Pseudonym: Gardalphe, Jesse
A cable on July 9, 1971, originated by L. Laser, DC/WH/1, stated that given WH/Miami and Mexico City stations "enthusiasm for ref op, HQs concurs in proposal to lay necessary groundwork for AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) and KDACOUSTIC-1 (Rafael Mirabal Fernandez) meeting. Gardalphe will discuss with station on arrival." The WH Comment added that "ref recommended Gardalphe delayed for AMMUG-1 trip to Mexico to contact KDACOUSTIC-1." The Releasing Officer was William V. Broe, C/WHD, and the Authenticating Officer was John C. Murray, C/WH/1.
In addition, for a series of dispatches from September of 1971 to January of 1972, Gardalphe was either the COS, Mexico City or someone who worked under the COS.
A cable on April 10, 1972, mentioned that "Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) is owner of house rented August 1970 by station staffer Jesse R. Gardalphe." The cable also stated that "we have heard nothing directly or indirectly to indicate Gerende has violated his secrecy agreement or probed into LNLUTE (U.S. Government) status of Gardalphe."
A dispatch in July, 1972, from the Acting COS, Mexico City, was signed by Gardalphe, who may have held this position, or was someone who worked under the Acting COS.
03/07/68: Report Cover Sheet from Costa Rica: Reporting Officer: Jesse R. Gardalphe. Reports Officer: Christine T. Rathwick. Approving Officer: Giles E. Corrigan. Project: HUGLIB. Source Crypt: HUGLIB-5. "1. A thermofax copy of Melo's letter is enclosed (with advance copies of report) for Headquarters only. An electrostatic copy is forwarded to JMWAVE. It was HUGLIB-5 who searched Melo and made copies of the letter. Source also reported that Melo and made copies of the letter. Source also reported that Melo had given his New York address as 1422 Nelson Avenue, Apt. 6-L, Bronx 59. He gave Madrigal's New York telephone numbers as MO 9-4841 and MO 5-8621. According to HUGLIB-5, Melo said he is now living in New York. HUGLIB-5 also reported that on the morning of 3 March Daniel Oduber's chauffeur and Gustavo Lora, a Cuban exile, visited HUGLIB-8 at the airport and politely asked why Melo had been searched. HUGLIB-8 replied that Melo's movements were of interest to the GOCR (Government of Costa Rica). 2. One possibly significant, unanswered question in this affair is why Melo was carrying the original of a letter which he presumably had mailed to Madrigal on or about 9 February. 3. The information re Pinto in the '(REDACTION) Comment' is from HRS-3837 (source HUGLIB) which was disseminated as a CSDB."
05/10/68: Dispatch from COS, San Jose to Chief, WH Division; COS, Mexico City (Info: COS, Guatemala City): "1. During a recent training period on interrogation with a HUGLIB case officer, the point of getting information from suspects on their international contacts of information that might help other services was stressed. Apparently, as a result, the HUGLIB case officer dug into his notes on the interrogation of Ricardo Ismael Vallecillo Perez, Guatemalan FAR member, and came up with the following information which he thought WOFIRM (CIA) might want to pass to the (REDACTION). 2. Vallecillos stated (the interrogation took place in December, 1967) that FAR was awaiting the arrival of new type machine-pistol called the Red Star (Estrella Roja) from Cuba. He stated that it was a 28 shot weapon and would be issued to commanders of guerrilla groups to replace the present Browning semi-autos. He then added that the individuals in charge of shipping weapons and money to the FAR were two officials of the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City. Their names are Alfredo Mirambal Diaz and Adelo (or Abeldo) Calome Ibarra. The HUGLIB officer stated that Vallecillos blurted this information out in reply to a sarcastic remark made by the case officer about the efficacy of the FAR gun-running mechanism. 3. HUGLIB-10 has given his permission to pass this information to the (REDACTION) if it is considered of any value by WOFIRM. (Signature) Giles E. Corrigan." (Below Corrigan and to the left: "GARDALPHE/gOk. 10 May 68)."
07/09/71: Cable from Director to WH/Miami, Mexico City (Orig: L. Laser, DC/WH/1): Slugline TYPIC AMROSE: REF: WH/MIAMI-11878 (IN 374346): "1. Given station WH/Miami and Mexico City enthusiasm for ref op, HQs concurs in proposal to lay necessary groundwork for AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) and KDACOUSTIC-1 (Rafael Mirabal Fernandez) meeting. Gardalphe will discuss with station on arrival. 2. File: 201-749651; 201-862117. WH Comment: Ref recommended Gardalphe delayed for AMMUG-1 trip to Mexico to contact KDACOUSTIC-1." Releasing Officer: William V. Broe, C/WHD. Authenticating Officer: John C. Murray, C/WH/1.
