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Cryptonym: MHORDER

Definition:
Indicator for negative publicity about the CIA.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
The earliest reference found so far for this cryptonym is 1967. Similar to PLVWBLANKET, PLVWCADET, and JMSPUR.
Sources:

104-10130-10088: DIRECTOR CABLE - FRENCH TELEVISION CARRIES FOUR INTERVIEW RE CIA ROLE IN U.S. AND ABROAD

June 1975, indicator MHORDER: Memo on upcoming TV shows on Frank Sturgis, "former Chief of Aerial Security in Cuba"; Harry Rositzke, CIA division chief and KGB specialist; Phillipe Thyraud de Vosjoli, former SDECE rep Washington, on "Assassination Attempts and the Kennedy Affair";

104-10220-10017: RECENT NEWSPAPER ARTICLE CONCERNING RICHARD CASE NAGELL

7/2/69, memo from Chief, Rome to Chief, European Division: Richard Case Nagell says to the press that he was a CIA employee in August 1962, that he was recently released from East German prison, and that the US govt is keeping him away from his wife and children.

104-10104-10203 GARRISON TV INTERVIEWS OF 21 MAY 1967 AND 28 MAY 1967

June 67 Ray Rocca memo about recent interviews with Jim Garrison: "Without exception his allegations are false. They are the grossest we have seen from any responsible American official in the whole course of our MHORDER study...Garrison's allegations warrant timely, energetic counteraction, if only at the level of the Attorney General (note: Ramsey Clark) and among responsible members of Congress."

104-10418-10423: MEMO: ROLE OF VANCOUVER, CANADA, IN DISINFORMATION RE THE GARRISON INVESTIGATION

Memo from DC/CI/R&A Donovan E. Pratt to C/E/BC/C re Donald P. Norton, file no. 100-300-017: "FBI reports have shown that Norton is a con man, and U.S. Air Force medical records have revealed that he was discharged in July 1950 as a result of psychiatric problems, having tried on two or more occasions to commit suicide. Norton's lies about CIA first appeared in the Vancouver Sun on 5 August 1967...Do you have any information about the use of the Sun in other surfacings of MHORDER propaganda against CIA? Is there any information about contacts between employees of the Sun and representatives of Soviet intelligence?"

104-10425-10018: MEMO FOR: CI STAFF RESPONSIBILITY FOR CIA PUBLICITY

7/7/75 memorandum for the record, "CI Staff Responsibility for CIA Publicity", by CI/R&A/O Theodore C. Poling: "Effective 1 May 1975, CI/R&A/O ceased to collect publicity about the Agency which appears in the public domain in the US and abroad. We have destroyed all newspaper clippings from the domestic press which were held by our predecessor and have boxed foreign newspaper clippings which were retained by our predecessors; the latter will be sent to the Records Center. Since 1 May 1975, CI/R&A/O has retained selective official cable and dispatch correspondence bearing the MHORDER slug and selective media items which bear any of the earmarks of having been inspired by hostile intelligence services against the Agency, or which may have been calculated efforts by these services to undermine US policy interests or US government agencies in foreign countries..." At page 4: If such material is needed later for research purposes, one source to utilize is the "Security Records Center, Leak Data Base. This was set up at the time Mr. Helms and the White House developed a concern about the number of serious leaks of intelligence information. The Leak Data Base is not being kept current. The machine print-out contains around 300 entries." At page 7: Under "Criticism of CIA - Anti", a handwritten note says "files not used since 1967". For radio/TV programs, it states "special file set up 31 March 1967" (also used for Pro-Criticism and Neutral Criticism)

104-10300-10358: CABLE CONCERNING CIA INVOLVEMENT WITH OSWALD

5/8/67 memo to Director, slugline MHORDER MHDOWEL. MHORDER apparently refers to the first paragraph of this two paragraph communication. "Heavy press play over weekend 5-8 May on CIA. Bulk of articles centered on Garrison charges of CIA involvement with Oswald. Articles prominently displayed with following headlines: "DAWN 7 May, 'Oswald Was CIA Agent, Say US Paper'; Pak Times 8 May, 'Faked Pictures of Oswald Presented'. Two additional smaller articles in DAWN 7 May, one on inside page featured McCone denial CIA contact."

104-10113-10114: CABLE TO DIRECTOR RE ATTEMPTS AGAINST CASTRO'S LIFE

11/23/76, memo to Director: "On 18 November, Prensa Latina issued two long Spanish-language articles listing 20 or more attempts against Castro's life. Following day items appeared in English...names mentioned...as involved in attempts...Pierre Owen, Diez Uro (French CIT), Renee Sigler, Sanchez Rivas, Jose Pujals Medero (CIA handlers Jim Bender, alias Jim Boulding; Harold Bishop, Carl Hitch). Jorge Luis Cuervo Calvo, Jesus Dominguez Benites (disguised as cameraman during Castro's 1971 visit to Chile) Chronology article lists following: 1960: Armando Cubria Ramos and Mario Tauler; 1961 Guillermo Coula and Higinio Menendez; July 1961: '30 November Organization' - no names. 1961: Emilio Adolfo Rivero Caro, Adolfo Mendoza, Jorge Garcia Rubio, and Alfredo Izaguirre with Jose Pujals above. October 1961: Antonio Veciana. 1963: Manuel Campamopmo Sousa with Santos Perez Nunez. March 1963: Nino Diaz. April 1963: The "Anti-Communist Civic Resistance" organization. No names. July 1963: Ibrahim Machin Hernandez. September, 1963: Diez (of paragraph 2 above). 1964: Oswaldo Figueroa Galvez and Felipe Alfonso Herrera. September 1964: Nemesio Cubillas and Angel Arencibia (in Celia Sanchez residence). January 1965: Julio Cruz Cecilas and Fermin Gonzalez Carballo. 1965: No names during attempt at Vita Nuova restaurant. June 1965: Ramon Grau Alsina. May 1966: Landing foiled - no names. 1966: Ronaldo Cubelas. 1967: Landing foiled at Cayo Fragoso. 1971: Dominguez noted above.

104-10112-10017: CITE CABLE SAYING VIETNAMESE PAPER REPORTED ON CONEIN'S PRESENCE

2/11/72 memo, slugline KOBIRD MHORDER, Saigon to Director: Article charges "BKTRUST with sending 12 top coup specialists, including Lou Conein, to Vietnam in last week...Story seems made of whole cloth. As far as station can determine, Conein not in Vietnam."

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