Pseudonym: Gardyne, Gerald
In a memo in June, 1969, Jake Esterline stated that William Murray recruited Francisco Wilfredo Varona Alonso (AMCONCERT-1) sometime in 1957 in Havana, when he was assigned to the CIA station there. Murray was also in Havana for around a year from January, 1960. Moreover, he was the case officer of AMCLATTER-5 (Alberto de Jesus Alberty Garcia) and knew AMIRE-1 (Emilio Americo Rodriguez).
04/01/60: Dispatch from COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: Subject: Operational Santiago Babun: "1. On 23 March 1960, Santiago Babun called at ODACID (U.S. State Department) to see Gerald L. Gardyne. Gardyne had known Babun personally in San Pedro Sula and last saw him on or about 15 December 1959 at which time Babun confirmed previously known rumors that he had definitely broken with Fidel Castro...Babun had previously told Gardyne that the revolution was not turning out as so many had planned...2. On 23 March 1960, Babun introduced Orlando Acosta and Eugenio Rolando Martinez to Gardyne and identified them as members of an organization which proposed to fight Castro...Babun said that he, Acosta, and Martinez were in close contact with Tony Varona and were actively supporting the counter-revolutionary plans being made by Varona and the Partido Autentico...Gerald L. Gardyne."
08/24/60: CIA document from Gerald L. Gardyne: "1. Attached are personal papers of sentimental value to Arnesto N. Rodriguez which might cause Subject personal embarrassment in the event they were compromised. 2. Headquarters is requested to place the attached invelope in Subject's 201-file for safekeeping." Handwritten note pointing to Attachment: "(Unintelligible) and return (?) to AMJUTE-1 (note: Arnesto Napoleon Rodriguez y Gonzalez as above) at his request..."
12/23/60: Dispatch from Acting Chief of Station, Habana to Chief, WHD (Info: Chief of Base, JMWAVE): "1. On 23 December 1960 AMPAN-20 requested the Case Officer to deliver the following documents to AMOT-2 as soon as possible in order to provide AMOT-2 and the FDR with papers and documents to understand the motives and reasons for accepting the new movement 'Unidad Revolucionaria': (see reference): Attachment A - thermofax copy of the 'Unidad Revolucionaria'. Attachment B - carbon copy of a letter written by 'Damasco' to the Sr. Coordinator del FDR, Ciudad. Attachment C - list of contacts in Miami. 2. Station Habana has forwarded Attachments B and C to JMWAVE by special courier. Headquarters will find a copy of Attachment A in reference dispatch. Forwarded only for Headquarters are Attachments B and C. (signed) Gerald L. Gardyne."
January 1961: ..."On 4 January station personnel met at the Embassy, rode in convoy to the ferry, and sailed to the States. A few, like William J. Murray, had maintained houses until the end and lost everything in them..." 12/01/73: Document from David R. McLean (approved by David Phillips).
03/15/62: CIA document on AMIRE-1 (Emilio Americo Rodriguez): Page 4: ..."Knowledge of KUBARK (CIA) and other case officers: Witting. Has been handled by Nelson L. Raynock (Henry Hecksher), George D. Scorgory (Anthony L. Sileo) and Edward D. Knapman (probably Warren E. Frank). Has met Gerald L. Gardyne. Knows all case officers in the WAVE installation by true name."
10/25/63: Dispatch from Chief of Base, Monterrey to Chief, WH Division (Info: COS, Mexico): Subject: LIGAFF-2/Transmittal of PRQ-Part II: "1. Attached in triplicate is PRQ-Part II on LIGAFF/2 as requested in Reference A. 2. Headquarters is requested to issue an OA on LIGAFF/2 for use as outlined in the attachment. Gerald L. Gardyne."
06/11/64: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, KURIOT (Attn: Peter T. Swinehart): (Info: Chief, WH Division): Subject: AQUATIC/Monthly Operational Report for the Period 1-31 May 1964: Page 3: ..."8. Operational Disguise Activities: During this reporting period, Lola M. Capozzi provided disguise support once again to Gerald L. Gardyne, Chief of Base, Monterrey. Two sessions were held, with a total of six hours spent in preparing Gardyne for his meeting with LIOXIDE/1. There are no supplies issued, and no training was given for self-application of materials..."
06/18/69: Memo from Anthony R. Ponchay (Jake Esterline), COS, WH/Miami to Special Agent in Charge, Miami Field Office: Page 2: ..."Mr. Varona was recruited sometime during 1957 by Mr. William Murray then assigned to the Agency Station in Havana. He was subsequently handled by Mr. Jack Stewart another Agency officer presently stationed in Jamaica. Later, still in Cuba, he was handled by Mr. Frank Belsito now serving in Panama and Emilio Rodriguez (deceased). Mr. Rodriguez turned Mr. Varona over to 'Frank' in November 1960. In August 1961, Mr. Varona took asylum in the Brazilian Embassy in Havana. He was later granted 'salvo conducto' to Rio de Janeiro. In the interim 'Frank' was exfiltrated from Cuba to the U.S..."
08/04/75: SSCIA interview of William Murray: Page 3: ..."Biographical Information: Mr. Murray joined the agency on August 28, 1950 as a DDO officer. He was assigned to the Far East Division. In December of 1950 he went to the Near East Division where he remained as a case officer until February of 1954. He went back overseas in April 1956 as a Western Hemisphere Division case officer. On January 9, 1957 he went to (REDACTION). On approximately January 9, 1960 he went to Havana as a case officer. On January 6, 1961, after Trujillo was assassinated, he spent six months as acting deputy chief of station in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He left there in November of 1961. In January 1962 he went to Monterrey, Mexico as Chief of Base where he remained until July 5, 1964. He was then sent to Bogota, Columbia as Deputy Chief of Station. He returned to the station in 1966 and is currently Chief of Latin American Division for Narcotics..."
02/10/76: Memo from Richard S. Sampson, Chief, Latin America Division to the Review Staff: "ATTACHMENT A: MEXICO CITY STATION PERSONNEL: August - December 1963...William Murray, Jr. (Monterrey): 10 Jan 62 - 5 Jul 64...James E. Anderson (Monterrey): 14 May 62 - 21 Feb 65..."
Undated HSCA document: Arrow pointing between "case officer Gerald L. Gardyne and AMCLATTER-5 (Alberto de Jesus Alberty Garcia) - 201-262136.".