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Andrew St. George. Principal agent in program after JFK's death aimed at penetrating Cuba. His wife states that he was Army Intelligence during World War II. His original name was Andrew Szentgyorgyi.
A CIA memo on June 23, 1964, stated that Andrew St. George's assistant, a commercial photographer in Miami, was an undercover man for the FBI (he was possibly named Duke, a former World War Two pilot). AMWRIT-1 was one of the sources for this memo, and it alleged that A-1 was a friend of Andrew St. George. AMWRIT-1 apparently met St. George at the offices of Carteles magazine, where the latter believed A-1 was employed. They discussed Manuel Ray's attempt to infiltrate Cuba. The memo concluded by noting that there were discrepancies between the FBI and AMWRIT-1's versions, despite the fact that both were based on interviews with the same source.

1993.08.13.17:42:12:560059, p. 18: George's 1970 article on Haiti in True Magazine.

See 124-90135-10074, p. 5 re an FBI report by Andrew Szentgyorgyi.

Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics III, Chapter V. THE KENNEDY-CIA DIVERGENCE OVER CUBAhttps://www.history-matters.com/pds/DP3_Chapter5.htm

Life magazine dispatched a correspondent, Andrew St. George, to take part in the March 27 attack on the Soviet freighter Baku. See Warren Hinckle and Bill Turner, Deadly Secrets, pp. 174-175. (Such arrangements usually meant that Life helped underwrite the costs of the raid.)

124-90107-10001: No Title

3/28/63, Castro did a broadcast saying the 3/27/63 attack on the Soviet ship Vaku (note: Baku) carrying sugar to the Soviet Union before an armed vessel planted a mine that damaged the ship and endangered the crew. Castro blamed the US for an attack launched from US soil and Puerto Rico. At p. 109: FBI received a report that those on the boat included Tony Cuesta, Jesus Alvarez, Tutan Fajardo, Andrew St. George and (first name unknown) Quintana. The bomb was built by Andrew Henrich, a Cuban-exiled engineer who resides at 1353 Northwest 15th Street." p. 110 has a statement from Aldo Rafael Enrich Reyes, claiming he only did electrical work and nothing else to the FBI. Page 67: Ramon Font claims Comandos-L got the bomb from Veciana prior to their split in Oct 62. Page 120: Tony Cuesta claims on 4/1/63 that an anonymous letter sent to the FBI about the raid is a fake letter probably sent by Veciana - Cuesta and others had already told the FBI about their role in the raid.

124-90107-10205: No Title

"Andrew St. George, 300 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, New York, a photographer with Life Magazine, on April 1, 1963, advised that he accompanied the Comandos-L-66 group which attacked a Russian freighter in the Port of Caibarien, Cuba, on March 27, 1963...(St. George was) aboard the cabin cruiser 'Alisan', which is owned by Dr. Santiago Alvarez...(besides himself, aboard was) Dr. Santiago Alvarez, Juan (Tutan) Fajardo, Jesus Alvarez, (Yayo) Estevez, Mario Equeras, and Tom Dunkin, who is the editor of the 'Glades County Democrat' of Moore Haven, Florida...aboard the small speedboat, in addition to Antonio Cuesta, were Ramon Font, Angel Puxas, Alfredo Meir, Mario Alvarez, and one 'Antonico' (possibly Antonio Perez Quesada)...St. George advised this was entirely a Cuban enterprise...they spent approximately 75 per cent of the time hiding from the United States authorities in the Miami area..."

Commission Document 49 - FBI Graham Report of 02 Dec 1963 re: Oswald/Russia

11/22/63, Daniel James of the right-wing Citizens Committee for a Free Cuba interviewed by FBI. Lanusa discussed how Oswald tried to "infiltrate a student anti-Castro group last July in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lanusa also described Oswald definitely a communist and a supporter of Fidel Castro...Lanusa also advised him that Fidel Castro, in early September at a function at the Brazilian Embassy in Havana, remarked that if the United States causes him difficulty he has facilities to 'knock off' United States leaders...James further advised that on November 22, 1963, in a telephone conversation with Andrew St. George, a 'Life' magazine photographer, St. George told him that Jose Pardo Llada, of Cali, Columbia, South America knows of a plan of Castro to kill United States ambassadors in various countries. James advised that he did not know when this information was received by St. George, however, he believes it was some time ago since St. George has not visited South America recently."

