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Agent of Cuban Government 1959

[Reference: NARA RIF # 124-10302-10238]

Legal Attache, Havana (2-15)
April 7, 1959
Director, FBI (2-1499)
Frank Anthony Sturgis
ON 4-10-95

Enclosed for each of the offices receiving this communication is a copy of a letter dated 4-7-59 captioned "Cuban Revolutionary Activities."  The subject is the source of the information contained in this communication.

For your additional, the subject was interviewed on 3-31-59 at the Bureau by Bureau representatives.  At that time he exhibited a letter from the Director of Inspections of the National Lottery Institute, Havana, Cuba, which appointed him Chief Inspector for all gambling casinos and cabarets in Havana.  The subject described himself as a Captain in the Rebel Army and exhibited a document which he described as a credential of his rank.  He furnished his local address as the Mayflower Hotel and indicated he planned to return to Havana by way of Miami on 4-1-59.  He gave his Havana address as the Inspector General's Office, Camp "Tte Brihuega," Cuidad Militar, Havana.  He advised that his father resides at 326 Bank Street, Norfolk, Virginia.

Fiorini stated that he had served with Castro's forces for the past two years.  He stated that he had been engaged in the raising of funds and arms in Miami, Mexico, and in other countries of Latin America and that he had been engaged in the fighting in the mountain provinces of Cuba.  Upon the victory of Castro's forces, Fiorini was appointed to the position of the Chief Inspector of the gambling casinos and as Captain of the Cuban Air Force.  His duties with the U. S. Air Attache, Havana, and the Cuban Air Force.  In connection with this position, he had, within the past week, presented his credentials to the American Air Attache, colonel Nichols (phonetic).  During the course of his conversation with

1-Norfolk (97-13) (Enclosure)
2-Miami (2-192) (Enclosure)

1-Foreign Liaison Unit (route through for review)
VHN:1mc (8)

Colonel Nichols, he mentioned that he was concerned regarding the present status of his American citizenship.  The subject explained that while he had been involved with the Cuban Rebels for the past few years, he cherished his American citizenship and intended to protect it at all costs.  He was referred in this connection to the Legal Attache, James Haverty.  Fiorini indicated he planned to recontact Haverty upon his return.  The subject was not advised that the Legal Attache was an FBI representative.

With reference to his appearance at the Bureau, the subject stated that recently there was held in Havana a Ministers Conference, attended by the heads of state of the Cuban Government.  Fiorinis military superior, Commandante Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz, Chief of the Cuban Air Force, was in attendance at this meeting.  According to the subject, Diaz Lanz became concerned during this meeting and afterward at the degree of control which communists in the Cuban Government were able to exercise upon the policy making functions of the Government.  Diaz Lanz discussed this with his brother, Marcos Diaz Lanz, who is the Inspector General of the Cuban Air Force and, as such, is the Number Two Man in that organization.  The subject described the Diaz Lanz brothers as sincere and ardent anticommunists.  He stated that as part of his duties as liaison representative with the American Embassy, he had attempted to arrange social gatherings between the Embassy staff and the Ambassador and the Cuban Air Force officials.  His efforts in this regard had been thwarted in view of the strong anti-American feelings rampant in Havana.  Fiorini attributes this anti-American to communist infiltration of all phases of the Cuban Government.  He advised that the Diaz Lanz brothers are acutely aware of the situation.  He suggested to them that contacts be made and maintained with the American Embassy in Havana in order to secure leadership or advice in fighting communism in the Cuban Government.  Not only was this suggestion turned down, but all attempts at social contact between Air Force officials and the American Embassy were expressly forbidden.  In fact, a dinner engagement arranged between the American Ambassador and the Diaz Lanz brothers was called off upon orders from higher authorities.  As an example of communist power in the Government, Fiorini described a recent incident in which an unnamed Cuban Air Force officer had publicly made an anticommunist statement.  Pressure was brought to bear upon the Commander of the Air Force by Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who was able to immediately have this Air Force officer removed from the service.

As a result of the above incident and the growing communist threat in Cuba, the subject was sent by the Diaz Lanz brothers to the U. S. specifically to seek an interview with the Director.  The main purpose of the visit was to further acquaint the Director with the growing power of the communists in their country, and to state affirmatively their own anticommunist feelings and beliefs.  At the same time, they desired to offer to the U. S. their services in the fight against communism in Cuba.  The subject emphasized that his visit to the Bureau was strictly unofficial and only known to the Diaz Lanz brothers.  The subject noted that this visit was without the approval of Fidel Castro and that if the visit became known to Castro, Castro would probably take serious action against all of them.  In addition, the subject transmitted the desire of the Diaz Lanz brothers for FBI aid in the fight against communism in Cuba.  It was tactfully explained to the subject that any requests for such assistance would have to be made officially and emanate from the Cuban Government and that the Bureau could not offer advice as to how communism should be fought in Cuba.  For his own part, the subject offered to serve as an "agent" for the U. S. Government in the battle against communism. The subject noted that his position as an American citizen was unique in that he held a high position, had fought the Batista Government with Castro, and presently enjoyed the trust and confidence of the Castro Government.  The subject was also advised that while the Bureau has no jurisdiction overseas, his offer of cooperation would be made a matter of record and any information he desired to volunteer would be accepted.

The subject indicated a desire to furnish further information to the Bureau concerning communism in Cuba and the plans of the other revolutionists to invade various Caribbean countries, which he stated he would either transmit by letter to the Bureau or furnish the Legal Attache on his next visit to him.

The subject indicated that the Cuban Government was extremely anxious to have an FBI identification check made of the gamblers in Cuba and he believed that such a request would be officially made through the Embassy.  He added that regulations concerning the gambling industry in Havana were chaotic at the present time.  He stated that while he had been appointed Chief Inspector of the gambling casinos, he had only a rudimentary knowledge of gambling, particularly as it is applied in casinos.  Fiorini noted that the ruse used in making his trip was an ostensible trip to Miami for the purpose of purchasing military clothing for the Cuban Air Force.  At the time of his visit to the Bureau, Cuban officials in Havana were of the belief that he was visiting relatives in Norfolk, Virginia.

The subject stated that he has been one of the officials personally contacted by representatives of the various revolutionary groups in Havana.  He stated that he is presently assisting in the organization of a general staff which includes General Ramirez, a Dominican, and a Colonel Gomez, a Nicaraguan, the ultimate purpose of which is the overthrow of the Nicaraguan Government.  The subject advised that he took the position on the general staff so that he would be in a position to furnish information to the U. S. Government.  He stated that he had been asked to accept this position by Dr. Enrique Henriquez, brother-in-law of former Cuban President Carlos Prio Socarras, who was presently in Cuba.  The subject indicated he would be most willing to continue his work on the general staff planning invasions if he could be of use to the U. S. Government.  He was advised that this was a decision that he himself would have to make.

Havana is requested to submit its comments and recommendations in this matter as to the development of Fiorini as a possible source.  There is no objection to Havana accepting any information the subject may volunteer.  However, caution should be exercised in dealing with the subject in view of his position with the Cuban Government and his background.

Miami, the office of origin in this matter, will, upon the completion of the outstanding leads, place this case in a closed status and so advise the Bureau.

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