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Cryptonym: AMCARBON-1

Definition:
Al Burt, Miami Herald journalist used as source and "operational support" for CIA's JMWAVE station.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

A Farewell to Justice p.170, Blond Ghost p.113

In Farewell to Justice, author Joan Mellen states that Al Burt, the Latin American editor, could be easily identified by the recitation in a CIA memo of AMCARBON-1's journalistic biography, beginning with his origins at the Herald's city desk.

104-10072-10289: SPECIAL ACTIVITIES REPORT ON A JMWAVE RELATIONSHIP

3/19/64, Ted Shackley memo to Desmond FitzGerald: This memo contains what Mellen calls an "explosive allegation" about AMCARBON-1's sources, which Shackley learned about during the course of 1963: "EDMUND LEAHY of the Washington News Bureau. AMCARBON-1 views this source as particularly interesting, in view of the fact that LEAHY's daughter is a secretary in the office of Attorney General ROBERT KENNEDY." The final page discusses how he has less intelligence than most journalists, but that Shackley believed that he would develop those sources over time. Burt had become the Latin American editor in August 1962, and another journalist identified as QDELF believed that he had great potential.

104-10308-10135: JUNTA REVOLUCIONARIA CUBANA (JURE) (CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY JUNTA)

6/11/64: Manuel Ray of JURE denied to AMCARBON-1 that he was receiving specific CIA help, but that he was getting nonspecific help from Tad Szulc of the New York Times and other reporters.

104-10179-10236: TAD SZULC ARTICLES APEARING NEW YORK TIMES

Memo from JMWAVE to Director, 5/23/64: "AMCARBON-1 particularly incensed at implication Ray or CIA giving Szulc preferential treatment particularly since AMCARBON-1 has assiduously cultivated Ray since May 62 and had been asked circa May 1 by Ray not to publicize Ray infil plans". A-1 told Shackley he was mad at him because Shackley did not inform him about Ray's relationship with the Agency. Shackley claimed that he did not know.

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MFF • Bill Simpich

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