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Cryptonym: AVBUZZ-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. Described in an early January 1962 CIA cable as the Montevideo's Station Principal CA Agent.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Worked with Frank Diaz, Hada Rosete, Luis Conte Aguero (AMCORE-2). In respect to AMCORE-2, AVBUZZ-1 recommended, with the agreement of the CIA Montevideo Station, that the former's visits to Montevideo should be removed from his itinerary, due to an apparent failure to pay his hotel bill and his long speeches, among other things.
Sources:

104-10166-10062: CABLE: AMCORE-2 BOOK IN HANDS OF PRINTER.

12/07/61, Cable from Montevideo to Director: Sluglines JMZIP KUCAGE: "AMCORE-2 book in hands of printer. Station KUCAGE PA AVBUZZ-1 assisted by local AMIRON rep Frank Diaz will proof draft. Expect have copies ready for pouching within three to four weeks. C/S Comment: *Requested status AMCORE-2 book."

104-10166-10059: CABLE: BUZZ-1, STATION'S PRINCIPAL CA AGENT

01/04/62, Cable from Montevideo to Director: "1. AVBUZZ-1, Station's principal CA Agent, reports considerable resistance within local KUCAGE network to news that AMCORE-2 will again visit Montevideo. As previously reported, AMCORE-2 tends to monopolize local activities and his behaviour during MONT Congress June 61 such that he practically persona non grata even among his former admirers. His ribald night thinking, patronizing three hour speeches and general air of (unintelligible) now offensive to Uruguayan public and Station concurs with AVBUZZ-1 that his presence MONT during MFM might well be counterproductive. FYI AMCORE-2 left hotel bill unpaid on last visit, which forced Station to cover it. 2. Can HQs or WAVE take steps remove Montevideo from AMCORE-1 itinerary? CS Comment: *Gave Subjects itinerary."

104-10245-10041: CABLE: HADA ROSETE, FRD REP MONT. DOING EXCELLENT JOB IN MEDIA FIELD

01/10/62, Cable from Montevideo to JMWAVE: "1. Hada Rosete, FRD rep MONT, doing excellent job in media field. Has established good contacts with editors major newspapers who providing her space at reduced rates and has secured half hour weekly radio time from Radio Sarano; at cost. However in spite bargain prices such placement costs add up. Via AVBUZZ-1 Station has paid approx $500 U.S. for such costs in past month due complaint by Hada that FRD apparently unable pay such costs. 2. Since Station has received no JMZIP funds during FY 1962 it is requested that Hada be provided funds for such legitimate expenses."

104-10245-10040: CABLE RE: HAS LETTER FROM MIRO CARDONA OFFERING NAME AND GIVE CREDENTIALS TO MARIA DE LOS ANGELES DE GOMEZ ANTIA

02/16/62, Cable from Montevideo to JMWAVE: "1. AVBUZZ-1 has letter from Miro Cardona offering name and give credentials to Maria de los Angeles de Gomez Antia as Uruguayan delegate of the Consejo Revolutionario de s Cuba in Mont. This would assist breaking hold of Dr. Abella (President of Amigos de Cuba Libre) and may help stop bickering within various anti-Castro groups here. 2. We like Miro's offer partially. View good work being done by Doctora Rosete do not want alienate her from Gomez Antia. Therefore suggest Gomez Antia be named fraternal delegate of Consejo as great friend of Consejo in Mont with appropriate flourish and announcement of same thus not naming particular person as delegate yet indicating preference for Gomez Antia over Abella, who getting worse and more obstructionist every day. Recent meeting executive committee of Amigos de Cuba Libre called specifically iron out differences between two, Abella locked up meeting site and left. Making vague and insane statements that he will carry the fight against Castro alone. 3. AVBUZZ-1 discussed above with Miro during MFM here. All persons involved known to Miro." Handwritten note:

104-10166-10083: CABLE: LOCAL PRESS CARRIED STATEMENT THAT LUIS CONTE AGUERO HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM FRD COUNCIL.

