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Pseudonym: Weatherby, William

Definition:
William Wainwright. William E. Weatherby was an alias used by Wainwright to testify before the Church Committee in August of 1975.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Weatherby testified that he began working in Task Force W in June of 1962 until the latter half of 1963. Weatherby also had assignments in the Congo (several TDY's from approximately May, 1965 to the fall of 1968) and Vietnam (August, 1970 until August, 1974). Weatherby worked under Edward Maurelius, who died in the early 1970's. Weatherby met AMLASH-1 in Helsinki and Paris in 1962. This is consistent with Richard Fallucci's activities in Europe in 1962, a pseudonym for William Wainwright.
Sources:

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of William E. Weatherby (alias): "Mr. WEATHERBY: I joined Project AMLASH upon returning from an overseas assignment. It was a directed assignment into the general operation of which AMLASH was a part. Mr. BARON: So - - Mr. WEATHERBY: It was essentially in June, 1962. Mr. BARON: That general assignment was in relation to Cuba? Mr. WEATHERBY: That is correct. Mr. BARON: And for how long had you been working in the Agency on Cuban affairs? Mr. WEATHERBY: Never before. Mr. BARON: Since what time, in other words, when did you begin working on Cuban affairs. Mr. WEATHERBY: In June, 1962. Mr. BARON: I see. So your previous overseas assignment was completely unrelated to Cuba? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes, sir. Mr. BARON: How long had you been in the Agency? Mr. WEATHERBY: Since 1956. Mr. BARON: Did you have any other assignments that related to Latin American affairs? Mr. WEATHERBY: None whatsoever. Mr. BARON: Did you have any assignments in Vietnam? Mr. WEATHERBY: I have, yes. Mr. BARON: And did you have any assignments in the Congo? Mr. WEATHERBY: I did. Mr. BARON: Let us go off the record a second...Mr. BARON: Let's go back on the record. Could you tell us what time you were assigned to Vietnam and the Congo? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes. I was assigned to Vietnam from August, 1970 involved in affairs through August, 1974. I was involved with Congo affairs at the Headquarters level...and on several TDY's during the period of approximately May, 1965 to the fall of 1968...Mr. BARON: Drawing your attention now to the period of time when you were working on Cuban affairs, in what office of the CIA were you doing this work? Mr. WEATHERBY: I was working for the Task Force West, which was the original name of the unit. Mr. BARON: Known as Task Force W? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes. Mr. BARON: Under whose direction was that? Mr. WEATHERBY: Desmond FitzGerald and also William Harvey who preceded Desmond FitzGerald..."

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of William E. Weatherby (alias): "Mr. BARON: And can you describe the structure of Task Force W at the time you joined it under Harvey's direction? Mr. WEATHERBY: I could tell you only about the unit in which I belonged to. Mr. BARON: What unit was that? Mr. WEATHERBY: That was Third Country operations, which concerned obviously operations against Cubans in countries other than Cuba or the United States...Mr. BARON: And who was the head of the Third Country Operations section? Mr. WEATHERBY: During my time it was the late Mr. (Note: Edward) Maurelius. Mr. BARON: Did you work directly under him? Mr. WEATHERBY: I did. Mr. BARON: So that in your operational capacity as a case officer you would report directly to Mr. Maurelius? Mr. WEATHERBY: That is correct, or Mr. FitzGerald, or Mr. Harvey upon request..." - - - Pages 11-12: ..."Mr. BARON: For how much of this time did you work on Project AMLASH? Mr. WEATHERBY: I worked on that project shortly after I came aboard on the assignment, which would have been June 1962, through turning it over to the previously mentioned AMLASH case officer in September, 1963. Mr. BARON: This case officer is the man who testified here under the alias of Garmire? Mr. WEATHERBY: That is correct, sir. Mr. BARON: What were your duties on Task Force W after you left Project AMLASH? Mr. WEATHERBY: I continued to handle Third Country Operations, excluding this particular operation, in a support capacity. Mr. BARON: With whom did you work on those operations? Mr. WEATHERBY: We worked, we were a focal point in a, and a coordination point with, the various desks of the countries involved. I cannot recall the people on the desks at that time." (CONTINUED BELOW).

