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Pseudonym: Cordova, Maximo de

Definition:
Tony Sforza. This alias also spelled as Maximo de Cordoba. Sforza had a variety of pseudonyms, including Henry J. Sloman and Oliver Fortson.
Category:
alias
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
An unsourced tip worth looking at is whether Sforza was at the CIA station in Argentina - where SAS counterintelligence chief Hal Swenson was stationed at the time - with Sforza departing in the fall of 1960.
Sources:

104-10312-10362: LIST OF NAMES: WILLIAM (RIP) RUTHERFORD

"Maximo de Cordova. Army officer. Got out in 1954. Worked with Department of Army, Intelligence Division, since that time. All Europe, Mexico, and Latin American experience. Inventory officer for twelve years." There were three other aliases on this list: William (Rip) Rutherford (Rip Robertson), Mickey Kelly (Mickey Kappes) and Alan Barton (possibly also known as Martin Laurenkus, whose true name was Rudy Enders). These may have been the four CIA officers who were part of Operation TILT.

104-10312-10361: CABLE: OP INVOLVING SOVIET DEFECTORS WHICH MR. WILLIAM PAWLEY HAS DISCUSSED

Based on the undated list of four names above, all of the names on that list appear to be aliases. "Pawley 65 foot yacht Flying Tiger will depart Miami 1800 hours 5 June. Aboard yacht will be Pawley's captain Luis Paez Guerra who Cuban national but long time trusted employee. (CIA) will have Donald F. Mazutis alias Mike Kelley (note: true name Mickey Kappes) and Marvin A. Laurenkus alias Alan Barton (note: true name Rudy Enders) on board Pawley yacht. This yacht due arrive Hogsty reef 0600 hours 8 June. Yacht will anchor reef area...(CIA PBY - PBY is an abbreviation for 'US Navy medium to heavy twin amphibious aircraft - used for maritime patrol, water bomber, and search and rescue') under dry lease to Pawley will arrive Hogsty Reef 0630 hours 8 June and land in protected area Hogsty Reef. (Aircraft) will contain Pawley, Martino, Spencer from LIFE, Irving G. Cadick alias William Rutherford, Oliver Fortson alias Maximo de Cordoba and eight Cubans. Party will be transferred by RB-12 from (aircraft) to Pawley yacht. Entire party will board Pawley yacht, take Cuban craft in tow, and head for launch point. (Aircraft) leaves area. Pawley yacht, surveilled by LEDA radar...goes from reef to launch point which 25 miles off Cuba in commercial sea lanes...Here Cubans loaded into their craft. Once they in their craft they passed ammo in boxes and while being covered by arms on Pawley yacht Cubans are then cut loose at 2200 hours 8 June for trip to Cuba. Cubans on mission will be Ernesto Duenas (201-298397), Eduardo Perez/AMDENIM-11 (201-294665), Rene Lamoru...Dennis Rigal....Luis Cantin...Rolando Rodriguez...Tomas Vaguero...Francisco Hernandez. Once Cubans hit Cuba they go exfil point pick up Sovs...once pickup (with Cuban craft)...(aircraft will) bring Sovs, Cubans, Pawley, Martino, Life rep, Cadick and Fortson back to Miami. Fortson will then debrief Sovs in Russian to extent possible once they on Pawley yacht and (aircraft)...if no show 10 June op aborts."

104-10312-10355: NOTE: MISS PAWLEY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF WE COULD ARRANGE TO

6/6/63 re memo where Miss Anita Pawley is asking for a telegram to Willam Pawley letting him know "have secured Max as your translator as requested". This apparently refers to the TILT operation that took place at this time.

Peter Kornbluh, The Pinochet File, p. 21

As seen below, Sforza was also known as "the Argentine". Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina. Kornbluh writes: "Two of the four member 'false-flag' team who served as a liaison with (Chile 1970 coup plotter General Roberto) Viaux and his group can now be identified as Anthony Sforza and Bruce McMasters. McMasters was based out of the CIA's Mexico City station; Sforza was a legendary deep cover agent who had spent twenty years operating in Europe, Latin America and Asia pretending to be a Mafia-connected smuggler and using the alias Henry J. Sloman...Sforza passed himself off as an Argentine with connections to Latin American business." Also see p. 15: "The small elite unit of four special agents - known as 'false flaggers' or the 'illegal team'...chosen for their ability to assume non-US nationality...operated under extreme deep cover, posing as Spanish-speaking Latin Americans..."

104-10312-10180: MEMO: DISCUSSION, TILT

6/13/63 memo from Rip Robertson to Ted Shackley and Bob Moore: Rip was concerned that LIFE magazine "possibly could back up with hard evidence" that the CIA "was sponsoring the show"; "Rip, Mickey, and Rudy (note: Rip Robertson, Mickey Kappes, and Rudy Enders) were old friends and had worked together previously". The note adds that "Max handled them well on the question of what the interrogation procedures would be".

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