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Pseudonym: Tardock, Harmon

Definition:
Unknown identity. A dispatch in June of 1962 stated that two couriered letters from AMHINT-53 (Luis Fernandez-Rocha), dated April 5, 1962, were handcarried to headquarters by Tardock.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
The dispatch also noted that "a visit by Mr. Tardock from Headquarters resulted in a study of AMBARB (note: propaganda project to place DRE members in universities throughout Latin America) funding which has prompted guidance for all stations concerned." In addition, Tardock reported that information from his sources described AMBARB-28 as extremely active in GYROSE (routing indicator for Task Force W's internal communications within the CIA regarding Cuba) operations. AMBARB-28 was a Quito station controlled asset.

A dispatch on March 21, 1962, from Chief, Task Force W, stated that Harmon V. Tardock was the identity in Attachment B. The dispatch also asked of the Chief of Station (COS), JMWAVE, "is it feasible for DRE to set up an office in Paris? Would it be worthwhile to extend the AMBARB operation to Paris; and, for that matter, to other European cities where there are numbers of Cuban students?"

A dispatch on July 10, 1962, stated that "we are forwarding, under separate cover, a Spanish-to-English translation of a copy of the letter which was obtained by Harmon V. Tardock from AMVANG-2 during the former's TDY (note: temporary duty) at WAVE. Tardock was on his way to the airport at the time and therefore did not have an opportunity to furnish Station a copy."
Sources:

104-10171-10301: OPERATIONAL: ACTION IS REQUESTED IN SUCH PARAGRAPH

03/21/62: Dispatch from Chief, Task Force W to COS, JMWAVE: "1. Attachment A is a copy of a (unintelligible) prepared by Harmon V. Tardock, who is Identity in Attachment B, giving his understanding of the AMBARB (propaganda project to place DRE members in universities throughout Latin America) (unintelligible). With respect to instructions on the training of the AMBARB now in the Dominican Republic in DIR 28413 (a question [unintelligible) that cable has been (unintelligible) by subsequent (unintelligible)...2. (Unintelligible) forward PRQ Part II to the following personnel as soon as possible so that they can be processed (unintelligible): AMBARB-1, (unintelligible), AMHINT-26 (John Koch Gene), AMBARB-2, (unintelligible), AMBARB-59, AMBARB-4, AMBARB-60 (?)...5. Headquarters wants to publish in Prensa Libre the photos of the letters from two students in La Cabana prison, which were sent to Headquarters with UFGA-2047, 2 August 1961. Does WAVE have any objections? 6. Attachment D is a memorandum of conversation (unintelligible) by a BGACTRESS (CIA International Organizations Division - IOD) case officer in Paris on a discussion he had with several Cuban attendees there. It is for your information and consideration of ways that the Cuban student group in Paris might be utilized operationally in the overall (unintelligible) effort. For example, is it feasible for DRE to set up an office in Paris? Would it be worthwhile to extend the AMBARB operation to Paris; and, for that matter, to other European cities where there are numbers of Cuban students? 7. Attachment S is a copy of an FBI report on the DRE and some persons associated with it."

104-10171-10036: MAY PROGRESS REPORT - AMSPELL

06/23/62: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Pages 3-5: ..."B. AMHINT (probably a branch of the DRE that conducted paramilitary and infiltration operations in Cuba. Their case officer was JMWAVE chief of operations David Morales): 1) General: The entire AMSPELL (the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil, or DRE - Cuban Student Directorate) progress report has been held up pending the exfiltration of AMHINT-53 (Luis Fernandez-Rocha). His debriefing would have provided detailed and updated AMHINT organizational and operational data. In the absence of this information, three of AMHINT-53's couriered letters are the only point of reference. (Two of these, dated 5 April 1962 were handcarried to Headquarters by Tardock)...B. AMBARB (propaganda project to place DRE members in universities throughout Latin America): 1) General...Also, in addition to normal processing of AMBARB assignments, a visit by Mr. Tardock from Headquarters resulted in a study of AMBARB funding which has prompted guidance for all stations concerned (Book Dispatch 3211)...g. Ecuador - (Assigned: AMBARB-28 and 65): AMBARB-28 is a Quito station controlled asset and while no station reports are available as yet, Tardock reports that information from his sources describe AMBARB-28 as extremely active in GYROSE (routing indicator for Task Force W's internal communications within the CIA regarding Cuba) operations..."

104-10274-10300: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/GYROSE KUWOLF TRANSMITTAL OF TRANSLATION OF AMBANG-1'S LETTER 0 7 JUNE 1962 ADDRESSED TO MRP NATIONAL DIRECTORATE IN CUBA

07/10/62: Dispatch from Chief, Task Force W to COS, JMWAVE: "1. Although you have probably received a copy of subject letter through your sources, we are forwarding, under separate cover, a Spanish-to-English translation of a copy of the letter which was obtained by Harmon V. Tardock from AMVANG-2 during the former's TDY at WAVE. Tardock was on his way to the airport at the time and therefore did not have an opportunity to furnish Station a copy. 2. Also enclosed, under separate cover, is a memorandum commenting on the subject letter, which was prepared by a KUWOLF (Psychological and Paramilitary Staff) staff member at Headquarters." Originating Officer: M. Tharpe, TFW/PA-PROP. Coordinating Officer: Seymour R. Bolten, C/TFW/PA-PROP. Releasing Officer: Unintelligible.

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald

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