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Cryptonym: HYIF-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. A CIA document on August 24, 1962, appeared to state that HYIF-1 was a Panamanian close to President Chiari.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable on August 17, 1962, mentioned that HYIF-1 contacted President Chiari at the request of the Chief of Station (COS) in regards to AMDIP-1's (Tony Varona) visit. A cable from JMWAVE on November 22, 1963, stated that "Zamka (David Morales) does not know identity HYIF-1." The COS commented that specifications were requested of HYIF-1's boat. A cable on November 23, 1963, mentioned that HYSAGE-1 (Thelma King) was seeking an assurance from Ponchay (Jacob/Jake Esterline) that HYIF-1 would continue to be interested in her son's welfare. When news of President Kennedy's assassination broke, HYSAGE-1 was deeply moved and at HYIF-1's request wrote a speech, to be delivered in the Panamanian national assembly, praising the late U.S. President.
Sources:

104-10229-10026: CABLE: HQS DESIRES NO ACTION AT THIS TIME. CONTINUE MONITOR AND

08/17/62: Cable from Director to Panama City, JMWAVE (Orig: Seymour R. Bolten, C/TFW/PA-PROP): GYROSE: REF: PACY 8333 (IN 46636)* "HQs desires no action at this time. Continue monitor and report developments. ODACID (U.S. State Department) briefed and concurs. TFW Comment: *Ref advised HYIF-1 contacted Pres Chiari at COS request re AMDIP-1 (Tony Varona, full name Manuel Antonio de Varona Loredo) visit. Pres reported AMDIP-1 called on him and requested Pres Chiari organize and host meeting of Central American heads of state on Cuban issue with emphasis on Castro infiltration Central Am. Sta requested guidance prior 19 Aug." Releasing Officer: (Handwritten: R. K. Unintelligible for) J. C. King, C/WHD. Authenticating Officer: (Handwritten: possibly "Seehafer") William K. Harvey, C/TFW.

104-10167-10366: ATTEMPT OF ANTONIO VARONA OF CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL TO OBTAIN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT CHIARI OF PANAMA IN ACTION TO OVERTHROW CASTRO REGIME.

08/24/62: Transmittal of TDCS Information Report (Orig: J. Langdon, Unit: TFW/Intel/Reports) from Panama City to HQs: "Based On: PACY - 8333 IN -46636), NP (HYIF-1), PACY - 8349 (IN -49327), NP (HYHULA-1), WAVE-7053 (IN -45475), NP (AMBUD-1), Liaison*" - - - Page 2: Information Report Telegram: Country: Cuba/Panama, Place & Date Acq.: Panama (Panama City (15-21 August 1962): "SOURCE: Para 1: Panamanian (F) close to President Chiari. Paras 2-3: Panamanian (C) with contacts in high-level official circles. "1. On 15 August 1962 Antonio Varona Loredo, Deputy Chief of the Cuban Revolutionary Council (CRC), visited President Roberto Chiari of Panama and requested Chiari to organize and host a meeting of Central American chiefs of state on the Cuban issue with emphasis on infiltration of Castro agents into Central America. Varona said that such a meeting should be held at a very early date and that Chiari should invite President Kennedy to attend. Chiari told Varona that this would be a most serious undertaking requiring intensive study and that he could make no commitment to Varona on the matter. On 16 August Varona left Panama for San Jose, Costa Rica, saying he would return to Panama on 20 August and hoped to talk to President Chiari again at that time..."

104-10075-10169: JMWAVE CABLE RE BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

11/22/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMWORLD: REF DIR 84207*: "Presume ref refers to personal letter COS PACY sent Zamka (David Morales) several months ago whereby he gave specifications of boat which COS PACY felt WAVE might have interest purchasing same. At time receipt letter WAVE not interested in boat. Zamka unable find letter. Suggest HQs query COS PACY for specifications. Zamka does not know identity HYIF-1. C/S Comment: *Requested specifications of HYIF-1's boat." - - - For the unredacted version see: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2021/docid-32350910.pdf

104-10307-10000: CABLE: PONCHAY MET WITH ( )SAGE-1 AT HER REQUEST 1300 NOV 22.

11/23/63: Cable from Panama City to Director: Slugline RYBAT HYSAGE: "1. Ponchay (Jacob/Jake Esterline) met with HYSAGE-1 (Thelma King, Panamanian legislator and double or triple agent) at her request 1300 Nov 22. Purpose meeting HYSAGE-1 explained was to tell Ponchay she was in fact going to Red China for a period in excess of one year to study international relations and related subjects. She said was seeding assurance Ponchay would keep HYIF-1 interested in her son's welfare. 2. During her discussion of pending trip word was received of President Kennedy's assassination. H-1 was deeply moved and at HYIF-1 request wrote speech to be delivered in national assembly praising the president. 3. On HYIF-1 departure from HYSAGE-1 took her KLM tickets out of her handbag and tore them up and burned them stating she would not be making the trip."

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