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Pseudonym: Moschiano, Howard

Definition:
Unknown identity. A cable on April 20, 1954, mentioned that Howard O. Moschiano had hand carried a message to HQ on April 17th.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable on June 14, 1954, was from Cadick (William Robertson) and Moschiano, and contained a situation report. A cable on June 15, 1954, for Whiting (Frank G. Wisner), stated that Ontrich (Nestor Sanchez) was being supported by Pivall (probably David Morales) and Moschiano, who were described as being "very experienced officers", while Ontrich also had Cadick with him as senior officer representing LINCOLN (CIA's Guatemalan covert operations headquarters, a forward base in Florida). A cable on June 23, 1954, once again mentioned Cadick and Moschiano. A dispatch on December 8, 1955, stated that Howard O. Moschiano was picked up by LIPSTICK-14 on November 10, 1955, and instructed the latter on photographic technique.
Sources:

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000916353.pdf

04/20/54: Cable from LINCOLN to Director: Slugline RYBAT/PBSUCCESS: RE: (REDACTION) 1187: "1. Rather than wait for distant, dubious OAS results, recommend pertinent evidence of LCPANGS (Costa Rica) complicity be released to ESQUIVEL thru ODACID (U.S. State Department), or to KUGOWN (Psychological and Paramilitary Staff) media in LCPANGS, in order attempt achieve result anticipated para 4 ref. 2. Believe Attachment A to (REDACTION) 237, handcarried to HQ 17 April by Howard O. Moschiano, should provide adequate material to accomplish above. 3. LCPANGS cabinet crisis would further isolate WSBURNT (Guatemala) and accentuate anti-commie trend in Central America."

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000921972.pdf

06/14/54: Cable from Withheld to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: FROM CADICK MOSCHIANO: SITUATION REPORT: "1. All organizers, sabotage leaders, launched. 2. Shock troops in position on four hour call. 3. TRO's arriving staging areas 14th. 4. New CAESAR (Quetzaltenango) RO going in via Contrervas (also RCVD Contrerfas) 14th. 5. SOMERSET briefed and prepared fly schedule as cabled you and as ground instructed. 6. Advance C.P. moving to point near HANK (Zacapa, Guatemalan base) staging area 14th. Coordinates follow. 7. FCP setting up in final location 14th."

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000921920.pdf

06/15/54: Cable from LINCOLN to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: REF: DIR 704732: FOR WHITING: IMMEDIATE ACTION: "1. Have considered ref carefully and feel that it would be mistake to add another officer at this time (REDACTION). 2. Ontrich (Nestor Sanchez) youth has been mentioned by WSHOOFS (Honduras) Pres relayed through SKILLET (Whiting Willauer, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras) and SACBUT but all our reports from other sources including Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) and (REDACTION) have indicated Ontrich doing outstanding job both as to performance and command. 3. Moreover he is supported by Pivall (probably David Morales) and Moschiano both very experienced officers and has Cadick (William Robertson) with him as senior officer representing LINC. As you know Cadick is mature officer with unusual field experience and command ability. 4. Finally main decisions, such as movement shock troops, can only be made with LINCOLN (note: CIA's Guatemalan covert operations headquarters, a forward base in Florida) approval. Once shock troops move no one except Calligeris men will be in position make field decisions while decisions re support will require LINC approval. 5. As far as Calligeris talking concerned complete control in TEGU. Impossible by anyone. When he moves FCP this will be corrected." C. Tracy Barnes

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000136293.pdf

06/23/54: Cable from LINCOLN to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: COMMAND MSG FOR CADICK: Page 2: ..."3. Propose following as solution your air support problem. Send (REDACTION) SHERWOOD/SOMERSET as (REDACTION)/air ops coordinator. With teams requesting air support via special pads which held SHERWOOD (note: CIA radio broadcasting program based in Nicaragua begun on May 1, 1954), (REDACTION), who cognizant (REDACTION) requirements and problems can taken necessary action. Full use should be made lateral SHERWOOD-FCP commo for coordination Cadick (William Robertson)-Moschiano on reverse positions..."

104-10187-10002: CIA FILE ON LIEMPTY/LIMITED BASE HOUSE.

12/08/55: Dispatch from COS, Mexico to Chief, WHD: Subject: General - Operational. Specific - LIPSTICK/LIMITED: "1. LIPSTICK-14 and his family occupied the LIPSTICK/LIMITED base house on 4 November 1955. On 10 November 1955 Howard O. Moschiano was picked up by LIPSTICK-14 in a rented car and driven into the base. Moschiano stayed with LIPSTICK-14 that entire day instructing him in photographic technique and taking approximately 200 pictures. The appearance of the house during this time of operation was checked by the undersigned and Chester D. Pollicove who were unable to discover any outward indications of the existence of the photographic surveillance...2. Initially all files were processed in the station so that Moschiano could process them to the fullest advantage and then critique them with LIPSTICK-14. Now the procedure employed is to have Pollicove pick up the films from LIPSTICK-14 and give them to James O. Aycall who processes them and returns them to Pollicove for transmittal to the office for identification, indexing and filing by Moschiano..."

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Gavin McDonald

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