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Cryptonym: DTEMBARGO

Definition:
Unknown identity. A memo from J. C. King, Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (WHO), in May of 1961, mentioned that DTEMBARGO was a WHD foundation.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A dispatch in November, 1961, stated that the Mexico City station would recall that part of Edward G. Tichborn's (Henry Preston Lopez) cover was provided by DTEMBARGO. Before leaving for Mexico, Tichborn met Staff Agent Michael J. Skirman (p) and was instructed to develop a relationship with DTEMBARGO and Skirman through correspondence. A cable from Mexico City on October 18, 1963, stated that Douglas J. Freapane (David U. Groves) had received a mail invitation to attend the upcoming DTEMBARGO seminar. A cable on October 29, 1963, stated that DTEMBARGO was considering Donald Soldini, U.S. citizen, as a possible contributor to the publication, after the Miami Herald reported on October 25th that he was studying at a university in Mexico. A SSCIA document in 1976, on CIA proprietary companies, stated that DTEMBARGO was established in 1938 without Agency support. The CIA took over the foundation in 1953 and used it to support a publication produced at a U.S. university and which was aimed at Latin America. In 1967, the CIA withdrew its support to the publication, and withdrew Agency funds from the foundation.
Sources:

104-10174-10064: FOLDER ON (ASSET)

05/23/61: Memorandum from J. C. King, Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to Chief, Central Cover Group: Subject: Edward G. Tichborn (p): Reference: Memorandum from Chief, WHD to Chief, Central Cover Group, Same Subject, dated 22 May 1961: "1. Subject will be employed as legal consul by (REDACTION), a United States citizen who is the owner (REDACTION). Security clearances are being initiated (REDACTION) who will be unwitting. 2. Subject will also be provided with a backstopping letter from DTEMBARGO, a WHD foundation."

104-10174-10064: FOLDER ON (ASSET)

11/15/61: Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to COS, Mexico City: Subject: Edward G. Tichborn (p) (Henry Preston Lopez) and JMWOOL: Re: Book Dispatch No. 2866, 23 October 1961: "1. The Station will recall that part of Edward G. Tichborn's cover is provided by DTEMBARGO. Before leaving for Mexico, he met Staff Agent Michael J. Skirman (p) and was told to develop a relationship with DTEMBARGO and Skirman through correspondence. It was suggested that he might submit an occasional article for consideration by JMWOOL (Identity 6 of reference). 2. Tichborn has submitted his first article. While possibly suitable for publication in certain kinds of magazines (REDACTION) or (REDACTION), it is not suitable for JMWOOL since it is a journalistic think-piece and not a scholarly effort and it is by and large critical of The Alianza para del Progresso and the United States role in the Alianza and in Latin America in general. 3. It is therefore requested that Station explain to Tichborn, if he brings this matter up, that JMWOOL is designed to support and foster United States policies in Latin America and not gratuitously to criticize them, regardless of the purpose of the criticism."

104-10093-10051: CABLE RE INVITATION

10/18/63: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline DYVOUR DTEMBARGO: "1. Douglas J. Freapane (David U. Groves) has received mail invitation attend upcoming DTEMBARGO seminar. 2. Please advise if HQs wishes Freapane attend on operational basis."

104-10100-10314: NEED ADDRESS FOR PERSON STUDYING AT U. OF MEXICO

10/29/63: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: Withheld, Unit: WH/3/Mexico): "1. Please advise MEXI address Donald Soldini, PBPRIME (U.S.) citizen reported by Miami Herald 25 October studying university MEXI. 2. DTEMBARGO considering SUBJ possible contributor publication. Wishes make overt mail contact." Releasing Officer: J. C. King, C/WHD. Coordinating Officer: WH/7 (REDACTION) (draft). Authenticating Officer: B. E. Reichhardt, AC/WH/3.

157-10014-10144: [No Title]

00/00/76: SSCIA document: Proprietaries: Page 73: TAB C: Entities Otherwise Disposed of..."Foundation or Institute...DTEMBARGO..."

157-10014-10144: [No Title]

00/00/76: SSCIA document: Proprietaries: Page 87: ..."DTEMBARGO - This foundation was established in 1938 without Agency support. After a long period of inactivity, the Agency took over the entity in 1953 and used it to support a publication produced at a U.S. university and aimed at Latin America. In 1967, the Agency withdrew its support to the publication, withdrew Agency funds from the foundation, and gave the office furnishings to the witting directors of the foundation with the stipulation that the furnishings would be turned over to the university..."

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald

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