8/27/59: Chief WH/3 Dahlgren's request for operational approval of Varona/AMHAWK to permit him being used as a witting political action agent in the AMPATROL project. (Permission was granted the next day, 8/28/59). Also see Leslie Wizelman's notes on Varona: 180-10143-10182, page 5.
10/8/59 handwritten notes on Political Organizer - Edward G. Tichborn/true name Henry P. Lopez: "The senior KUCAGE (CIA Psychological and Paramilitary Operations Staff) staff has recruited a number of individuals who have had extensive experience in politics, particularly as campaign managers and political organizers. Very recently one of these organizers was sent to India where he was in contact with the Station and the two principal agents of a political action project...(he had) an exceedingly informed assessment of the local political scene as well as concrete recommendations..(about) the melding of a number of divergent factions into a coercive (sic) organization capable of united action against the communist (sic) at the polls...Tichborn could perform a very useful service through consultation with the Station, Tony Varona and Sanchez Arango...We should like to have your comments...on how to get Mr. Tichborn in contact with Varona and Sanchez. Although Tichborn's prime responsibility at the moment would be directed towards better directing Project AMPATROL, it would also be expected that the Station would render him every assistance in trying to identify and possibly talk with political groupings other than those represented by Varona, Sanchez, and the Montechristi Group which Project AMPATROL foresees supporting at this time. In the event other groups turn up which are deemed worthy of support, Project AMPATROL can be amended to include them."
10/28/59: Memo for the record from Horace W. Davis, Acting Chief of Political Action Division: "1. On 22 October I called Bob Reynolds (Al Cox) of the Caribbean Desk to ask him what had happened to the draft dispatch which we had forwarded several weeks before to Col. King regarding the above subject. After much scurrying around he called back on 23 October to say that he had found that the draft dispatch had come from Col. King's office and that they had decided the moment was inopportune to send Tichborn to Cuba...I went on to re-count the success we had had in India with Perlongo (P) and that in view of the considerable amount involved in Project AMPATROL it would be a good idea to have someone take an in-depth look at the political situation in Cuba before the time came for the project to be approved. I went on further to say that he could check with the India Desk as regards to the job that Perlongo had done and that we had a rough transcript of the debriefing which, with the India Desk's permission, I would make available to him. 2. Ed Dunn secured Ted Beidleman's permission and sent a copy of the transcript over to Mr. Reynolds on 23 October..."
11/12/59 cable from Havana to Director: "Tichborn (aka Henry Preston Lopez) TDY (temporary duty) welcomed. Suggest DESK (Counter Intelligence - CI - division of CIA) and KUMONK (CIA Office of Political Analysis - OPA) briefing (on) local political scene prior departure HQs. Upon arrival should contact Olien or Aretz by phone. As cover story Tichborn could say he has come to Cuba on behalf group American businessmen and investors to assess discreetly their position and legal recourses vis-a-vis revolutionary laws and possible future developments. This story would provide logical basis for subsequent offers of monetary support under AMPATROL project..."
November 13-18, 1959: "Subject: Consultant for Cuba: Edward G. Tichborn. Following the receipt of an affirmative reply in regards to Mr. Tichborn, I talked on 16 November with Messrs. Tucker, Oberst, and Landreth of WH Division and we decided I should get in touch with Tichborn and try to arrange for him to go to Cuba as soon as possible. The same day I contacted Tichborn by phone and arranged for a meeting in Los Angeles on 18 November. As scheduled, I met with Mr. Tichborn at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 18 November." 11/23/59 memorandum for the record by Horace Davis, Acting Chief of the Political Action Divison.
5/4/60 memo from Horace Davis, Chief of the Political Action Division to Chief, Covert Action Staff: Tichborn's debriefing report was that there was little chance of a strong coalition of anti-Castro groups. He thought encouraging defections "would have more effect on Castro than any other single action we might undertake."
This document states that Tichborn is the pseudonym for Henry Preston Lopez. This is affirmed by this document: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=65962#relPageId=2