Pseudonym: Faron, Charles
A memo from Heath in December of 1978 stated that "when President Kennedy was assassinated the Station was well organized to mobilize a fairly massive search for information relating to the magnicide. I recall being told to get into immediate contact with all my local agents and to direct them in the search for informational leads which might turn up an exile Cuban conspiratorial group possibly involved in the assassination and to seek any other information which might turn up evidence about the murder. All other staff officers in the station were mobilized for this effort."
Heath also stated that "I also recall making a trip to Mexico in late November or early December 1963 specifically to meet with my on-island agent AMWEE-1 (note: Massimo Muratori del Balso) for the purpose of debriefing him on information he had heard in Cuban government, diplomatic and public circles in Cuba about the assassination."
Undated CIA document: "RAW DATA SHEET: Writer of attached letter is Dr. Gertrudia de la Rionda, lawyer and former district attorney of Pinar del Rio under Batista. She is married to Candido Mora Morales who is the 'Papa' in the attached letter. Candido is another Batistiano and is the brother of Moxolao Mora. His nephew, Alberto Mora, is currently Minister of Foreign Commerce of Cuba. Gertudia wrote the attached letter to Isabel Diaz del Castillo in Miami. Isabel is married to Francisco de la Rionda, the brother of Gertrudia. Isabel gave the letter to Tinita del Castillo, her sister, who passed it to Leopolda Jova who passed it to AMBLEAK-1 (Fernando Fernandez Cavada y Paris). The letter is a carbon made by Tinita del Castillo. The text of the latter appeared in edited and altered form in the Diario de las Americas of 28 or 29. According to the newspaper their version of the letter was received by Miro Cardona in firm code smuggled by one of his people from Cuba. Actually, Tinita gave Miro a carbon like the attached one." Comment below: "I'd like to have the carbon back: Don Heath."
06/28/72: Report by Howard J. Osborn, Director of Security: Page 2: "3. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION INTERVIEWS: A. Donald Read Heath, Jr.: Mr. Donald Read Heath, Jr., a GS-14, Operations Officer assigned to WH Division/DDP, was contacted by a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on 26 June 1972, who made inquiries directly relating to Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas, a former Agency asset recruited by Mr. Heath. By memorandum dated 27 June 1972, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was furnished information concerning the Agency's previous affiliation with Ruiz Villegas, and his 1971-72 ties with McCord associates. B. Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas: Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas was last known to be residing in a boarding house in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Federal Bureau of Investigation acquired his address as of 26 June 1972, and it was expected that he would be interviewed by the Bureau in the morning of 27 June 1972. The results of the interview are not yet known..."
07/13/72: CIA document: "6. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION INTERVIEWS...B. Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas: Ruiz Villegas is a former asset of the Santiago, Chile, Station, and a personal friend of Donald Read Heath. Villegas was interviewed by the FBI on 27 June 1972. He was asked if he knew why Mr. McCord had paid Donald Heath by check, and gave the same explanation reported earlier - that the payments were for odd jobs he (Ruiz Villegas) performed for Mr. McCord..." - - - Page 11: ..."D. Margarita Sarmiento Vega is mentioned by Donald Read Heath as the ex-girlfriend of Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas. No pertinent Agency traces...F. Glen L. Sedam is an official of the Republican National Committee with whom Donald Read Heath made arrangements to employ Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas on a part-time basis. Sedam has had no connection with this Agency."
Undated CIA document: "D. CURRENT AGENCY STAFF EMPLOYEES...3. Donald Read Heath, Jr.: Donald Read Heath, Jr., entered on duty with the Agency in mid-1952, and is currently GS-14, Operations Officer assigned to WH Division/DDP. He has been acquainted with Mr. Everette Howard Hunt, Jr., through the years, and he developed an acquaintance with Mr. James W. McCord, Jr., at Montgomery Community College in the fall of 1971, when Mr. McCord was teaching an industrial security course at the educational institution. Mr. Heath's association with Mr. McCord developed through his interest in a young Chilean protégé, Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas, who formerly worked as an Agency operational asset in Santiago, Chile. It is to be noted that Mr. Heath arranged for Juan Ruiz Villegas to acquire an office position at McCord Associates while the young Chilean continued to live in Mr. Heath's home, drive Mr. Heath's vehicle, and attend school...E. FORMER AGENCY STAFF EMPLOYEES: 1. Therese Mae Shea...She knows Mr. Donald Read Heath, Jr., and is aware of his ties with Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas..." - - - Page 9: "2. Juan Rigoberto Ruiz Villegas...Ruiz Villegas was hired by Mr. Donald R. Heath, Jr. as a Covert Asset in Santiago, Chile and continued to be used in Chile from June 1969 to June 1971. Ruiz came to the United States in August 1971, became something of a Heath protégé, and resided in Mr. Heath's home from 19 August 1971 to 21 April 1972. Ruiz attended Montgomery Community College, became acquainted with Mr. James W. McCord at that educational institution, and later acquired temporary (and illegal) employment at McCord Associates as a sort of caretaker. Mr. Heath also assisted Mr. McCord in arranging for the payment of Ruiz, a Chilean National, and Mr. Heath at one point got Ruiz a part-time job with Mr. Glenn L. Sedam, Head of the District of Columbia Committee to Re-elect Richard Nixon..."
