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Cryptonym: DEBACON

Definition:
Unknown identity. A dispatch in October of 1960 stated that DEBACON was based in Venice and was "thoroughly acquainted (with the) Trieste picture."
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
The dispatch added that DEBACON appeared to have good access to a safecracker, lockpicker type, around 40 years old, "whom he had once mentioned to Rowdon."
Sources:

104-10054-10366: DISPATCH OF ENVELOPE FOR JAMES N. RABNEY

10/13/60: Dispatch from COS, Rome to Chief, KUDOVE (Info: ATTN: Division D; Attn: Scott C. Lipton): "LAURICLE: Forwarded herewith is an envelope of Rabney's (Arnold M. Silver) notes based on his discussions in the Rome Station. Please hold for his return. Lloyd K. Desmond (probably John Whitten)." - - - Page 2: "Source: REDACTION 11 & 12 Oct 60...(2) DEBACON, (REDACTION) Venice: Thoroughly acquainted Trieste picture. Appears to have on tap safecracker, lockpicker type, ca 40 years old, whom he had once mentioned to Rowdon. Magonetti (p), outside man in Trieste, to follow up with DEBACON after briefing by (REDACTION) and Rabney. Purpose is select Triestino for teaming with Corsicans, split them after job done. Possible find Triestino speaking German as well as Italian. Possible German documentation?..."

104-10185-10061: DISPATCH- FORWARDED AS ATTACHMENT A IN T TRANSLATION AND ORGINAL LANGUAGE ARE THREE REPORTS ON GIOVANNI SABATH, FRANCESCO CUCCAGNA, AND GUERRIONO BERNARDINI.

11/29/60: Dispatch from COS, Withheld to Chief, KUDOVE/D (Attention: James N. Rabney): Info: Chief of Base, Withheld: Subject: LAURICLE: ..."2. In reference dispatch (REDACTION) commented as follows...c) As is evident, the name of Gus Vogric (mentioned by Clarkson as a possibility based on a casual DEBACON reference) did not come up. We, therefore, abstained from making any reference to this person..."

104-10247-10034: CABLE RE: MININT ALERTS GO ALL PROVINCIAL OFFICES, WHICH ALSO GET HOTEL RECORDS

03/17/65: Cable from Rome to Director (Rilander Acting): Slugline AMWHIP: REF DIR 92042: "MININT alerts go all DEPARK provincial offices, which also get hotel records. DEPARK rep Milan undoubtedly matched hotel registration with alert. Arranged get records of phone calls by A/1 from hotel, reported calls to DEBACON, who reported to Clarkson. 1961 correct. No known reason think alert instigated by competitor. Will not know reason for 1961 notice til Clarkson gets copy. No index."

104-10247-10092: CABLE RE AMWHIP/1 SUSPECTED OF "CONTRABAND ACTIVITIES: BY MINISTRY INTERIOR.

Undated: Cable from Withheld to Director (Rilander Acting): Slugline KAPOK KEYWAY AMWHIP-1: "1. DEBACON told Clarkson 5 Mar that AMWHIP-1 (Carlos Tepedino Gonzalez) SUBJ of 1961 Ministry Interior alert notice. Suspected of 'contraband activities.' DEBACON asked for ODCOIL (Federal Bureau of Narcotics) traces A/1, was told to no local traces. 2. DEBACON info adds A/1 stayed hotel select Milan 6 Feb, when phoned Paris, ANJ 7400. DEBACON office San Remo reports this number of U.S. cultural attaché, 4 Avenue Gabriel, Paris. Three minute talk, which DEBACON says not recorded. A/1 also tried phone Miami 445605. No answer. 3. Clarkson asking DEBACON reason for MIN INT interest. Alert notices are sent all DEPARK and DESTART provincial offices. Clarkson will also try determine discreetly what action, if any, likely be taken on basis alert. Will not check INTERPOL for reasons security. 4. Since info passed officially, Clarkson would normally request traces ODCOIL HQs, pass results DEBACON. Any HQs objection doing so this case? 5. Index A/1."

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Gavin McDonald

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