02/20/62, Cable from Montevideo to Director: Slugline JMZIP: "1. AVBUZZ-1 advised Station 19 Feb that local press carried statement that Luis Conte Aguero has been removed from FRD Council. Conte quoted as saying he would continue fight against Castro on own. This item not noted by Station. Request confirmation. 18 Feb El Diario reported Conte coming MONT to get married to young social worker 25 Feb. Following marriage which will be witnessed by NCC member Benito Nardone couple will travel Miami."

104-10228-10104: CABLE: ADIVSED STATION ON RESULTS OF EFFORTS

03/31/62, Cable from Montevideo to Director: Slugline GYROSE KUCAGE: "1. AVBUZZ-1 advised Station 29 March that as result efforts local FRD rep Hada Rosette Uruguayan National Council of Government resolved send cable Fidel Castro Havana urging clemency for Playa Giron prisoners. Will cable text if and when available. 2. Via AVBUZZ-1 Montevideo Ateneo also cabled Castro reminding him of plea it sent on his behalf to Batista when he imprisoned following Moncada Barracks attack and urging similar mercy toward prisoners. 3. Statements demanding justice by DRE and other Cuban exile groups appearing in MONT press. Lead editorial appeared 'El Bien Publico' and 'El Dia' 29 March. (REDACTION) organization and its sister organizations instructed send cables."

104-10227-10062: CABLE: ALBERTO ESPINOSA BRAVO, EX-CUBAN DIPLOMAT ARRIVED MONT EARLY

08/16/62, Cable from Montevideo to JMWAVE: "1. Alberto Espinosa Bravo, ex-Cuban diplomat arrived MONT early August claiming he new AMIRON rep. He collaborating with Hada Rosete and AVBUZZ-1 in local anti-Castro activity. On 15 (also received 12) Aug he called upon local ODACID chief. 2. Station has received no official notification Espinosa assignment. Request confirmation and traces."

104-10170-10097: CABLE: REF B IS SOLE RECENT AMSPELL DECLARATION OF ANTI-PBPRIME TONE WHICH HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION

04/12/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "Attachment Ref B is sole recent AMSPELL declaration of anti-U.S. tone which has come to our attention. Because of Holy Week, JMWAVE efforts contact both AMSPELL leaders and AMHINT-8 (AMSPELL 'penetration') in order comply Ref A thus far unsuccessful. However, since AMSPELL usually dilatory in response our requests, suggest MONT ask REDACTION (AVBUZZ-1) obtain text from AMBARB-15. C/S Comment: *Requested text AMSPELL 'anti-American declaration.'"

104-10512-10225: CABLE: MONT FILES ON IDEN INCOMPLETE

10/29/63, Cable from Montevideo to Director and JMWAVE: "1. MONT files on IDEN incomplete. Have no record of circumstances original contact and recruitment and whether she ever granted clearance of any kind. 2. Since MONT has now assumed burden of control and financing this asset, and in view fact she has been for long time closely involved in Station KUWOLF ops against Cuba and other targets, request addees provide all possible background info on IDEN. If 201-file exists, request pouch complete copy. 3. For HQs: Request POA for Station contact. IDEN probably one of most able and active KUWOLF types we have and we wish divert some of this talent from Cuba to other Station targets and possibly use her in support capacity as courier-contact between Station and AVBUZZ with which she completely familiar. She presently being handled by (REDACTION)BUZZ-1. 4. Assigning IDEN crypt (REDACTION)BUZZ-11."

Philip Agee, Inside the Company: CIA Diary (Stonehill Publishing Company: 1975), page 529 of 572. http://the-eye.eu/public/concen.org/The%20CIA%20Books%20Reports%20and%20Manuals%20Collection/Books%20on%20the%20CIA/Inside%20the%20Company%20CIA%20Diary%20by%20Philip%20Agee.pdf

"Principal Montevideo station agent for propaganda operations. True name forgotten."

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Gavin McDonald

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