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    A former Spanish diplomat has claimed he led a United States based spy network that fed information to Japan during World War Tow.

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    CU & SCU INTERIOR Senor Angel Alcazar de Velasco speaking. (two shots)

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    Background: A former Spanish diplomat has claimed he led a United States based spy network that fed information to Japan during World War Tow. He is Senor Angel Alcazar de Velasco, now retired, whose evidence was made public this week in the Madrid newspaper El Pais. He said the network kept General Franco, the Spanish dictator, informed each day of its operations, even though Spain was an officially neutral country. The existence of the Spanish spy ring was revealed earlier this month, with the publication of United States Government documents. But the national security agency papers did not reveal the name of its chief.

    SYNOPSIS: In a Madrid cafe on Thursday (September 21), Senor Alcazar told Visnews' reporter Mike Gore that he had been the spy ring leader. The retired Spanish diplomat said he had been invited late in 1941 by the Japanese to set up the espionage operation in the United States. Before that, he had spied on behalf of Nazi Germany's secret service while working a s Press Attache at the Spanish Embassy in London.

    Senor Alcazar said the spy ring was composed of four journalists and two diplomats, all Spanish - but extra work was carried out by a team of international agents. One of the more sensational claims he makes is that American agents leaked information which enabled Japanese dive bombers to sink the British battleship, the Prince of Wales, off the Malayan coast in 1941. Senor Alcazar said the reason was that the Americans wanted to see British supremacy and sea power reduced.

    The Spanish spy network believed its information helped the Japanese sink up to sixty percent of the convoys leaving America's West Coast, Senor Alcazar said. It worked smoothly for more than two years until its cover was broken. The chief, who is now aged sixty nine, says he was cornered by Allied spies in a Madrid house. But he escaped, he says, and was eventually rescued by a German submarine off the Atlantic coast.

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