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of William E. Weatherby (alias): "Mr. BARON: Were you responsible for operations, or was this simply support activities? Mr. WEATHERBY: It was, in the bureaucratic structure that we have I was responsible for providing guidance for operations which were run by the individual country desks in their countries. Mr. BARON: Did you work out of CIA headquarters at Langley? Mr. WEATHERBY: That is correct. Mr. BARON: Were you at any time stationed in Florida? Mr. WEATHERBY: I was not..." - - - Pages 27-28: ..."Mr. BARON: Turning now to your first contact with AMLASH, during that period of time would you place that contact? Mr. WEATHERBY: The first contact, sir, that should have been roughly, roughly about the thirty day period from maybe the 26th of July, 1962 through maybe 18 August 1962. Mr. BARON: Do you remember how you first learned that AMLASH was going to Helsinki? Mr. WEATHERBY: That was brought to our attention by an asset, I believe, in Miami, and ultimately through AMWHIP in New York. Mr. BARON: And what was the purpose of your trip to Helsinki? Mr. WEATHERBY: The purpose of my trip to Helsinki was to ascertain if AMLASH was prepared to defect, and if so, to assist him in doing so and to gain as much mileage for us from information of a defector from a high-level Cuban official as possible..." - - - Page 32: ..."Mr. KELLEY: Did you have other cases that you were working on at this time? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes, sir. Mr. KELLEY: How many others, more or less? Mr. WEATHERBY: Maybe thirty. Mr. KELLEY: And these all involved individuals, people you would meet like you met AMLASH? Mr. WEATHERBY: In some cases, yes. In others, I was a supporting officer, meaning I maintained a file, maintained the traffic, offered advice, wrote cables, talked to different officers about handling the different individuals..."

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of William E. Weatherby (alias): "Mr. BARON: Did you receive that assistance? Mr. WEATHERBY: I did. Mr. BARON: And was that the man who testified here the other day? Mr. WEATHERBY: No, sir. Oh - - Mr. BARON: Under the alias of Garmeyer, being referred to generally as AMLASH case officer? Mr. WEATHERBY: No, sir. That was another gentleman whom I met in Paris. Mr. BARON: And what was his name, or was he the Spanish-speaking case officer (REDACTION). Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes, sir. I believe you have that in the excerpt there. Mr. BARON: Whose name is mentioned in the I.G. report? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes, correct, sir. Mr. BARON: As a participant in meetings that you held with AMLASH and Tepedino in Paris in mid-August of '62? Mr. WEATHERBY: That would be correct, sir..."

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of William E. Weatherby (alias): ..."Mr. BARON: What transpired when you met with MALASH in Porto Alegre? Mr. WEATHERBY: That was essentially a turnover meeting. We met him and he was debriefed in a safe house by the other case officer in Spanish, and I was posted as a lookout, and did not actually participate in the substance of the discussions. Mr. BARON: Do you recall that AMLASH was told to assist a Cuban military officer who operated under the cryptonym of AMTRUNK-10 in intelligence assignments for the CIA? Mr. WEATHERBY: I do not recall that. That may be after the turnover. I am not sure. Mr. BARON: Do you recall - - Mr. WEATHERBY: I certainly didn't. Mr. BARON: --the nature of any assignments given to AMTRUNK-10? Mr. WEATHERBY: No, I don't..."

157-10005-10258: TESTIMONY RE: CUBAN OPERATION

08/01/75: SSCIA Testimony of William E. Weatherby (alias): ..."Mr. BARON: Did you visit the J.M. WAVE station in Miami as a part of your activities on Task Force W or SAS? Mr. WEATHERBY: No, sir. Mr. BARON: You never visited the J.M. WAVE station? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes, sir. Mr. BARON: That's correct? Mr. WEATHERBY: No. Mr. BARON: Are you saying that -- Mr. WEATHERBY: That's two separate questions you asked me. The answer on the first one was no, sir, and the answer to the second one was no, sir. Mr. BARON: All of which goes to indicate that you never visited the J.M. WAVE station at any point? Mr. WEATHERBY: During my attachment to the Cuban Task Force, that is correct. Mr. BARON: Did you visit it at some other point, that is? Mr. WEATHERBY: That is correct. Mr. BARON: That is correct. Mr. BARON: Is that correct? Mr. WEATHERBY: Yes, sir. Mr. BARON: When was that? Mr. WEATHERBY: That was about 1967. Mr. BARON: In connection with what kind of operation? Mr. WEATHERBY: That was procurement of an aircraft. Mr. BARON: For use where? Mr. WEATHERBY: For use --are we on the record? Mr. BARON: Yes. Mr. WEATHERBY: For use in the Congo..."

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Gavin McDonald

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