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Pseudonym: Rizzuto, Vincent

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Definition:
Unknown identity. Vincent P. Rizzuto worked with Chief of Station (COS), Mexico City, Willard C. Curtis (Winston M. Scott), Bruce H. Fernald and others in the late 1960's, and the early 1970's.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A dispatch in November of 1967 stated that "Raymond H. Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant), principal agent for the LIEMPTY project, was introduced to his new case officer, Vincent P. Rizzuto. The major reason for the change in case officers was to bring the LIEMPTY project into the section which it is largely designed to support, the REDTOP section." On June 30, 1970, Rizzuto was the CIA agent who dismissed Gerende.
Sources:

104-10187-10009: CIA FILE (ASSET) PHOTO SURVEILLANCE OP.

11/08/67: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH (Info: Chief, SB): Subject: LIEMPTY Progress Report 1 August through 31 October 1967: "1. On 26 July 1967, Raymond H. Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant), principal agent for the LIEMPTY (umbrella surveillance project in Mexico City, formerly code-named LIPSTICK. Included a variety of sub-projects under it) project, was introduced to his new case officer, Vincent P. Rizzuto. The major reason for the change in case officers was to bring the LIEMPTY project into the section which it is largely designed to support, the REDTOP (CIA Soviet Division) section. In the three-month period covered by this progress report, Gerende was met by the case officer 32 times...(handwritten: Vincent P. Rizzuto) for/Willard C. Curtis (Winston M. Scott)."

104-10174-10065: FOLDER ON LOGANOV, VALENTIN SERGEYEVICH

07/30/68: 07/30/68: Memo from Vincent P. Rizzuto: Subject: Julio Platas Urbina, born 10 October 1941 in Empalme, Sonora: ..."Distribution: Orig - LITEMPO-8 (Luis Echeverria Alvarez)..."

104-10187-10009: CIA FILE (ASSET) PHOTO SURVEILLANCE OP.

01/22/69: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH Division (Info: Chief, SB Division): Subject: LIEMPTY Progress Report, 1 July through 31 December 1968:"SUMMARY: 1. There have been no basic changes in the operation of the project during the reporting period. Raymond H. Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) continues as principal agent, handling the personnel of the two base houses, LILYRIC and LICALLA, and performing other additional tasks. On 27 December 1968, consistent with our effort to get as much of the support activity as possible handled by outside officers, direct agent-handling responsibility for Gerende and the LIEMPTY project was turned over to Bruce H. Fernald. Vincent P. Rizzuto remains an alternate and as Fernald's inside contact...(handwritten: Vincent P. Rizzoto) for Willard C. Curtis (Winston M. Scott)."

104-10187-10014: CIA FILE ON (ASSET) DEVELOPMENT AND PLANS.

03/11/69: Cable from Mexico City to Director: LIEMPTY: "1. Preparation LIEMPTY project renewal request delayed due Rizzoto's recent TDY HQs. Will pouch 18 March. 2. File 50-6-74/1."

104-10174-10065: FOLDER ON LOGANOV, VALENTIN SERGEYEVICH

08/04/69: Memo of meeting between Vincent P. Rizzuto (as case officer) and LICOZY-5 (as agent/subject - note: probably Steve Kenin, or Kenin's twin brother Larry): Mention of Coigne (probably Paul Dillon) in the first paragraph, and Gestetner (Herbert Manell) under item 9 (miscellaneous).

104-10174-10065: FOLDER ON LOGANOV, VALENTIN SERGEYEVICH

09/23/69: Memorandum from Fernald to Rizzuto through Archbold: Subject: AEDIEHARD (P-11,712) Thoughts Re possibility of Pitching Him: Pages 3-4 (file pages 73-74) appear to contain a handwritten note from Rizzuto.

104-10174-10065: FOLDER ON LOGANOV, VALENTIN SERGEYEVICH

12/03/69: Memo for the record from Vincent P. Rizzuto: Subject: Conversation with (REDACTION) of USIS: "1. On 3 December 1969 I had a brief conversation with (REDACTION) to find out if he knew any of the Soviets at the French Club, and to brief him on these individuals..."

104-10215-10127: BAKULIN, VALENTIN VASILYEVICH.

04/02/70: Dispatch from COS, Withheld to Chief, SB Division (Info: Chief, WH Division): Subject: REDTOP (REDACTION) Contacts with Soviet Officials in Mexico: Page 32: "SUBJECT: Vincent P. Rizzuto's Soviet Contacts: Largely through the medium of AMCOSAD, Rizzuto has met a number of Soviets. With many it is little more than a nodding acquaintance, but with some it is a little deeper than that. The latter are discussed below. It should be pointed out that each of these Soviets is very likely aware of Rizzuto's RVROCK (CIA) affiliation. A. Valentin V. Bakulin (201-261813) - Rizzuto has known him for over two years. Bakulin is a smooth-talking, smooth-appearing diplomat...AMCOSAD functions appear to provide the only occasion for Bakulin to appear in public. When Rizzoto has been to functions at the Soviet Embassy, Bakulin has always been the proper host - polite and hospitable. The real Bakulin never shows through. Since he is a neighbor (same floor of same apartment building) as well as a frequent companion of Chmykhov, he is undoubtedly aware of the relationship between Rizzuto and Chmykhov, and he stays out of it, probably on purpose. B. Yuriy Chernysh (201-825743) - Rizzuto has met Chernysh only three times, the first two meetings being well over a year apart. However, all meetings resulted in relatively lengthy conversations. Chernysh made no bones about getting Rizzuto's name correctly (most Soviets do not seem to bother and usually act as if they do not remember the name)..."

104-10219-10005: [RESTRICTED]

06/30/70: Agent Vincent P. Rizzuto dismissed Raymond H. Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) on this date.

104-10079-10391: HANDWRITTEN LIST ENTITLED "ASSETS KNOWN".

Undated CIA document: "June '70 by J. Barry, WH-1...5. Case Officers as NOC: Matthew H. Dingley (note: Harry T. Mahoney), Vincent P. Rizzuto, Bruce H. Fernald aka 'Victor Babin" (?), Andrew E. Pellement alias 'Bill Wells', David H. Wilsted, Raymond L. Barcenas, Andrew R. Doscher - Mike Farmer (T) "

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