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Cryptonym: WUSLAB-1

Unknown identity. WUSLAB-1 was a CIA Bolivian asset from at least March of 1970 to December of 1975.
WUSLAB-1 received an eye operation in 1970. A series of memos in March and April, 1970, indicated that WUSLAB-1 was married, and had at least one daughter and two sons. Moreover, a memo on March 11, 1970, stated that WUSLAB-1 was an acquaintance of Ralph Bunche. In addition, a memo on March 16, 1970, mentioned that (Guillermo) "Bedregal had also discussed with (Jose) Ortiz the possibility of W/1 and others from the MNR joining the Bolivian government in September, 1970." This indicated that WUSLAB-1 belonged to the MNR. Also, in a memo on March 24, 1970, WUSLAB-1 noted the similarities between a murder of a member of the MNR the previous month and the recent killing of "a very prominent newspaper publisher and his wife" in a bomb attack. Furthermore, a memo on April 13, 1970, mentioned that Jose Raul Viera Linares and Carlos Antonio Carrasco, the Bolivian National Director for Education Planning, had been in touch with WUSLAB-1. A cable in August of 1970 stated that Rogelio Rodriguez Lopez lunched with WUSLAB-1 in New York City and asked the latter about US policy towards Cuba.


03/11/70: Memo for the record from Floyd B. McCully: Subject: Meeting With WUSLAB/1 on 24 February 1970: "1. WUSLAB/1 phoned on 21 February and told me of his medical plans. He had been examined by the doctors at NIH who confirmed the verdict that he had small and large tears in his two retina...They have arranged to have W/1 examined at a retina clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. W/1 will go there on 27 February...3. W/1 recently received a call from (REDACTION) in the OPI in New York stating that both the head and the deputy of the UN office in Mexico City were resigning at the end of this year. This is not only an OPI office, but also UNDP, etc. W/1 showed some interest in the position in Mexico. Vladimir Pavlechenko phoned and wished him well on his eyesight problem. Pavlechenko made a joke about political vision. 4. In commenting on health W/1 said that he had seen Ralph Bunche in New York on one of his recent trips. Bunche did not recognize him at once. Bunche then said that he expected to be blind by the end of 1970. The Soviets had arranged for him to be examined at a famous eye clinic in Odessa. They had told him that there was nothing they could do, or could be done to save his sight...5. Jose Rolz-Bennett has aged rapidly in recent years...6. W/1's wife on 18 February is having a tea to which Mrs. Sanjines is invited, W/1 expects that Sanjines may himself appear. He phoned W/1 recently, but said that there was nothing new. The Bolivian Finance Minister Losada is in Washington at the moment having arrived over the weekend."


03/16/70: Memo for the record from Floyd B. McCully: Subject: Meeting With WUSLAB/1 on 10 March 1970: "1. Security and Arrangements: This meeting was prearranged by phone to take place at WUSLAB/1's home in Maryland where he is recuperating from an eye operation...When I left there was a family car in front of the house. By the voice it was probably one of the two sons...3. Administration: W/1 was paid his salary for February...4. Production: Just before his operation W/1 received a letter from Guillermo Bedregal which was sent from Caracas. Bedregal had seen Bolivian Planning Minister Jose Ortiz Mercado in Caracas. Ortiz said that the Bolivian government either wanted in effect to work an alliance with Paz without the MNR, or with the MNR without Paz. One idea was for Paz to remain in Lima and to give his blessings on MNR people to join the government. Paz had already rejected the idea of Paz without the MNR. Ortiz told Bedregal that he was anxious to see Juan Lechin Oquendo, who had been in Caracas, but had disappeared. (He is reputed to have gone to Europe)...5. Bedregal had also discussed with Ortiz the possibility of W/1 and others from the MNR joining the Bolivian government in September 1970. Bedregal said that he would send further details on this scheme to W/1 and that he would expect Ortiz to discuss it with W/1 personally. Ortiz is expected to attend the CIAP meeting in Washington which is being held in March. W/1 is supposed to receive the blessings of Paz, General Torres, the civilian members of the cabinet, and even the approval of the conservative military which is apparently aligned behind a relative of W/1's wife. This is a retired officer. 6. W/1 had been in contact by phone with Hector Fernandez in New York. Fernandez has returned from his period of leave in South America. 7. Plans: I expect to recontact W/1 over the weekend and will probably see him early next week."


