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Pseudonym: Fluteo, Leon

Definition:
Leon C. Fluteo was a pseudonym used by Alvin Bracket. However, it is unclear whether the latter was Fluteo's real name or another pseudonym or alias. Also, a dispatch in August 1964 stated that Leon C. Fluteo was known to AMICE-27 as "Oscar Guerra."
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A dispatch in July 1963 noted that Leon C. Fluteo was a JMWAVE officer, and also that AMCORE-2's (Luis Conte Aguero) new case officer. It was AMCORE-2 who used the name Alvin Bracket (with Leon C. Fluteo in brackets), in a letter to David Phillips in October 1967. In addition, Leon C. Fluteo was mentioned in the April 1971 cable about James Angleton's visit to Mexico City, following the death of former Chief of Station, Winston Scott.
Sources:

104-10166-10409: DISPATCH: TYPIC OPERATIONAL AMCORE-2 PROPAGANDA ACTIVITIES

07/17/63, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: "1. AMCORE-2 was turned over to Leon C. Fluteo on 9 July 1963. Henceforth contact will be direct with the JMWAVE case officer rather than indirect through Wibalda. AMCORE-2 was highly cooperative, understood that Melvin T. Welinsky 'has left the area', and appeared happy to deal with his new case officer only. He inquired about 'Dick' in 'Juan's office.' He was told that, as people move about, new personnel come to offices, although functions and attentions remain the same. He was assured that all his suggestions would receive proper attention by the people concerned. 2. AMCORE-2 requested 'more frequent and clear orientation' to guide his propaganda efforts. As a result he and Fluteo agreed to meet twice weekly, more when needed..."

104-10166-10372: DISPATCH: TYPIC/OPERATIONAL AMCORE/2 PROGRESS REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 1963

12/17/63, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 2: ..."3. Subject's principal propaganda effort during the month was the excellent coverage he gave the OAS proceedings on the Venezuelan arms cache, Subject's efforts to promote resistance, harassment and sabotage inside Cuba, however, were the weakest in any month since Leon C. Fluteo took over as case officer in July 1963...."

104-10179-10266: DISPATCH: UNAUTHORIZED INTERVIEW OF AMBANG-1 ON REBEL RADIO PROGRAM

02/20/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: ..."2. Although the contents of AMBANG-1's interview generally agree with the themes of the Rebel Army Radio Program, JMWAVE had sought to maintain the program's wide appeal by specifically instructing AMLEO-3, Program Director, to avoid personalized propaganda for exile political leaders. William S. Wibalda, who as JMHOPE Program Director normally censors all pre-taped programs in advance, failed to check the tape in which Identity A slipped AMBANG-1's interview. Discovery was made through off-the-air spot checking by Fluteo on the night of 11 February 1964...On 12 February 1964 Fluteo also instructed Wibalda to exercise strict censorship on all Rebel Army Radio Programs in order to prevent the deterioration of this area of the MHAPRON program into another exile political football." Page 3: Identity List: "Iden A: Jesus Calzadilla, 'Granma' survivor and Rebel Army interviewer..."

104-10308-10062: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/UNSUCCESSFUL EXFILTRATION ATTEMPT

06/02/64, Dispatch to COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 2: ..."AMLEO-3 claimed he knew nothing about what type of boat the group planned to use, nor the exact time of departure, route the boat would follow, etc. It was not until 13 May 1964, that AMLEO-3 mentioned to Bruce P. Vedder and Leon C. Fluteo, during a routine operational meeting, that he had sponsored and masterminded the aborted exfiltration operation, and that the operation had been mounted from the U.S., and not from inside the island, as he had previously claimed to the C/O..."

104-10180-10277: CABLE: ACCORDING TELECON 1600 HOURS 24 JULY 64 WITH LEON C. FLUTEO

07/25/64, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMBANG: "1. According telecon 1600 hours 24 July 64 with Leon C. Fluteo (P), William S. Wibalda's wife said following based JURE press conference 1500 hours 24 July and based conversations with Huber Matos, Jr. 2. Frente Nacional Revolucionario Cubana, Alianza Nacional Anticomunista, and Asambleo Nacional Revolucionario leaving JURE because it 'inoperative and inefficient, and cannot carry war to Cuba.' Ray 'using JURE for his own political gain', does not mean to fight. Cisneros monopolizes power, and group not allowed engage real action such as commando raids, hit-and-run attacks. 3. Three organizations leaving because they want know where the funds are, and how much available. 4. Huber Matos, Jr. appearing tonight at 2300 over Radio Station WMIE that other JURE supporters not leave organization. 5. Ray on way from Washington, D.C. to see what he can do patch things up. 6. Mrs. Wilbalda's comment: 'This is logical consequence Ray's failure keep his promise and way in which he found preparing to pull publicity stunt. JURE just falling apart for failure show any real backbone.' 7. AMOTS reported that press conference scheduled for 1500 hours 24 July by three groups leaving JURE was to be held home Jose Roige, 1259 SW 2nd St. They agreed allow Miami newsmen ask any questions bearing on split or JURE in general. 8. Juan Amador Rodriguez announced break noon 24 July on Miami Radio Station WMIE. *Re resignation of Rogelio Cisneros Diaz from JURE."

104-10102-10236: DISPATCH ON OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES

08/24/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 15: ..."b. The following CIA staff employees were in contact with AMICE-27 and are therefore considered known to Volsky: Andrew K. Reuteman as Tad Brickham; Willard R. Nauman as Al Rodemeyer; Stanley R. Zamka as Dr Manuel Mendez; Irving N. Peggins as Joe Webster; Hobart J. Vandeborn as Tom Mesard; Rueben A. Hannula as Fred Folsom; Leon C. Fluteo as Oscar Guerra..."

104-10166-10440: TRANSLATION: DOUGLAS (MICHAEL C. CHOADEN) MY FRIEND

10/31/67, Translated letter from Luis Conte Aguero to Michael C. Choaden (CIA officer David A. Phillips): "Douglas (Michael C. Choaden), my friend, In August 1965, under circumstances which you should recall very well, you made certain general promises to assist me, and, specifically to finance a magazine which we would distribute throughout the hemisphere. Later, Alvin Bracket (Leon C. Fluteo) told me that the project would be implemented and that he had been instructed to ask me for a budget, though along somewhat more modest lines that those upon which we had agreed at that early morning meeting on the island (Hispaniola)..." Page 2: "To avoid wrong interpretations, I wish to emphasize that my relations with Joe Crespi (Edward D. Knapman) are fine. He is pleasant to deal with and knows his job..."

104-10129-10097: CABLE RE DEATH BENEFITS FOR MRS. CURTIS.

04/29/71, Cable to Director: Sluglines RYBAT JMSPUR: FOR LUSBY AND FOR ASHMEAD: Page 4: ..."5. With her efficient cooperation Kingman spent several hours going through safes and cabinets and valises in study and loaded three large cartons and four valises with file folders, notes, and memoranda of classified Station files. Also, when she and brothers at Curtis office previous day, they had pulled out, under lawyer's eyes, number of documents which obviously classified or Agency oriented (Curtis name in pseudonym, secret stamps and so on. Ashmead will recall Barron mention of memo from Curtis to Kingman on Fluteo which in office. This carbon was among this batch given to Kingman which indicates we got most of stuff from office)..."

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