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Cryptonym: WUBONBON

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Definition:
Book publishing project - one of the Domestic Operations Division propaganda programs supervised by E. Howard Hunt.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
As of 7/1/62, Hunt was reassigned to DDP/DODS, Facilities Branch, Research and Publications Section, Washington D.C. He was an ops officer. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=49402&relPageId=13

As of 2/1/63, checks on Hunt came up negative with FBI, CSC, police and credit. A polygraph was recommended. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=49402#relPageId=16&tab=page

On 2/18/63 the suggestion to poly Hunt was rejected. maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=49402#relPageId=20&tab=page

As of 1/1/65, Hunt was the chief of covert activities for DODS, which he described as a dead-end job. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=49403&relPageId=3
Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milovan_Djilas

Wikipedia states that in 1957, Praeger released Djilas' book the New Class. A prominent Yugoslav politician, Djilas went to prison for publishing this book.

180-10141-10207

Folder 25 is identified as the "crypt" for a book publishing project. Three pages earlier, it can be seen that the redacted crypt for Folder 25 is WUBONBON.

104-10333-10006: ARRB - DO FOLLOW-UP BRIEFING

1961-1964: ZRBLESS is identified as a subproject of WUBONBON. A summary of the QKOPERA/LIAISON/ZRBLESS file between 1961-1964 reveals that the company concerned is Praeger Publishing. A memo by Gunnar W. Beckman dated 8/21/61 deals with the publication and royalty problems of Milovan Djilas.

104-10333-10006: ARRB - DO FOLLOW-UP BRIEFING

1963-1964: pp. 32-34 of this file indicate a close relationship between WUBONBON and WUPUNDIT. The ops included in WUPUNDIT were Praeger, Freedom Fund (conduit), Seaman's Service Institute, A Praeger Spanish Affiliate, and Continental Press. From 1963-63 a book procurement project channeled funds to Praeger through the Freedom Fund.

104-10138-10314: FITNESS REPORT FOR EVERETT HOWARD HUNT

March 63-March 64 fitness report describes Hunt as the project officer for WUBONBON and WUHUSTLER. It also states that he supervises all division propaganda programs. Same duties during 3/62-3/63 period: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=49403#relPageId=6&tab=page

180-10143-10076: REVIEW OF OFFICE OF SECURITY FILES ON E. HOWARD HUNT

In May 64, Hunt helped Buckley write a review of David Wise's book on the CIA, The Invisible Government. In passing, Buckley mentions that he was a staff agent for Hunt in Mexico City between 1950-51.

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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