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Pseudonym: Elliot, Ben

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Definition:
Ben Elliot was an alias for Ben C. Evans.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A memo on July 31, 1959, by Ben C. Evans, stated that he and Joe L. Then introduced themselves to Jose Marcos Diaz Lanz in Tampa as Ben Elliot and John Taldy respectively.

A memo from Philip Toomey (William Kent) in February of 1960 stated that (Henry Preston) "Lopez was briefed by Mr. Reynolds (Al Cox) on the current situation in Cuba. He was given a check for $1300 and instructions to call Benjamin Evans at the embassy and use the name Fred Morse...Lopez was told about security precautions and that Mr. Evans would brief him further on contacts to be made."
Sources:

104-10167-10137: DEBRIEFING OF JOSE MARCOS DIAZ Y LANS.

07/31/59: Memo for the record from Ben C. Evans: "1. Mr. Ben C. Evans and Mr. Joe L. Then arrived in Tampa at 1415 28 July 1959 and were met by Mr. Bernard Reichardt (probably Ken Crosby). We immediately went to the Hillsborough Hotel where we registered as Ben C. Elliot and John L. Taldy respectively, listing Department of State as place of employment. 2. Subject was in Room 215 with Mr. Joe Brannigan, Office of Security. We introduced ourselves to Subject as Ben Elliot and John Taldy. 3. Subject was using the name Mariano Jimenez y Gomez, which appeared on his I&NS identification slip. 4. Subject was debriefed, almost exclusively in English for five hours on 28 July and again for approximately the same amount of time on the 29th. 5. Subject was cooperative, responded to all questions, and appeared to be under no stress. He did inquire about his family in Cuba and the whereabouts of his brother Pedro Luis, but evinced no grave concern. 6. Subject's views, as related to the attached, are probably colored by his respect for Pedro Luis and a desire to demonstrate his brother's importance, stature, and role in the future of Cuba. 7. No security problems were encountered."

104-10174-10036: MEMORANDUM: MEETING AT CARLETON HOTEL

02/04/60: Memo for the record from P. Toomey (William Kent), WH/4/PP: "He read the PP staff report on opposition groups (sanitized) and the report (sanitized) on the Indian political action operation. Lopez was briefed by Mr. Reynolds (Al Cox) on the current situation in Cuba. He was given a check for $1300 and instructions to call Benjamin Evans at the embassy and use the name Fred Morse. Mr. Lopez stated that he foresaw no problems in getting around in Cuba. He mentioned that one of his friends in the Harvard Graduate School was now in the Pegino Boti Leon, and that he and (REDACTION) had dated the same girl who was now in New York. He intended to phone the girl on his stop-over in New York to renew acquaintance. Lopez was told about security precautions and that Mr. Evans would brief him further on contacts to be made. Mr. Davis asked when he would be back here and Lopez said about the second of February. Davis said that we would tape his remarks at that time. Lopez was asked to keep accurate account of his arrivals and departures for accounting purposes."

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Gavin McDonald

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