Fabian Escalante, the former head the Cuban state security agency, Departamento de Seguridad del Estado (DSE), has identified some persons of interest in connection with JFK’s assassination.
In his book JFK: The Cuba Files, Escalante identifies people whom his agency suspected were involved in the death of the president.
Besides the familiar names of CIA officer David Atlee Phillips and David Sanchez Morales, Escalante focuses on three lesser known Cuban exiles:
- Herminio Diaz (a.k.a. Herminito, CIA Personality File 201-203040), who was identified by another anti-Castro Cuban as a second shooter in Dealey Plaza.
- Antonio Veciana (AMSHALE-1), linked to both Phillips and Guillermo Ruiz, a Cuban official who saw and talked to Oswald at the consulate in Mexico City.
- Victor Espinosa Hernandez (a.k.a. Papucho, AMHINT-25), who bore close resemblance to one of the Cubans who visited Sylvia Odio with Oswald (or his double) and had knowledge of the AM/LASH plot.
The CIA still withholds data from seven files at the JFK Assassination Records Collection regarding these three anti-Castro militants. Specifically, the CIA has not made public:
(1) the trace request and 2) its results in the case of Herminio Diaz;
(3) Antonio Veciana’s routing and record sheet, as well as two cables to the director about him in connection to (4) a BBC program on the JFK assassination;
(5) a report on attempts against Castro by the news agency Prensa Latina; and
(6) and two requests of approval of Espinosa Hernandez for investigative action and (7) provisional operational approval [POA].
Last but not least, on June 28, 2013, the Agency Release Panel responded to a FOIA request with these words:
“The CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence” of JFK-related records in the debriefing of Cuban defector Florentino Aspillaga, known by the code name TOUCHDOWN.
Aspillaga, whose whereabouts are unknown, told a curious story about Castro´s apparent foreknowledge of the assassination, recounted in Brian Latell’s book Castro´s Secrets.