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Cryptonym: TARBRUSH

Definition:
A black propaganda program run by the Mexico City station during the 1950s-1960s.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10218-10203: BIOGRAPHIC DATA: LEONOV, NIKOLAI SERGEYEVICH

Nikolai Leonov was the Third Secretary and Assistant Cultural Attache in Mexico City in the 1960s (more recently, a member of Russia's Parliament). Leonov was a TARBRUSH target at least three times. When Fidel Castro was arrested in Mexico in 1956, Leonov's card was found in his wallet. In May 1963, the Mexico City station placed a news article stating that there was a Soviet-Cuban plan to finance the subversion of all of Latin America with Leonov in charge of arms smuggling into Central America. In Oct 63, the Monterrey base sent 500 invitations to a fake lecture by Leonov on the Soviet role in national liberation struggles in Latin America.

104-10218-10023: COMMENTS RE LEONOV

On 6/29/64, the suggestion was made to use the CIA program TARBRUSH to tie Leonov to the “subversion of Mexico somehow".

1994.04.22.16:13:50:540005 Reel 53, Folder G - NIKOLAY SERGEYEV LEONOV.

8/1/63, Army Intelligence accepted the May 1963 Leonov event invented by the Mexico City station as authentic.

104-10218-10226: DISPATCH:KUWOLF/LIGAFF-1/TRANSMITTAL OF NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

12/5/63, memo from Gerald Gardyne: This almost illegible document shows that there was a “black propaganda operation” being waged against Leonov by the Monterrey station in 1963.

New York Times obituary for Fernando Barrios Gutierrez, 11/1/00: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/01/world/01GUTI.html

The arrest of Castro in 1956 was conducted by the same man who later interrogated Sylvia Duran, Fernando Barrios Gutierrez (LITEMPO-4). He remained friends with Castro.

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