Template:Dablink Template:Unsourced Desmond FitzGerald (June 16, 1910 – July 23, 1967) was an American Central Intelligence Agency deputy director, who planned three different assassinations of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
He was educated at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts and Harvard University and served as a member of the Office of Strategic Services in the Far East in World War II. He participated in the campaign to retake Burma from the Japanese.
After the war, he worked as a lawyer in New York City, where he was active in fighting corruption. He was friends with Frank Wisner, who persuaded him to join the CIA's Far East Division as an executive officer. He arranged for over 200 agents to be parachuted into China, 101 of which were killed or captured.
In 1962, during the John F. Kennedy administration, he became chief of the Cuban Task Force. He personally was involved in three plots to assassinate Castro, working with Rolando Cubela Secades, a senior Cuban government official also known as AMLASH. In 1964 FitzGerald succeeded J.C. King as CIA Western Hemisphere Division chief.
He died of a heart attack while playing tennis in Virginia.