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Cryptonym: GPAZURE

Definition:
Enno Hobbing, head of the Latin American Information Center in New York. He also worked for the CIA and answered to officer Albert Haney.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Evan Thomas describes Hobbing as the number two to officer Al Haney. Ferrer is a reference to Esteban Ferrer, Hobbing's "Mexican specialist" and deputy chief of the Council on Latin America where Hobbing was the chief (see the masthead on the bottom of page 1): http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00442/pdfa/00442-02146.pdf For background on Esteban Ferrer, and a description of the members of the Council on Latin America in 1967: https://nacla.org/article/more-cla
Sources:

H.P. Albarelli, A Secret Order

"While Al Haney was (David) Morales' ultimate superior on the ground in Guatemala, Morales also reported to CIA officer Enno Hobbing, another greatly overlooked character in the Oswald saga. Morales may have met Hobbing earlier in post-war Germany, where Hobbing worked for the Agency undercover as a journalist. Hobbing, before joining the CIA and again in post-war Germany, served as a US Army officer and was deeply involved in Project Paperclip, as well as its earlier incarnations." Morales felt Hobbing "looked down on me like I was not up to his place in life." Hobbing and Boris Pash transported Wernher von Braun to the US. The CIA stated that Hobbing resigned in 1955, but he is on these documents in the sixties.

Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennett, "Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller

"Nelson's cousin, Richard Aldrich...who sometimes did undercover work for the CIA, joined eight other men to plan assistance to Latin American business allies in the field of propaganda. Representatives of fifteen companies met with the State Dept. and the US Information Agency in October 1960 to discuss 'an organized counterattack' against the arguments of both communists and nationalists who were opposed to more US holdings in Latin America. Out of these deliberations came an organizing group that set up the Latin American Information Committee (LAIC)...LAIC's executive director was Enno Hobbing, who switched back and forth between the CIA and Time/Life assignments."

104-10175-10063: DISPATCH: REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL HELP OF GROUP REPRESENTED BY GPAZURE

12/22/61 Win Scott dispatch to HQ, HMMA-18341: 19 page memo prepared by Carlos Campos and Julio Godoy of the "Asociacion Nacionalista". The group is anticommunist and pro-Catholic, working for authentic nationalism for last 30 years. Asked that this memo "get to GPAZURE...prepared as a result of talks Identity A had with GPAZURE during his visit to Mexico. Identity A plans to go to New Orleans on or about 9 January 1962 and would like to meet GPAZURE in the USA at that time to discuss the possibility of financing (and arrangements for such) by the group represented by GPAZURE...the Station looks with favor on this effort." Page 5 of 20 discusses "the offensive...aimed at establishing in Mexico a second beachhead for international communism." Note that Ignatio Novo was identified as the New York City contact for "Asocacion Nacionalista Cubana" in 1960, which may have been related to the Mexican group: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=93566&search=%22asociacion_nacionalista%22#relPageId=3&tab=page Novo and his brother were notorious terrorists that were later prosecuted for the car bombing of Orlando Letalier in Dupont Circle during the 70s. In late 1963, US government agencies referred to the Cuban wing of this group as "neo-fascist": http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=113867&search=%22asociacion_nacionalistA%22+AND+joaquin#relPageId=2&tab=page

104-10175-10060: DISPATCH: REQUEST FOR MEETING WITH MR. ENNO HOBBING

1/25/62 A similar letter was written to Enno Hobbing, HMMA-18522, a CIA officer who helped oversee Operation PBSUCCESS in Guatemala and was Time's Berlin bureau chief before he joined the Agency. The writer suggests that perhaps they can meet in "New Orleans or Miami". Win Scott wrote that he promised to deliver the letter to Hobbing. Note that another version of the 12/22/61 dispatch above has a written note referring to the instant dispatch to Hobbing. (See 104-10175-10064; also see Stephen Kinzer, Overthrow, p. 145; Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, p. 103).

