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Pseudonym: Hubbell, Robert

Unknown identity. A dispatch in June, 1961, from Stanley R. Zamka (David S. Morales) on Robert D. Hubbell's contacts, stated that AMGLAD-2, -3, and -4, and AMDENIM-1, knew Hubbell as Pill (may be something else) Williams.
The same dispatch noted that AMESCORT-1 and AMRAIL-1 knew Robert D. Hubbell by his true name. In addition, AMBUD-1 (probably) knew Hubbell as Bill Sheridan, while Majorie Geddes and Luis Simon knew Hubbell as Pill Sheridan. However, apparently Majorie Geddes learned Hubbell's true name on a visit to see him in hospital.


01/25/61, Dispatch from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, WH Division: "1. Manuel Vega Abril has furnished the following background on Subject. Salas is an attorney and Registrar of Property (Registrador de la Propiedad), about 40 years of age. He is a devout Catholic and has many good contacts among the higher clergy in Cuba. He has never been active politically but is a man of high principal and has a strong personality. As a result of his beliefs he became active in the MRR when the Communist menace in the Castro movement became clear. In view of his strong character and abilities he was made General Coordinator of MRR activities in Havana and later was made General Coordinator of all Frente activities in the same area. 2. Vega said that Salas was well known to Dr. Edgardo Buttari and Dr. Botifol, both Cuban exiles in the US, who could give considerably more detailed information about Salas. Robert D. Hubbell."


03/16/61, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Robert D. Hubbell, Reports Officer: Paula K. Thyfault, Approving Officer: Paul J. Manson. "Background data and Comments: Source: AMESCORT-1 from: Paragraphs 1-11: Dr. Oscar Salas Marrero who, according to AMESCORT-1, was in Cuba for the purpose of investigating the intentions of Ray. Dr. Salas prefaced his remarks by saying that his report does not pretend to be complete. It includes only the data which he knew about Ray during his (Salas') membership in the clandestine movement in Cuba. Paragraph 12: Dr. Jose Alvarez Diaz, former Minister of Finance under Carlos Prio Socarras, who is a long-time friend of AMESCORT-1. The latter had lunch with Alvarez on 8 March in Miami. Alvarez is a public accountant and an economic expert. He is very much alarmed at the strength which Ray may have within the counterrevolutionary movement. Paragraph 13: Dr. Jorge Beruff, who is known to AMESCORT-1 since January 1951 when Beruff was president of the Desarrollo Economico de Cuba (BANDES). AMESCORT-1 feels that Beruff is 'upright, just, honest, and favors free enterprise.' He says Beruff is a practising Catholic, anti-Communist and pro-U.S. Beruff tried to resign his position in May 1959 but was persuaded to stay on for a while by Dr. Felipe Pazos. He finally resigned when Pazos left his post, and he joined the MRP with Pazos. Beruff does not consider Ray dangerous within the MRP because inside the movement Ray by himself does not count for much. Paragraph 14: Dr. Ulisea Carbo, sub-director of Prensa Libre." Page 4: Field Information Report: Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq.: Cuba (8, 11 March 1961): SOURCE: Cuban businessman (F) from...."


04/17/61, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Robert D. Hubbell, Reports Officer: Paula K. Thyfault, Approving Officer: Paul J. Mason: Background Data and Comments: Source: AMGLAD-3 from AMGLAD-1's successor as Chief of Intelligence of Unidad Revolucionaria (UR) - (Subject of UFGA-1336). This material came by courier pouch to the WAVE area."


05/18/61, Cable from JMBELL to JMWAVE: Page 2: "This presumably understood and discussion turned to ops plan which was hand carried to HQs by Hubbell, a brief of which A-1 tabled..."


06/12/61, Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: REF WAVE 6649 (IN 2993)* "1. In meeting 11 June with Hubbell Unidad Revolucionaria reps outlined their immediate plans as follows: A. They have organized and are training a commando unit of about 28 men. They wish to have us give these men SAB and intell training in near future pending development of a capability to give them weapons and tactical training. B. They are trying to recruit a group of 5 or 6 women willing to return to Cuba who would be give SW training and who would have no other duties than that of providing secure communications between UR in Cuba and in WAVE area. (WAVE Comment: It is possible one (unintelligible) of these women would also be be suitable for radop training. In any case WAVE will have control over the communications channel). C. They plan to reconstitute the UR intel net in Cuba. Establishment of secure communications essential however before this can be done efficiently. D. They are planning to organize a net for the purpose of passing news and rumors from mouth to mouth inside Cuba. The net is to be organized so that it will feed back to the WAVE area giving us an opportunity to assess the speed and accuracy with which news travels. 2. In view aggressive nature these plans and importance of UR inside Cuba WAVE believes it essential to have a case officer that can deal with the UR across the board. It is requested that Scorgory (Tony Sileo), in view his previous association with UR in Cuba and his general suitability for this task, be sent to WAVE for TDY during Hubbell's absence, assuming reply to ref is affirmative. C/S Comment: *Requested that Robert Hubbell be authorized to return to HQs for extended leave."

