David Atlee Phillips (right) and the composite sketch
of Antonio Veciana's "Maurice Bishop" (left)
Subject: Ron Cross/Ross Crozier
Researchers who only know Ron Cross through Fonzi's _The Last Investigation_ can get a different view of him by reading Gus Russo's _Live By The Sword_.
Gus prints three photos that Crozier took when he worked with Castro before the revolution and gives Crozier's account of how the DRE first provided information on the stationing of offensive missiles in Cuba.
Ross confirmed to Gus Russo that he never identified Phillips as Bishop.
That means that Fonzi found nobody who said that Dave Phillips was Maurice Bishop.
Subject: Interview With Ross Crozier
Date: 1999/05/07 Message-ID: <email@example.com>#1/1
I spoke with Ross Crozier today, 5/7/99 as follows:
>Have you read TLI and the HSCA's treatment of you on the allegation that David
>Phillips was "Maurice Bishop"?
No. [He remembers talking to an HSCA investigator, but, not to Fonzi. He says he never would reveal the cover name of a CIA officer or say anything to reveal covert operations or to embarrass a high official like Dave Phillips.}
>My reading is that you are cited as being the only person who ever said
>directly that Phillips was "Bishop" is this accurate?
Somebody said to me once, 'You're going to come out and deny that, right?' and I didn't know what he was talking about.
I remember hearing that name used [Maurice Bishop] around the station. But I just called him "Dave" everybody did. So, it's not something I could say with any positive assurance. [ ] [Regarding cover names] You will relax to the point where you'll relax and drop the [cover] names
>Do you find it credible that in 1978 Phillips did not remember the name
>Veciana, nor had he met him previously?
Yes, that's conceivable we heard about them ...the info at JM/WAVE [concerned operations and not the names of founders].
>I understand that Dave Phillips was drinking heavily at this time [when he was quesioned by HSCA] could that have played a role?
It could well have.
>To you knowledge was Alpha66 assigned a case officer?
No, we knew about them, of course. Well not everybody they were a paramilitary outfit, hit and run, using surface craft I didn't know the names of the prominent personalities, just the name of the outfit and I was right inside JM/WAVE.
>The Maurice Bishop that Fonzi portrays is a rabid Kennedy hater who urges
>Alpha66 to launch raids during the CMC to embarrass JFK and perhaps provoke a
>war does this sound like Phillips?
Oh, no, no, no, that's not the kind of guy I knew. Dave was concerned about risky operations which could cause the Agency embarrassment [Ross gave details of a covert operation that he had proposed which Dave shot down for those sort of reasons.] ]That's not at all the Dave Phillips I knew. Dave was a very natural kind of guy, you couldn't help but get along with him, he ran a good shop, everybody loved him. You'd work for a guy like that.
>Further, MB meets Veciana & Oswald in Dallas in late summer 1963. Can you imagine Dave Phillips running Oswald & meeting him in sight of Veciana?
That's inconceivable. Oswald was a real freak and I can't see Dave having anything to do with him under any circumstances. Dave was a very high officer I don't think he'd run a low level operation like this personally.
>Finally, MB pays off Veciana in 1973-74: he gives him $253K in cash in the parking lot of the Flagler Dog Track. Does this sound like something a CIA officer would do?
Who did that? I want to go work for him. I had to account for every penny. [Ross goes on to say that that sum of money would only be available for bribing a very high official who was of high operational interest to the Agency].
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