295. Telegram 19372 to McCone, September 101

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2. Difficult for me to rationalize extensive costly defenses being established in Cuba as such extreme costly measures to accomplish security and secrecy not consistent with other policies such as refugees, legal travel, etc. Appears to me quite possible measures now being taken are for purpose of insuring secrecy of some offensive capability such as MRBM’s to be installed by Soviets after present phase completed and country secured from overflights. Suggest BNE study motives behind these defensive measures which even seem to exceed those provided most satellites.

  1. Appearance of secrecy measures being deployed in Cuba to cover Soviet offensive capability. Top Secret. 1 p. CIA: Job 80–51676R, Box 17, Mongoose, Cuban Reconnaissance/Overflights.