CIA Security Files


 A collection of selected individuals from the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Security files.


Individuals


Dean Adams Andrews: New Orleans lawyer and former Garrison ally who eventually became a hostile witness. Andrews provided the alias Clay Bertrand and suggested this was an alias used by Clay Shaw. His evolving testimony eventual refuted many of his prior claims. Yet other evidence suggests while some major claims regarding Shaw are unproven, he may have been using the Bertrand alias. 

Orlando Bosch Avila: Cuban exile militant, terrorist responsible for a prior attack on Cubana Flight 455, and member of both the CIA backed Operation 40 and Insurrectional Movement of Revolutionary Recovery (MIRR). He later formed the Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU) group.

William "Guy" Banister: He was a former FBI Agent, CIA informant, and anti-Castro militant related to prior investigations. 

Antonio Carlos Veciana Blanch: Anti-Castro militant and founder of the Alpha-66 mercenary group that alleges an evolving and unverified contacts with Lee Harvey Oswald, David Atlee Phillips, and James Walton Moore. 

Carlos Jose Bringuier: Bringuier was an Anti-Castro exile and delegate of the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE). Lee Harvey Oswald approached Bringuier for membership in the DRE but he rebuffed Oswald.  Bringuier had a brother among those militants captured Bay of Pigs.  

Richard Scully Cain: He was the companion and driver of Chicago Mafia leader Sam Giancana. Cain had contact with anti-Castro Cuban groups, the CIA, the FBI, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and various local police forces.

James Carothers Garrison: He was the New Orleans District Attorney who launched an investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy in 1967.

Leo M. Cherne: He was a lawyer, economist, the political ally of two Directors of Central Intelligence William Casey and George H.W. Bush, and the adviser to nine US presidents. Cherne is referred to as the consummate political operator and who accomplished his goals quickly and quietly. Cherne offered aid to foreign refugees in some cases to compliment intelligence and military objectives abroad.    

David Lamar Christ: Christ led the Agency's Technical Services Division overseeing audio surveillance operations, and possessed extensive knowledge of some research and foreign intelligence operations. While performing anti-Castro operations in Cuba he faces capture and incarceration. Christ was eventually released and honored for his clandestine actions by the CIA.    

Viola June Cobb: She was a double agent who worked as a senior staff member for dictator Fidel Castro in Cuba while reporting to the CIA. Cobb also had connections to other people who have made various assertions related to Lee Harvey Oswald's actions in Mexico City. Additionally, she testified before Congress regarding national security in 1962 and further claimed she could prove connections between Oswald and Soviet officials.

William King Harvey: A notorious Central Intelligence Agency case officer for multiple assassination plots against foreign leaders. Harvey designed the Project ZRRIFLE, a largely militarized version of the former Castro assassination plots. Harvey was known to associate with Mafia notable Johnny Roselli, Cuban exile leaders, and militant anti-Castro mercenaries.  

Balmes Nieves Hidalgo: Hidalgo possessed longstanding connections to multiple people associated with the JFK assassination case. His Agency operations include the collection of information, counterintelligence, and for a time he operated from the Agency's JM Wave station.

Sylvia Hyde Hoke: She was the sister of Ruth Paine who housed Oswald's family in Texas. Hoke reported occasional discussions her sister had with Marina Oswald and general information to the CIA. 

Everett Howard Hunt: Hunt was an experienced CIA officer. In 1949 he began serving the Agency and retired from official duties in 1970. Hunt is often discussed and some have claimed associations with the assassination of President Kennedy. However, substantial primary evidence discounts such prior claims. Hunt's later service to the Nixon administration ended disastrously with the exposure of Watergate.  
Hunt Security File 2    Hunt Security File 3    Hunt Security File 4

Martin Luther King Jr. : The Civil Rights leader and religious minister that was assassinated April 4, 1968. 

Meyer Lansky: A leading force in the developing Mafia, Lansky began his ascension to notoriety controlling a gang with fellow gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, and later allied with Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Meyer Lanksy heavily invested and successfully grew wealthy from multiple sources that included significant Cuban gambling interests. Lansky was deprived of tens of millions of dollars in assets with the ascension of Fidel Castro. The failures of US officials to assassinate or depose Castro prompted Lansky to approach at least one Cuban exile leader to offer aid in their further efforts. 

Manuel Antonio de Varona Loredo: Among the most prominent anti-Castro exile leaders Tony Varona held multiple important leadership positions in Central Intelligence Agency funded organizations during the early 1960s. He was among the few exile leaders verifiably in contact with members of the CIA, Mafia, paramilitary mercenaries, and anti-Castro leaders in the same period. 

Edward Pierpont Morgan: Morgan was a CIA operative and the attorney of Robert Maheu, Morgan was among the handful aware of the Agency's Castro plotting with the Mafia.

James Patrick O'Connell: He served as the CIA's Office of Security Chief,  recruited Robert Maheu into the Central Intelligence Agency, and was among those participating in the Castro plots using the criminal underworld.

Jack Leon Ruby: He was a Dallas nightclub owner with criminal and police associations that assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald. 

Walter James Sheridan: Sheridan was a former FBI Investigator for the Special Security Division, a Justice Department employee, and NBC television reporter. Sheridan maintained associations with leading officials including Attorney General Robert Kennedy. He also was pivotal in creating a noted NBC program that would reportedly "bury" Jim Garrison according to CIA officials.

Sergio Vicente Arcacha Smith: Cuban exile and New Orleans delegate of the anti-Castro Frente Revolucionario Democratico (FRD). Smith was the associate of Guy Banister and anti-Castro militant David Ferrie. 

Richard Edward Snyder: He was the American Consul who spoke with Lee Harvey Oswald in Moscow during Oswald's defection to Russia. Yet he never processed Oswald's request due to his strange demeanor and youth.  Snyder began working for the Agency in the 1940s as an independent contractor and served from 1950 to 1970 in the State Department.  

Harold Weisberg: Reporter, former member of the Office of Strategic Services, Senate investigator, and researcher Harold Weisberg was among the staunchest critics of the Warren Commission. He also was among those researchers influencing the Garrison case and wrote multiple books regarding the cases of President Kennedy, Dr. King, and Senator Kennedy.  


Groups


Guy Banister Associates, Inc: A financially unsuccessful detective agency in New Orleans that was operated by William "Guy" Banister. The CIA considered using Banister's company yet its declining finances and lack of reliable information prevented such an association. Among those employed by Banister infrequently were Jack Martin and David Lewis, each has offered repeated unproven assertions and myths about the Kennedy case.  

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference: The political organization led by Dr. Martin Luther King that inspired legal changes in the United States.


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Compiled by: C.A.A Savastano