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Cryptonym: LICOOKY-1

Definition:
Viola June Cobb, who informed for CIA under crypt AMUPAS-1 while working for Castro. As LICOOKY-1 in Mexico, she played a role in both the FPCC campaigns and monitoring Mexican playwright Elena Garro de Paz.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
One of the most significant spies unearthed in the JFK investigations. Her crypt is sometimes misspelled as LICOOKIE-1.
Sources:

104-10218-10185: VIOLA JUNE COBB

This Office of Security form explicitly lists Viola Cune Cobb's cryptonym as "LICOOKY-1, formerly AMUPAS-1."

104-10175-10350: NOTE: THE FOLLOWING PORTIONS OF 201-278841 ON AMUPAS-1 (NOW LICOOKY-1) HAVE BEEN

This document also notes the change in crypt (Cobb had moved from Cuba - AM - to Mexico City - LI), and includes her 201 file number: 201-278841.

104-10174-10123: MEMORANDUM: CONTINGENT RECRUITMENT OF VIOLA JUNE COBB

This June 1960 memo discusses the "contingent recruitment" of June Cobb, referencing three days of recent interviews with her. Cobb was at the time "employed at the Ministry Office of Fidel Castro in Havana." The memo anticipates actual recruitment to take place a few days later in New York.

Memo for Files of 25 Nov 1964: JUNE COBB

This 1964 Memo for the Files discusses the strange intersection between June Cobb and Elena Garro de Paz, the Mexican writer who alleged that Oswald had attended a party at the home of Sylvia Duran. Cobb was apparently Ms. Paz's landlord, and further that "Mrs. Paz is afraid June Cobb will 'break her arms and legs' one day if she gets angry."

Mary's DB Viola June Cobb entry

104-10266-10161: Summary of Licooky's Activities From 1961 Through 1965

Mentions her Mexico contact "Bill" probably Bill Mannix, real name Tom Hazlett. Many other references here.

104-10175-10344: DISPATCH:.JOSE VASQUEZ BLANCO

9/1/61 dispatch from Chief of Station, Caracas to Chief, WHD and Chief of Base, JMWAVE re Operational/KUTUBE Jose Vasquez Blanco: Summary of informatio provided by Vasquez Blanco, the head of the anticommunist Radio Libertad station in Caracas: "On one occasion, Raul Roa, the Foreign Minister of Cuba, told (Vasquez Blanco) that he should no longer have any contact with an American girl named June Cobb, who had acted as an interpreter for Fidel Castro, because ROA had been told by the Russian embassy that she was an FBI agent." Note that Vasquez's radio station had a "provocative-type letter" sent to it in 1962 threatening the assassination of President Kennedy: www.maryferrell.org/snhowDoc.html?docId=954&search=aragon#relPageId=441&tab=page

1993.06.10.09:07:17:530000: INVESTIGATION OF FERNANDO FERNANDEZ'S ALLEGATIONS OF CUBAN ESPIONAGE N

Memo of 5/8/64 by FBI SA James J. O'Connor, reporting an article written in a Spanish-speaking publication by professor Herminio Portell-Vila: "'Fair Play', with the aid of JUNE COBB, organized excursions of 'students' and agitators from the United States to visit Communist Cuba, with all expenses paid. It published bulletins and announcements; it published propaganda received from Communist Cuba; it deceived the unwary; it informed CASTRO of those things which interested him concerning the United States; and it held in Canada and in the United States a large number of meetings in favor of the dictatorship in Communist Cuba and against the Cuban emigres, persecuted by the Castristas..."

124-90146-10065: No Title

8/11/61 memo from SAC, New York to Director, FBI: Focus is on FPCC chair Richard Gibson and his upcoming trip to Mexico City. Cites June Cobb as a source and provides her address in Mexico City, as well as the SOLO source (CG-5824) on the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.

104-10065-10102: HSCA INTERVIEWS

May 1978 memo from Director to Mexico City: "On 25 May, HSCA investigators were told that under no circumstances would they be permitted to interview any former station assets, i.e., LICOOKY-1, LIHUFF-1, REDACTED, REDACTED, etc. They did not protest."

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