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Pseudonym: Sabetay, Edward

Definition:
Edward D. Sabetay was probably a pseudonym used by John L. Hart, Deputy Chief, Western Hemisphere Division, in 1964 and 1965. In December, 1964, Sabetay put his name to a dispatch from DC/WH (SA). The Releasing Officer was John Hart, DC/WH (SA).
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
In addition, a cable on June 8, 1965 cable on Victor Espinosa and the AMLASH conspiracy mentioned that Sabetay was aware of the details told to Harold Swenson by Espinosa. Furthermore, a cable on June 22, 1965, stated that Sabetay was in Rome recently on TDY and had discussed with AMLASH-1 and 2 the issue of trading jewels with the government of Cuba (GOC). Moreover, on July 9, 1965, Harold Swenson sent a memo to John Hart, on the AMLASH plot to kill Fidel Castro, and other prominent members of the regime in Cuba. Also, on July 26, 1965, Sabetay was again mentioned and John Hart, DC/WH/C, was the Authenticating Officer. A memo in April of 1968 was from Hart, and he was now Chief, European Division. A dispatch in February, 1970, was co-signed by Edward D. Sabetay and the Releasing Officer's name was withheld, although the office cited was C/EUR. An obituary in 2002 for John Hart stated that he was "head of the CIA's European Division from 1968 to 1971." Testimony from a CIA officer in 1975 to the Church Committee mentioned that Hart took over as Chief, Task Force W, in the early spring of 1965.
Sources:

104-10226-10438: AMSCROLL ECONOMIC WARFARE ACTIVITY

12/31/64: Dispatch from DC/WH (SA) to COS, JMWAVE: "Forwarded herewith is a copy of EGFA-43043, 1 December 1964, which is of interest to the station. Forwarded under separate cover is the attachment to the dispatch. Edward D. Sabetay." Originating Officer: Jerome Ott, WH/SA/MOB/PROP. Coordinating Officer: John S. Tilton, C/WH/SA/MOB. Releasing Officer: John L. Hart, DC/WH (SA).

104-10102-10159: CABLE: VICTOR ESPINOSA ON RETURN PBPRIME TOLD ODURGE AND

06/08/65: Cable from Madrid to Director and Paris: Slugline RYBAT KEYWAY PBRUMEN UNSNAFU AMLASH: "1. For PARI: Victor Espinosa on return PBPRIME (U.S.) told ODURGE (INS) and ODENVY (FBI) of AMLASH conspiracy; contacts with AMLASH-2 and 3, UNSNAFU-9, Mirrlees; criticism of KUBARK (CIA) staffers at MADR, including Growery; derogatory accusations on QUSPORT, QUSWIFT-1, AMWHIP-1; Mirrlees scare in accepting as serious joking recruitment by AMLASH-3 for SOVS; relationship at PARI among Bob, Dick, Maureen, Luis Fernandez, UNSNAFU-9; clumsy attempt use AMWHIP against UNSNAFU-19 who witting of AMWHIP ties with KUBARK; AMWHIP pocketing difference between KUBARK payments for jewelry and amounts given to UNSNAFU-19; generally inept handling of AMLASHes; needs of AMLASH-1 to vet prompt reply on KUBARK attitude toward him. Sabetay is aware of details above as told to Langosch by Espinosa..."

104-10183-10423: CABLE RE: PURCHASES OF JEWELRY FROM GOC BY AMWHIP/1 AND AMWHIP/2 THROUGH AMB ANTONIO CARRILLO WELL KNOWN AND APPROVED BY HQS

06/22/65: Cable from Rome to Director and Madrid (Info: WAVE, PARI): Slugline KEYWAY PBRUMEN AMWHIP: "1. Purchases of jewelry from GOC by AMWHIP/1 and AMWHIP/2 through AMB Antonio Carrillo well known and approved by HQs see DIR 49557 (not to WAVE, PARI and DIR 60438 (Not to MADR). 2. Person listed by TN in ref is partner A/1 and A/2 Rome jewelry store and slated be plaintiff heirlooms case Rome. 3. During recent Sabetay TDY Rome discussed anomaly all-out heirlooms effort while letting A/1 and A/2 continue trade in GOC jewels. However, during recent A/2 meet he said Carrillo has had nothing for sale for months. Carrillo keeps prodding A/2 go Havana. 4. A/2 plans go Spain on vacation early July. Any MADR objection our warning him QUOTA interest and telling him not to go Spain? 5. No index."

