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Cryptonym: SUGAR

Definition:
Richard Gibson, chair of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee from 1961-1962, and then an expatriate in Europe. His work for the CIA began no later than 1965.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

124-90147-10077: No Title

8/16/62 interview of FPCC chair Richard Gibson by SAC New York Harold Hoeg and SA James Day. He said that SWP had an avid interest in the FPCC but the CPUSA never had "any real interest". He felt the FPCC was "no more than a translation service...and found the whole leftist movement in the US ineffective and inconsequential. Subject stated that he was not a Communist, never had been, and felt that as an American Negro, the Communists had failed to ever help the Negro race. The Subject described himself, stating that as an American Negro, he owed loyalty first to himself, and then to the Negro people. He stated he felt little or no loyalty to the US and he firmly believed that all young Negroes, in the US, felt the same way." He described Robert Williams as a close personal friend who was unhappy in Cuba and would like to return to the US, but not to a North Carolina chain gang. He described Robert Taber as "mixed up" and "no more of a Communist than I am." He described Ted Lee as "a harmless fanatic". He told the FBI he was willing to "publicly denounce" the FPCC. The FBI officers opined that they might be able to use Gibson to "disrupt, dissolve, or at least neutralize" the FPCC.

104-10518-10015: DOCUMENT TRANSFER AND CROSS REFERENCE - MONTHLY REPORT/ERROL A. KULPA

2/19/63, Monthly Report of Errol S. Kulpa, re Richard Gibson: "Saw Gibson with the photo of Marc Schleifer as well as others of Algerian personalities and scenes. He was cordial but cool, said he didn't really know what sort of pictures were desired for the publication.

104-10217-10221: GIBSON, RICHARD.

2/15/65 cable from Chief, WE to Chief, REDACTED, attn: KATZENBACH: "On 11 February (CIA) Staff Agent Errol S. Kulpa, who had contact with REDACTED 1963-64, listened to reference tape and made the following comments, which may be helpful to Katzenbach...KULPA has strenuous doubts as to any ideological motivation on the part of REDACTED. He recognizes the obvious monetary motivation and feels that this probably plays a large part in the man's being willing to talk to (the US government)."

124-90146-10108: [No Title]

10/29/65 memo from SAC, New York, to Director, FBI: "Richard Thomas Gibson is an SI (Security Index) subject of the NYO...CIA has advised in confidence that it is operating Gibson and has assigned the code name SUGAR to Gibson. Although Gibson's previous activities would warrant inclusion on the SI, it is felt that inasmuch as Gibson has been debriefed by CIA and is presently being operated by CIA, Gibson no longer warrants inclusion on the SI, and accordingly it is being recommended that the name of Richard Thomas Gibson be deleted from the SI."

124-90146-10072: (Restricted)

11/12/70 memo: See page 26 of 80: "SUGAR is CIA cryptonym for Richard Gibson." Similar statement at page 45 of 80.

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Bill Simpich

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