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THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 9 - Oswald Takes Center Stage As An Intelligence Asset)

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1.   The main goal was to make the FPCC look bad.

2.   Incidentally, an anti-FPCC operation would divert public attention from the recent terrorist plans of the anti-Castro underground.   This vigilante plan to napalm Cuba did not look good. 

3.   Along the way, it made sense to try to determine if Carlos Bringuier might be pro-Castro, or if Jorge Bringuier could be brought back into the anti-Castro fold.  Carlos may have been used by those using Oswald. 

The CIA examined Celso Hernandez as a Castro penetration agent

There is an intriguing report of FPCC member Oswald being arrested with Celso Hernandez in New Orleans in late 1962 (see pp. 6-7, (follow-up at pp. 16-18) The ID of Hernandez was made years later and is admittedly shaky. The ID of Oswald is more substantive, as he id'd himself to the police as an FPCC member - but he was living in the Dallas area. The story is that the two men were picked up at the lakefront in Celso's work truck, owned by an electronics firm that was Celso's employer. 

The most important thing is that right about this time, Bill Harvey - who worked both the wiretapping side and the Cuban beat for  the CIA during 1962 - was tipped off on 10/1/62 that Celso Hernandez might be a communist.  This kicked off an investigation that revealed in the autumn of 1963 that there was a left-wing Celso and a right-wing Celso, and a brother and sister who couldn't agree on who was who.  [33] Oswald and Celso Hernandez were arrested together again in August 1963.  What we do know is that throughout this era, Hernandez was under close scrutiny as a possible pro-Castro infiltrator.  Below, we see Oswald's interactions with Carlos and Celso.

Oswald's Provocative Actions in New Orleans Built His Legend    

August 1:   Oswald wrote the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and told them that he had got into a brawl with the "gusanos" -- Spanish for worms and a well-known epithet for the Cuban exiles. [34]    This incident had not happened, but Oswald made sure that it did a few days later.   Oswald's target was the Cuban DRE leader Carlos Bringuier.  

August 5:   Oswald visited Bringuier's clothing store and introduced himself as an ex-Marine prepared to fight against Castro and that he could train guerillas. He had come to the right place to make his pitch.   The DRE were attracted to military action and propaganda along those lines.  The two men talked for a full hour

August 6:     Oswald returned to Bringuier's store, leaving a copy of his Marine guide book.   

August 9:     Bringuier, Celso Hernandez, and another friend saw Oswald leafleting for the FPCC and realized that he was a Red Marine and no friend of theirs. [35]   As Oswald had foreseen in his letter, the four men argued vehemently until the police came and arrested them all.  [36]   FBI informant Orestes Pena was watching.   FBI photographers were filming across the street. CIA-FBI agent William Gaudet watched Oswald hand out the literature from his office.  [37]

August 10:    During Oswald's short stint in jail, SA John Quigley reported that "Oswald was desirous of seeing an agent and supplying to him information with regard to his activities with the "Fair Play for Cuba Committee' in New Orleans." [38] Quigley took down everything Oswald gave him.   After waiting for more than a month, Quigley revealed Oswald's defection to the USSR and his role as an FPCC activist on the day before Oswald's trip to Mexico City.    

August 16:     Oswald went out to leaflet again, with Banister's "544 Camp Street" address stamped on his FPCC leaflets.  He had some intriguing company at this intriguing site. The maintenance supervisor of the Trade Mart, a "Mr. Bridges", was on the scene. [39]  The owner of the Trade Mart, Clay Shaw, had been a CIA source for many years.   DRE military leader Isidro Borja was watching. [40] WDSU-TV filmed the 8/16/63 event (as well as the 8/12 court appearance and an 8/21 WDSU-Oswald interview).  [41]  Also watching was Jesse Core, the PR man for the International Trade Market and an FBI source. [42]     Charles Steele, the man Oswald hired to pass out the leaflets -- certainly a first in the history of political movements -- was described as "T-14" for the FBI.   Even fifteen years later, he refused to say if he knew Oswald prior to that day, or if he ever saw him again. [43]   

Later that day,  Cuban exiles Carlos Quiroga (NO T-5) visited Oswald with the ostensible purpose of trying to join the FPCC.   The story is that Quiroga was asked by Bringuier to penetrate Oswald's group. [44]   Oswald's landlady said that she saw that Quiroga was delivering a five-inch stack of FPCC fliers to Oswald, and let it be known that she didn't want those fliers around her property. [45]    Quiroga said that Oswald spent little time with him, telling him to "go away". [46]   It's hard to say if they were adversaries or actually working in concert.         

August 17:     Oswald was interviewed by FBI informant Bill Stuckey for his WDSU show "Latin Listening Post." Stuckey also had a background as a CIA informant on Cuban activities, as can be seen in a 1962 document where he is treated as a known quantity in a memo regarding his magazine article that provides the location of an anti-Castro base near New Orleans.   SA Milton Kaack wrote that Stuckey handed the original tape of this interview to the New Orleans FBI office on August 29.  [47]  Stuckey recalled giving it to the FBI as early as the 20th.  [48]

August 21:     Stuckey called SAC Harry Maynor that morning, letting him know personally about the tape of the previous show and that there would be another show with Oswald that night. [49]

For the second radio show, Stuckey contacted Ed Butler, executive director of the Information Council on the Americas (INCA), which Stuckey described as "an anti-Communist propaganda organization."   He also asked Bringuier to attend to give the show "Cuban flavor."   When Stuckey invited Oswald to return for a Cuba policy debate, his jocular response was, "How many of you do I have to fight?"  [50]  Oswald's defection to the Soviet Union was revealed while on the air, but Oswald kept his fighting face on throughout the debate.  Butler and Bringuier were mystified that anyone would consider him a crackpot. WDSU secretary Jeanne Rodgers promptly provided a copy of the debate transcript to the New Orleans FBI office.  [51]   

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Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A great deal of disinformation surrounds the subje... by Bill Simpich on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 6:15:55 PM