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Cryptonym: AMPATROL

Definition:
AMPATROL was an operation created in 1959-1960 with Edward Tichborn (aka Henry Preston Lopez) hired by the CIA as a "political organizer" to bring together the most promising anti-Castro groups.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
The context from which the initial AMPATROL document was written can be seen by reviewing the folder that includes a redacted version of this initial document: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=52204&search=RECRUITED_1959#relPageId=49&tab=page
Sources:

104-10174-10061: DRAFT SUBJECT: POLITICAL ORGANIZER - EDWARD G. TICHBORN (P) WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTES

10/8/59 handwritten notes on Political Organizer - Edward G. Tichborn: "The senior KUCAGE staff has recruited a number of individuals who have had extensive experience in politics, particularly as campaign managers and political organizers. Very recently one of these organizers was sent (REDACTED) where he was in contact with the Station and the two principal agents of a political action project...(he had) an exceedingly informed assessment of the local political scene as well as concrete recommendations..(about) the melding of a number of divergent factions into a coercive (sic) organization capable of united action against the communist (sic) at the polls...Tichborn could perform a very useful service through consultation with the Station, Tony Varona and Sanchez Arango...We should like to have your comments...on how to get Mr. Tichborn in contact with Varona and Sanchez. Although Tichborn's prime responsibility at the moment would be directed towards better directing Project AMPATROL, it would also be expected that the Station would render him every assistance in trying to identify and possibly talk with political groupings other than those represented by Varona, Sanchez, and the Montechristi Group which Project AMPATROL foresees supporting at this time. In the event other groups turn up which are deemed worthy of support, Project AMPATROL can be amended to include them."

104-10174-10032: MEMO SUBJECT: EDWARD G. TICHBORN (P), PAD CONTRACT AGENT

5/4/60 memo from Horace Davis, Chief of the Political Action Division to Chief, Covert Action Staff: Tichborn's debriefing report was that there was little chance of a strong coalition of anti-Castro groups. He thought encouraging defections "would have more effect on Castro than any other single action we might undertake."

104-10067-10162: LOGS OF HSCA REQUEST

This document states that Tichborn is the pseudonym for Henry Preston Lopez. This is affirmed by this document: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=65962#relPageId=2

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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