Felipe Vidal Santiago
| Felipe Vidal Santiago |
|Born||3 February 1926|
|Died||May, 1964 (Age 38)|
A famous anti-Castro recruiter of assassins, who may have been implicated in the assassination of JFK.
Felipe Vidal Santiago was born in Cuba. He became a Cuban naval officer but went into exile when Fidel Castro gained power in 1959. He lived in South America before moving to Miami where he associated with the Interpen (Intercontinental Penetration Force) group.
Vidal became a close friend of John Martino. He also worked closely with Roy Hargraves and carried out a series of raids on Cuba in the 1960s. This involved a plan to to create a war with Cuba by simulating an attack on Guantanamo Naval Base.
Some researchers have suggested that Vidal was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  (John Simkin and Larry Hancock believes Vidal and Roy Hargraves and are the best candidates for the Dark Completed Man and the Umbrella Man on the Grassy knoll .
December 1962-November 1963: Exile militant Felipe Vidal Santiago, arrested on a 1964 sabotage mission into Cuba, told his captors that in Washington, D.C. in December 1962 he'd met with a lawyer/lobbyist connected to a "Citizen's Committee to Free Cuba." This lawyer informed Vidal Santiago of a conversation he'd had with Republican Henry Cabot Lodge, soon to be U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, who said he'd heard from Kennedy aide Walt Rostow of "a plan to open a dialogue with Cuba." "Vidal told us he was very surprised," says Escalante. In fact Vidal, infuriated and betrayed, had alerted his exile cohorts, as well as a CIA contact, Colonel William Bishop. "It was almost like a bomb, an intentional message against Kennedy." Vidal was also an information conduit for General Edwin Walker, the ultra-right Texan paramilitary leader at whom Oswald had allegedly taken a shot in April 1963. And FBI files call Vidal a "very close friend" of Miami mobster John Martino, who intimated to family and associates that he had foreknowledge of the JFK assassination...
Felipe Vidal Santiago told Cuban intelligence that on the weekend before the assassination, he was invited to a meeting in Dallas by the CIA's Colonel William Bishop. "It was supposed to be a meeting with a few wealthy people to talk about financing anti-Castro operations," says Escalante. Bishop left on his own "for interviews" numerous times during their stay in Dallas. After approximately four days they returned to Miami. Not long before his death in 1993, Colonel Bishop confirmed to this writer that he'd had knowledge of the JFK plot. The Cubans indicate that the Vidal-Bishop Dallas trip concerned plans for re-taking the island once Castro's people had been implicated in the assassination.
On 28th May, 1964, Miami News reported: "Havana radio reported today the execution by firing squad of four anti-Castro exiles who attempted a landing on the north coast of Las Villas Province. The broadcast identified the four as Felipe Vidal Santiago, Elias Rivera Bello, Ladislao Gonzalez Benitez and Alfredo Valdes Linares.
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