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Cryptonym: HTBASTE

Definition:
A pitch for defection made by a CIA officer that is as enticing as possible.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10093-10159: CABLE - WHILE DISCUSSING MUTUAL CUBAN FRIENDS IN NEW YORK, SUBJECT'S NAME AROSE

10/29/63, memo from Mexico City to Director, slugline PBRUMEN HTBASTE: LITAMIL-3 met with an old friend, ex-Cuban consul Nadia Apostegui, and asked him to call the subject described by L-3 as a "key man" who has been in New York for 34 years. "L-3 and Subject stationed together New York in 1929 and had occasional contact since."

104-10290-10219: CABLE: CUBAN EXILES WITH POSSIBLE LINKS MEXI

10/15/63, memo from Mexico City to Director, slugline PBURMEN HTBASTE: LITAMIL-3 was in New York on October 7, ran into an old friend in the Cuban UN delegation. Asked him to defect on the spot, friend got nervous and "replied merely performing his duty and very frightened. REDACTED did state he would talk to L-3 again in future under secure circumstances. L-3 described subject as 'a key man'."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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