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Pseudonym: Knapman, Edward

Definition:
Edward D. Knapman was probably a pseudonym used by CIA officer Warren E. Frank.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Frank was assigned the cryptonym AMPARCH-1, and was involved in the stay behind net in Cuba. By December, 1961, Frank had probably become Chief of Foreign Intelligence (FI) at JMWAVE.
Sources:

104-10128-10338: CABLE: RE ACTIVITIES IN CUBA

08/19/59, Cable from Havana to Director: Page 2: ..."6. Contact referred to be Taaffe no doubt luncheon with Veausell and Knapman 15 July since Hogan then mentioned Taaffe presence HAVA and her contact with Fernandez. Conversation did not include info provided Ref C by Taaffe. See Ref D being pouched 21 August for Station comments on erroneous info previously passed FBI by Taaffe..."

104-10179-10081: CABLE RE: AMPINA-1 INTRODUCED KNAPMAN TO FRANCISCO CHAVES FIGUERO, CUBAN, BORN HAVA 1916

08/25/60, Cable from Havana to Director: "1. On 21 Aug 60 AMPINA-1 introduced Knapman to Francisco Chaves Figueredo, Cuban; born HAVA 1916; associated law firm Chaves, Hernandez H. Revilla; office phone 35792, home 34052; officer Cuban Ministry Transportation until 30 June 60 at which time retired: No additional info at this time. 2. Chavez is a close friend of Armando Lora Hernandez who was sub-secretary in office Jose Miro Cardona while he was Prime Minister and is Miro man. Played part Castro Govt until mid 59, according to Chavez now disaffected by no open break. Lora was 26th July coordinator in Cienfuegos in Batista time. Fled Cuba when things got too hot for him and Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado took over his job in Cienfuegos. Chaves describes Lora as 38-40; tall; intelligent scion rich family. Say he was close Raul Chibas and maintains contact with Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz. 3. Lora told Chaves he has organized group of about 200 men including rebel army men and ex-Batista army people. Lora claims can count on two high ranking rebel army officers whom Chaves could not name. Lora told Chaves Cuban Govt forces in Oriente, including militia, number at least 30,000 and many of them in Sierra Maestra. Says large beef ship this being sent mountains for these troops. AMPINA-1 said he had heard about meat shipments to Sierra Maestra from cattleman source. Lora also claims can count on six planes and pilot...4. While provocation cannot be entirely discounted, Knapman plans meet Lora unless HQs has views to contrary after reviewing traces on him. Advise priority."

104-10274-10050: CABLE: KNAPMAN HAD TWO HOUR SESSION WITH ARMANDO LORA 15 SEPT

09/21/60, Cable from Havana to Director: "1. Knapman had two hour session with Armando Lora 15 Sept 60. In course of discussion Lora said FOLL: A. He represents group which includes, Enrique Otulski, Orlando and Manolo Ray, Jose Miro Cardona. Las is political leader. Group organizing civil resistance movement and Lora personally has organized five nets in HAVA, and others in Camaguey and Las Villas. Lora said each net contains ten cells of 10 members each. Said group short on arms. Membership largely business and professional people. Lora claims two commandantes on active duty are members of this group and that they will defect with part of their troops at appropriate time. Knapman pressed hard for names of these military men, but Lora adamant in refusal reveal. Said Manolo Ray knows who they are. B. Lora's group is in touch with leaders of the military forces fighting Castro in Escambray. Mentioned Sinesio Walsh, Bienvibre (FNU), Rizo (FNU) (old army), Cazola (FNU) (old army), Vargas (FNU), Lima (FNU) (26th July), Rojas (war name - former 26th July officer) as main leaders. Said these groups total 500 in all and that 150 of them have been surrounded by Castro forces in past three days. Said Fidel Castro himself has come Las Villas from time to time to direct operation against rebels. Lora claims Escambray fighting forces willing submit to direction his group and will accept an overall military leader, but require guarantee of a flow of arms and supplies as quid pro quo. Also want specialists for training in FOLL fields: Como, mortars, machine guns, demolitions, military organization. C. Lora sympathetic AMYUM organization, but seemed only vaguely aware of its activities inside and outside Cuba. Made flattering comments re Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz and Artime. D. Re AMIGGY, Lora said he left Cuba because he was afraid of being arrested. AMIGGY supposedly told Lora he could get radio (portion garbled - being serviced)..."

104-10180-10127: CABLE-ON ARRIVAL AMRYE-1 AND ===== THEY SHOULD CHECK IN ANY HOTEL NEAR CORAL GABLES.

