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Cryptonym: AMCAPE-1

Definition:
Tad Szulc, New York Times journalist involved in AMTRUNK project, suspected by CIA of being hostile foreign agent.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

Ultimate Sacrifice (paperback) p.690

104-10103-10097: AMTRUNK OPERATION - INTERIM WORKING DRAFT

This 1977 CIA draft review of the AMTRUNK program, in summarizing its origin, states "The proposal was presented to Mr. Hurwitch, the State Department Cuban Coordinator, by Tad Szulc (AMCAPE-1) of the New York Times."

104-10103-10363: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL PROGRESS REPORT AMTRUNK TEAM, PERIOD 1-30 SEPT 1963

104-10102-10234: MEETING OF 6 FEBRUARY 1963

HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (staff notes): 180-10141-10251

5/23/64, DIR to JMWAVE: "Request Reuterman/Shackley inform AMCARBON-1/Al Burt that he has checked with headquarters and Ray is not receiving CIA support...since Bay of Pigs, AMCAPE-1 has been serving, in effect, as public relations man and lobbyist for Ray...AMCAPE-1 must be credited with single-handedly placing the entire Cuban nation on alert and causing withdrawal of masses of conscripted workers from cane fields merely by articles playing on theme of threat of infiltration of Ray and a few men. Tell AMCARBON/1 that CIA would not become party to Ray operation knowing close relationship to AMCAPE-1, particularly since latter well known to be less than friendly to CIA.

104-10103-10107: MEMO FOR THE RECORD RE MEETING ON 6 FEBRUARY 1963

2/7/63 Memorandum for the Record by Colonel Albert Davies re meeting with AMCAPE-1 on 2/6/63: "The purpose of the contact was to discusss an anti-Castro plan to 'split the regime' surfaced by AMCAPE-1 to the Cuban Coordinating Committee thru Mr. Hurwitch of ODACID/State Department...he considered (George) Volsky one of the most informed exiles on Cuban internal affairs...(after Volsky escaped from Cuba in 1961) AMCAPE-1, through Paul BETHEL, then USIA field station chief in Miami, procured a job for VOLSKY as a contract employee for USIA in their Miami office...AMCAPE-1 stated that VOLSKY is masterminding the LEONARDO PLAN and is mainly assisted by Dr. MORENO...AMCAPE-1 stated flatly that the LEONARDO PLAN was not sponsored by any one group. It owed no allegiance nor did it want contact with MIRO CARDONA or the CRC, and it did not want to deal with (CIA officers) in the Florida area. AMCAPE-1 stated that he would explain to VOLSKY and to DR. MORENO that the opersational professionalism needed in support of their plan would, of necessity, be furnished by (CIA)." The adjoining document on the LEONARDO PLAN states that contacts within Cuba include Dr. Jorge Vals, Comandante Jose Duarte, and Miss Juanita Castro Ruz. (p. 8 of 12).

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