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Pseudonym: Vedder, Bruce

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Definition:
Orville Bathe, Chief, Psychological Warfare (PW) at JMWAVE from at least July, 1964, to October, 1966. Bathe was Chief, WH/COG, in October of 1973.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A cable on June 5, 1964, had the handwritten name of Orville Bathe above Vedder's name.

Bruce P. Vedder was Chief, Psychological Warfare (PW) at JMWAVE from at least July 1964, to October 1966.

A dispatch on June 2, 1964, stated that "it was not until 13 May 1964, that AMLEO-3 (Capt. Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez) mentioned to Bruce P. Vedder and Leon C. Fluteo (Bruce MacMaster), during a routine operational meeting, that he had sponsored and masterminded the aborted exfiltration operation, and that the operation had been mounted from the U.S., and not from inside the island, as he had previously claimed to the C/O."

A dispatch on June 8, 1964, stated that "Bruce P. Vedder also sees AMHINT-2 (Juan Manuel Salvat Roque) once or twice a month but the detailed direction of the project is in Bongirno's hands." The project in question was AMSPELL (the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil, or DRE - Cuban Student Directorate). In addition, Vedder also worked with AMCORE-2 (Luis Conte Ageuro).

Orville Bathe was Chief, WH/COG in October of 1973.
Sources:

104-10074-10154: NOTICE OF TWO CONFERENCES IN HUNGARY

04/17/63: Memo from Edward R. Relungay (Bruce P. Vedder's name above Edward R. Relungay): "1. The attached announced conferences were received with attached cover letter from the Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 16 April. The attachments are self explanatory and may be of interest to other segments of KUBARK (CIA). 2. Please forward as appropriate. (Signed) Edward R. Relungay. 1 - Vedder."

104-10308-10062: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/UNSUCCESSFUL EXFILTRATION ATTEMPT BY M/V ADA, 9-12 May 1964

06/02/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 2: ..."AMLEO-3 (Capt. Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez) claimed he knew nothing about what type of boat the group planned to use, nor the exact time of departure, route the boat would follow, etc. It was not until 13 May 1964, that AMLEO-3 mentioned to Bruce P. Vedder and Leon C. Fluteo (Bruce MacMaster), during a routine operational meeting, that he had sponsored and masterminded the aborted exfiltration operation, and that the operation had been mounted from the U.S., and not from inside the island, as he had previously claimed to the C/O..."

104-10170-10072: CABLE RE: AMSPELL SEARCHING FOR OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDS

06/05/64: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline DTDORIC PBRUMEN: Page 2: ..."3. Bruce P. Vedder (handwritten above: Orville Bathe) arriving HQs 8 or 9 June for PCS processing WAVE and will discuss AMSPELL (DRE) FJHEARSAY (the Coordinating Secretariat of National Unions of Students, COSEC) problem. Request meeting appropriate KUWOLF (Psychological and Paramilitary Staff) branch 9 June. C/S Comment: *HQs req attempt discourage travel using arguments unrelated to above in order protect KUBARK-FJHEARSAY relationship."

104-10170-10069: DISPATCH: AMSPELL PROGRESS REPORT - MAY 1964

06/08/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: "1. General: There was a change of personnel in the AMSPELL (DRE) project in the middle of April. AMHINT-2 (Juan Manuel Salvat Roque) took over as Chief of AMSPELL, replacing AMHINT-53 (Luis Fernandez-Rocha) who resigned to continue his studies, and Keith T. Bongirno replaced Walter D. Newby (George E. Joannides) as case officer. (The new AMSPELL T/O is enclosed under separate cover, Attachment A). Bruce P. Vedder also sees AMHINT-2 once or twice a month but the detailed direction of the project is in Bongirno's hands..."

