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Cryptonym: EMDEED

Definition:
Delivery of pistols, carbines, submachine guns and ammo from the CIA to the Dominican Republic for the purpose of assassinating Rafael Trujillo in 1961.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Note that the formal Church Report omitted the name of contact Lorenzo "Wimpy" Berry, so the draft version that included his name was used in one instance instead of the final report.
Sources:

157-10005-10297: SELECT COMMITTEE - ASSASSINATION REPORT (UPDATED OCT 16, 1975)

"In a March 15, 1961 cable, Chief of Station Owen reported that Dearborn had asked for three .38 caliber pistols for issue to several dissidents...Two days later Headquarters cabled that the pistols and the ammunition were being pouched. However, the Station Chief was instructed not to advise Dearborn." Footnote: "The Inspector General's Report, issued in connection with a review of these events, concludes that: 'There is no indication in the EMDEED operational files that the pistols were actually pouched. The request for pistols appears to have been overtaken by a subsequent request for submachine guns.' (I.G. Report, p. 60). This conclusion is difficult to understand in light of the March 24, 1961 Headquarters to Station cable, which provides: 'Pouching revolvers and ammo requested TRUJ 0462 (IN 20040 on 28 March. Do not advise (name Dearborn deleted) this material being pouched. Explanation follows.'

157-10014-10151: SELECT COMMITTEE - ASSASSINATION REPORT (UPDATED OCT 16, 1975)

(continued) "The carbines were passed to the action group contact, (Lorenzo) 'Wimpy' Berry, on April 7, 1961. (Station to HQs cable, 4//8/61) Eventually, they found their way into the hands of one of the assassins, Antonio de la Maza. (Station to HQs cable, 4/26/61; I.G. Report pages 46, 49.)"

157-10014-10113: [No Title]

7/17/75 response by Scott Breckenridge to Senate Select Committee for files and materials related to the 1967 IG Report on Assassinations: "...Other materials, reviewed by the Inspectors in 1967 were limited in nature, some of which have been made available to SSC Staff members in envelopes in which they have been held since 1967. The SSC Staff members have had access to the project files of QJWIN, WIROGUE, ZRRIFLE and EMDEED. (The next sentence is redacted.) Should they wish access to the files related to the anti-Diem coup, they can be made available on request."

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Bill Simpich

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