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Pseudonym: Bongirno, Keith

Definition:
Unknown identity. Keith G. Bongirno was a CIA operative from at least May 1962, to June, 1970. Bongirno appears to have worked in the KUCAGE division of the CIA (CIA Psychological and Paramilitary Operations Staff).
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Furthermore, a CIA document in May 1962, stated that Bongirno acted "as a one man watch dog committee for the Station" (probably JMWAVE), to ensure that the funds provided for a program were spent as had been agreed. In addition, Keith G. Bongirno worked with AMICE-31 (Reinaldo Pico Ramon), and was known to A-31 as "Mr. Johns." Furthermore, a cable in June 1970 named Bongirno as one of the three case officers (along with Henry Hecksher, and probably Thomas Hazlett), who met with AMHIM-2 (Augustin Alles Soberon). All three officers were from JMWAVE. One candidate who may have been Keith G. Bongirno was George E. Joannides. Joannides, using his pseudonym Walter D. Newby, was the originating officer of a dispatch in June 1962, in which Keith G. Bongirno was mentioned. Also, Bongirno was known to AMICE-31 (as mentioned above) as "Mr. Johns", which may have suited and appealed to George Joannides.
Sources:

104-10228-10405: AMBUD COMMISSION OF DOCTRINE AND PROPAGANDA

05/02/62, CIA document: "c. AMBUD Commission of Doctrine and Propaganda: See Separate Cover Attachment B for a description of the activities of this group. Bongirno acts as a one man 'watch dog' committee for the Station to make certain that the funds given to this group are spent in accordance with an agreed upon program. In order to do this, Bongirno is in direct contact with the Chairman of the Commission, a post held until two months ago by AMCORE-2 and, until 29 April 1962, by Subject of UFGA-3803 who has now resigned. Concurrently, Bongirno maintains direct informal (but more effective) contact with 201-277590 (Note: probably 201 number for Angel del Cerro) who is personally loyal to Bongirno, alerts him to deviations when imminent and accepts KUCAGE guidance for the semi-monthly publications."

104-10299-10150: DISPATCH: GYROSE/KUCAGE/OPERATIONAL/CRC PROPAGANDA COMMISSION 1-31 MAY ACTIVITIES

06/11/62, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W (Originating Officer: Walter D. Newby, PW, Coordinating Officer: Robert K. Trouchard, C/PW, Releasing Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman, ACOS): "1. Attached hereto is a monthly progress report for May 1962 in the activities of the Commission of Doctrine and Propaganda of the Revolutionary Council of Cuba (CRC), prepared by Keith G. Bongirno. We also attach copies of the semi-monthly publications Cuba Nueva (with a summary in English of the articles contained therein) and copies of its information bulletin Hoja Informativa..."

104-10229-10147: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/GYROSE/KUCAGE/CRC PROPAGANDA COMMISSION: 1-30 JUNE ACTIVITIES

07/31/62, Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, Task Force W: "1. Attached hereto is a monthly progress report for June 1962 on the activities of the Commission of Doctrine and Propaganda of the Revolutionary Council of Cuba (CRC), prepared by Keith G. Bongirno...."

104-10076-10047: CABLE - MIAMI HERALD STORY OF A CASTRO AGENT COMING TO US TO BUY PARTS APPEARS TO BE A FABRICATION

12/04/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "1. Keith G. Bongirno reports Miami Herald story 4 Dec on Castro agent coming US via MEXI to purchase badly needed aquaduct parts and equipment appears be fabrication by Luis Suao of Christian Youth Group and his Miami Herald friend Carlos Martinez. Purpose of fabrication is create publicity Suao and Christian Youth. 2. Mary Louise Wilkinson Miami News feels story obvious fabrication to gain publicity for Suao and Christian Youth Group. Intends interview Suao and write article for News 5 Dec. 3. William S. Wibalda reports Suao and old friend AMCORE-2. Wibalda checking on possibility Suao may have been supplied info for fabrication by AMCORE-2's assistant Vicente Rodriguez. AMCORE-2 who still in New York City claims knows nothing about Suao story. C/S Comment: *Dissemination applicable to RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE cables."

180-10145-10324: HSCA DOCUMENT ON REINALDO PICO RAMON

2/16/65, Internal Memo RE PRQ I and II: Page 2: ...."Contact: First contacted by Keith G. Bongirno in May 1964 after his trip to Venezuela. Knows Bongirno as Mr. Johns and AMCLATTER-1 in true name. Subject receives $300 monthly salary via AMICE payroll. Knows only Bongirno and AMCLATTER-1..." AMICE-31's PRQ Part II can be found here (SECTION 1, "2. Subject can be turned over to any Spanish speaking case officer.": https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=32884&search=104-10178-10141#relPageId=2&tab=page

104-10178-10334: CIA FILE ON REINALDO PICO.

03/29/66, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH (Info: WH/C): Subject: DYVOUR/JMDEVIL/AMICE-31 Production: ..."3. Also attached, under separate cover, is a copy of a report by Keith G. Bongirno which includes a list of AMICE-31's achievements at the meeting and his impressions of and attitudes toward certain delegates and issues."

104-10104-10052: CABLE RE CONTACTS WITH AMHIM-2

06/29/70, Cable from WH/Miami to Director: Slugline TYPIC AMHIM: "1. No Case Officer from WH/Miami has ever met AMHIM-2 (Augustin Alles Soberon). Following JMWAVE Case Officers met AMHIM-2 in alias only: Nelson L. Raynock (Note: Henry D. Hecksher), Clyde K. Shryock (Note: Probably Thomas Hazlett), Keith G. Bongirno. 2. AMHIM-2 was fully aware of JKLANCE (CIA) sponsorship of AMHIM organization. 3. We have quit claim and secrecy agreement signed by AMHIM-2 upon termination on 31 May 1970. 4. File: 19-126-41, 201-355653. GP-1."

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