104-10076-10094: CABLE - REF ASSIGNED AMDEL-1

12/05/63, Cable WAVE 8569 from JMWAVE to Director: TYPIC REF: WAVE 6573 (IN 47884)* "SUBJ Ref assigned AMDEL-1. C/S Comment: *SUBJ (unidentified) will be used by WAVE's KUDESK Branch (Counter Intelligence (CI) division of CIA) under contract as PA (principal agent) in IT program aimed at penetration of Cuba."


06/23/64, Memorandum for the record from Nathaniel S. Aleccia: DATE: 11 June 1964 and 16 June 1964. SOURCES: Frank O'Brien, FBI, New York, and AMWRIT-1, New York City: "1. During a meeting with Mr. Frank O'Brien, FBI, New York City, on another matter, he gave a brief account of his meeting with Mr. Andrew St. George, the free lance photographer who accompanied Ray on his abortive attempt to infiltrate Cuba. a. St. George arrived in New York at 0300 hours on 10 June 1964 from Miami, Florida. According to St. George, he accompanied the Ray group, with Ray's permission, to take some still photographs of Ray's landing for TIME and LIFE magazines. St. George had no intention of going into Cuba..."- - Page 2: ..."f. The entire group, including St. George and his assistant (who is a commercial photographer in Miami and an undercover man for the FBI) was taken into custody by the British..." - -Page 3: "2. On 16 June 1964, AMWRIT-1, who is a friend of Andrew St. George, described to me his conversation with St. George on the same subject. A-1's version was essentially the same, with the following variations: a. AMWRIT-1, while visiting the offices of Carteles magazine, met St. George, who believes A-1 is employed by Carteles. St. George told A-1 that Ray and a party of eight persons departed from an operations base located about (Unintelligible) miles from Miami at 1100 hours on 24 May 1964, with the approval of the U.S.C.G. The group consisted of Ray, St. George and his assistant (named Duke, a former WW II pilot), a female radio operator, two unidentified persons, and two guides. One of the guides was one Pepe Garica, a former photographer who is now employed by the Fuller Brush Industry in Miami. (A-1 believes that this firm may be connected with the U.S. Government). The name of the other guide was unknown. The members of the group all used false names..." (CONTINUED BELOW)


05/20/64, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMBANG: "AMARIA says Andrew St. George, free lance photographer, on assignment Time-Life, left Miami 18 May with JURE elements for rendezvous Manolo Ray undisclosed area. AMARIA not certain means transport used but believes they left by boat. Ray did not contact AMARIA per ref but latter believes Ray on way Cuba. AMARIA agreed try lay on Station debriefing St. George if and when returns this area. No index. C/S Comment: *AMARIA stated that Artime in SJAN."


06/18/64, Cable from New York to Washington: Delaney Info Support From Freund: "1. Andrew St. George, stateless free-lance writer, has been a contact of this office for several years. We have some derogatory information concerning his past. After several attempts to contact C/S Balog (on annual leave), he reached Freund and made an appointment to volunteer a story. 2. St. George's picture, along with that of Manolo Ray and others had appeared in The New York Times on 5 June 1964 after the seizure by the British of six Cubans and two U.S. journalists. St. George, without any encouragement on our part, provided some background, conceivably well known, on the ill-fated venture. 3. The main point of his story was this: He claims not to have been consulted by anybody from the staff Time Magazine before it printed its story in the 12 June issue in spite of the fact that St. George had represented 'Time's' sister magazine, 'Life', and was available for comments. After reading the 'Time' article, St. George claims to have visited Richard M. ('Dick') Clurman, Chief of the Time-Life News Service, to point out inaccuracies in the 'Time' article. 4. Clurman indicated that a protest had been received from the office of the DCI. 'Time' had reported (through its Miami-based correspondent Ed Reingold) that 'a CIA type showed up/in Nassau on the day of the trail of the would-be raiding group/, gave a different name to each newsman present and prepare) to pay whatever fine was levied against the culprits, explaining that he was a 'friend.' According to St. George, Ray had instructed members of the group to phone his number two man in Miami, Roberto Cisneros, and request the prompt dispatch of funds to Nassau. Phone call was made day before trail. On morning of trail, a U.S. citizen, who used the name of Jack Reid in St. George's presence and claimed to deliver money for American Express company, appeared in Nassau and spoke to Ray..."


