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Pseudonym: Fortson, Oliver

Definition:
Tony Sforza used Oliver E. Fortson as a pseudonym and Maximo de Cordoba as an alias.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Sforza was often known as "the Argentine", see the Pinochet File, p. 21; Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina. In its entry for the National University of Córdoba, Wikipedia describes the "Colegio Maximo de Córdoba" as the first school of advanced studies in Argentina. Note for the four men identified in 104-10312-10362 below: Rip Robertson (Irving Cadick) was also known as William Rutherford. See a second source: 104-10312-10363, which shows "Rutherford and Kelly and Barton" all working together at sea. I believe "the fourth man" involved in TILT, Oliver Fortson, is yet another pseudo for Tony Sforza. Fortson's alias is identified as Maximo de Cordova. (Sforza was often known as "the Argentine", see the Pinochet File, p. 21; Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina). Cordoba is identified here as Department of Army, Intelligence Officer, which would mean he was cross-designated with CIA. The real name of Alan Barton/Martin Laurenkus may be Rudy Enders. Alan Barton/Laurenkus may also have been known as Philip Glavasco. Glavasco and Cadick were photographed by Life in Operation TILT, Glavasco was also known as Rudy! Op TILT memo says "load pax rudy" John Prados refers to Rudy Enders as a paramilitary specialist and boatman, Enders made his mark as a maritime officer with the Miami base on Cuban operations...paramilitary chief of the CIA in the 1980s. (Safe for Democracy, page xx) Mickey Kelly is a pseudo for small boat operator Mickey Kappes, referred to as "Mike" in this infamous JFK/Cuba Soldier of Fortune article that you should look at if you haven't before, it's hard to find. John Martino is the star.
Sources:

104-10228-10378: CABLE: SITREP ON FT KNOX UNIT RECEIVED BY MAIL

11/28/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline GYROSE AMTHORN: REFS: A. WAVE 1433 (IN 20316)* B. UFGA 6597. "1. Sitrep on Ft Knox Cuban ODIBEX (U.S. Army) unit received by mail from AMTHORN-1 dated 18 Nov. (See Ref A). Report consists review significant developments affecting Cuban morale and disaffection ODYOKE (U.S. Government) ODIBEX policies relating Ft Knox Cuban program. A-1 included personal observations and recommendations to rectify dangerous situation Ft. Knox...3. A-1 spoke to WAVE CO by phone 2300 hrs 26 Nov in connection OPNL developments relating Ref B. SUBJ reported situation continues as reported his letters. SUBJ instructed situation continues as reported his letters. SUBJ instructed stay clear of local conspiracies but report discreetly on situation. SUBJ advised by Fortson our interest in him continues based solely on operational possibilities outlined per Ref B and that Ft. Knox ODIBEX of limited interest hence he should exercise extreme caution and discretion not prejudice his situation Ft. Knox..."

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

6/5/63 cable WAVE 9342 from Andrew Reuterman/Ted Shackley to TODHUNTER/DDCI Marshall Carter and DAINOLD/SAS Chief Desmond FitzGerald: "...(CIA) PBY under dry lease to Pawley will arrive Hogsty reef 0630 hours and land in protected area Hogsty Reef. PBY will contain Pawley, Martino, Spencer from Life, Irving Cadick alias William Rutherford, Oliver Fortson alias Maximo de Cordoba and eight Cubans...(at p. 8)...(On June 9), PBY will then bring Sovs, Cubans, Pawley, Martino, Life rep, Cadick/Rip Robertson and Fortson back to Miami. Fortson will debrief Sovs in Russian to extent possible once they on Pawley yacht and PBY..."

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

June 1963: List of names involved in Operation TILT: "Maximo de Cordova. Army officer. Worked with Department of Army, Intelligence Division, since that time. All Europe, Mexico and Central America experience. Inventory officer for twelve years."

104-10276-10049: CABLE: MISSION SUCCESSFUL

July 1963, Mexico City to Director with AMROD slugline: AMRIFT-1 identified as Sinobas in marginalia. AMRIFT meets with Fortson (probably CIA officer Tony Sforza), brings a couple of tails with him but Fortson shakes them off. Fortson passes on "Cano reports" (note: probably reports that can be found on MFF from agent named Cano) AMRIFT tries to turn Fortson over to Vega, Fortson refuses, asks for better communications system. Fortson goes into hiding for few days after meeting. Scantling demands and receives apology from AMRIFT for supposed "bad faith".

104-10187-10007: DISPATCH:LIEMPTY PROGRESS REPORT / SECOND QUARTER

Circa August 1963: "The support provided by the two AMROD cutouts, Oliver G. SCANTLING and Raymond H. Gerende, in the AMROD operation was essential to this operation. Due to the long operational experience of these agents in the Mexico City operational environment their aid in both the planning and execution stages of the AMROD operation has been unique. The cutouts provided professional level countersurveillance during the actual meetings between AMRIFT-1 and Oliver FORTSON (ps), passed letters to the LIERODE (Cuban embassy photosurveillance) operation, wrote many letters and placed numerous phone calls...and have actually carried on the daily activity of the operation."

104-10528-10400: CABLE: DISCUSSION OF MEETING SITE

On Nov. 13, "after discussion with ______, Station agrees *(Irving Richard) Poyle* meet can be made either Monterrey or Mexi but for sake of AMROD op if meet is to be in Mexi FORTSON not beused." C/3 comment: "Would expect Fortson Mexi".

104-10527-10134: CABLE: VIEW PLAUSIBILTY TRAVEL WAVE AREA TO SEE WIFE

11/21/63, Cable from Director to WAVE, MEXI: Slugline KAPOK TYPIC: REFS. A. WAVE 7681 (IN 62399)* B. MEXI 6940 (IN 63314)* "1. View plausibility Poyle travel WAVE area to see wife, suggest Fortson meet him there. 2. If WAVE agrees, request WAVE coordinate local FBI and lay on contact and travel arrangements with MEXI. SAS Comment: *Requested Fortson meet Poyle in MNTY."

104-10075-10020: JMWAVE CABLE RE PERTINENT ANSWERS TO QUERIES

11/24/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline TYPIC AMROD: Page 2: "(7) SUBJ probably would collaborate with any bona fide U.S. Government official. Otherwise reference to Maximo de Cordova (alias used by Oliver E. Fortson) would suffice for establishing bona fides..."

104-10077-10127: DIRECTOR CABLE RE HANDLING OF POYLE INTERVIEW

11/26/63, Cable from Director to JMWAVE, and Mexico (Orig: H. Swenson, Unit: C/SAS/CI): Slugline KAPOK TYPIC: "1. Fortson should include Poyle interview because of his familiarity with background. Other ops considerations, including those in ref, exclude MEXI and WAVE as meeting site. 2. Accordingly HQs approves MNTY. Only caveat is that MNTY commo facilities are limited and should be used to minimum. 3. Request MEXI and WAVE lay on meeting at MNTY."

104-10077-10438: DIRECTOR CABLE RE TDY AT HEADQUARTERS.

12/13/63, Cable from Director to JMWAVE: Slugline TYPIC AMROD: "1. Desire Oliver E. Fortson for two days TDY Headquarters week 16 Dec. 2. Please advise ETA."

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