07/20/61, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline JMZIP KUTUBE: "1. On arrival AMRYE-1 and AMIRE-1 they should check in any motel near Coral Gables. They should contact Knapman at telephone UN-60301. Both know Knapman from PBRUMEN. 2. Request HQs send copies of (unintelligible) 201 files (both crypt and true name) to WAVE ASAP. (Unintelligible) to receive their salaries from HQs or is WAVE to pay it locally? Also, are they contract agents or contract employees? 3. PLS advise if either AMRYE-1 or AMIRE-1 cleared for access to JMCAPE. Since WAVE currently has only two KUTUBE Ops officers other than Zamka, access to JMCAPE by either AMRYE-1 or AMIRE-1 would greatly relieve KUTUBE work load at base and assist in expansion this field. If SUBJs current clearances do not permit their access to JMCAPE request Type A contract clearance for admission of both. C/S Comment: *Requested contact instruction (for AMRYE-1 and AMIRE-1)."

104-10231-10102: DISPATCH: AMBUD INTERVIEW WITH ARGENTINE AMBASSADOR TO CUBA

12/07/61, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD (COS, Buenos Aires): Originating Office: FI, Originating Officer: Sophia L. Nayhouse. Coordinating Officer: Edward D. Knapman, C/FI. Robert K. Trouchard, C/PW. Releasing Officer: George H. Reingruber, C/WAVE.

104-10231-10246: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL REMARKS MADE BY AMBUG-1 TO EXILED CUBAN FRIENDS

02/26/62, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: Originating Office: FI, Officer: Henry J. Sloman. Coordinating Officer: Edward D. Knapman, C/FI. Robert K. Trouchard, C/PW. Releasing Officer: Eric D. Rodwick, C/WAVE.

104-10308-10291: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/ PLANS OF CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES FOR ACTION AGAINST CUBA

04/25/62, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Page 2: ..."5. On 13 March Garcia, Sanchez and AMCLATTER-5 made up a Commission consisting of the following individuals: A. Col. Angel Sanchez Mosquera. B. Capt. Oscar Alfonso Carol, ex-Cuban army officer and first chief of the training camps in Guatemala. C. Comandante Orlando Enrizo Martinez, ex-Army officer. D. Comandante Luis Perez Escandon, ex-chief of the combat squadron of the Cuban Air Force. E. Capt. Antonio Gonzalez Torrecilla, ex-officer Cuban Air Force. F. Miguel Alvarez Jimenez, civilian, but a member of the cadre that founded the training camps in Guatemala. G. AMCLATTER-5. H. Gustavo Ponzoa, pilot of Cubana Airlines and also a pilot of the Cuban Liberation Forces in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Ponzoa was also a member of the 26th of July Movement in its fight against Batista. (Known to Edward D. Knapman). I. Commander Armando Rodriguez Alonso, ex-Cuban Naval officer..."

104-10221-10229: DISPATCH: TYPIC, OPERATIONAL / MITCHELL LIVINGSTON WERBELL III

02/28/66, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH: Page 2: "4. On 21 February 1966 Edward D. Knapman had a social luncheon with Jay Mallin (201-237894), a local stringer for Time magazine whom he has known for several years. During the luncheon Mallin said that Subject had told him he had been given the mission (sponsor unspecified) of planning and effecting the assassination of AMTHUG-1 and of carrying out certain sabotage operations in Cuba..."

104-10165-10189: CABLE: MEETING WITH WIBALDA AND KNAPMAN SCHEDULED FOR 27 JUNE TO PLAN MECHANICS AND SUBSTANCE AMCORE-2 PROGRAM RADIO LIBERTAD

06/23/68, Cable: REF: DIRECTOR 10622: "Meeting with Wibalda and Knapman scheduled for 27 June to plan mechanics and substance AMCORE-2 program Radio Libertad. Plan have AMCORE-2 work with AMRAZOR-1 (C-85546) and AMLYRIC (C-98125) (for AMSTRUT-2 material) in preparing sample package for review end of July. Meanwhile will instruct AMCORE-2 to proceed with negotiations with Radio Libertad making no commitment to begin supply of actual broadcast material before 15 August. PLS inform CARA."

104-10103-10024: MEMO: 1963-1964 MIAMI STATION ACTION TO AID USG INVESTIGATION OF THE MURDER OF JFK

03/22/77, Memorandum for the record from Withheld: Page 4: "Procedures Employed By Miami Station to Aid Investigation of the Kennedy Murder: 10. At the time of the Kennedy murder I was on suspension from active duty because I had let my finance accountings fall behind. I was, however, present in the FI Branch at the Miami Station when my chief, Mr. Warren Frank, issued orders to all case officers (there were about 12 of us in the Branch at that time) to contact our agents inside Cuba and our support agents in Miami for leads possibly linking Castro Cuba or the Cuban exile community to the murder. I do not recall whether Mr. Shackley was on Station that day, but I recall that Mr. Anthony Sforza, AMOT case officer, told me later that he had received specific instructions from Shackley about how the AMOT service was to go about aiding in the investigation. I also recall quite clearly that there was communication from Hqs. to our Station about the need to query our assets. There was also some communication from the FBI and other agencies to our Station asking for information about possible Cuban involvement in the Kennedy murder."

104-10065-10359: MEMO: CIA OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO MOSCOW DURING PERIOD 1959 - 1963.

04/24/78, Memorandum from Warren E. Frank, Deputy Chief, Soviet/East European Division to Norm Shepanek:

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