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Cryptonym: KLAMBROSIA-29

Definition:
Lydia Duran became a CIA source in Bolivia during October 1959. She was the sister-in-law of Cuban consulate secretary Silvia Duran.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Lydia first became a CIA source during October 1959 - the same time that William Harvey became the head of the CIA signals intelligence branch known as Staff D.
Sources:

104-10073-10102: WITHHELD

On 10/7/59, Oliver Galbond/J.C. King grants operational approval to KLAMBROSIA-29. The preceding page reveals her biographical file number is 201-257382.

104-10073-10073: WITHHELD

6/5/59 memo from Oliver Bynam (her case officer) to Chief, Western Hemisphere: The PRQ (personal record for questionnaire) for 201-257382 is submitted at this time to request the operational approval obtained in October, as shown above.

104-10428-10001: LIST OF NAMES AND 201 NUMBERS

Maria Lydia Duran is described as 201-257382.

104-10073-10087: WITHHELD

Lydia Duran was to be used in Bolivia, within a project known as KLANVIL. She would not be told that she was providing information to the CIA or the USA - thus it appears she was an unwitting source. The details of her use state: "Will provide information pertaining to the ministry of government where she is employed". The cryptonym for that ministry was KLAMBROSIA.

104-10073-10083: OFFICE FORM - FI/D HAS NO INFORMATION ON SUBJECT

Lydia Duran's 1959 PRQ form adds that she will be reporting "especially the activities of the minister himself". She is also described as "upper middle class". (page 7 of 9)

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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