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Cryptonym: WITHRUSH

Definition:
Project using Cuban pilots, possibly in the Congo.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
The WI prefix was used by WIROGUE in the Congo. As Cuban pilots were used in the Congo, this seems like a likely connection.
Sources:

104-10177-10226: CIA FILE ON MORALES NAVARETTE, RICARDO

The "WITHRUSH Personnel Cable Locator" is the title of a worksheet. There is also a column for employees "nominated for WITHRUSH". At page 105, a 6/10/66 cable from the Special Operations Division states: "although realize REDACTED already possesses OA (operational approval) for former (CIA) use, HQS prefers discontinuing recruitment attempts for WITHRUSH program. Prefers make general practice avoid recruiting pilots who have had any former intelligence connection or whose history reflects derog information..."

104-10220-10082: REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OR INVESTIGATIVE ACTION: ACEIN PEDROSO AMORES

7/29/61: Request for approval was made to use Acelo Pedroso for ordinance and tech in the Congo with the project WITHRUSH.

104-10110-10272: CABLE RE FRANCISCO BARTES, JUAN PERON, AND SANTIAGO MENDEZ

12/6/63 cable WAVE 7720 from Director to JMWAVE, slugline CHAPPIE WITHRUSH PBRUMEN, ref WAVE 7591: "Francisco Bartes, Juan Peron, and Santiago Mendez departing NY via Pan Am 150/7 without Congo visa. Please meet...(Bartes) received U512 from ODURGE/INS in New Orleans and (Peron and Mendez) received (US) multi entry documents Miami."

104-10182-10007: CIA FILE ON EDUARDO JULIUS WHITEHOUSE INSUA.

6/10/65 cable from Director to JMWAVE, slugline CHAPPIE WITHRUSH PBRUMEN: "Although realize REDACTED already possesses WITHRUSH OA for former (CIA) use, HQS prefers discontinuance recruitment attempts for WITHRUSH program. Prefer make general practice avoid pilots who have had any former intelligence connection or whose history reflects derog information even if not substantiated after LCFLUTTER examination."

104-10130-10431: PROJECT ((DELETION))

5/20/65 memo from Robert Gambino, Security Officer, Special Operations Division to Chief, Alien Affairs, OS: Goal was to hire Antonio Soto Vasquez, OS# 242369, for employment in the Congo for Project WITHRUSH. Soto was one of the 11 arrested in Lacombe, Louisiana on 7/31/63.

https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10189-10021.pdf

"On 27 May 1965 SOD/AB/OPS/3 requested a POA on Subject to permit his use as a pilot in Leopoldsville, the Congo, in Project WITHRUSH. The POA was granted on 20 July 1965. A PRQ II, filled out on 9 September 1975, shows that Bartes' file did not indicate that he knew personally any WOFIRM case officers except Roberto MEDELL, principal agent in Miami for the WITHRUSH project."

104-10164-10002: BARTES-CLARENS, FRANCISCO ANTONIO.

2/1/66 cable from JMWAVE to Director: "...exceptionally high evaluation by (Cuban) flight evaluators in Miami of Bartes (B) and Navarro (N)...WAVE concentrated on multi-engine procedures based on proposed usage of (Bartes)."

104-10220-10065: REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION ACELO PEDROSO AMORES

11/17/64 memo to Chief, CI/OA from SOD/AF/OPS: "(Acelo Pedroso Amores) served as an ordnance technician for Project WITHRUSH in the Congo." 201-297748. C-90515. Subject was no longer needed for the project.

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