Seeks a Cuban Visa
Topic: Oswald in Mexico
presentation given in
Rio de Janeiro, August 1995.
By Arturo Rodriguez
(Former Cuban Security Agent)
The visit of Lee Harvey Oswald to the Cuban Consulate in
Mexico, in the
of 1963, was the highlight of a project to blame Cuba for
of President Kennedy.
To understand the scheme of the plot, it will be necessary
to look at
past, his arrival in New Orleans in the spring of the same
he carried out there which identified him with supporters of
the incidents with the Cuban exiles and the publicity given
encounter with two elements of the CIA in September in
with the Cuban exile, Silvia Odio, and finally his trip to
negotiations carried out in the Cuban and Soviet Consulates
to obtain a
to allow him to travel to those countries.
In the investigation of Oswald's past, from the time he
armed forces on Oct. 24, 1956, until his return from the
June 2, 1962, it was evident that we were witnessing an
who "deserted" with a very definite purpose, subordinated to
by the CIA or other U.S. intelligence service. We
believe it to
that today, in light of the information known, shared by
why we won't dwell on its reasoning.
Nevertheless, we are
your disposal to discuss our arguments at a convenient time.
In that way, we move to the analysis of the incidents that
from the time Oswald arrived in New Orleans in the second
half of April
Immediately after his settlement in New Orleans, Oswald
public activities that would tie him as an "ardent"
sympathizer of the
Revolution. A review of all those activities, are
known by all
1. Oswald and his manipulators, conscientiously
in the Comite Pro Justo Trato a Cuba (Fair Play for Cuba
Letters to the president of this organization, and the
of pamphlets related to the defense of Cuba, were actions
during this period. He also sent correspondence to the
to the newspaper of this organization, and finally to the
where he expressed his wishes to return to the USSR.
The incident with the Cuban exiles, where apparently he
the group headed by Carlos Bringuier, and had a public
them, when he (LHO) was caught handing out propaganda
all part of an "episode" concluded with the radio debate
Bringuier, where Oswald declared himself a Marxist and
I believe we need not dwell on this topic, since it is
actions had one purpose, to document Oswald's pro Castro
for later use.
As you will remember, this information was later manipulated
after Kennedy's death.
2. According to the investigations of the colleague Gaeton
Veciana confessed that at the end of August or in early
while attending a meeting in Dallas with his case officer
When he arrived at the meeting place, he (MB) was talking
with a young
American man which he later recognized to be Oswald.
that when he arrived, the meeting (with the young man) ended
man left, and he stayed with Bishop to talk about his
is not in
transcript - but I had to read
times because Rodriguez keeps using
he he and
is difficult to figure out which he,
---HE HELL! You should check it out
This meeting was very strange. No intelligence officer
in the same place without a reason, with two agents of
There had to be a need for this.
Later, Veciana told Fonzi that Bishop asked him, after the
to try to bribe a relative, Guillermo Ruiz, who worked as a
Mexican Cuban Embassy, to testify that Oswald was a Cuban
However, around that time the theory of the lone assassin
no one wanted, not even the CIA, to know any different.
Then, why did the three of them get together in Dallas in
the Fall of
Was it by chance as explained by Veciana? We don't
There was something planned there in which Veciana, Bishop
to participate in.
-It could have been the intent to recruit Ruiz's wife, a few
the Kennedy assassination. Maybe, the visit to
And thinking broadly, as a result of uncovered CIA
operations, it could
been a presentation among agents, one Veciana, who was
apparent anti-Castro group El JURE, but in reality it was
Kennedy under orders from Cuba, and the other, Oswald, who
unmask the conspiracy, traveling to Cuba to meet with the
Veciana was a friend of Silvia's father, they knew each
other from Cuba
Oswald was an experienced agent that had carried out a
This hypothesis could explain Oswald's visit to Odio and the
of the two Latins about their affiliation and liking of Leon
On our part, in 1973, we received information through two
close to Veciana, where it was affirmed that "Bishop" was a
him to David Phillips. As it is known, Phillips was
the boss of
operative forces of the CIA, in charge of the Cuban case in
3. In June of 1963 Oswald applied for his U.S.
according to his letter to the corresponding agency, to
Europe, the USSR, Finland and Poland, - which was approved
It is really strange that a renegade like Oswald be granted
quickly, and that the FBI, in charge of following all
would have allowed it, since it is known that these
known to all intelligence organizations, especially in a
case like this
4. Oswald tried to travel to Cuba from Mexico.
On the 17th
September he visited the Mexican consulate in New Orleans
tourist visa for 15 days to travel to that country - he gets
it with no
On the 26th of the same month, according to the Warren
boarded a bus in Houston, in route to Laredo at 2:35
in that city at approximately 1:20 p.m. He must have
around noon on the 26th, arriving at the Aztec capital at
10:00 a.m. at
time he registered at the Comercio Hotel.
