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Cryptonym: AMCOUP-1

Definition:
Ralph Brent aka Rolf Brent, president of WRUL and in charge of programming.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
AMCOUP-1 is described in the sources below as a radio asset, program director (or the equivalent) at WRUL radio in New York City. In this context, see this June 1963 memo, where Ralph Brent telephones HQs directly and asks what fee should be charged to the UR organizers to run a show on WRUL: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=64238#relPageId=2&tab=page AMCOUP-1 is told in July 1963 that UR is a responsible group: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=47559&search=CONTRACT_AND+WRUL#relPageId=2&tab=page Here, "Ralf Brent" called from Utah to confirm added time for AMCORE-2's radio show: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=64239#relPageId=2&tab=page
Sources:

104-10166-10072: DUE SEVERAL LAST MINUTE CHANGES, DISPATCH OF FIRST TAPES LEFT LITTLE TIME FOR STAFF REVIEW

7/31/63: "Dispatch of first tapes left little time for AMCOUP-1 staff review, future tapes now in process should arrive well before scheduled broadcasts. AMCORE-2 involvement AMSCROLL relations with AMCOUP-1 radio station limited to original query on time and costs. (FYI: AMCORE-2 informs that he one of AMCOUP-1 staff reps JMWAVE area.)...AMCOUP-1 has not yet received tape of ref sample broadcast, and will not initiate program until his staff has review(ed) tapes and program is approved by HQS."

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959 - January 1961 Current Section: Part V: Direct Action Program

"American businessmen whose companies had interests in Cuba (had the) objective to raise funds to support the FRD propaganda operations which might be operated through Station WRUL in New York, a station that was directed by Mr. Walter Lemon who worked closely with the CIA. Lemon, in fact, was ready to mount radio program operations almost immediately pending receipt of material and guidance from the Agency."

Walter R. Roberts, The Voice of America, Origins and Recollections (2009): http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2009/1012/fsl/roberts_voice.html

"In 1931, American short wave went international when Walter Lemon who owned WRUL in Boston launched a program promoting international culture...(when the US government could not establish a government radio station, the State Department) began to contact WRUL in Boston. Speeches by State Department officials were sent to WRUL for short wave transmission to Latin America." The BBC then hired WRUL to handle its wartime propaganda. By 1942, this led to the Voice of America, with OSS doing the intelligence and the OWI (Office of War Information) doing the propaganda. Another good article mentioning the VOA, Walter S. Lemmon, and his sale of the company to the Mormons in 1960. http://www.rockarch.org/publications/resrep/buxton2.pdf After the sale, Ralph Brent was the president of WRUL, and he organized the shows with the Cubans - see this PASSAVOY memo: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=34764&search=brent_AND+WRUL#relPageId=5&tab=page

104-10166-10367: DISPATCH: TYPIC/AMCORE-2 SALE OF BONDS FOR "SENTINELS OF LIBERTY

12/10/63 memo, from JMWAVE chief Ted Shackley to SAS chief Desmond FitzGerald: "AMCOUP-1 (should) be asked by Headquarters to make the remaining half hour available for the Rebel Army program or the Doctor's program...(AMCOUP-1 attended) the Headquarters meeting of (CIA) radio assets in June, 1963."

104-10018-10074: POSSIBLE USE OF DRE TAPE

12/13/63 memo from JMWAVE chief Ted Shackley to SAS chief Desmond FitzGerald: Here's the August 1963 tape of debate between DRE representative and Lee Harvey Oswald. "In consideration of AMCOUP-1's cooperation with (CIA), Melvin T. Wilensky may wish to make this tape available to him to be used with a simultaneous translation in his Latin American coverage...If the tape is to be used as suggested, JMHOPE would like to relay AMCOUP-1's broadcast. Consequently, please ask AMCOUP-1 to contact WIBALDA." William Wibalda was CIA officer Bob Wall: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=25339#relPageId=2&tab=page

104-10166-10067: CABLE: GPFOCUS OFFICE AND CRIMMINS WERE BRIEFED BY HQS ON BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE AMCORE-2 VISIT

10/29/63, cable DIR 78906 from Seymour Bolten and John Tilton to JMWAVE: ""GPFOCUS and Crimmins were briefed at HQS on background and purpose AMCORE-2 visit...WAVE aware Hqs funds AMCOUP-1 for AMCORE-2 broadcasts and AMCORE-2 in turn receives check drawn upon AMCOUP-1's organization." As explained in previous explanations and correspondence, HQS wishes preserve cover story that AMCOUP-1 pays AMCORE-2 for his services." A CIA officer and Brent were still discussing Conte and this issue in 1966: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=66236&relPageId=5&search=%22brent%27s_corporation%22

104-10166-10314: MEMO: MEETING WITH DR. LOUIS CONTE AGUERO

Ralph Brent, WRUL president, had helped Conte/AMCORE-2 organize the shows on WRUL since 1962.

Jim Kostman, et al., Latter-Day Intrigues of the Mormon Church:

The CIA was closely linked with WRUL; an agreement was signed between the station and the Cuban Freedom Committee in 1960; Rolf Brent is given a direct quote - all in last page of article. http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/B%20Disk/Bennett%20Robert%20F/Item%2001.pdf

104-10166-10069: AMCORE/2 REPORTED 31 JULY THAT BEFORE LEAVING FOR NEW YORK HE AGREED DELIVER CHECK

8/2/63 cable from JMWAVE to Director: "AMCORE-2 reported 31 July that before leaving for New York he agreed (to) deliver check to AMCOUP-1 for AMSCROLL (UR) broadcast."

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