11/02/73: Memo from Erich W. Isenstead, Chief, Cover & Commercial Staff to Acting General Counsel: Subject: Mr. E. Howard Hunt - Alias Birth Documentation: ..."3. Later in the afternoon of 30 October 1973 Mr. Franklin came to my office with a number of documents. They consisted of a form memorandum signed by me which was addressed to Mr. Hunt dated 29 June 1970 (Tab B), a list of names numbering from 1 through 154, representing true names (Tab C), and a second listing similarly numbered, representing aliases (Tab D). Number 63 on the true name list reads E. Howard Hunt and on the alias list, Edward Joseph Hamilton. Mr. Franklin explained - which I had forgotten - that we had obtained from TSD this list of outstanding alias birth certificates issued by TSD in an attempt to recall - if possible - as many of these documents, or to determine what had happened to them. (Most of these alias birth certificates were issued in connection with the Bay of Pigs operation)..."
"TRUE NAME...49. HEATH, Donald R..." - - - Page 3: "ALIAS...49. FARON, Charles Andrew..."
12/09/76: Memo for file from SDB: "1. I met with Bill Sturbitts and Chris Hopkins for about an hour this afternoon to review the status of the LA task force on the Cuban ops files...c. I mentioned the speculation in O/S about Frank Sturgis making mention of Juan's Orta's role prior to our having released anything on this outside the Agency, and what it might mean about who knew what re Trafficante, etc. Sturbitts said that Orta's daughter has asked the Agency for the mss. of a book or diary done by Orta during his taking haven in the Mexican Embassy in Havana. Orta came out of Havana and someone met him and took the mss, sending it to Miami, where the CA people took possession. A search for the mss has been fruitless to date. Don Heath remembers its existence, but not its contents. Fritz Larkin may know, but he has retired. The diary may contain very significant material, but Sturbitts recalls large burnings of paper when the station changed from a large to small one; it could have gone up in the flames then. A search for the mss continues..."
03/22/77: Memo for the record from Donald R. Heath, Jr: Page 4: "Procedures Employed By Miami Station to Aid Investigation of the Kennedy Murder: 10. At the time of the Kennedy murder I was on suspension from active duty because I had let my finance accountings fall behind. I was, however, present in the FI Branch at the Miami Station when my chief, Mr. Warren Frank, issued orders to all case officers (there were about 12 of us in the Branch at that time) to contact our agents inside Cuba and our support agents in Miami for leads possibly linking Castro Cuba or the Cuban exile community to the murder. I do not recall whether Mr. Shackley was on Station that day, but I recall that Mr. Anthony Sforza, AMOT case officer, told me later that he had received specific instructions from Shackley about how the AMOT service was to go about aiding in the investigation. I also recall quite clearly that there was communication from Hqs. to our Station about the need to query our assets. There was also some communication from the FBI and other agencies to our Station asking for information about possible Cuban involvement in the Kennedy murder."
05/16/77: Memo from Donald R. Heath, CAS/PAG/COB to the Inspector General: "In levying requirements on my stateside and Cuban agents concerning the murder of President Kennedy I did not give the agents written questions. I briefed them orally in meetings in Miami, Tampa, Nasau and Mexico City."
06/08/77: Official Routing Slip from Chris H. to IG Staff and Mr. Leader: "Remarks: John - Attached are two memos re requirements levied to Miami Station (JMWAVE Station) case officers in re assasisnation of President Kennedy. Evi Vidal is to bring me one this afternoon, which will make 4 counting Don Heath's. Tom Clines could not make input."
Undated CIA document from John Leader to Scott Breckinridge: ..."1). Robert Wall - does not recall receiving info collection agents at JMWAVE in 1963. 2). Donald Heath - states that his chief Warren Frank issued orders contact agents for info (unintelligible) Cuban or Cuban exiles to (unintelligible). 3) Jack Barry - was directed (unintelligible) to collect intel info pertaining to President's assassination. 4) Evalena Vidal - there might have been an instruction asking C/O's to check with assets for info re assassination. 5) Tom Clines - does not remember."
12/19/78: Memo for the record from Donald R. Heath, Jr., IAD/CAS/Soviet Ops/X: "1. During the spring-summer of 1962 the Chief of our Miami Station, Theodore Shackley, established procedures for mobilizing station personnel, area agents and casual sources to cope with sudden emergencies where fast and continuing collection and reporting were needed...2. When President Kennedy was assassinated the Station was well organized to mobilize a fairly massive search for information relating to the magnicide. I recall being told to get into immediate contact with all my local agents and to direct them in the search for informational leads which might turn up an exile Cuban conspiratorial group possibly involved in the assassination and to seek any other information which might turn up evidence about the murder. All other staff officers in the station were mobilized for this effort. That is to say, all staff officers who had agents and informants. In addition to our local search for information those of us with agents in Cuba sent SW, OWVL and WT messages asking questions about possible Cuban government ties to the assassination. I also recall making a trip to Mexico in late November or early December 1963 specifically to meet with my on-island agent AMWEE-1 (Massimo Muratori del Balso) for the purpose of debriefing him on information he had heard in Cuban government, diplomatic and public circles in Cuba about the assassination. 3. My general recollection is that the Miami Station's search for leads to the President's assassination continued well into 1964 and was considered a high priority undertaking ordered by the Chief of Station."