The Cuban consulate in Mexico City was located on the lower
floor of a
whose top floor was occupied by the commercial office of the
A room on the lower floor was shared by both offices as a
Lee Harvey Oswald, arrived at the Cuban consulate on
Back then the office was represented by Eusebio Azcue Lopez
who was in
process of turning over his responsibilities as general
Alfredo Mirabal Diaz, who had been named to that post on
July first of
year, and the secretary Silvia Tirado de Duran, a Mexican
Comrade Azcue was 52 years old, Mirabal 40 and Mrs. Duran
The Cuban consulate working hours were from 10:00 a.m. to
through Friday for the general public. Saturday was
set aside for
matters -when necessary.
Statements given by witnesses Eusebio Azcue and Alfredo
Mirabal and by
Mexican Silvia Duran--known to all of you--allows us to
that an individual identified as Lee Harvey Oswald visited
on three occasions.
Silvia Duran recalls these visits to be on the 27th,
that the first two (visits) took place on that day which
been a Friday, and the third on Saturday the 28th.
are not so precise.
The chronology of the visits were known 15 years after the
While Mrs. Duran's statements collected in total during
by the Mexican police, given to the CIA station there and
later to the
Commission, (outlined) the relation of Oswald's encounters
A brief review of these visits can be resumed in the
a. The people that personally take care and speak to
Duran and the consul Azcue. Comrade Mirabal, who did
is an eye witness of his presence on more than one occasion,
of approximately four meters.
b. Oswald applied for a visa to Cuba on his way to the
his wish to travel on the 30th of September, staying in
Havana from one
c. He showed documents and said he belonged to the
and was secretary of the Fair Play for Cuba in New
a dubious passport - and as you can remember- he was issued
his residency to be the USSR from October 1959 to June 1962
certificate with a Soviet citizen.
d. Silvia Duran made up the form for his visa
it the photos given by the subject, which was signed in her
This form included all documents presented by the subject
of his application and was signed by Alfredo Mirabal (at the
application) attesting to this.
e. The Cubans, under instructions in force at that
time, told the
that it was impossible to grant him a visa for the time he
until the country of destination had granted it.
f. The situation of this subject was such, that Azcue
as well as
called the Soviet consulate to explain his case.
g. During the subject's visit to the Soviet consulate,
to him that requirements for granting a visa to that country
two to three months, the reason why he would have to wait
h. He returned to the Cuban consulate somewhat
to force the visa granting, leading to an altercation
consul Azcue, for which he was ordered out of the office.
This altercation was in the presence of comrade Mirabal and
Lara, an official of the commercial office, who, at hearing
and thinking this might be a provocation, went downstairs to
office and was able to see the subject leaving.
Another witness to the visit was Guillermo Ruiz, in charge
office, who at the time was going to his office, was
who was arguing with a North American subject and asks him,
good English, to explain to him again why he was denied the
reasons why. Ruiz did this and had a chance to look at
face for a few seconds at a short distance.
Since the moments after the Kennedy assassination, our
in Mexico noticed, with the exception of Azcue who was back
the accused assassin was the same person that had visited
Alfredo Mirabal informed his Ministry officially, Lara only
it, given the small participation they had in the events and
report made by Mirabal, an official superior to them.
On his part, Azcue in Cuba, did not recognize Oswald's
the press as the person who visited the Cuban Consulate in
This contradiction between Azcue and Mirabal, were made
given by both to the investigators of the Select Committee
As for Mrs. Duran, she recognized Oswald from the first
moment as the
that she helped in the Cuban Consulate at the end of
The investigations done by us show that the typewriter used
to fill out
questionnaire form of the subject said to be named Oswald,
was the same
as the one in Mrs. Duran's office, used to fill out other
photo was Oswald and if we note the Warren Commission's
in the document was also his. There is one additional
The signature of comrade Mirabal, attesting to the data
given by the
was his. There is no doubt.
