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Cryptonym: ZRWAHOO

Definition:
Generic intelligence reports on Latin American subjects in the Western Hemisphere, appears to be unverified reports collected outside regular channels that need to be checked out more thoroughly.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Often found in JMWAVE cables, sometimes UFG reports. These reports continued at least as late as 1977. Sometimes include the information, the source, and the subject.
Sources:

104-10077-10242: cable: Foll is disposition of ZRWAHOO

12/3/63: 4 UFG reports, one about Betancourt and Venezuela was disseminated, the other three were not for reasons such as "old and previously reported" and "more details needed".

104-10066-10252: JMWAVE cable - Rumors that Ernesto "Che" (Guevara) Serna is Under House Arrest

11/30/63: Che Guevara alleged to be under house arrest because of involvement in anti-Castro plot. Emphasized this is rumor only.

1993.08.04.16:41:08:870028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8700 - 8797.

12/9/63, WAVE 8730: JMPALM slugline. "ZRWAHOO. REDACTED from exiled Venezuelan military officers residing WAVE who invited REDACTED to return Cara for government post after military takeover occurs...SUBJECT: Expectation by Venezuelan military officials of Venezuelan coup d'etat after military takeover occurs." 2-3 pages further, it is noted that a new president (Leoni) won election on December 1 and that "Venezuelan exiles in Miami claim that a continuation of the Betancourt policies as promised by Leoni will ruin Venezuela."

104-10096-10121: REPORT MENTIONING CUBAN MINISTER-COUNSELLOR STATEMENT ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

1977: A "ZRWAHOO intelligence report" stated that a minister within the "Cuban Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica" reported that Cuban exiles such as FNU DIAZ LAN killed JFK. The Latin America Division opined that this story came from a 9/20/77 NY Daily News article stating that Pedro Diaz Lanz, Frank Sturgis, and others were part of a squad to kill Kennedy, according to Marita Lorenz.

104-10072-10163: RECALL OF CUBAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE SECURITY PERSONNEL STATIONED ABROAD

10/17/64 "Report class secret". Information was from "Lt. Ferrero", who approached AMCOG-3 re possible defection. The source, an "educated Cuban resident in Habana" obtained the information from Ferrero.

1993.08.04.16:20:46:530028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8000 - 8075.

11/28/63: "ZRWAHOO because vagueness of location..." Information came from a Cuban penal farm. The subject was "the possibility of a buried missile dump in southern Pinar del Rio province". The source was "a former member of a Cuban law enforcement service".

104-10227-10056: SUPDATA: ZRWAHOO. FOLLOWING REPRESENTS A COMPILATION OF INFORMATION FROM AMBUCKLE-

4/12/63, JMWAVE to Director: A compilation of information about the crisis within the CRC. "At the 9 to 10 April meeting of the CRC, the representatives of the various groups were told by ANTONIO SILIO (note: CIA officer Anthony Sileo) that the final statement of the CRC would be released as a "unanimous" statement despite possible abstentions on the part of some organizations, and that abstaining groups would be dealt with later."

104-10076-10183: JMWAVE CABLE - FIDEL CASTRO RUZ POSSIBLY IN MOSCOW AND POSSIBLE PURGE AMONG CUBAN HIERARCHY

12/8/63 cable WAVE 8675 from JMWAVE to Director, slugline INTEL TYPIC: "Supdata: ZRWAHOO. AMWARM-1 SW dated 15 Nov received 2 Dec....Source: Civil aviation expert...trained for intelligence work...a usually reliable source reported neither Raul or Fidel attended the Soviet embassy party...(it may be) a sequel to the ouster of Juan Marinello Vidauretta, former rector to the University of Habana and old guard Communist. Fidel may be once again trying to eliminate old guard Communists from the Cuban hierarchy..."

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