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Cryptonym: DEVISTA-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. Described as a "Italian leftist-known journalist" in an October 1963 cable.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
In late 1963 preparations were apparently being made for DEVISTA-1's tour of Latin America, including Cuba. DEVISTA-1 was also described as an unilateral asset and a Communist journalist in a November 1963 cable.
Sources:

104-10100-10234: CABLE: PRELIMINARY COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR JOURNALIST VISITING CUBA

10/17/63, Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: L. Armstrong, Unit: SAS/EDE): Slugline DYVOUR PBRUMEN DEVISTA: "1. DEVISTA/1, Italian leftist-known journalist, preparing depart on South American reporting junket with emphasis on our Cuban requirements, expects enter Cuba via Mexico. Departure date indefinite but might be as early as 26 October aboard Italian Galileo Ferraris which sails Genoa arriving La Guaira, Venezuela, about 15 days later. 2. If Rome concurs, request MEXI contact prior departure for island to afford agent final briefing and last minute requirements. Because cover for DEVISTA/1's trip includes visits to other South American countries, after Cuban visit, would propose MEXI prepare meet agent on his way out and conduct preliminary debriefing. Request Rome cable MEXI approval if above okay, plus physical description agent and background. 3. Experience of DEVISTA/1 has been in economic political social fields consequently rqmts must fit his competence. These areas however, agent should be alert our more important rqmts military field in hopes he may develop access once on ground. Has capability and cover for ground photography. 4. Request STA furnish Rome with contact plan info HQs. Prepare afford emergency funding of agent if necessary. 5. Rome: Approval pay DEVISTA/1 up to $1,000 for expenses and up to $1,000 bonus upon return Rome provided he able successfully satisfy our requirements. Charge 4136-6300-5994 (info on cost symbol to follow). Consider he not able justify more than month inside. HQs cannot support his extended tour through South America and considers if he desires make such trip it be at conclusion of Cuban trip. DEVISTA/1's plans reach Mexico from La Guaira by rail and car completely impossible. Must plan fly since roads and rails between points practically nonexistent. Suggest he go MEXI quickly as possible consistent good cover and accomplish Cuban assignment first...."

104-10100-10258: CABLE: TRIP TO CUBA HAS POSSIBILITIES AND IS OF OBVIOUS INTEREST

10/22/63, Cable from Director to Rome: "1. Subject's trip Cuba appears have possibilities and consequently of obvious interest HQs. As result trip worth what it costs. Since no estimate these costs received from field HQs has no way judge accounts. Request STA present estimate logical amount for HQs approval. 2. Assume agent will have viable cover justify amounts of his expenditures but requested he be warned conduct himself as if on limited budget not arouse suspicion. C/S Comment: *If larger sum than $1,000 not possible, felt it extremely dubious DEVISTA/1 will agree make trip."

104-10529-10277: CABLE: IF PCI DOES NOT GIVE CONTACTS IN STATION

11/01/63, Cable from Director to Mexico City, Rome, SALV: REF: SALV 4839 (IN 63096): "If PCI does not give DEVISTA-1 contacts in SALV, Station should pass to DEVISTA-1 only first four names of above ref. WH/Comment: Suggested Communists as possible contacts DEVISTA-1."

104-10101-10021: CABLE: UNILATERAL ASSET SAILING FOR LATIN AMERICA REPORTING TOUR WITH EMPHASIS ON CUBA.

11/15/63, Cable from Director to Mexico City: "1. Please have DEVISTA-1 ask PCI for Communist contacts in Central American countries he plans to visit. Major interest to get contacts in El Salvador (SALV) due HQs lack recent info on CP SALV. 2. Station SALV has been asked to cable Rome names of SALV leading leftists which Station wishes DEVISTA-1 to contact. These contacts should be used unless he gets better contacts from PCI. 3. Requirements on SALV Communism: Names of leaders and key functionaries. Number of members, number of sympathizers, plans and activities, relationship between SALV CP and Frente Unido de Accion Revolucionario (FUAR a leftist group). Plans and activities of FUAR leaders. 4. OIRA 35588 suggests PACY contact Subject at Cristobal because it will be great psychological factor and morale builder knowing he supported all the way. PACY 1254 states PACY prefers no contact unless necessary. But HQs urges PACY contact if possible. Advise. 5. Suggest DEVISTA not enter Honduras, Nicaragua or Guatemala due to present political conditions. 6. MEXI: please debrief SUBJ on above requirements on arrival in MEXI, prior final Cuban briefings. WH/Comment: *DEVISTA-1, unilateral asset and (REDACTION) Communist journalist, sailing on (Unintelligible) Versi, 25 Nov. for Latin America reporting tour with emphasis on Cuban Rqms."

104-10100-10077: CABLE: REQUEST FOR ITINERARYOF SOURCE GOING TO CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES

12/04/63, Cable from Director to Mexico City, Panama City: "1. PACY please forward MEXI and HQs best estimate DEVISTA itinerary. Desire he be available several days MEXI so he can be thoroughly briefed within framework his cover. 2. George J. (Unintelligible)Beck will be available for briefing which can then be done DEVISTA's own language, if this agreeable MEXI. CS/Comment: *Please have DEVISTA-1 ask PCI for Communist contacts in Central American countries he plans to visit."

104-10097-10076: CABLE: SCHEDULING A BRIEFING

12/09/63, Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline TYPIC PBRUMEN DEVISTA-1: "No objection Hornbeck briefing. C/S Comment: *Hornbecker will be available for briefing in DEVISTA's own language."

104-10225-10052: CABLE: AMMUG RECENT DEFECTOR FROM DGI (CUBAN EXTERNAL INTEL SERVICE)

05/12/64: Cable from Director to Rome: Slugline KEYWAY PBRUMEN DEVISTA: "1. AMMUG recent defector from DGI (Cuban External Intel Service) has tentatively identified David Enriques who contacted DEVISTA inside Cuba as Saul Gonzales Denis. About 28 years of age, six feet, wears sun glasses at all times but not for reading. Address Calle 15, No. 1420 Apt #3 Vedado. 2. According AMMUG, Gonzales went to Rome via Paris in March 1964 and returned first April. G. is involved illegal ops for DGI. 3. Can Rome trace travel; obtain photo; check DEVISTA whether contacted by Enriques again or recognizes photo. No objection ask DEVIGIL for travel and photo. 4. FYI AMMUG has identified numerous DGI STA PERS and agents in other countries some of whom may be recruitable and others of whom may be arrested. If DGI learns AMMUG is in CIA hands DGI may take action which could impede recruitments and arrests. Accordingly in handling para 5, only caveat is to conceal that info, on which para 3 request is based, came from recent Cuban defector." The second page of this cable is contained here: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=108360#relPageId=3&tab=page

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