104-10170-10070: CABLE RE: PAY TO SEND ONE AMSPELL REP AND IDEN CABLE

06/09/64: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: Orville Bathe, WH/SA/MOB/PROP): INFO: PALP: DTDORIC PBRUMEN: REF: WAVE 7460 (IN 99741): "1. Advise AMHINT-2 (Juan Manuel Salvat Roque) KUBARK (CIA) will pay send one AMSPELL (DRE) rep FJHEARSAY (the Coordinating Secretariat of National Unions of Students, COSEC) but do not want more than one Cuban attend regardless who pays tab. Assume IDEN A most effective rep. Should arrive no earlier 26 June, for reasons noted below..." - - - Page 5 stated that IDEN A was Juan Rodriguez Jomolca. IDEN B was National Union of Australian University Students. IDEN C was Federacion Estudiantil Universitaria.

104-10181-10317: CABLE: REF BASED AMHINT 2 STATEMENTS TO BRUCE P. VEDDER 25 JUNE

06/26/64: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline TYPIC AMSPELL: "1. Ref based AMHINT-2 (Juan Manuel Salvat Roque) statements to Bruce P. Vedder 25 June. Customs previously confirmed cleared departure M/V Susan Ann 3 June for Dominican Republic. AMHINT-2 offered coordinate AMSPELL (DRE) ops from Dominican base with KUBARK (CIA) in return for modicum support. View present policy restrictions we turned down request for funds but OPLAN provide tactical intelligence appropriately sanitized in order monitor AMSPELL paramilitary ops and influence timing of ops to protect KUBARK and ODYOKE (U.S. Government) interests. 2. Suggest SDOM pass ref info to chief of mission for his background in event Dominicans mention to him presence this group their area, also noting that group is reputable exile group of Catholic center orientation. C/S Comment: *No record in cable secretariat as of 2200, 25 June 64."

104-10245-10007: MEDICAL RADIO PROGRAM,19-124-25/5-4;(VOL.II)

07/17/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to COS, Buenos Aires (Info: Deputy Chief, WH/SA): Subject: DYVOUR/PBRUMEN/Request for Traces on Mario Cesar Suarez Nelson: Originating Officer: Alice B. Caponong, Office: PW. Coordinating Officer: Bruce P. Vedder, Office Symbol: C/PW.

104-10192-10222: CIA FILE ON MDC.

05/17/65: Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Alexander D. Ratwick. Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall. Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "Source: AMYUM-14 from his brother who is a member of the Miami delegation of the MDC...Coordinated: (Handwritten: Vedder). C/PW."

104-10166-10111: TYPIC/TRANSMITTAL OF AMCORE-2 LETTERS.

08/17/65: Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to COS, JMWAVE: "As requested by Bruce P. Vedder on his recent TDY to Headquarters, we are pouching under separate cover a number of letters written by AMCORE-2 (Luis Conte Aguero). Ernest A. Lusby." Originating Officer: A. M. Gonzalez, WH/C/CA/PP. Coordinating Officers: D. Ronis, WH/C/A. (Signature), WH/C/MO. Releasing Officer: (Signature), C/WH.

104-10166-10106: AMCORE-2 INCOME TAX PROBLEM.

11/02/65: Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere to Chief, JMWAVE: "1. Forwarded under separate cover are AMCORE-2's (Luis Conte Aguero) income tax returns pouched to headquarters under reference 'C.' 2. These documents are being returned to Station JMWAVE per telecon with Bruce P. Vedder. Ernest A. Lusby." Originating Officer: A. Gonzalez, WH/C/CA/PP. Coordinating Officers: D. Ronis, DC/WH/C/CA. (Signature), C/WH/C/MO. Releasing Officer: (Signature), C/WH. - - - 10/23/66: Memo from Chief, PW, Bruce P. Vedder to COS: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=20555#relPageId=2

1993.07.20.18:39:59:120590: MEMORANDA: RE WATERGATE DEFENDENTS BARKER, MARTINEA, GONZALEZ, STURGIS

10/03/73: Memo from Orville Bathe, C/WH/COG to Office of General Counsel (Attention: John S. Warner): SUBJECT: Query from Daniel E. Schultz, Esq., Concerning Watergate Defendant Frank A. Sturgis. REFERENCE: Letter of 27 September 1973 from Attorney Schultz: "Attached is additional information from Headquarters files on the activities of Mr. Frank A. Sturgis in response to the query of 27 September 1973 from Mr. Sturgis' attorney, Daniel E. Schultz."

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