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Cryptonym: LIFIG

Definition:
Unknown identity. A cable in August of 1961 described LIFIG as a "documentary person with good connections at Prensa Latina."
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable in January, 1962, stated that in August of 1961, LIFIG provided the CIA Mexico City Station with the Prensa Latina personal file of Angel Boan, then Mexican Director General. When the file was photographed for the Mexican Government, the Mexico City Station inserted a photo of a fake memorandum. The photos of the file, including the fabrication, were passed to the Mexican Government. The fake memo described payments to unidentified Mexicans in various government offices. In addition, a cable in January of 1963 stated that Sinobas made clandestine contact with LIFIG in September, 1962, but that Carlos Lechuga was in Mexico at the time.
Sources:

104-10175-10345: INFORMATION REPORT AND SUPDATA CABLE: SOURCE LIFIG FROM LETTER ANGEL BOAN'S FILE

08/24/61: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline INTEL JMPUCK: "SUPDATA source LIFIG from letter Angel Boan's file. Letter dated 17 July from Boan to Francisco Portella said important news cabled New York would contain following as proof genuine: 1) Addressed to Free Press, Frank Martinez, 580 Fifth Avenue, room 909, New York City, N.Y. 2) Cable will be signed by Parrilla. 3) In (portion garbled-being SVCO) suggests operation using this information plant story discredit Prensa Latina with MEXI Govt possibly planting statement MEXI Amb against GUAT...Documentary person with good connections at Prensa Latina (F)." - - Pages 2-3: Information Report: "1. Immedaite approval of an operational paln for Guatemala was requested from Fernando F. Revuelta, Director-General of Prensa Latina, Cuban news agency, by Angel Boan Acosta, former head of the New York office of Prensa Latina who has been in Mexico reorganizing the Mexico Office, in a letter dated 9 July 1961. This plan called for the establishment of a small office in Guatemala, using a name other than that of Prensa Latina, where news would be received by Morse code and bulletins would be printed for distribution to radio stations. 2. Boan said that he had discussed the plan with Jose Maria Lopez Valdizon, Guatemalan who lives in Mexico, and Edelberto Torres Rivas, who came to Mexico from Guatemala to co-ordinate the plan. (Field Comment: Both Lopez Valdizon and Torres Rivas are well-known Guatemalan Communists). Boan also asked for permission to reimburse Torres Rivas for costs of his travel and stay in Mexico...5. On 17 July Boan wrote Francisco V. Portela, of the New York office of Prensa Latina, telling him to send a bank check for $1,040 in the name of Nilda de Gutierrez to the Bank of Commerce and Industry of Guatemala at 15 Calle y 5A Avenida, Zona T, Guatemala..."

104-10187-10030: (ASSET) OPERATIONS (VOL. VI).

01/20/62: Cable from Mexico City to Director: "1. Ambassador should have said 'transcripts' instead 'tapes' in beginning sentence para two of Ref A. Transcript of Portuondo conversation with Colombians is accurate resume of authentic tape recently returned to Station by HQs. This tape will be passed LITEMPO-2 (Gustavo Diaz Ordaz) afternoon 19 Jan. Second transcript referred to by ambassador same sub paragraph was fabricated by Station and based on Station knowledge of actual visit by Portuondo by politechnic student. No tape extant nor has existed of this transcript. Content this transcript not pertinent except for incriminating statement quoted by ambassador concerning payment to students. 2. The 'genuine' document mentioned by ambassador in para two B of Ref A is Station fabrication. During month of August 1961 LIFIG provided Station with Prensa Latina personal file of Angel Boan, then MEXI Director General. When file was photographed for Mexican Government, Station inserted photo of fake memorandum described in Ref A. Photos of file, including fabrication, passed GOM. The fake memo described payments to unnamed Mexicans in various government offices. (It was a second copy this fabrication, alone, which was passed to LITEMPO-2 on 13 Jan). 3. Concerning para two C of Ref A: This was Station fabricated montage showing Proenza as a member of crowd during student riot of 12 July 1960. 'Original' of fabrication was passed to LITENSOR (Adolfo Lopez Mateos) via LIELEGANT (Rodolfo Echeverria) shortly after..."

104-10181-10150: CABLE- ON 7 JAN WHILE AM-2 AT EMBASSY GATE WITH HESERTO, JORRIN MUNOZ, , NEGRO GATEKEEPER, SEVERAL WOMEN APPROACHED COMPLAINING THEY HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN TICKETS TO GO HAVANA AT CUBANA AIRLINES OFFICE

01/19/63: Cable from Mexico City to Director: "1. On 7 Jan while AMSPRAWL-2 at embassy gate with Heberto Jorrin Munoz (note correct first name spelling), negro gatekeeper, several women approached complaining they had not been given tickets to go HAVA Cubana Airlines office. Armona appeared shortly after, explained situation, and gave leader group 60 dollars for each woman. Armona asked woman for receipt which given Jorrin when Armona had to leave. AM-2 who has become very friendly with Jorrin invited him 'out' have drink. Jorrin complained his gatehouse 'cell' and not able leave except on necessary or urgent business. 2. In absence Vega AM-2 on 9 Jan queried Sinobas re whereabouts Leonardo Castillo Flores, GUAT rev. Sinobas said he not acquainted Castillo and then provided info Ref B. Sinobas known to have made clandestine contact with LIFIG-1 in Sept 62 but Lechuga MEXI at that time. Now possible he telling truth restriction contacts reported Ref B. AM-2 continues represent excellent asset penetrate Cuban G-2 MEXI. Return Vega MEXI will provide 'key' future this op as very likely Vega will discuss AM-2 while have (HAVA?), re his use MEXI. Station interestingly enough has yet confirm AM-2 presence embassy through LIERODE coverage. C/S Comment: *Action unit determined as though indicator GYROSE used. **MEXI using AMSPRAWL-2 as attempt penetrate Cuban G-2 apparat MEXI."

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald

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