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Pseudonym: Killedan, Newton

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Definition:
Newton H. Killedan was probably a pseudonym for CIA Miami Counterintelligence (CI) officer, Gordon (Rock/Rocky) Rothwell.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A memo on June 5, 1961, on Clark Simmons, Chief of WH/4's CI Section, stated that "after a while Rothwell (note: described as a CI rep) was delegated to be the CI contact with the PM people, and due to his quiet methods and competence he gained a fair share of their confidence and the work proceeded more smoothly."

A dispatch in May of 1962 stated that Newton H. Killedan accompanied Stanley R. Zamka (David Morales) to Guantanamo Naval Base in that month, to met Jack Modesett, an Intelligence Officer. The talks included Morales' survey at Guantanamo Naval Base, AMCRAG-1 (Francisco Bilbao Alvarez), Amancio Mosqueda aka 'El Yarey,' and Luis E. Balbuena. The dispatch also stated that Killedan "already knew Modesett from previous contacts with him at Headquarters. Killedan questioned Modesett about a letter...in which Luis E. Balbuena...requested his cousin to send him sniper rifles, Thompson or M-3 machine guns and .45 caliber pistols."

On November 22, 1963, Rothwell advised the FBI he had been the contact of free lance pilot, David Brown. Also, a FBI document stated that on June 17, 1964, "Gordon (Rock) Rothwell (protect identity), Covert CIA representative, Miami, Florida, identified Angel Alfredo Fontanills Y Miguel (105-129278) as being connected with Manuel Artime and the MRR."

In July, 1964, Newton H. Killedan was a Reporting Officer at JMWAVE for an Information Report (Henry J. Sloman and Kenneth R. Sakovich were fellow Reporting Officers). AMSWIRL-1 (Cesar Diosdado) had given information to Killedan that had come from Juan Espinosa Gonzalez originally. Moreover, a HSCA document by Gaeton Fonzi in May, 1977, stated that Rothwell was a "former CIA case officer in Miami, contact person for CIA's front U.S. Customs agent Cesar Diosdado."

A Mr. Rothwell, C/WH/COG/OPS, was a Coordinating Officer for a cable in March, 1968. In addition, G. Rothwell was the Originating Officer for a dispatch in May of 1969 which Killedan put his name to.
Sources:

104-10310-10020: FILE: DDCI DOCUMENTS

06/05/61: Memo for the record: Subject: Interview with Clark Simmons, Chief of WH/4's CI Section, 1 June 1961: "1. Simmons is a dedicated CI type having spent the last 11 years chiefly on CI matters largely under OTR auspices...2. AMOTS (future Cuban intelligence service trained by Morales at Miami). This idea started when Anderson of WH Division Staff told Simmons that he had a (REDACTION) CI officer who was available for training Cubans. Drawing on his (REDACTION) experience, Simmons drew the AMOT plan and prepared the training materials and sent them to Morales for execution...3. In dealing with Miami Base, Simmons struck strictly to the relationship between Headquarters and a foreign station. His command channel was, of course, via Chief of WH/4 to the Chief of Miami Base to Morales. He and Morales understood each other perfectly and there was no obstacle of any sort in their collaboration...6. Relations with PM Section: Simmons' relations with the PM section seem to have been marked with a considerable amount of friction, perhaps more than always results from the resentment operators feel at the inhibiting influence of the CI man. Thus whenever a PM agent was lost a CI man would analyse the files and draw a damage sheet showing what the agent knew, etc. Simmons showed me a large file containing about 50 of such cases. This work was made more difficult because the PM people kept only very skimpy records. A CI representative, Rothwell, also went over all incoming messages from agents to scrutinize for the use of freedom signals. ..After a while Rothwell was delegated to be the CI contact with the PM people, and due to his quiet methods and competence he gained a fair share of their confidence and the work proceeded more smoothly..."

104-10163-10206: DISPATCH: MEETING BETWEEN LT JACK MODESETT JR. , NEWTON H. KILLEDAN AND STANLEY R. ZAMKA

05/25/62: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: "1. Attached herewith is a Memorandum of Contact between Lt. Jack Modesett, Jr., Guantanamo Naval Base Intelligence Officer, Newton H. Killedan and Stanley R. Zamka (David Morales). 2. The conversations concerned Zamka's survey at Guantanamo Naval Base, AMCRAG-1, Amancio Mosqueda aka 'El Yarey,' and Luis E. Balbuena." Originating Officer: Stanley R. Zamka, Office: S/O. Coordinating Officer: (Blank), Office Symbol: CI. Releasing Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman, Office Symbol: COS/JMWAVE. - - - Page 4: ..."7. Newton H. Killedan, who accompanied Zamka to the meeting already knew Modesett from previous contacts with him at Headquarters. Killedan questioned Modesett about a letter, a copy of which we have in our possession, in which Luis E. Balbuena, contact of Modesett's, requested his cousin to send him sniper rifles, Thompson or M-3 machine guns and .45 caliber pistols..."

