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Cryptonym: GPBEFIT

Definition:
Mexican writer and playwright Elena Garro. She was married in 1937 to poet and diplomat Octavio Paz; they separated in 1959. Both of them were major figures in the artistic and literary communities in Latin America.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
The reference to "she" means that the subject is a woman.
Sources:

104-10529-10354: Cable Reacheduling TDY MEXI 21 Oct thru 24 Oct

10/16/63 memo from. CA/B3 Walter Raymond to Mexico City re GPBEFIT's letter about Revista Mexicana de Literatura. Another version is at 104-10100-10224.

104-10098-10060: OPERATIONAL CABLE

10/16/63 from Chief, KUWOLF ("Adrian B. Maslott") to Chief, Mexico City, slugline DTDORIC/Operational QKOPERA/Mexican programming: "Checklist of personnel Huyette may in contact with in Mexico City includes Ramon Xirau of Centro Mexicano de Escriteres, Juan Garcia Ponce of the Revista Mexicano de Literatura, GPBEFIT, and many others...forwarded USO are several recent letters to and from GPBEFIT. They reflect further refinements in the idea of an intellectual exchange between American and Mexican writers and artists. It is probable that this will result in several very small groups coming. This will be discussed further when Huyette is in Mexico. We are intrigued by GPBEFIT's reference to the Revista Mexicana de Literatura situation. As Mexi station knows from earlier contacts with Huyette, he had noted this journal as a possible one on which to develop a larger effort." GPBEFIT reported on 10 September that there has been "a recent explosion in the Siempre and three editors in the Revista find themselves 'disposable', I think they want to make their magazine into a suitable alternative for the only good part (formerly) of Siempre, the cultural section."

104-10211-10314: DISPATCH: LIST OF PERSONNEL OF COVERT ACTION INTEREST

10/16/63 from Chief of KUWOLF, Adrian Maslott to Chief of Mexico City, same as post above: LIst of personnel Huyette may be in contact with while in Mexico City. All communications can be passed on from HQ to Huyette and Bastear. GPBEFIT is on this list, which is dominated by artists, intellectuals, and politicans. Garro is not on this list.

104-10098-10091: OPERATIONAL - MEXICAN PROGRAM

Adrian B. Maslott post to Mexico City station, 10/31/63: Notice the several references to GPBEFIT as "she". "KUWOLF is very pleased with the successful talks concerning QKOPERA programming held in Mexico City by HQs, Station officers and HUYETTE and TICHBORN...HUYETTE says that GPBEFIT is working with Iden A to ease Ramon Xirau out of Iden B. SHE wants to replace Xirau with someone like Juan Rulfo, SHE feels Xirau has so many commitments that he is not able to devote sufficient time to Iden B (This article indicates that Iden A or possibly even GPBEFIT herself was Margaret Shedd, see https://patrickiber.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/iber-cme-pre-copy-edit-for-web.pdf - page 29 of 36)...FYI, GPBEFIT has been commissioned by Iden C to do a study on "Two Revolutions" (Cuba and Algeria) and plans a trip to Cuba and Algeria in January and February. We will discuss this and other problems concerning GPBEFIT when QKOPERA staff agent WINTERROWD visits HQs early in November."

104-10073-10186: RESIGNATION OR FIRING OF MEXICAN AMBASSADOR TO INDIA OCTAVIO PAZ

10/24/68 memo: Helena Garro Paz, who is completely dominated by her mother (a leading Mexican playwright Elena Garro, 201-800405), published an open letter to her father restating her mother's previous public charges that student crisis here is result of conspiracy in which well-known Mexican leftist intellectuals have played leading role...Elena Garro, through her daughter, is exploiting Octavio Paz's removal to continue her one-woman campaign against prominent members of intellectual community."

1994.05.31.12:51:10:960005: Reel 7, Folder H - SILVIA TIRADO DE DURAN [SOFT FILE].

12/65: Win Scott asks Anne Goodpasture to review Elena Garro's claims - Scott comments that Garro is extremely bright, and that "she is also 'nuts'".

104-10404-10123: SILVIA TIRADO BOZAN DE DURAN - PERSONAL INFORMATION TAKEN FROM HER INTERROGATIONS ON 23 AND 28 NOVEMBER 1963

In November 1964, Garro reported that she saw Oswald with two friends at a party at the Durans' home on 10/1 or 10/2//63. A year later she said the date of the party was 9/2 or 9/3. The agencies that investigated her story found it to be unsubstantiated.

104-10436-10048: MEXICO CITY CHRONOLOGY

When Goodpasture put together the chronology in 1967, she could not understand how Garro knew back in 1965 about the 1967 report that Duran was Oswald's mistress, or about the "red-haired Negro" that was also reported by Alvarado.

104-10008-10109: CABLE - ELENA GARRO DE PAZ, WIFE OF PROMINENT MEXICAN POET MEXICAN AMBASSADOR DELHI OCTAVIO PAZ LOZANO, TOLD EMBASSY POLITICAL OFFICER THAT SHE MET LEE HARVEY OSWALD IN SEP 1963

12/17/65, MEXI-5621, contains the allegations about Duran as Oswald's mistress, and that both the red-haired Negro and the writer Emilio Carballido were present at the party.

Dealey Plaza Echo, Volume 12, Issue 1 Current Section: Lies, Damned Lies and Elena Garro, by Jim Powell

Elena Garro: "The President is not more than an employee of the town. He is not God. I believe that God does not last six years y'know? If an administrator does not satisfy the necessities, he goes away...We are in a time to kill, one begins killing in the name of an idea and it is ended in assassinating the name of the head...the aim of all political act is in the taking of power."

104-10211-10045: DISPATCH: MEXICAN PROGRAM

10/28/63, from Win Scott to Chief KUWOLF, and DTDORIC/QKOPERA/DTGODOWN slugline: "From 21-25 October Keith J. Bastear and Geoffrey T. Huyette met with Mexico Station officers and Edward G. Tichborn to discuss the further development of the DTGODOWN program. The major focus was on the creation of a Mexican intellectual journal." They were seeking the "target core for the DTGODOWN program. They are the center of the advanced group of intellectual thought in Mexico". GPBEFIT is a central figure in this plan. It is thought that he could bring Saul Bellow into the project, and would be useful in tending Robert Lowell. "It was agreed by all save Huyette that small groups of approximately two intellectuals without wives would be lost. Huyette, however, has evidently committed himself to en masse trip by the Trillings, Lowells, Podheretz and the Epsteins. On the third page, the suggestion is made that Octavio Paz might become a member of an "advisory editorial board" - Paz's name was not on the list shown above - that may mean that his partner is GPBEFIT...Paz's wife was the playwright Elena Garro.

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