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Cryptonym: ERYTHROID-3

Definition:
Captain Franklin Anthony Wheelock Garcia, chief of the Anti-Communist Section, Office of National Security, Nicaragua.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10162-10289: REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT IN HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA

Back in Feb. 1963, ERYTHROID-3 thought highly of ERYTHROID activity officer Alvarado.

104-10069-10025: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (FLN)

Field Information Report, 3/18/63: Gilberto Alvarado was reported as a leader of the "Frente de Liberacion Nacional (FLN - National Liberation Front), Cuban-supported and Communist-dominated revolutionary group". Another document shows that ODACID/State Dept in Honduras doubted the veracity of Alvarado's reports as of March 1963 while ERYTHROID-3 continued to think highly of Alvarado: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=42041&search=eitel#relPageId=2&tab=page

104-10241-10211: CABLE: IN THE FACE OF MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT ALVARADO IS FABRICATING HIS STORY

11/27/63 cable DIR 85616 from John M. Whitten to Mexico City: "...In face of mounting evidence that Alvarado is fabricating his story of seeing Oswald take money in the Cuban embassy, urge you follow up with his local Nicaraguan case officer and avail yourself of the help of the Nicaraguan service, which can send ERYTHROID-3, a good (CIA) asset, to help in the interrogation...all he has said about Oswald he could have gotten from the newspapers, except for certain incorrect items such as his statement that Oswald wore glasses. The fact that Alvarado is a calm, nice and intelligent young man does not mean that he is not a fabricator...His interrogators must probe deeply into his make-up and lead him back thru the thought processes which may have led him to make this possible mis-step."

104-10241-10212: CABLE: FEEL ERTHYROID 3 SHOULD GO MEXI EVEN THOUGH ALVARADO MAY BE IN MEXICAN HANDS

11/28/63 cable: C/WH/3 John Whitten states that he does "feel ERTHYROID should go MEXI...assume he can be used as consultant at least."

104-10431-10123: INTELLIGENCE DOCUMENTS ON OSWALD ACTIVITIES IN MEXICO CITY

Wheelock arrived in Mexico City on Nov. 29 to assist in the interrogation of Alvarado.

104-10103-10194: DISCUSSIONS BETWEN THE WARREN COMMISSION AND THE CIA

11/29/63: Wheelock told Gobernacion that "Alvarado is inclined to 'go off on his own' and is impossible to control".

Warren Commission Documents/ pdf PDF version: 237512K Commission Document 442 - State Chayes Letter of 28 Feb 1964 with Copies of Telegrams State/American Embassy Mexico City

State Dept cable, 11/30/63: "Alvarado said his motive for claiming the passage of money to Oswald was to involve the United States in a way which would result in the overthrow of Oswald...Wheelock...was standing by advising with the Mexican authorities during the latter part of the investigation...the Alvarado story about having seen money pass must be completely discounted."

104-10013-10381: CABLE RE ALVARADO RETURN.

12/6/63: Re Alvarado case, "ERYTHROID 3 returning to Managua 7 Dec."

104-10522-10085 MEXICO CITY CHRONOLOGY COVERING PERIOD 27 SEPT 63 - 3 FEB 1968

Goodpasture's chronology: "E-1 said Alvarado in Mexico without ERYTHROID authority."

104-10069-10027: DISPATCH ON IDENTIFICATION OF INFORMANTS AND AGENTS

3/31/64: Memo of all the agents and informants used by ERYTHROID-3: Active: "Y-1, Y-2 aka Uriel Cruz, Y-3, Rafael Lopez, Armando Rodriguez, Francisco Mendoza, Dispersion #3, Filemon Garcia, Fidel Ruiz, Jose Castro, Cornell Zapata, Carlos Castillo, "Ruiz", Carlos Montenegro, Jorge Blanco, Jose Maria, "Maruja". Inactive or 'Burnt': Jose Frasco, Jose Ugarte, Dispersion #1, Dispersion #2, Jose Reyes.

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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