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Cryptonym: LIENVOY-2

Definition:
Luis Echeverria Alvarez - described as "a Mexican supervisor field agent", #4 in the command flowchart, and right under intercept center chief and CIA officer Charles Flick
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A previous identification - that LIENVOY-2 was Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president from 1958 to 1964 - rests on Philip Agee, former CIA officer. However, a newly released document reveals that LIENVOY-2 was the son of LIELEGANT. LIELEGANT was almost definitely Rodolfo Echevarria. Furthermore, Lopez Mateos was known as LITENSOR, and the father of LIENVOY-2 is described as a lawyer; Lopez's father was a dentist. http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/276-sexenios-in-a-changing-world-mexican-presidents-lopez-mateos-and-diaz-ordaz It is virtually certain that L-2 was Luis Echeverria (aide to Lopez and who became president in 1970). Luis Echevarria's father was a lawyer. Echeverria was also known as LITEMPO-8. Agee describes Echeverria as a liaison with the Mexico City station.
Sources:

104-10414-10124 MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

Goodpasture was the author of this history. She wrote that LIENVOY-2 "was basically dishonest and conniving. Neither he nor his father, LIELEGANT, were subject to any control by CIA except through the tightening of purse strings."

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

"In their dealings with the Station, LIENVOY-2 and LIELEGANT gained a considerable knowledge of the station's operational assets and capabilities. From a security viewpoint, they knew too much to terminate them with prejudice unless the station was also willing to terminate the operations they knew about, which included LIFIRE, LIBIGHT, LITEMPO, and LIENVOY."

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

"Other employees of the (LIENVOY) listening post were friends of the Army officers or persons known to LIELEGANT and his son, LIENVOY-2, who became the Mexican responsible for the listening post."

Philip Agee, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, pp. 613-614

Agee identifies Adolfo Lopez-Mateos as LIENVOY-2 and "a close collaborator of the Mexico City station". As described above, I believe Agee was mistaken on this identification and confused LIENVOY-2 with LITENSOR (Lopez Mateos' cryptonym). http://www.maryferrell.org/search.html?q=%22Lopez%20mateos%22%20AND%20%22LIENVOY-2%22&types=B

Bill Simpich, State Secret, Chapter 4

Further background on LIENVOY-2: https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Chapter4.html

104-10188-10044 DISPATCH WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: SUBJECT - LIENVOY PORJECT RENEWAL

1/16/63 memo: LIENVOY-2's informants covered these topics: "Communist Party activities in Mexico; anti-government propaganda and activity; National Liberation Movement; anti-US activity at the National University; developments in Mexico of interest regarding the trip of President Kennedy."

104-10413-10045: REQUEST FOR RENEWAL OF PROJECT LIENVOY

1/16/63 LIENVOY annual report: ...Arrangements were made for the visit of President Kennedy from 29? June to 1 July 1962...In case of an emergency, it is suggested to contact LIENVOY-2 at his home in Mexico City. Much discussion about LIENVOY-2 in this memo.

104-10422-10149: CABLE: COS HAD URGENT CALL TO SEE LITENSOR 23 NOV

11/23/63 cable MEXI 7028 from Mexico City to Director: "COS (Chief of Station) had urgent call to see LITENSOR 23 Nov. COS thought it would be for expression condolence over loss of Pres Kennedy but it developed that LIENVOY had located call to Soviet Embassy of Lee Oswald made on 28 September. Believe fact of LITENSOR aware of this contact (from our joint operation) and passed data to COS (Chief of Station) is important."

104-10015-10168: LUIS ECHEVARRIA (ACTING MINISTER OF GOBERNACION) WILL KEEP HQS ADVISED OF INTERROGATION OF ALVARADO.

11/29/63, Mexico City station chief Win Scott to Director: Discussing interview with Alvarado, dealing directly with LITEMPO-4/Fernando Barrios at the suggestion of Luis Echeverria, Acting Director of Gobernacion (Interior)..."need to see LITENSOR, LIELEGANT, Echeverria and others (no one of whom speaks English)".

124-10369-10018: ADMIN FOLDER-S8: HSCA ADMINISTRATIVE FOLDER, LEE HARVEY OSWALD VOLUME VI

4/15/64 memo from FBI supervisor Bill Branigan to FBI Division 5 supervisor Bill Sullivan: "There is present in Mexico a close-knit effective communist group and a vigorous communist press. Should the facts concerning our operations in this case in Mexico come into the public realm, undoubtedly the procommunist Mexican press would make much of it as an invasion of Mexican sovereignty...(the result could be) closing of our offices in Mexico...(Warren) Commission representatives, when in Mexico, inquired of Acting Minister of Government (is) Luis Echevarria, one of the Legal Attache's most highly-placed contacts, as to the possibility of their taking depositions in the American Embassy from various Mexican witnesses. Echevarria specifically requested that such depositions not be taken, as it might lead to press criticism to the effect that Mexican sovereignty was being invaded."

104-10188-10052: (ASSET) DEVELOPMENT AND PLANS.

2/17/65 letter: LIENVOY-2 is described as the son of LIELEGANT (Rodolfo Echevarria).

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