06/23/64, Memorandum for the record from Nathaniel S. Aleccia: DATE: 11 June 1964 and 16 June 1964. SOURCES: Frank O'Brien, FBI, New York, and AMWRIT-1, New York City: Page 4: ..."f. St. George told A-1 that this trip was his fourth one. The first was with Commando 'L,' twice with ALFA-66 (Russian ship incident and Havana Hotel attack). St. George is planning that his next trip will be with AMBIDDY-1 (Manuel Artime Buesa). 3. There are some discrepancies between the FBI and the AMWRIT-1 versions, despite the fact that both are based on interviews with the same source. No attempt has been made to resolve these discrepancies. If desired, the subject can be raised again with O'Brien, AMWRIT-1, or both."


09/14/64, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMBANG-1: "1. AMDENIM-1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria) reports Andrew St. George in WAVE area basis hearing page for him in DuPont Plaza Hotel at noon 14 Sept. Unsourced rumors also report St. George in town for purpose accompanying AMBANG-1 (Manuel Ray Rivero) on future raid against unknown Cuban target. 2. Comment: Presence St. George this area in past has tipped off exile activity such as Commandos L Baku raid. His presence would also suggest two boats in act as St. George record shows he previously unwilling accompany strike force to target."


10/01/64, Cable from JMWAVE: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMBANG: "During Sept 27 discussion with AMDEL-1, Andrew St. George mentioned he had been assigned by Life Magazine (to) enter Cuba with Manolo Ray. According (to) St. George, expedition very poorly planned...St. George said Ray's prestige had been built up by such persons as Tad Szulc of New York Times and Crimmins and Bowdler of State Department. Also he has backing of liberal labor unions in US, Munoz Martina and Brazilian foreign minister Cunha (AMSTRUT-1). He has secured this support by expounding liberal doctrine. St. George doubts Ray has any underground contacts Cuba and thinks if he attempts (to) infiltrate, he will be picked up in week...St. George said he had information that (CIA) trained various people assist Ray but he does not believe (CIA) had any hand in plans land Ray in Cuba." Also see 157-10005-10126, p. 33: Sturgis cites an article by Andrew St. George in True Magazine claiming that Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis met in 1969.


Jean St. George, email to John Simkin (8th February, 2007) I am the widow of Andrew St. George. We were married for nearly 50 years. He never, ever, was a officer or agent of the CIA. The quote in Warren Hinkle's book is a total and complete falsehood. My husband may have made a joke - about the suspicion's that he worked for the CIA - to Warren over a beer or two, but never said such a thing seriously. After the end of World War II,he did work for U.S. Army Intelligence in Austria. His family - parents and younger brother - depended on him for their survival after the War. He had been anewspaper reporterin Budapest, and got out of the Army as soon as was feasible, in order to get back to his true vocation, which was journalism.The CIA in Cuba came to him and asked him to intervene wilth Che Guevara on behalf of Sr. Quevado. After the horrors of WW II - during which he had worked with Raoul Wallenberg and the Hungarian underground - he became a passionate anti-death-penalty advocate, and would have tried to save the life of any living creature if he could...It ended his friendship with Che, and they both felt badly about it. Che retaliated by accusing him of working for the FBI. The notion that the United States government would send a non-Spanish speaking Magyar to spy on Castro is pretty silly. The basis of the friendship between my husband and Che was the fact that they both spoke French. It was the only way my husband could communicate with the guerrillas on the occasion of his first trip into the Sierra Maestra. (The editor who assigned him to the story for Cavalier Magazine, thought he had a Spanish accent!) The CIA disliked Andrew St. George intensely for the things that he wrote about them, and tried to discredit him by suggesting that he was "one of them." Miles Copeland wrote that this was a CIA tactic. As we all know, it is against the law for identify the people who work for them."

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Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich

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