09/28/71: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: KDAFGHAN Progress Report: 1 July - 30 September 1971: Page 2: ..."3. THE AGENT PERSONNEL: Gardalphe spent one day, from 0645 to 1900, inside the OP, observing the agents and their routine. Both seem to have adapted to a very boring routine quite well. Their eyesight, which has been the subject of quite a few off-the-record comments at both Headquarters and at the station (viz, that they are blind), was checked out thoroughly, but innocuously, by asking them who such and such a person was at the gate or in photos and by asking them to read some very small print film-processing instructions. While KDAFGHAN-2's eyesight is definitely poorer than that of KDAFGHAN-1, she easily identified the subjects and was able to read the test literature with no problem. She was observed carefully while manning the OP and she missed no one in that one and one-half hour period. Previous cases of missing known targets scheduled to visit the embassy are more probably the result of boredom and a resultant lack of attention. Their job requires them to be hermits. They have very few friends and even fewer visitors. To break them out of this rut, the station will soon start altering their work hours to provide more extended coverage of the target, and give them more interesting work to do..." - - - Page 44: (Signature) Jesse R. Gardalphe.
11/05/71: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH: Subject: Liaison Knowledge of the KDAFGHAN Operation: "As a result of the Warren Commission proceedings, Liaison (and the rest of the world) know that JKLANCE (CIA) has photographic knowledge, no one knows where it is or who does it. This is confirmed by KDAFGHAN photos showing Cubans, and others, shaking their fists at a house which is not the KDAFGHAN site. In our request to Liaison to remove the offending traffic sign, Headquarters may be assured that we did not tell Liaison the true reason for our request. They were told that it sometimes interfered with physical surveillance. Liaison in turn gave the same request to the appropriate contact in the traffic police, using the explanation that their surveillance team wanted the sign removed. (Handwritten: Gerald D. Fahlanger for) Jesse R. Gardalphe." Originating Officer: David Edger, WH/1. Coordinating Officers: G. Brown, C/WH/COG. Mr. Sawyer (Telecord), (Unintelligible). Releasing Officer: Lawrence C. Laser, AC/WH/1.
01/11/72: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: TYPIC/KDAFGHAN Progress Report for Period 1 October Through 31 December 1971: Page 4: (Handwritten: Dexter E. Rostedt for) Jesse R. Gardalphe.
04/10/72: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline KDFACTOR: REF: DIRECTOR 252261: "1. Bruce H. Fernald met monthly with Raymond H. Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) from July 1970 to May 1971 to pay ten installments of termination bonus. Last meet was 4 May 1971. All important info on problems of Gerende and wife (formerly LIEMPTY-19) was reported by cable during this period, except for news that Gerende visited Holland during Christmas 1970 when had amicable visit with wife and children. 2. Gerende is owner of house rented August 1970 by station staffer Jesse R. Gardalphe. He still teaching English to employees of two local firms and appears financially pressed since class schedule reduced recently from six to two hours per day. Still drinks, but apparently in moderation. Has indicated he might visit wife in Holland this summer. We have heard nothing directly or indirectly to indicate Gerende has violated his secrecy agreement or probed into LNLUTE (U.S. Government) status of Gardalphe."
07/31/72: Dispatch from Acting COS, Mexico City to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: LITAMIL-7: "1. Subject's station file has just been reviewed for purging, and it was noted that his OA is still active and no final dispatch has been written closing this file, even though we are no longer in contact with subject. Since Gerald D. Fahlanger was the last case officer in contact with LITAMIL-7 (Consuelo Esperon Perez), it is requested that Headquarters have Fahlanger (now assigned Headquarters) prepare a memorandum describing his last relationship with LITAMIL-7 and requesting that his OA granted on 7 February 1968 HHHW-16118 be cancelled and file be closed. The station plans no further contact with LITAMIL-7. Contact was dropped with LITAMIL-7 by mutual consent; he was not a paid agent and was not anxious to play an aggressive role against the PBRUMEN (Cuba) target. See MEXICO CITY 4955 of 26 March 1969. Jesse R. Gardalphe."