Dade County Homicide asks
CIA for help in Murder
NARA record. No RIF
number. Handwritten note at bottom of RIF sheet: "To
NARA - Please
replace previously released version of this document with
attached". Originator: CIA]
8 October 1976
MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Security
Curtis R. Rivers
Dade County Request for Agency Assistance
the Death of Johnny Roselli
1. The following is provided for your information and
an assessment of the information contained in Office of
relevant to the request from the Dade County Sheriff's
to their investigation of the death of Johnny Roselli.
2. The Dade County Sheriff's representatives requested
information pertaining to several Cuban nationals. A
Office of Security indices in this regard disclosed the
a. Ramon Don Eestevez [Donestevez] Dominquez Office
of Security records were negative.
b. Rolando Masferrer Rojas Covert.(36 859) and overt
security files were located regarding Rolando Masferrer, a
citizen born 12 January 1918 in Holguin, Cuba.
national agency checks were conducted on Subject in January
is no indication that Masferrer was ever utilized by the
He is a former Cuban senator and Cuban Communist Party
in 1945), a former commander for Batista's private army, and
anti-Castro. The two files contain numerous FBI
his activities in connection with an attempt to invade Cuba
in 1960 and
a subsequent effort to invade Haiti in 1967. Masferrer
and 75 of
his follower were arrested in January 1967 in Marathon,
preparing for the invasion of Haiti.
Masferrer claimed that his Haiti invasion plot was approved
by the U.
S. Government (varying between the CIA and the FBI as the
agency). While the CIA approval claim was untrue,
at the time, centered around the possibility of unfavorable
and the compromise of sources and methods if the Agency was
disprove Masferrer's charges in court. A handwritten
Masferrer's file revealed that he died in 1975 when his car
apart by a bomb in Florida. No further details
death were contained in his subject files. Since
never been affiliated with the Agency, despite his claims,
believed that Dade County officials should be referred to
the FBI for
information regarding Masferrer.
C. Luciano Nieves Office of Security files contain
information regarding Luciano Nieves Mestre, date and place
6 October 1933, Santa Clara, Cuba. Nieves was
on 4 February 1966 in Florida. It was developed that
he was a
Cuban national who had been arrested, tried, and sentenced
to 20 years
in Cuban for allegedly being involved in an anti-Castro
was released in March 1965 after serving approximately 16
months of his
sentences and went to Spain briefly where he was of interest
In August 1965 he entered the United States and in November
contacted by Directorate of Operations (DDO)
From November 1965 until approximately January 1966 he was
operations interest in the DDO.
It is noted that the DDO maintains a 201 file (201-788521)
Subject and it is believed that the Office of Security would
defer any decision regarding the release of information
Nieves to the DDO.
d. Jose de La Torriente Security records contain
information provided by the Domestic Contact service in 1970
that one Jose de La Torriente, not further identified,
association with the Agency was not contained in Office of
files. It is believed that a decision to release
regarding Torriente would have to be deferred to the DDO.
e. Jose Quintana Office of Security records contain
no information identifiable with Jose Quintana.
f. Jaoquin Antonio Cortizo Office of Security
records are negative.
g. Manola Artimes Security records contain overt
(611 523) and
covert (210 838) files regarding Manuel Francisco
Artime-Buesa is a former Agency operational asset utilized
by the DDO
during the approximate period 1959-1963. Any decision
the release of information regarding Artime-Buesa or his
whereabouts should be deferred to the DDO.
h. AMLASH Rolando Cubela (Secades), Agency cryptonym
is the subject of the Office of Security covert file 101
Cubela is a rather celebrated Cuban national and operational
the DDO mentioned throughout both of the Senate Select
assassination reports. Although Cubela is identified
assassination reports as AMLASH and his identity has never
revealed by the Agency, his true identity has been surfaced
recent news articles. All information on Cubela in the
of the Office of Security would fall within the purview of
the DDO, and
it is believed that any decision to release information
Cubela should be deferred to the Latin America Division of
DDO. It should be noted that during their
Select Committee staffers reviewed Cubela's raw files from
both the DDO
and the Office of Security.
I. Dade County Sheriff's Office representatives
"names of the three Cubans mentioned in the Roselli
It is believed that the response to this question should be
the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since the Office
Security does not have access to the Roselli testimony.
3. Additionally, the Dade County Sheriff's Office
ask for all Agency information pertaining to several
unknown citizenships, but believed to be U. S.
citizens. A review
of the Office of Security indices in this regard disclosed
a. Fred Black Office of Security records revealed
newspaper clippings contained in the Robert G. Baker subject
273) showing that Fred B. Black, Jr., a consultant with
Aviation, was a close friend and business associate of
Baker. Black was mentioned repeatedly in the news
of Senate investigations of Baker in the early 1960's.
Black's citizenship is undetermined, it is probable that he
is a U. S.
b. Edward MorganA covert security file (46 394) was
regarding Edward Pierpont Morgan, date and place of birth 28
St. Louis, Missouri. Morgan, a U. S. citizen and
former FBI agent
from 1941-1945, was granted a
Clearance on 2 February 1951 for use as a "cut out" in
Clearance was amended and approved in March 1951 to include
use in providing covert legal support for operations in the
form of a
"cut out", legal advice, transmission of funds, and other
a legal nature in connection with DDO projects. Since
have been utilized by the DDO, it is felt that any decision
information regarding Morgan should be deferred to the DDO.
It is noted that while only the aforementioned subject file
regarding Morgan, in his capacity as Robert A. Maheu's
attorney, Morgan is mentioned sporadically in the Maheu,
Roselli files. In 1967 Maheu was interviewed and
advised that he
had briefed Morgan regarding the details of his involvement
Agency-sponsored Castro assassination plots. Morgan's
association with Maheu, professional and/or personal, is
Morgan is currently practicing law in the District of
Columbia law firm
of Welch and Morgan.
c. Joseph Shimon No Office of Security subject file
regarding Joseph Shiman. However, he is mentioned in
Roselli file as a personal friend of Roselli. It is
in the Roselli file that Shimon knew Maheu, but the nature
of their official/social relationship is unknown.
described as a former District of Columbia Metropolitan
Department (MPD) inspector who was discharged from the D.C.
MPD as a
result of a conviction involving wiretapping activities.
4. To date, no decision has been made as to the type
and form of
response to be made to the Dade County Sheriff's Office
Additionally, a formal request to the Office of Security has
received. Office of Security files have been searched
pertinent information reviewed. Pending a decision as
form the response, if any, will take, it is recommended that
of Security files containing information pertinent to the
retained in a readily available status and no further action
at this time.
Curtis R. Rivers
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