124-90012-10033:

12/16/63: FBI memo from SAC, Miami to Director: Subject: CHANGED: MARIO OSCAR BALDATTI BRIEBA, Mario Oscar Baldatti, Mario Baldati: IS - CUBA: NEUTRALITY MATTERS: ..."On November 22, 1963, Gordon 'Rocky' Rothwell, CIA agent at Miami, Florida, advised he had been the contact of free lance pilot David Brown, and that after the original allegation was received from Brown the latter was instructed to immediately contact CIA in the event further developments took place in the alleged plan of subject Baldatti. Mr. Rothwell stated he had not been contacted again by Brown and he was relatively certain that the alleged plan had not further materialized, at least as far as Brown would be concerned. Mr. Rothwell advised that his office had no objection to contact of Brown by FBI, Miami..."

124-10167-10050:

01/17/64: FBI memo from SAC, Miami to Director: Titled: ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, 11/22/63, Dallas Texas. MISCELLANEOUS - INFORMATION CONCERNING: "Enclosed for the Bureau are the original and five copies of a LHM concerning JOHN ROBERT KINNER...For the information of the Bureau and Dallas, Mrs. Klinner also advised that John Klinner on numerous occasions told her that he had been associated with CIA. On 1/14/64, Gordon Rothwell, CIA (covert - protect), advised CIA has no interest whatsoever in Klinner. John Klinner will be located and interviewed by the Miami Office."

124-10284-10081:

..."On 6/17/64, Gordon (Rock) Rothwell (protect identity), Covert CIA representative, Miami, Florida, identified Angel Alfredo Fontanills Y Miguel (105-129278) as being connected with Manuel Artime and the MRR..."

124-10225-10114:

06/19/64: FBI memo from SAC, Miami to Director, FBI: Subject: UNSUBS: Training of Cubans on Property of Weir W. Williams, Polk County, Florida: May 3, 1964: INTERNAL SECURITY - CUBA: NEUTRALITY MATTERS: Page 4: ..."On June 19, 1964, 'Rocky' Rothwell, CIA, Miami, was contacted and informed of the fact the training operation in captioned case appeared to involve JURE. Mr. Rothwell stated that whether or not the training involved JURE was not a matter of operational interest to his office, and therefore his office interposed no objection to FBI investigation of the matter..."

104-10192-10077: REPORT: SUBJECT - DETAILS OF THE INFILTRATION OPERATION OF THE MDC AND THE LOCATION OP ITS OPERATIONAL BASES

07/09/64: Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman (probably Tony Sforza), Newton H. Killedan, Kenneth R. Sakovich. Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall. Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman (Ted Shackley): "Source: Paras 1-3: P-108 in DD-967 of 18 June 1964, who is presumably an MDC member. Paras 4 and 5: AMSWIRL-1 (Cesar Diosdado) orally to Newton H. Killedan (P) on 26 June, from Juan Espinosa Gonzalez. Paras 6-8: AMDESK-1 (Ricardo Anibal Morales Navarrete) from Angel Vega, dated 17 June 64..."

104-10176-10073: 201 FILE OF PROTECTABLE SOURCE.

03/25/68: Cable from Director to Mexico City, JMWAVE (Info: Ottawa): (Orig: Will Kerbe, WH/1): Releasing Officer: Thomas Polgar for William V. Broe, C/WHD. Coordinating Officers: C/WH/COG/OPS: Mr. Rothwell (in draft). C/E/BC/C: Mr. Howley (by phone). CI/OPS: Mr. Tansing (by phone). Authenticating Officer: W. J. Kaufman, C/WH/1.

124-10221-10396:

03/22/68: FBI memo from S. J. Papich to D. J. Brennan, Jr.: Subject: Movimiento Insurreccional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MIRR) INTERNAL SECURITY - CUBA: ..."Gordon Rothwell, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), furnished the following to the Liaison Agent on March 25, 1968: (1) CIA does not have any operational interest in the activities of the MIRR. (2) CIA is not directing the activities of Dr. Orlando Bosch Avila. (3) CIA does not have any operational interest in Israel Romero; the Agency is not directing his activities. (4) CIA is not furnishing any financial or material assistance to MIRR."

104-10225-10012: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5

05/21/69: Dispatch from Unintelligible to Unintelligible: Subject: Unintelligible: "The Provisional Operational Approvals in the below-listed individuals has expired on the dates indicated. If WH/Miami continues to have a current operational interest in any of these individuals, it is requested that in PRQ Part II be forwarded as soon as possible...Name: SYLOW/6. 201-Number: 744531...AMOTIN/95. 772261...AMCHALK/5. 307337...AECAMERA/1. 835928...Newton H. Killedan." Originating Officer: G. Rothwell, WH/COG/OPS. Coordinating Officer: Arthur T. Kamm, C/WH/COG/OPS.

180-10108-10086: MIAMI WITNESS.

05/10/77: HSCA document provided by Gaeton Fonzi: Titled: Miami Witnesses: Page 17: ..."Gordon Rothwell: Former CIA case officer in Miami, contact person for CIA's front U.S. Customs agent Cesar Diosdado. May be aware of Diosdado's knowledge of key anti-Castro groups operating out of Florida Keys and possible Oswald contact. (Miami)..." (note: 185 on right hand side).

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald • Gaeton Fonzi

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