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Cryptonym: LITEASE-1

Definition:
An American double agent in Mexico City that convinced Vladimir Koznetsov to use her as an agent in late 1963.
Status:
Unknown
Sources:

1994.06.17.11:29:35:560005: Reel 47, Folder F - DIR 76694 - 81377 CABLES.

Cable, dated redacted, from Mexico City to Director: The goal was to learn about "Sov wheat purchases, food shortages...individual scapegoats for poor Sov harvest." Lots of goals set forth in almost illegible five page document.

104-10528-10251: CABLE: ASSET'S MEETING WITH KGB OFFICER

11/6/63 cable MEXI-6814 from Mexico City to Director, "REDWOOD LCIMPROVE LITEASE-1" slugline: Subject met with Koznetsov on 11/4. "Sov quizzed Subject in depth re status reappointment arg Fornoff. Subject gave straight story but omitted mention of friendship with President Illia. Koz said had not planned anything for Subject Mexi since anticipated Subject departure Buen (to Buenos Aries?) However, since Subject still around, assigned him (to) continue effort against AMEMB (American Embassy)." On final page: "To questions re official attitude toward Cuba K gave no hints (of) Soviet weariness."

1994.06.17.11:39:43:350005: Reel 47, Folder K - MEXI CABLES 6900 - 7154 CABLES.

11/19/63 cable MEXI-6932 from Mexico City to Director: Meeting with Koznetsov on 11/18/63. Importing wheat a sign of the strength of Soviet economy, in previous periods could not do it without injuring other sectors of the economy. K interested in knowing what the American Embassy thinks of the newly named PRI candidate for the Presidency of Mexico.

104-10522-10162: CABLE: FOLL RESULTS LITEASE-1 MEET WITH KUZNETSOV 4 DECEMBER

12/6/63 cable MEXI 7287 from "G.F. Gestetner" (CIA officer re Soviets - Paul Dillon) to Director: "Following results (of) LITEASE-1 meet with Kuznetsov 4 Dec: A. Re assassination President Kennedy, KUZ said act incomprehensible because could not effect changes in US, especially foreign policy or benefit racists. Oswald Communist tendencies, if true, or stay (in) Russia had no bearing (on) crime because CP directive since time of Lenin considered oppression (of) opponents only damaged Communist movement. B. Contradictions about crime. Use (of) three different types of arms, inability (to) account for Oswald apprehension far from site of assassination, some bullets explosive others not, KUZ inordinately disconcerted by L-1 questions re Oswald entry/exit/work/marriage (in) Soviet Union. Explained that although not common, foreigners can work (in) Soviet Union." LiTEASE-1 was the editor of a magazine, unsuccessful in requesting funding from Kuznetsov. A fainter copy of this document can be found at 104-10516-10076.

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