTALK-1 was dismissed by Leland H. Cobfield, having been recruited by Irving N. Peggins (Note: Probably William Robertson), and Stanley R. Zamka (David Morales). Also, Leland H. Cobfield was exposed to AMSTALK-1 as "Paul." In addition, a document in January of 1970, on the dismissal of AMCHALK-5 (Miguel Angel Diaz Isalgue), stated that Cobfield recruited this agent.
Sources:

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5

12/09/66: "Subject: Iden A: AMSTALK/1 was interviewed and tested at a covert site in the Miami, Florida area on 7 December 1966 at the request of Leland H. Cobfield. The interview was conducted in English, in which AMSTALK/1 is fluent. AMSTALK/1 is Principal Agent of a WOFACT infiltration team. He was last SGSWIRLed on 2 June 1966. Results: AMSTALK/1 is not cooperating in any way with the government of any country other than WOLADY and he is not obligated in any way to any Cuban exile group. AMSTALK/1 has never done anything on purpose to cause an operation to fail and he has not discussed with or reported to any unauthorized persons any details of his WOFACT operational activities. AMSTALK/1 has not failed to report anything of significance that occurred during his WOFACT missions. AMSTALK/1 has never taken any unauthorized persons to a WOFACT safe site. AMSTALK/1 is not involved in any activities which he wishes to hide from WOFACT. Details: No significant information was developed during the interview. Examiner's Comment: AMSTALK/1 was very cooperative. His test results are of above average validity. Daniel R. Hoskier."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

04/26/67: Memorandum from SO/I/Ramskill to File of AMSTALK-1 (201-307337) (Info: D/OPS, C/IO, C/IS): Subject: Recruitment Proposal Received by AMSTALK-1: "1. On 25 April 1967, Ramskill and Cobfield met with AMSTALK-1 at safehouse #316 at his request for the purpose of discussing what the agent described as 'a matter of urgency.' 2. AMSTALK-1 said that his cousin, one Marta Isalque Rdoriguez, 44 years old, arrived in Miami via the Freedom Flight on 11 April 1967. She is the wife of Fernando de Rojas, who is presently serving a 30 year sentence in La Cabana Prison for conspiracy against the Castro Government. ..."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

04/27/67: Memorandum from SO/II/Leland H. Cobfield to AMSTALK-1 201 File (Thru: Chief, SO Branch, DCOS/O, Chief, IO Branch): Subject: April 26 Meeting with AMSTALK-1: "1. Cobfield and Ramskill had a second meeting with AMSTALK-1 at S/H 316. An enlargement of the message which was concealed in the crucifix and brought to Miami from Cuba by the cousin of AMSTALK-1 was shown to AMSTALK-1. He read the message and the English translation, commenting that the English coincided with his own interpretation. 2. AMSTALK-1's reaction to the contents of the letter was mild and he did not appear too concerned about the threats to his family (paragraphs 2 and 3). He stated that he did not recognize the name at the bottom of the letter (Arturo Pita Rey) and commented that from talks with his cousin he believed the real sender of the letter was Manolo Piniero/'Barba Roja' (Director of the DGI), and that the name and address was probably an accommodation address used by the Cuban Intelligence Service. 3. AMSTALK-1 identified the names in Paragraph 2 as follows: Fernando - Fernando de Rojas - husband of AMSTALK-1's cousin, Marta (the source of the message) presently serving a 30 year sentence in Havana...Carlos - Carlos Pedraza - husband of Gina Isalgue who is AMSTALK-1's aunt and also in jail. Ramon - Ramon Guin, member of former AMTRUNK net and connected with Rolando Cubela, presently sentenced to Isle of Pines Prison. Gina - Gina Isalgue, sister of AMSTALK-1's mother and wife of Carlos Pedraza, presently in jail..."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

05/02/67: Memorandum from SO/II/Leland H. Cobfield to AMSTALK-1 201-307337 File (Thru: Chief, SO Branch, DCOS/O, Chief, IO Branch. Subject: May 1, 1967 Meeting with AMSTALK-1 Concerning Recruitment Proposal He Received: "1. For the meeting AMSTALK-1 prepared the attached material. Attachment 1 is a type written report by AMSTALK-1 of events which took place in Cuba between his cousin, Marta Isalque Rodriguez de Rojas, and Manolo Pineiro and his representatives. Attachment 2 is a message written by AMSTALK-1 and addressed to Pineiro containing his thoughts regarding a possible answer. (The message has not been sent by AMSTALK-1, and he will not take any action without our concurrence). 2. On April 30, 1967, AMSTALK-1 met with his cousin. According to his cousin, the only persons, who know about the crucifix, and the conversations about it and the message, are Manolo Pineiro, Menendez and the other representative of Pineiro inside Cuba; and AMSTALK-1 and herself in Miami. She told AMSTALK-1 that none of the conversation about the crucifix or the message took place in the presence of her husband, at the jail, and that Menendez and the other Pineiro representative, specifically cautioned her not to reveal anything about the subject to anyone including members of the Cuban G-2, security etc..."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

03/68: Cable: Slugline RYBAT REDTOP AETARGET PBRUMEN: "1. Leland H. Cobfield, CO for AMSTALK/1, will be HQs 22 May for interview with WOTACK. WH/4 and SB may wish consult with him on ref preparations for dispatch of agent to (REDACTION) of particular concern is the question of how to document AMSTALK/1 for his travel and for duration of stay there. 2. HQs and (REDACTION) should review UFGA-17794, DTD 12 Sep 1964 and attachments. Subject, AMICE/14, is now AMSTALK/1."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

03/08/68: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH Division: Subject: TYPIC/Operational Termination of AMSTALK-1: Page 2: "Agent Service Record: 201-307337. 1. Agent's cryptonym or pseudonym: AMSTALK-1 (formerly AMICE-14). 2. Project identification: AMTRUNK, AMSCAR. 3. Agent recruited by: Irving N. Peggins, Stanley R. Zamka. 4. Capacity in which agent served: Team member, Team Leader of Special Operations infiltration team. Later P/A other operational teams...7. Agent dismissed by: Leland H. Cobfield..."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

03/08/68: AMSTALK-1 Damage Report: Page 2: "WOFIRM Personnel Exposed:..."Leland H. Cobfield as Paul..."

104-10225-10012: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5

01/29/70: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: AMCHALK/Dismissal of AMCHALK-5: "1. AMCHALK-5 was advised on 17 October 1969 that his services with RVROCK had not been in sufficient demand to justify his retention on the payroll beyond 30 November 1969. Accordingly, on 31 October 1969 AMCHALK-5 executed a termination secrecy oath and quit claim which are forwarded as separate cover attachments hereto. The agent was paid his salary through 30 November plus a bonus equivalent to one month's salary...(Signature) Frederick C. Bradspies." - - - Page 90: "AGENT SERVICE RECORD: 1. Agent's Cryptonym or Pseudonym: AMCHALK-5 (formerly AMSTALK-1 and AMICE-14) (See also SD 56490). 2. Project Identification: AMCHALK. 3. Agent Recruited by: Leleand H. Cobfield. 4. Capacity in which Agent Served: Technical agent on REDTOP (CIA Soviet Division) operation. Also to establish contact with opposition service. 5. Rate of Pay: $300 per month gross. 6. Other Commitments: None. 7. Agent Dismissed by: Frederick C. Bradspies. 8. Reason for Dismissal: Economy, lack of requirements for operational use. 9. Security Risks: Subject knows location of Station meeting site #206. Knows Frederick C. Bradspies and Joel N. Nebecker in true first name only. Subject also knows accommodation address #1402..."

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