An arithmetic addition of the testimonies tell us that four
Oswald as the person that visited and requested a visa, and
one, Azcue, did not recognized him. Other evidence
points out that it was Oswald and not someone else who
As such, we conclude that the subject that identified
himself as Lee
Oswald, during a visit to the Consulate in the month of
to request a transit visa to Cuba, was indeed the same
the----was identified by the same names.
5. Nevertheless, these were not the only events that
that time. Sometime after the Kennedy assassination, two
Elena Garro de Paz and the Nicaraguan Gilberto Alvarado
Silvia Duran was connected to Oswald during the visit.
that the consul Azcue, had said during a conversation held
Emilio Carballido, that "Kennedy had to be killed".
It seemed to us that those elements were in the works - in
what we call
the business - of an "active measure" -in other words,
information geared to deceive or divert attention of an
Another incident to consider was the one occurring a few
assassination. The intent to compromise the wife of
Ruiz, Hilda Veciana. According to her, walking towards
she found a large roll of dollar bills in the middle of the
When she stopped, stunned by what she saw, a citizen that
Mexican, approached her and said: "Lady, you have dropped
pick it up - it is yours". Meanwhile two other people
the reason why Hilda became scared. She ran towards
two comrades came out to help her, but of course, they found
We know that David Phillips was the boss of the operative
forces of the
in the Aztec capital (they are so dramatic- why can't they
Also, the strange meeting in the first few days of September
Veciana and Oswald. It is not necessary to argue the
the false "Cuban case", which he states in his own
Another essential fact, was that Phillips was an expert in
warfare, in other words, in the fabrication of lies and half
which he admits to. (that he takes credit for lies
Other information came to aid us in understanding this
Alvarado, turned out to be an agent of the Somosa
intelligence and the
information, who declined to testify to the Select Committee
by, proceeding from a source, that-- (Darn - they beat
around the bush)
to declassified information by the CIA in 1993, -- was an
U.S. embassy in Mexico and according to our records, a CIA
Mr. Charles Thomas, committed suicide in 1970.
According to what Phillips narrated in his book, already
(I think he means the masking device - conceal -
pretext) of the
embassy at that time was total. Lets see what he says:
"The boss of the Cuban Section (he refers to when he arrived
before the N. del A events), was Wally, whom I had
encountered for the
time at the University of Chile, in Santiago. He had
by the CIA as an intelligence officer".
"Wally's task was to maintain total coverage of the Cuban
ideally to cover a hostile apparatus (installation) abroad
means including: inside spies informing about their own
to read correspondence to and from the embassy; able to
conversations; at least a microphone to transmit inside
obtain photographs of everyone working at the embassy and
and the access to trash disposal......it would be incorrect
to say what
Wally's total coverage of the Cuban embassy, when I arrived
1961, but it was pretty good..."
As known by those present here, -- having been informed by
-- the photographic post across from our embassy, located in
Marquez 149-1 Colonia Condesa, was operated by a Cuban,
posing as a
named Augusto Cesar Rodriguez Gallegos, from where everyone
leaving the diplomatic office was photographed.
Oswald visited at least three times the Cuban consulate and
on one or
occasions the soviet consulate, that was also
the assassination none of the photos appeared and the one
If the CIA obtained photos, information, telephone
recordings placed in the sofa of the Cuban consulate, years
- why did all this evidence disappear?
Reflecting on all of this we make the following
was arranged to document Oswald's visit, therefore there was
a plot to
Cuba in the assassination that was to later "unchain"
However, almost immediately after Oswald's arrest in Dallas,
for Oswald's Mexico material starts by the (principal
an official agency) - incorrect information was given.
the arrest was not planned by those who plotted, threw out
the well conceived plan to blame Cuba? The truth is
after Oswald's assassination, in the coarse and precipitated
to all, appeared the theory of the "lone assassin" and the
second stage. What are the reasons? What are the
These are essential questions that North American
to the public and once and for all make it clear about the
of president John F. Kennedy.
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