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WKSCARLET was possibly the Venezuelan DISIP (General Sectoral Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services). DIGEPOL was DISIP's predecessor.

104-10178-10000: POSADA, LUIS CLEMENTE

02/00/73: Cable to Director: Slugline RYBAT PLMHABYSS WKRALLY WKSCARLET-3: REF: DIRECTOR 372698: ..."2. Have initiated investigation WKSCARLET-3 (Luis Posada) as recommended ref. No information that he presently on WKSCARLET assignment investigate MHABYSS (on the subject of narcotics related to internal U.S. security) matters...5. Question now arises as to how salvage our asset as he now definitely implicated. Should Trueva and Gomez be arrested Miami or Caracas it almost assured they will implicate WKSCARLET-3. Station thinking is now the time confront WKSCARLET-3 with evidence, point out his possible loss chance become WODUAL (American or United States, but not "US government") citizen, loss of position within WKSCARLET, possible arrest and long jail sentence in Venezuela among convicts he helped capture and convict. Then strongly suggest he turn informant. At this time it still possible cover up his MHABYSS connection as being a legitimate WKSCARLET case in which he acting on his own because he personally acquainted with Gomez and his knowledge WKSCARLET organization not interested MHABYSS matters..."

104-10178-10001: POSADA, LUIS CLEMENTE

05/00/74: Cable from Director: Slugline WKRALLY/WKSCARLET: "1. Ultimas Noticias published story regarding 'Watergate Criollo,' (page 44) on 14 May. Both in headline and in story WKSCARLET-3 (Luis Posada) mentioned using only his WKSCARLET alias. 2. According to story, WKSCARLET-3, a Cuban who worked for BKHERALD (CIA) and LNERGO (FBI) in past and has vast intelligence background. Brought various spying devices into Venezuela; binoculars with which one can read license plates at 1020 meters, a mechanism to locate routes of cars, and other objects to tap telephones. 3. Supposed purpose of equipment was to obtain pre-election information from Torre de las Delicias where offices of Carlos Andre Perez were located while he campaigning for president. 4. Story attributed to 'a source' and according to 'the authorities' the case would be taken to court with proof which will confirm acts of political espionage. 5. Station has no further details. Case officer has meeting scheduled with WKSCARLET-3 today and will take necessary precautions prior to and during meeting to detect surveillance. According WKSCARLET-9 on 16 May, WKSCARLETs know nothing of this but he will check and advise. There have been no follow-up stories to this date. Will keep you advised any further developments. 6. File: 201-0300985."

104-10178-10001: POSADA, LUIS CLEMENTE

02/00/76: Cable to Director, 3 Withheld: Slugline WKBOXER SECURE MHSPIKE: REF: HVC-7200, 4 DEC 75: "1. WKSCARLET-3 (former unilateral asset) contacted station 11 Feb 76 to advise he and WKSCARLET-1 plan travel Santiago, Buenos Aires and possibly Miami during week 15 Feb. Purpose is investigation of attempted letter bombing Cuban ambassador Caracas. 2. Bombing incident surfaced when Cuban ambassador Norberto Hernandez Curbelo reported to WKSCARLET about two months ago alleged receipt of bomb. WKSCARLET-10 deactivated device which contained in large manila envelope bearing return address Dr. Gustavo A. Vollmer. WKSCARLET-1, former WKSCARLET chief is security consultant to Vollner and he has retained WKSCARLET-3, a former WKSCARLET officer now operating commercial investigations service, to determine who used Vollner's name. WKSCARLET-3, Cuban exile, retains significant contacts with extremist exiles and has regular correspondence with Orlando Bosch Avila in Santiago..."


04/17/2005: ..."Venezuelan prosecutors charged that Ricardo and Lugo, acting on orders from Bosch and Posada (note: WKSCARLET-3), put a bomb in the plane's rear bathroom before it left Barbados. Investigators found that after the blast, Ricardo called Posada at his office in Caracas. Later that night, Posada wrote, a senior DISIP officer -- Rafael Rivas Vazquez (note: AMFRAME-1) -- met Posada at a bar and expressed concern about whether he, Bosch and Morales were implicated. Posada says he told Rivas Vazquez - who died in South Florida in 2000 - that neither he nor Bosch were involved." https://www.latinamericanstudies.org/posada/accuses.htm - - - Also see Ann Louise Bardach, Without Fidel (2009): "DISIP's deputy chief, Rafael Rivas Vasquez, early on informed US authorities that the Cubana bombing had been planned at CORU's kickoff meeting in the Dominican Republic. How did he know? His predecessor, Orlando Bosch had told him. Orlando Garcia (CIRASH-6) also forwarded to the CIA his investigation, which concluded that all four men were part of the conspiracy. (Posada, Bosch, Freddy Lugo and Hernan Ricardo). But the US expressed scant interest in the case..."


"DISIP (General Sectoral Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services) was an intelligence and counter-intelligence agency inside and outside of Venezuela between 1969 and 2009 when SEBIN was created by former President Hugo Chavez. DISIP was established in March 1969 by then-president Rafael Caldera, replacing the Directorate General of Police (DIGEPOL)...When Rafael Caldera assumed his first presidency in the Venezuela, he ordered the dissolution of the DIGEPOL and signed Decree No. 15, dated March 19, 1969 giving birth to the 'Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention 'whose initials are DISIP. Its objective was to demonstrate the initial combat subversion and drug trafficking. Its first commanders took the initiative to establish appropriate training courses and their members, mostly from former members of DIGEPOL...The story of the early years of the DISIP parallels the political group 'Bandera Roja', whose leaders Carlos Betancourt (under the pseudonym 'GerĂ³nimo'), Eduardo Candiales Barrios and Gabriel Puerta Aponte, Lieutenant Betancourt was confronted by the police organization from the beginning of the group. The DISIP conducted the first dismantling of this group between 1972 and 1973. They also acted against the Party of the Venezuelan Revolution (PRV-FALN) and other smaller groups...It is in the area of intelligence where it is thought that the body work to infiltrate the social, economic and political sectors. It is believed that conducted major operations in Central America and even Europe. One of the alleged lesser-known operations was made by the deceased Commissioner General Rafael Rivas-Vasquez (note: AMFRAME-1) who allegedly managed to locate and spy on Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a Venezuelan militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, while living in France. In the eighties, DISIP possibly maintained close ties to other foreign intelligence services to exchange information on Arab revolutionary groups..."

Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich

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