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Cryptonym: KMFORGET

Definition:
A program where stories planted by the agency in one country would be clipped and mailed to media in other countries, and such efforts enhanced the likelihood that the stories would be seen by an American correspondent and transmitted home.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
This kind of maneuver designed to propagandize one's own citizens - even when the source is accurate - is known as "white propaganda". "Grey propaganda" is when the story is false but the source is unclear. "Black propaganda" is when the story is false and the source is one's adversary.
Sources:

New York Times, 12/25/77, p. 12; quoted in The Assassinations, p. 301, by James DiEugenio and Lisa Pease

"The New York Times reported that the CIA had a formal operation known as KMFORGET in which stories planted by the agency in one country would be clipped and mailed to media in other countries, and 'such efforts enhanced the likelihood that the stories would be seen by an American correspondent and transmitted home.'"

104-10265-10187: CABLE: AIRMAILED ARTICLE ABOUT CARLOS PRIO SOCORRAS TO ALL ADDRESSEES

Memo, Mexico City to Director, 10/22/63, sent to various stations an article about Carlos Prio. Prio was the president of Cuba from 1948 to 1952 and was very anti-Castro.

104-10231-10202: PROPAGANDA EXPLOITATION OF CASTRO'S THREAT OF A CONTINENTAL WAR

early April 1961, memo from Director to WAVE: "Escambray Front still active. Get details from on spot report UPI correspondent dated 28 March going to addressees KMFORGET."

104-10098-10182: STATUS REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 1963

LILISP M Status Report, Sept. 1963: "660,000 copies of the LILISP M Bulletin were printed and distributed (copies have been forwarded via KMFORGET). Major bulletin themes: What Communism Is; Who Was Trotsky?; The Communist Challenge to God; The Catholic Press of Cuba; Suppressed by Castro; Can One Be Catholic and Communist?; Communist Dissidents; Communists Never Sleep."

104-10093-10197: CABLE: POUCHED PRESS CLIPPINGS

10/29/63 memo from Mexico City to Director, referring to KMFORGET: "If not already done pls airmail press clipping for GORG ASAP." GORG is a reference to Georgetown, capital of Guyana: See http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=44904&relPageId=2&search=gorg

See Also:
Contributors:
Lisa Pease • Bill Simpich

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