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Pseudonym: Aretz, Wilmer

Definition:
Unknown identity. A cable in April, 1960, stated that the Chief of Station (COS), Havana, had "tentatively approved" leave for Wilmer R. Aretz for May 19-24. Aretz was to attend to family matters in Washington, D.C.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
The cable also requested that, if possible, Aretz meet Choaden (David A. Phillips) in Washington on May 23, 1960. Furthermore, a dispatch in August of 1960 was signed by Wilmer R. Aretz under the name of the COS, Havana. The Routing and Record Sheet for this dispatch was from WH/4C, and was read and signed by Barton (David A. Phillips). Joseph Piccolo's name also appeared in another column. There was also a comment on whether it would be useful to Sago (probably Santiago, Chile; see Number 12 on sheet)?
Sources:

104-10267-10064: CABLE: COS HAS TENTATIVELY APPROVED 19-24 MAY LEAVE FOR ARETZ

04/28/60: Cable from Havana to Director: DIR CITE HAVA 4393: "1. COS has tentatively approved 19-24 May leave for Aretz order he attend family business ZRMETAL (Washington, D.C.). 2. If possible suggest Aretz-Choaden meeting ZRMETAL 23 May. (Handwritten note: (Unintelligible) file Choaden)."

104-10192-10060: DISPATCH: SUBJECT - AMPALM-1 PUBLICATION PROGRAM

08/17/60: Dispatch from COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: "Attention is invited to paragraph 2A of Reference. Attached is the translation of V.I. Lenin on Religion, together with the English version originally provided by Headquarters via KMFORGET. AMPALM-1 states that the translation was made by a priest, but did not reveal his name. Once the Spanish edition is published, the Station will obtain a number of copies which may be of use to other Stations. In view of the limited number which can be sent by pouch, Headquarters may wish to make the attached translation available to some other publications facility. Wilmer R. Aretz. (Handwritten note: KMFORGET is releasable, BU 8/3/98)." - - -KMFORGET was "a program where stories planted by the agency in one country would be clipped and mailed to media in other countries, and such efforts enhanced the likelihood that the stories would be seen by an American correspondent and transmitted home." https://www.maryferrell.org/php/cryptdb.php?id=KMFORGET

104-10192-10060: DISPATCH: SUBJECT - AMPALM-1 PUBLICATION PROGRAM

08/17/60: Routing and Record Sheet for the above dispatch: "FROM: WH/4C, 20113N. TO: 3. WH 046 Barton (David A. Phillips)..." The other signatories are mostly from WH/4, including C/WH/4/PROP (Number 5), C/WH/CA (Number 10). Number 12 was signed by WH/1/Chile. In the "To All Addressees" column, Joseph Piccolo name is at the top, with the unit: WH/4C. Comment "10-12: Would this be useful to Sago?" Possibly a reference to Santiago, Chile.

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald

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