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Pseudonym: Veausell, Kenneth

Definition:
He could have been Basil Beardsley, who worked at the American Embassy in Cuba at the same time, and continued in various WH positions well into the 1970s. Kenneth L. Veausell was a long standing CIA officer, working from at least 1959 until 1972.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
A cable in August, 1959, stated that Veausell lived in the same apartment building as Don Hogan (probably George Michael Kappes). The same cable mentioned a luncheon with Catherine Taaffe, Veausell and Edward Knapman (probably Warren Frank).
Sources:

BEARDSLEY, BASIL A.

DOB: 6/22/25. In U.S. Navy 1943-46. Analyst in ONI 1952-55. Assistant Attache U.S. Embassy in Havana 1958-59. Dept. of Army 1961-67. Dept of State from 1967.

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

08/18/59: Cable from Havana to Director: "1. Veausell did not admit KUBARK (CIA) employment to Hogan/probably George Michael Kappes nor did he pass any info. 2. Taaffe story completely false and illogical. Station has no info re anti-Castro activities of Fernandez. Veausell has never discussed revolutionary plotting with Hogan. We have no covert relationship with Hogan. 3. Veausell has had frequent informal contact with Hogan in past 6 months as have had other embassy officers in initial contact with emb officer Topping present, Hogan related his and associates great concern over Communism Cuba. His attitude changed quickly with Topping's soothing words that situation not as black as believed by Hogan's group. Subsequent talks dealt mostly with current pol and econ problems Cuba. 4. On at least two occasions Hogan tried sell Veausell services of George Michael Kappes for use penetration DOM forces Cuba. Pitch stopped when Hogan informed that emb has no interest and no funds for such activities. 5. Hogan has tendency suspect all pol officers including Topping as KUBARK (CIA) reps. Sometime ago he suspected Taaffe this role view her 'good ODYOKE connections' and reliable info furnished by her in New York during revolution. He requested Veausell supply data on Taaffe. No action taken and Hogan never mentioned it again. 6. Contact referred to by 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 B by Taaffe. See Ref D being pouched 21 August for station comments on erroneous info previously passed ODENVY (FBI) by Taaffe. C/S Comment: *Stated Hogan lives same apt building as Kenneth L. Veausell and had provided Veausell as ODACID (U.S. State Department) officer with bits of info on local political situation from time to time."

104-10106-10535: SUBJECT STATES IN NEW YORK INTERVIEW TH ALBERTO FERNANDEZ WORKING TO OVERTHROW CASTRO

8/20/59: memo re Catherine Taaffe: "...She was informed by Alberto Fernandez/AMDENIM-1 that Donald Hogan/probably George Michael Kappes had told him that he had heard from Mr. Beardsley, representative of the CIA at the American Embassy in Cuba, that Fernandez was working for the overthrow of the Fidel Castro government in Cuba.

104-10178-10004: POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS-MOVIMIENTO DEMOCRATA CRISTIANO(MDC, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT.).

01/13/60: Dispatch from Chief of Base, Santiago de Cuba to Chief, WHD: Subject: Political Organizations - Movimiento Democrata Cristiano (MDC, Christian Democratic Movement): ...2..."The following persons are the leaders of the MDC: Lic. Josef Ignacio Rasco - president. Ing. Melchor Gaston, owner of the Central Dolores. Lic. Valentin Arenas. Amalio Fiallo...The Santiago de Cuba organization is headed by Laureano Garrote Jr., broker, and Lic. Guillermo Martinez...5. The above information was received from Laureano Garrote Jr., who is under development by the writer. Garrote is pro-U.S. having received his education in the United States. As a representative or broker, most of his business has come from U.S. firms. He is now affiliated with a U.S. firm in Habana...Kenneth L. Veausell." - - - For the unredacted version see: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2021/docid-32412219.pdf

104-10192-10173: CABLE RE AMPALM-10 LETTER TO DIAZ

04/15/60: Cable from Havana to Director: REF: HAVA 4123 (IN 25569)* "1. On 13 April AMPALM-10 (Angel Ros, national coordinator of the MRR) gave Gebaide (probably Warren E. Frank) letter from Rene said to deliver to Diaz. According letter said found out from friends in G-2 that he not in danger so intends stay in Cuba. According to AMPALM-10 said was in HAVA 13 April but returning at once to SACU. AMPALM-10 verified name as Rene said. 2. A-10 requested Diaz be queried re replacement as chief MRR Oriente Diaz appoints Rene at least temporarily until after discussions QDCOVE (Ricardo de la Lorie). Request base pass this message to Rene. 3. FYI only Diaz scheduled leave HAVA afternoon 14 April for U.S. Do not pass until after arrival. C/S Comment: *Diaz referred to his second in command as Rene said. Requested Veausell relay message to Rene that Diaz ordered him Rome to HAVA for exfiltration."

104-10192-10441: CABLE: MAN WHO WITH ON NIGHT OF MAY CONTACTED

05/11/60: Cable from Santiago de Cuba to Director (Trenning Acting): "ATTN: VEASELL: "1. Man who with Rene said on night of 3 May contacted Trenning and said Rene is in hiding in farmhouse. Police have been to his house on two occasions. Rene feels he is not safe and wants help leaving Cuba. 2. Trenning will be contact night 10 May for instructions or sister will contact Trenning morning 11 May at Consulate. Advise soonest."

104-10192-10435: CABLE: CONTACT IS UNCLE OF

05/12/60: Cable from Santiago de Cuba to Director: REF: SACU 556 (IN 37725)* "Contact is Luis Bueno. Uncle of Rene said saw Rene night of 10 May and he anxious leave as police are still searching. Plans go HAVA by bus but waiting hear from Veausell. C/S Comment: *Man who with Rene said on night of 3 May contacted Trenning and said Rene is in hiding in farmhouse and wanted help leaving Cuba."

104-10192-10061: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: SUBJECT - ORGANIZATION OF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT IN ORIENTE PROVINCE

08/11/60: Report Cover Sheet from Santiago de Cuba: Reporting Officer: Kenneth L. Veausell, Reports Officer: Kenneth L. Veausell, Approving Officer: Kenneth L. Veausell: Source: Laureano Garrote, Jr.

104-10165-10368: CABLE: SUBJ REFS DEPARTED CARA FOR RIOD 28 FEB REAL AEROVIAS 801

3/5/61: Cable refers to Mr. Beardsley as WH/4 (Cuba).

104-10119-10023: CONTACTS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF PUBLIC MEDIA

11/9/70: CIA memo mentions WH/DDP Basil Beardsley briefing reporter Robert Novak on Chile.

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

09/20/72: Cable (Veausell Acting): Slugline TYPIC AKULE: "1. Concur first week of October as best date. Please confirm specific date soonest. 2. File: 201-307337..."

104-10065-10047: WITHHELD

5/31/78: CIA memo re WKSCARLET-3/Luis Posada, former CIA agent. Discussion about urging HSCA to use discretion in discussing Posada, because allegations about him in the open Venezuelan press "could make sensational reading during an election year." If necessary, tell HSCA permission for an interview will not be granted, and the exception is because Posada was allegedly involved in a Castro assassination plot in 1965. Those in the discussion include OLC Scott Breckenridge, C/LA/STB William Sturbitts, SA/DO/O Shepanek, and C/LA/VCE Beardsley.

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