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Pseudonym: Simoncini, Clayton

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Definition:
Unknown identity. Clayton F. Simoncini was an asset of CIA's Mexico City station from at least September of 1960 until at least August 1967.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Simoncini was the source for information on Ivan G. Alferiev, Pravda Rept, in Mexico City, on September 13, 1960. A dispatch in May, 1966, from Chief of Station (COS), Mexico City, stated that Simoncini had been a "developmental candidate for CP penetration." However, due to a lack of access this agent possibility was dropped as of February 28, 1966. Simoncini received a payment of $150, which consisted of two months salary and termination pay.

A dispatch from Mexico City, in February, 1967, mentioned that the purpose of Gordon Hawlott's operation on January 12, 1967, was a loan to Simoncini. This appeared under the heading "LILISP-X Expenditures as of 1 February 1967".

A cable in August of 1967 from Mexico City stated that "acting on tip from Simoncini that Waldo had been expelled from Mexico, COS raised subject in ambassador's staff meeting 3 Aug." The Releasing Officer was W. C. Curtis, a pseudonym for the COS, Mexico City, Winston M. Scott.
Sources:

104-10162-10327: FILE CARD: IVAN G. ALFERIEV, PRAVDA REPT., MEXICO CITY

09/13/60: File Card: "Ivan G. Alferiev, Pravda Rept, Mexico City. Source: Simoncini. Date of Info: 13 September 1960, Mexico City."

104-10218-10047: (ASSET) (LIHUFF) OPERATIONS.

05/04/66: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH Division: Subject: LIRANCH Progress Report: 1 January - 31 March 1966: Page 3: ..."b. One-time or discontinued expenses...Clayton F. Simoncini developmental candidate for CP penetration. (Owing to lack of access, this agent possibility was dropped as of 28 February. This payment was two months salary and termination pay). 150.00..."

104-10175-10025: LIRING-3

02/14/67: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH Division: Subject: Report of Station OOA and DATO Expenditures as of 1 February 1967: "LIRANCH EXPENDITURES AS OF 1 FEBRUARY 1967: ...LILISP-X (note: funds for covert action) EXPENDITURES AS OF 1 FEBRUARY 1967: DATE: 12 Jan. US $: 3,996.80. NATURE OF EXPENSES: Hawlott Ops (unintelligible). PURPOSE: Simoncini Loan..."

104-10013-10424: CABLE ON THAYER WALDO (AKA MARK THAYER) ABOUT UNAM FIRING HIM AND HIE DISAPPEARANCE

08/11/67: Cable from Mexico City to Director: REF: DIRECTOR-26897: "1. Mexico station files contain substantially same derog on Thayer Waldo (aka Mark Thayer) as reported ref. In addition HKHW-3282 of 11 Feb 1960 cites usually reliable source in HEG-184 of 16 June 1953 that subject's former partner in Pacific post, Francis R. Sutherland stated Waldo carried on his person proof of CP membership which Sutherland had seen. 2. Acting on tip from Simoncini that Waldo had been expelled from Mexico, COS raised subject in ambassador's staff meeting 3 Aug..." Releasing Officer: W. C. Curtis (Winston M. Scott).

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald • Jefferson Morley • Bill Simpich

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