chapter  9
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Operations and “Autonomous” Groups

WithHåkan Karlsson, Tomás Diez Acosta

This chapter covers the Kennedy administration’s support to independent counterrevolutionary groups, and to those under its direct control, as a part of the Covert Action Program and the “multiple path” policy. The chapter also presents the “rules of engagement” with these groups, for instance, that all autonomous operations, both inside and outside Cuba, should be executed exclusively by Cuban nationals; all autonomous operations will be mounted outside the territory of the U.S.; and the U.S. government should be prepared to deny publicly any participation in these acts. An experienced CIA officer would be assigned to work with the group in a liaison capacity, and this person should provide general advice as requested as well as funds and necessary material support.