104-10175-10046: HOBBING REQUESTS STATION ADVISE SUBJECT REF THAT HOBBING READY MEET SUBJECT NEW ORLEANS

4/27/62 memo: Director (DC/CA/B3) to Mexico City, DTDORIC ZRAWARD: Hobbing is ready to meet subject (LIHUFF-1) in New Orleans anytime in May after May 9. Advise arrival date and hotel.

104-10175-10419 FORM: CCG CONCURRENCE - LIHUFF/1 (C)

5/3/62 James E. Anderson is the Chief of WH/3, approval is given to use LIHUFF-1, C-98263. Central Cover Group case officer is (Matthew) Biladeau.

104-10175-10045: CABLE: LIHUFF/1 WILL BE AT ROOSEVELT HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS

5/8/62 memo from Mexico City to Director, DTDORIC ZRAWARD slugline: "LIHUFF-1 will be at Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans night of 14 May. Unless advised to the contrary will expect Hobbing meet him there."

104-10175-10041: WITHHELD

5/15/62 dispatch, from Chief, WHD J. C. King to All Stations and Bases, slugline ZRAWARD: "Because of security indiscretions by GPAZURE and conflicts between ZRAWARD and KUBARK (CIA) operations, KUBARK has severed relations with GPAZURE. Unless advised to the contrary, all addressees should avoid contacts with GPAZURE during his periodic visits to Latin America. If contact is unavoidable because of previous relationships, addressees should not discuss operational matters or make any commitments to collaborate with GPAZURE or ZRAWARD."

04-10175-10040: DISPATCH: REPORT ON PROJECTED ZRWARD ACTIVITIES IN MEXICO

6/18/62 memo re report "on projected ZRAWARD activities in Mexico resulting from the recent meeting between GPAZURE and LIHUFF-1. While WHD has severed relations for reasons described in the reference, we do not want to stand in the way of ZRAWARD activities in Mexico which the station believes will serve a useful purpose. In the event that Station believes that any specific ZRAWARD activities should be discouraged, Headquarters will try to bring pressure to bear on GPAZURE and ZRAWARD through other channels to stop these activities."

104-10175-10039: DISPATCH: DISTRIBUTION OF BOOKLET "JOE VIDAS"

7/2/62 memo from Chief, WH to Chief, Mexico City: "QKFLOWAGE (USIA) is collaborating with GPAZURE of ZRAWARD in the distribution in selected Latin American countries of the subject booklet which compares life in democratic and communist countries...GPAZURE has selected LIHUFF-2 as the Mexican recipient for these packages." During this time, Paul Bethel was working as the head of the USIA.

104-10218-10047: (ASSET) (LIHUFF) OPERATIONS.

10/1/64, Chief of Station, Mexico City to Chief, WHD, slugline Operational/ZRAWARD/LIHUFF: The Latin American Information Center has taken over the Union Independiente Democratica. "LIHUFF-1 stated that Enno Hobbing, the head of LAIC in New York, personally convinced the Board of Directors at LAIC that UNID should be salvaged and tied into LAIC." (at page 126): LIHUFF-2 reported thru LIHUFF-1 that Enno Hobbing and his Latin American Information Center (LAIC) and his Mexico specialist FNU (Esteban) Ferrer were in Mexico City...Ferrer was going to try to reach LINOODLE-1 on Oct 7. Douglas Freapane, case officer, told LINOODLE-1 stay away from Hobbing and Ferrer. Ferrer called on Phillips in mexico city. Phillips was taciturn. HMMA-24487. (at p. 120 of 191): Ferrer is identified as Esteban Ferrer.

104-10098-10387: NATIONAL LITERARY SEMINAR DATES

12/20/63 memo from Mexico City to Director: "C/S comment: ZRAFRAID agreed hold national literary seminar during last two weeks Feb. (illegible) had no objections these dates and WSACROBAT can go ahead with preparations." Another copy at http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=99898#relPageId=101&tab=page

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