104-10226-10168: CABLE: CURRENT STATUS OF UR

06/18/61, Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: "1. Re first sentence, UR leaders themselves confirm this. Their organization, like all other resistance groups with which CIA has worked, was badly hurt by Castro's post-invasion repression of underground. What we have found encouraging about UR is that it is the only group thus far (possibly excepting the MRP) to shake off demoralization and come up with an aggressive program of anti-Castro ops. To obtain reasonable degree of success they have asked for and desperately need CIA training and materiel support. 2. Before his departure Hubbell had begun compiling data requested in second and third sentences of ref. Continuation of this plus maintenance of existing relationships with UR regardless of whether new commitments are made will require case officer with language and area knowledge. Would appreciate early reply request in WAVE 6678 (IN 2993) for TDY assignment of such an officer. 3. Hubbell is now in HQs area and is available to give fuller briefing on UR potential if HQs desires. C/S Comment: *Stated HQs info indicated that at least part of UR organization is blown by events in Geddes, Pedro Cuellar and other cases. A more detailed plan of their proposed activities must be submitted before any commitments are made regarding support."


06/23/61, Dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: "1. The following paragraphs summarize the contacts which Robert D. Hubbell established and which will need to be continued in one form or another. 2. The AMGLAD group. This group consists of AMGLAD-2, AMGLAD-3, and AMGLAD-4, who are Identities A, B, and C, respectively. These people knew Hubbell as Identity D, and they have called him on the unlisted KUJUMP telephone and at his home. For the time being, Chester F. Mongoven (sp) will be their point of contact. 3. AMESCORT-1. He is Identity E. He knows Hubbell by his true name and has (unintelligible) him on the same telephone as mentioned in paragraph 2. Chester F. Mongoven (sp) is to get in touch with him when his next monthly payment is due. On 10 June Charles B. Weisinger was introduced to AMESCORT-1 by Hubbell. AMESCORT-1 has good contacts in the MRR and the MRP. He has served as a spotter for KUTUBE, and has had some SW and other training. He speaks good English. Before he came to the WAVE area he was a contact of Woodrow C. Olien. 4. AMRAIL-1. He is Identity F. He has known Hubbell by his true name and has used the same telephone numbers mentioned in paragraph 2. Payment to AMRAIL-1 is made indirectly by means of a monthly check for $300.00, sent through Identity C to AMRAIL-1's wife. This payment is made by KUJUMP, and Mongoven is familiar with the arrangement. AMRAIL-1 was suggested as a contact by the Chief KUDOVE, who was a college classmate of AMRAIL-1. Latter has done a translation into Spanish of Rostow's book, The Stages of Economic Growth, which might be used as a powerful piece of propaganda. AMRAIL-1 is also known by Mongoven (sp). 5. AMDENIM-1. He is Identity H. He has known Hubbell as Identity D..." (CONTINUED BELOW).


06/23/61, Dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WH: "6. (Probably AMBUD-1) knows Hubbell as Identity I and has called him at the telephone numbers mentioned in paragraph 2. He knows that Hubbell was leaving. Hubbell has suggested that AMBUD-1 use Mongoven (sp) as a point of contact for any matters not involving policy decisions. 7. Identity J. This person has gone to Oregon to stay for an indefinite period with her mother. She has met Roger L. (Unintelligible) and knows him by his true name. She knew Hubbell as Identity D, although when she visited him at the hospital she learned his true name. Presumably, if she calls for him she will ask for Identity D. 8. Identity K. He has known Hubbell as Identity D. He also knows Frank Masengill, who can get in touch with him. A POA has been requested but has not yet been granted because of some old derogatory traces. Identity K has written a study of the Cuban (unintelligible) and of the Cuban labor movement, which is being put in a (unintelligible) to forward to Headquarters. Identity K has also proposed some military schemes which Hubbell believes have merit. He is a former captain and commanding officer of a mortar platoon. His political affiliation is with the Martiano group. (Signed) Stanley R. Zamka." Page 4: "Reference: UFGA-1776. Identity A: Aureliano Fernandez. Can be reached at phone numbers (office) FR3-1003; (home) FR1-6393. Identity B: Luis Vega...Identity C: Hector Febles, aka 'Horacio'...Identity D: Pill Williams. Identity E: Manuel Vega...Identity F: Enrique Carrillo...Identity G: University of Miami...Identity H: Alberto Fernandez...Identity I: Bill Sheridan. Identity J: Mrs. Robert Geddes, first name is Marjorie. Identity K: Luis Simon. (Signed) Stanley R. Zamka."


07/17/61, Dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE (two initials, last one M, and signed by Edward D. Knapman) to Chief, WHD: "1. On 3 July 1961 the undersigned was introduced to AMGLAD-2, 3 and 4 at a meeting which lasted three unhappy hours. Prior to attending the meeting, the writer had a limited opportunity to study the files on the organization and to talk to the person who has been funding the group on an interim basis since the illness and departure of Robert D. Hubbell, the last case officer..." Mention of UR organization having tenuous connections in Cuba, infighting. "2. All three of the agents seem to be intelligent men, and, as could reasonably be anticipated, they were interested in obtaining additional financial support. They said that they had spoken to Hubbell in terms of support of $6,000 a month and described their plan for developing a commando group to land sabotage teams in Cuba by boat. These teams could also undertake infiltration, intelligence and arms delivery operations..." Mention of Chester J. Cashell in 4), as "another Base officer," who had allegedly disrupted the Halcones Negros by cutting off the support of AMGLAD members who joined the Halcones.

Gavin McDonald

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