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Cryptonym: AMDAN

Definition:
Jorge Madan Rivas, Cuba's Vice Minister for Foreign Commerce. May have provided information to CIA on Cuban nickel production.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A cable from Paris on April 3, 1965, stated that "we must assume Guerra and AMDAN together thus HQs hold applies."

Another cable added that "if derogatory on Ricardo Madan Rivas actually serious, suggest HQs warn AMWHIP-1 (Carlos Tepedino Gonzalez)." There was also a reference to Jorge Madan, brother of Ricardo. This cable also contained the slug MHVIPER (economic denial program focusing on sabotage of all Cuban traffic involving buying, selling, and shipment of parts and supplies.).

A memo on April 28, 1965, mentioned that Jorge Madan Rivas was Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Commerce. AMWHIP-1 stated that Jorge Madan had a brother then living in Miami, Ricardo Madan Rivas (201-273586), who would be an excellent entre to the former. AMWHIP-1 believed that Ricardo Madan was a trustworthy man who knew AMCRUMB-1 (Carlos Maristany Sanchez) well, and a great many people who were still in the Cuban Government.
Sources:

157-10004-10111: RICARDO MADAN RIVAS

FBI memo: "On 4/6/59, MM T-6 advised that Ricardo Madan...(of the Eagle Shipping Co. in Miami)...was appointed as an investigator by Sergio Sanjenis, the then head of the Cuban investigative agency known as DIER (Department of Investigations of the Revolutionary Army)." MM T-6 said that others who were appointed were Alberto Lopez Lopez, Tony Farinas, Joe Paula and Carlos Martinez...MM T-2 said that "the largest cache of dynamite seized during that general period (1957) by the Cuban government was Madan's own, at least he was held responsible for its being in Cuba."

124-10306-10025: FBI REPORT

05/13/60, FBI report from Miami by James C. Holmes: Subject: Francisco Valentin Perez y Perez aka Frank Perez Perez: Page 20: ..."According to MM T-4, the Consul was seeking the opinion on Frank Perez Perez three or four days prior to the departure of the plane flown by William Shergalis, and Cuban Consul mentioned that he had talked with Frank Perez and further, that on the day before the plane flight of Shergalis, the Cuban Consul visited his brother-in-law, Ricardo Madan, and was observed to be very nervous. The Consul reportedly had received information from Frank Perez Perez...MM T-4 advised on March 28, 1960, that around mid-March, 1960, Carlos Martinez was trying to talk Ricardo Madan into working for the Cuban Government..." Page 21: ..."and attempted to convince Madan that he should work for the Cuban Government. However, Madan very definitely refused..."

124-10296-10176: No Title

Ricardo Madan is #26 on a list of Cuban exiles who are currently living in Mexico.

104-10216-10329: CABLE RE WHEREABOUTS OF FERNANDO GUERRA AND JORGE MADAN

3/31/65, Cable from Paris to Hutchison (?) slugline KAPOK TYPIC MHVIPER AMWHIP: "During brief of AMWHIP-1 (Carlos Tepedino Gonzalez) for elicitation in local embassy, Stockwood mentioned Fernando Guerra and Jorge Madan in area. A-1 immediately identified latter as Jorge Madan Rivas aged about 30 whom he previously spotted for HQS as prime recruitment target. Jorge brother Ricardo Madan Rivas about 55 now Miami. Ricardo has extremely close dominant relationship with Jorge having paid for his education. Ricardo who thoroughly trustworthy could be means introduce (CIA personnel) or elicit info..." Handwritten note at end: "Gave info re Cuban nickel production."

104-10247-10020: CABLE RE: WE MUST ASSUME GUERRA AND AMDAN TOGETHER

04/03/65: Cable from Paris to Director: Slugline KEYWAY PBRUMEN MHVIPER AMWHIP: REF DIR 98273* After the asterisk: (Handwritten note: "Requested PARI (unintelligible): Relationship between Guerra and Jorge Madan and whether approach to latter could become known to Guerra)." "1. See para two PARI 0190. We must assume Guerra and AMDAN together thus HQs hold applies. Re para three ref cannot judge. 2. If derogatory on Ricardo Madan Rivas actually serious, suggest HQs warn AMWHIP-1 (Carlos Tepedino Gonzalez).

104-10183-10446: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: SUBJECT MEETING WITH AMWHIP/1, NEW YORK CITY, 28 APRIL 1965

04/28/65: Memorandum for the record from Withheld, WH/C/FI: Subject: Meeting with AMWHIP/1, New York City, 28 April 1965: Page 4 (Page 5 on PDF): ..."g. Jorge Medan (note: corrected to Madan) Rivas, Vice Minister of Foreign Commerce: (1) AMWHIP/1 (Carlos Tepedino Gonzalez) stated that Jorge Medan has a brother now living in Miami, Ricardo Medan Rivas (201-273586), who would be an excellent entre to the former. AMWHIP/1 reported on Ricardo in Paris 0190 (IN 35169). AMWHIP/1 stated that Ricardo was a trustworthy man who knows AMCRUMB/1 (Carlos Maristany Sanchez) well, plus a great many people who are still in the Cuban Government today. (Writer's note: This lead should be followed through)..."

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