03/24/70: Memo for the record from Floyd B. McCully: Subject: Meeting With WUSLAB/1 on 19 March 1970: "1. Production: I phoned WUSLAB/1 on 17 March and we chatted for a time on recent news from Bolivia. A very prominent newspaper publisher and his wife had been killed by a bomb delivered in a package. W/1 (REDACTION) Ambassador Sanjines who said that the military forces in the cabinet around General Valencia were more inclined to take action to restore 'law and order.' There were various rumors about the motivation of the bombing and W/1 noticed the similarities to the murder of (REDACTION) in the MNR one month ago. 2. On the morning of 19 March by prearrangement I went out to his house. His daughter, who has grown quite attractive, let me in and said that her father was waiting for me upstairs. We had a generalized conversation about history and about current events in Bolivia. He thinks that the civilian members of the cabinet are on their way out and that the military will replace them with civilian technocrats of their own choosing. He draws parallels with the government of Villaroel, which was overturned by the mob. That government also had civilian elements including W/1's father. They were forced out and eventually, the government was overturned in violent fashion. 3. Plans: I told WUSLAB/1 that I would phone him before next 25 March and set up a time for a meeting on that day. We will then go over the psychological makeup of Viera. 4. Medical: The specialist in (REDACTION) examined W/1 on 18 March and reported that he was making a satisfactory recovery. He expects to go back again in 15 days. He can take off his pino point eye shades on 23 March."


04/13/70: Memo for the record from Floyd B. McCully: Subject: Meeting With WUSLAB/1 on 10 April 1970: "1. Security and Arrangements: The meeting took place at WUSLAB/1's home where he is still recuperating from his eye operation...2. Production: WUSLAB/1 said that Jose Raul Viera Linares had phoned him at about 1100 on 5 April...Viera said that the chances were now remote that he would be returning to New York. A friend of his named 'Rogelio' would contact WUSLAB/1...3...I told WUSLAB/1 that we would finish the (REDACTION) on Viera the next time we get together. 4. Carlos Antonio Carrasco, the National Director for Education Planning, visited WUSLAB/1 on 9 April 1970. Carrasco claimed that the Bolivian government is in a period of stalemate...5. The civilian cabinet members believe that the United States is happy with them. They think that the military are incapable of running the government...11. Plans: WUSLAB/1 will be returning to limited office work the week of 13 April. I promised to call him during the week. (A cable was sent on the Viera information on 10 April)."


04/22/70: Memo for the record from Floyd B. McCully: Subject: Meeting With WUSLAB/1 on 17 April 1970: "1. Security and Arrangements: The meeting was held in the Black Beret Restaurant at 1530 on the above date...2. Production:..The OAS Secretariat tried contact W/1. They had received a secret report, which was not distributed to the OAS ambassadors, that elements in the Dominican Republic would try and disrupt the OAS Assembly meeting scheduled for Santo Domingo in June 1970...In the absence of W/1 the OAS tried to contact Jose Rolz-Bennett, in the UN Headquarters...3. Rolz-Bennett also told W/1 that there was no favored candidate to take the place of Morse as head of the ILO...I asked W/1 about his cousin's chances. He said he did not know...5. Plans: I inquired whether W/1 had heard anything about his own future job prospects. he had received information from Sam Dejani on behalf of Pavlichenko that he and all other employees would remain where they were until the end of 1970. He was then eligible for a transfer and they would be glad to entertain his ideas on the subject. 6. Family status: Two of WUSLAB/1's (REDACTION) sons graduate from their BA courses this spring. One will return to his native country to undertake his military service there. The other will apparently take some kind of graduate school education. The daughter continues at (REDACTION). 7. According to WUSLAB/1's sources there is a relative freeze on Bolivian diplomatic assignments this year..."


04/24/70: Memo for the record from Floyd B. McCully: Subject: Meeting With WUSLAB/1 on 22 April 1970: ..."2. Production: Bolivian Ambassador Julio Sanjines Goytia talked on the phone to president Ovando on 20 April. Ovando said that there was pressure from the civilian members of the cabinet on the Debray case...3. Minister of Planning Jose Ortiz Mercado is coming to Washington on 2 May for a four day visit before he goes to San Jose for the inauguration of Pepe Figueres. WUSLAB/1 believes that Ortiz will be frank with him, and tell him what the situation is like back in La Paz. He will attend the CIAP review of the Bolivian program...7. WUSLAB/1 went on at length on the difficulties between Miss Alexander, the former Bolivian ambassador to the OAS whose parents were murdered in La Paz, and Sanjines...9. I asked WUSLAB/1 if there were any recent developments between (REDACTION) and the Soviet Embassy. During his absence (REDACTION) received a telephone call from Kutakov, the Soviet Under-Secretary, who asked that (REDACTION) send directly to him Congressional reports on Chemical Warfare, USSR-US cultural exchanges, hearings on the United Nations. These documents are being sent to Kutakov. WUSLAB/1 remarked that the Soviets are always interested in the information (REDACTION) never, the (REDACTION). They were interested in (REDACTION). 10. Plans: The next meeting will be on 28 April at 1400. WUSLAB/1 goes to (REDACTION) on 29 April to have his eyes checked."


