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Cryptonym: AMHOBO

Definition:
Newsletter in Mexico that received funds from CIA.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
In an October 61 memo from Mexico City to Director, AMHOBO-1 complained to Michael Choaden/David Phillips that all telephone numbers had been cut off. In addition, in a January 1962 dispatch the topic of Passavoy Memo 161 was being exploited on the AMPACA and AMHOBO organs. Furthermore, a November 1962 cable noted that the current AMHOBO newsletter featured an article about the missiles in Cuba, and it appeared it was trying to keep the controversy alive.
Sources:

104-10267-10008: FYI: FYI: MICHAEL M. CHOADEN HAS RECEIVED A LETTER

10/11/61, Memo from Mexico City to Director: Sluglines JMZIP KUCAGE: "FYI: Michael M. Choaden (David Phillips) has received a letter forwarded from his Washington address from AMHOBO-1. Latter complains 'all telephone numbers have been cut off.' Letter dated 14 Sept."

104-10228-10194: DISPATCH: TRANSMITTAL OF PASSAVOY MEMO NO. 161

1/18/62, Dispatch from COS JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: "1. Under separate cover we are forwarding PASSAVOY Memo No. 161. 2. Action has been taken by WAVE in having this topic exploited over JMHOPE, and on the affiliate of WMIE. AMBUD-1 on the advice of WAVE brought the matter to the attention of the International Red Cross and the U.N. Committee on Human Rights. Exploitation has been arranged in the AMPACA and AMHOBO organs. Wire services also picked up the item. 3. Headquarters may wish to continue the exploitation of this topic as it is one which excited compassion in all circles. WAVE suggests that Station Montevideo may wish to exploit this there at the O.A.S. meeting tying it in with the exploitation of the prison photos smuggled out of the La Cabana prison."

104-10298-10137: CABLE - CURRENT ISSUE AMHOBO NEWSLETTER CONTAINS ARTICLE ON WHICH REF STORY BASED

11/30/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines GYROSE AMHOBO: "1. Current AMHOBO newsletter contains article on which ref story based. AMHOBO-1 (handwritten, probably: 201-269741) article is recapitulation various stories appearing local press but principally compilation info contained in AMBUD and AMSPELL reports which publicized early Nov. See WAVE 1235. 1261. AMHOBO-1 prepared own map with numbered sites. 2. Like other Cuban nationals who believe liberation only possible through direct ODYOKE intervention, AMHOBO-1 can be expected continue efforts keep issue alive in U.S. press and before Washington, D.C. officialdom, in spite of case officer instructions to the contrary. 3. AMHOBO newsletter airmailed 29 Nov to hayslip box. C/S Comment: *(IN 16682) **(IN 17286)."

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