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What AMMUG-1 thought in 1964 about Calderon's contact with Oswald is pure nonsense. Her presumed American lover "signed his name as Ower or something similar," like [Oscar] Cower, who called Rodriguez-Lopez from Los Angeles on November 7, 1963. The CIA intercept center LIENVOY tapped the call .

Dr. Latell also does not notice that "it could have been Howard" or somebody else, but never Lee Harvey Oswald, because he would have been detected by the CIA. Calderon was the secretary of the Commercial Office at the Cuban Embassy. The Cuba Desk officer at the CIA Station, Bob Shaw [Lawrence Baker], had her under tight surveillance at least since July 19, 1963, when LIENVOY intercepted the phone call from Texas cattleman Eldon Hensen contacting her to do business. A CIA agent impersonated a Cuban official and met with Hensen, who ended up being arrested by the FBI.

What AMMUG-1 believed in 1964 about Rodriguez-Lopez and felt sure about Vega-Perez inevitably falls down like a house of cards. Oswald was not told "to return in a few days." Unlike "the usual procedure," he came three times on the same day --September 27, 1963-- to the Cuban Consulate. Its secretary, Sylvia Duran, personally took care of him and asked the outgoing consul Eusebio Azcue-Lopez for help. The latter spoke English and was training the incoming consul Alfredo Mirabal-Diaz, who didn t.

Oswald applied for an in-transit visa to Cuba on his way to Russia. He wished to travel next Monday, September 30, and to in Havana one or two weeks. He didn t bring the photos and left to get them in a commercial facility. He returned with the photos and also produced some documents for proving his membership in both the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC), his stay in Russia and his marriage with a Soviet citizen.

Duran made up the form and Oswald signed it in her presence, but was clearly told that the in-transit visa couldn t be granted before the entry visa from Russia. He left for the Soviet Consulate and returned saying there wasn't any problem. He was denied by the Soviet consul after the Cubans called to discuss the case. Oswald tried to force the visa granting anyway and it led to an altercation with Azcue-Lopez, who finally asked him out of the office.

Along with Duran and Mirabal-Diaz, who got the application from Azcue-Lopez for standard processing, there were two additional eyewitnesses of the incident. An official at the Commercial Office, Antonio Garcia-Lara, went downstairs as soon as he heard the dispute. He was able to see Oswald leaving the consulate. And the Commercial Attaché, Guillermo Ruiz, was going to his office when Azcue-Lopez asked him --since he spoke better English-- to explain the American applicant again why the Cuban visa couldn't be granted.

AMMUG-1 didn't hear "any specific statement [that Vega-Perez] personally had seen Oswald" because he wasn't at the spot. No extra DGI officer was needed for "the granting of visas" since the new consul Mirabal-Diaz arrived on September 2, 1963. His CIA index card shows he was also the incoming "Chief of Intell." Let's see next Dr. Latell unabashedly crosses the lines between "the Center chief" and the consul positions for supporting a conspiracy theory without paying attention to the key conspiracy fact of Oswald's impersonation in Mexico City.

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Former Professor of Law at the University of Havana Former Instructor of Journalism at the University of Miami Contributor to CTKA on the JFK assassination Contributor to History Today and The Miami Herald


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