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Pseudonym: Vincent, George

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Definition:
Unknown identity. George S. Vincent was possibly Chief of Station (COS), Bogota, Colombia, in January of 1952.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Vincent later worked with William D. Playdon (Tracy Barnes) and Jerome Dunbar (possibly Albert Haney) in Operation PBSUCCESS in 1954.
Sources:

104-10048-10252: DELEGATES TO YOUTH FESTIVAL IN BERLIN

01/29/52: Report from Bogota: Made by and Approved by George S. Vincent:

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000915749.pdf

05/02/54: Report from LINCOLN: Report Made by: George S. Vincent. Approved by: William D. Playdon (Tracy Barnes). Source Cryptonym: SLEEKER. Place Acquired: Guatemala City, Guatemala. Date of Info: April 1954. Source: Employee of Guatemalan Communist Party (C). Subject: Guatemalan Communists Analyze Party Situation:

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000915706.pdf

05/03/54: Report from LINCOLN: Report Made by: George S. Vincent. Approved by: William D. Playdon (Tracy Barnes). Source Cryptonym: SLEEKER. Place Acquired: Guatemala City, Guatemala. Date of Info: 3 April 1954. Source: Employee of Guatemalan Communist Party (C). Subject: Jose Manuel Fortuny Addresses Arbenz as Part Member: "Of. U-389. Or/Ex. 1. The following is a translation of a carbon copy of a letter taken from the files of the Communist party headquarters in Guatemala City. It was unsigned. Constitutional President of the Republic, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, Comrade R.4.4., National Palace: I respectfully bring to the consideration of your Excellency the concepts published in the Caracas newspapers El Heraldo and La Esfera, numbers 781 and 977, dated 22 March 1954. These were delivered to this party on 2 April by Comrade Manuel Pinto Usaga, who already has discussed the matter with you. Your loyal and respectful comrade...Jose Manuel Fortuny, Secretary General of the PGT. 2. The significant point of this letter is the manner in which Arbenz is addressed as a party member and given a numerical designation."

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000915107.pdf

05/18/54: Report from LINCOLN: Report Made by: George S. Vincent. Approved by: William D. Playdon (Tracy Barnes). Source Cryptonym: SHINGLE (note: "(REDACTION) was developed as a Communist penetration agent by Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) and his expulsion from Honduras as a Communist was arranged with Honduran authorities. He submitted two reports and then no more was heard from him. It was understood that he had been picked up by the Guatemalan police"). Place Acquired: Guatemala City, Guatemala. Date of Info: May 1954. Source: Former Police Agent (C). Subject: Guatemalan Government Worried Over Opposition Moves:

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000923407.pdf

05/22/54: Report from LINCOLN: Report Made by: George S. Vincent. Approved by: William D. Playdon (Tracy Barnes). Source Cryptonym: Clayton S. Wellbank. Place Acquired: (REDACTION). Date of Info: 13 May 1954. Source: Local American businessman and U.S. Government Employee (B). Subject: Honduran Public Opinion Favors Strikers: "1. It is reported that there exists little sympathy for the United Fruit Company among Honduran businessmen or politicians. The company has practically no friends because it has made no efforts to adjust its wages to the rising cost of living and the generally improved living standards throughout Honduras. Furthermore, the company has given none of its business to small merchants on the north coast, and many of these people are members of Congress. Regardless of personal feelings President Galvez is not able to support United Fruit in the face of strong adverse feelings on the part of the public. Despite their lack of sympathy for United Fruit the majority of Honduran businessmen are aware of the Communist danger, and they realize that the Communists are ready to take advantage of a continuation of the strike..."

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000923392.pdf

05/23/54: Dispatch from LINCOLN to ACOS, Withheld: Subject: General - Guatemalan Matters. Specific - Honduran Ambassador to Guatemala: "1. A report from Guatemala states that the opinion is prevalent among certain anti-Communist groups in that country that the Honduran Ambassador to Guatemala has sold out to Jacobo Arbenz. Early in May 1954 he lost 5,000 quetzales at the Casino. He is known to have a great deal of money to spend and he throws it about as though it were paper. 2. This report is forwarded as of possible operational interest. (REDACTION) Jerome C. Dunbar." (note: just below Dunbar's name and to the left: "(REDACTION). GSVINCENT/d." - - - Another dispatch on the same day had the same combination of Dunbar and Vincent. This dispatch was from LINCOLN (CIA's Guatemalan covert operations headquarters, a forward base in Florida) to ACOS, Guatemala City: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000923374.pdf - - - Yet another dispatch from Dunbar and Vincent on the same day mentioned Robert Riggs (Anne Goodpasture): https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000923389.pdf

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