08/00/70: Cable: Slugline AKULE/DOMOPS/AMROSE/WUSLAB: "1. WUSLAB lunched with Rogelio Rodriguez Lopez (201-332665) at Beaux Arts Hotel, New York City, 21 August 1970. 2. Rodriguez stated he interested opinions not documents and suggested WUSLAB/1 talk to prominent US and Latin American officials in government, international organizations, and foundations to determine what is in the wind re US policy toward Cuba. Rodriguez contended that there are many factors indicating increased U.S. pressure on Cuba...3. Rodriguez gave WUSLAB/1 large HTBASTE inter office envelope containing book (REDACTION). 4. Rodriguez exerted no pressure on WUSLAB/1 and seemed satisfied when WUSLAB/1 remarked that he would probably not go (REDACTION) again for some time. 5. File: 200-6-337/3 and 201-332665."


11/25/70: Cable (Orig: Withheld, Unit: WH/COG/OPS): Slugline TYPIC DOMOPS AMROSE WUSLAB: "1. Please advise if WUSLAB-1's AMSTAFF case officer arranged to turn WUSLAB-1 over to other AMSTAFFer. Also would appreciate latest info on WUSLAB-1's next assignment with HTBASTE. 2. File: 201-332665 and 200-6-337/3."


12/15/70: Dispatch from Chief of Base, Withheld to Chief, WH Division (Info: DO Division): Subject: AKULE/TYPIC/AMORSE/WUSLAB/WUSHARP/DOMOPS/WUSHARP request for assistance: "1. On 14 December 1970, the undersigned visited WUSHARP at the latter's request and had the following discussion. WUSHARP asked whether we could use WUSLAB/1 as a means of contacting Cuban officials for the purpose of establishing lines which could later be exploited by WUSHARP assets. I explained to WUSHARP that WUSLAB/1 had been instructed to adopt a passive role in relationship to his Cuban contacts, and to respond only to contact initiated by the Cubans. WUSHARP stated that they understand our point of view thoroughly. 2. At this meeting I briefed WUSHARP on the telephone call from a DGI representative cited in reference. I told WUSHARP that I would give them a memorandum on this as well as a copy of the POQ on Rogelio Rodriguez Lopez (201-332665) in which they expressed definite interest. Joseph G. Benson."


12/11/75: Cable from FR/Washington to Director: Slugline RYBAT PLWUHIDE: "1. WUSLAB reports that evening 10 Dec Alfredo Pila de Armas of the Cuban mission to UN telephoned him and asked WUSLAB to meet him at the Holiday Inn. 2. (Base passed following to FBI/WFO): a. Base source Franklin was telephoned by Alfredo Pila de Armas, second secretary, Cuban mission to the United Nations. On 10 December, Pila asked Franklin to meet him at 1730 hours at the Holiday Inn, 15th and Rhode Island, NW. WDC, where Pila is staying in room 106 until 12 December. b. At the meeting, which took place in the lobby of the hotel, Pila informed Franklin he is in DC because of special instructions from Premier Fidel Castro to contact friends of Cuba. In Senator Church's report there are ten names of agents that allegedly were involved in attempts to kill Castro; however, Pila alleged that it is known from the newspapers there were thirty names given to Church's committee by CIA Director Colby, but Mr. Colby had induced Church to make ten names public and twenty names were withheld. Castro needs the twenty names. This is the purpose of Pila's trip to DC. Pila stated that if by chance Franklin had seen a draft report or knew of anyone who knew the names, Pila is offering $25,000 for each name. Besides the money, the person who comes up with the names will also get a statue erected in Havana. Pila hinted he has tentatively identified ten unpublished names and only needs ten more. Franklin told Pila he thought it would be difficult to get the names, and Pila stated he is contacting everyone he knows in the DC area for leads. (End passage to FBI). 3. Base advised WFO telephonically of para two above..."

Gavin McDonald

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