104-10216-10413: MEMO: CIA OPERATIONS AND PLOT TO KILL FIDEL CASTRO, RAUL CASTRO AND OTHER KEY FIGURES OF THE PRESENT REGIME IN CUBA

07/09/65: Memorandum from Harold Swenson to John Hart: Source for this memo was Victor Espinosa Hernandez.

104-10229-10161: CONSULTATION RE COMMITMENTS AND FINANCING BRIGADE DEPENDENTS

07/26/65: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: W. T. Cini, Unit: WH/C/MO): Slugline TYPIC AMBUD: "Per Sabetay-Elmard telecon, request Caponong proceed HQs for one or two days consultation re commitments and financing brigade dependents. Should arrive for meetings morning 29 July. PLS advise." Releasing Officer: Jacob D. Esterline, AC/WHD. Authenticating Officer: John L. Hart, DC/WHD/C.

104-10229-10084: DISPATCH: AMBUD BENEFIT PAYMENTS

08/02/65: Dispatch from Deputy Chief, WHD for Cuba to COS, JMWAVE: Page 2: ..."Edward D. Sabetay." Originating Officer: T. J. Flores, WH/C/COPS. Releasing Officer: John L. Hart, DC/WHD/C.

104-10071-10074: SUBJECT: TENTATIVE PLANS OF SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY TO VISIT WEST BERLIN ON 1 MAY

04/16/68: Memorandum from John L. Hart, Chief, European Division to Director of Central Intelligence (Via: Deputy Director for Plans):

104-10181-10011: CIA FILE ON ORESTES RUIZ-PEREZ, VOL 11.

02/12/70: Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to COS, Withheld, COS, WH/Withheld: Subject: TYPIC/Continued Operational Interest in AMAUTO-1: Page 3: ..."Michael V. Slatinski. I would appreciate your giving personal attention to this matter, because it is rare that we we have such a detailed assessment as we have in this case. Edward D. Sabetay." Originating Officer: Withheld, WH/COG/OPS. Coordinating Officer: Withheld, AC/WH/COG. Releasing Officer: Withheld, C/EUR.

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of Mr. Weatherby: Page 11: ..."MR. BARON: And Bruce Cheever was the Deputy Chief of Task Force W during the entire period that you served on Task Force W? MR. WEATHERBY: That is correct. I believe he had a short tenure as Chief until Mr. Hart took over, John Hart. MR. BARON: When did John Hart take over as Chief of Task Force W? MR. WEATHERBY: It was quite near the end of my time on it, so I would say approximately in early spring 1965..."

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2002-06-03-0206030149-story.html

06/03/2002: Obituary in the Chicago Tribune by The Washington Post: Headlined: "John Limond Hart, 81: John Limond Hart, the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968 who called the agency's treatment of a top KGB defector an 'abomination' in a sensational report in 1978 for which he came out of retirement, died May 27 at an assisted living community in Washington. He was 81. Mr. Hart had Alzheimer's disease. Over the years, Mr. Hart had served as head of CIA operations in Korea during the Korean War and later as chief of a Cuban task force. He was head of the CIA's European division from 1968 to 1971, when he was asked by then-CIA chief Richard Helms to review the case of Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko. Nosenko contacted the CIA in Geneva in 1962, looking to trade secrets to replace Soviet money he spent on a drinking spree. He defected in early 1964, and just months after the assassination of President John Kennedy, he said he could prove a link between suspected killer Lee Harvey Oswald and the KGB. As that link was debated, CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton and others suspected that Nosenko had been planted by the Soviets to provide disinformation. He was held for three years while agents examined his claims. Eventually, he was released and given a new identity and a consulting job in the Washington area, but not before his handling poisoned relations within the Soviet division of the CIA. At a 1978 hearing of the House committee on assassinations, Mr. Hart testified that Nosenko's treatment was "counterproductive and created a lot of misinformation" at a critical time for the agency. Mr. Hart declined to characterize the potential of a link between Oswald and the Soviet intelligence agency. Angleton disputed many of Mr. Hart's conclusions...Mr. Hart retired from the CIA in 1973..."

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