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Cryptonym: LITEMPO

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Definition:
Operation support and security backstopping for the Mexico City operations, commencing in 1960. Involved a liaison relationship with the Mexican government.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The principal agent was Jeremy K. Benadum, also known as LIMEW. His real name was George Munro. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=146763&relPageId=181 LITEMPO would obtain items such as photographs of targets to add on to the photographs of passports and travel manifests routinely obtained by LIFIRE.
Sources:

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

Goodpasture describes it as "operation support and security backstopping for the Mexico City operations", commencing in 1960.

Philip Agee, CIA Diary (1975), pp. 525, 531, 613.

Agee describes it more generally as "all liaison operations with Mexican government".

Philip Agee, Inside the Company: CIA Diary (New York: Stonehill, 1975), p. 544 of 572 - https://leaksource.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/inside-the-company-cia-diary-philip-agee.pdf

Involved a liaison relationship with the Mexican government.

Jefferson Morley, LITEMPO: The CIA's Eyes on Tlatelolco (2006) http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB204/

The CIA's code name for Scott's spy network was LITEMPO. The letters LI represented the Agency's code for Mexican operations; TEMPO was Scott's term for a program that was, in the words of one secret Agency history, "a productive and effective relationship between CIA and select top officials in Mexico." Begun in 1960, LITEMPO served as "an unofficial channel for the exchange of selected sensitive political information which each government wanted the other to receive but not through public protocol exchanges." See: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=5874&relPageId=180

104-10516-10041: DISPATCH: PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING MEXICAN TRANSIT VISAS FOR CUBANS

In Sept 1960, Mexican visa regulations in regard to entry into Mexico by Cuban nationals was changed, referring all requests to Gobernacion in Mexico City. This created a backlog and requests for preferences. Because of CIA interest in certain Cuban nationals gaining entry, a special channel was set up on Nov. 1960 between two LITEMPO operatives to secure entry permits. Jeremy Benadum aka LIMEW was in the middle of this operation.

180-10142-10001: No Title

11/22/63: On this evening, "the Mexican government had its own surveillance team (LITEMPO) at the airport which provided the CIA with photographs of passports and copies of passenger lists of passengers going to Cuba...(at p. 2): "In Book V (of the Church Committee)...the CIA is criticized for its apparent failure to fully pursue leads regarding the assassination of President Kennedy and then to fully report to the Warren Commission the results of the investigation they did undertake. One such lead was a reported five hour delay (6 pm to 11 pm EST) of a Cubana flight from Mexico City to Havana the night of (11/22/63)...The most intriguing aspect of the (Senate Select Committee) account involved the alleged delay of a Cubana flight to await the arrival at 10:30 pm of a private two-engined aircraft. The aircraft deposited an unidentified passenger who boarded the Cubana aircraft without customs clearance and traveled to Havana in the pilot's cabin. The source of that lead was an Italian diplomat, Mario Mauri, who allegedly was on the same flight. (Marginalia: "Billy, you left why HSCA examined")...At p. 7: "The CIA's lack of access to further information about the allegedly delayed Cubana flight and unidentified passenger does not explain either the failure of the CIA to take more seriously the suspicions of the source, and most importantly, to report whatever information it had to the Warren Commission."

104-10086-10001: MEXICO CITY CHRONOLOGY

Ann Goodpasture's Mexico City chronology: MEXI-7253 refers to Gilberto Lopez crossed in Laredo, Texas on 11/23/63 and "departed as only passenger on Cubana flight on night 27 Nov for Habana...LITEMPO-4 has a good photograph of Gilberto LOPEZ taken at airport on departure."

104-10015-10181: CABLE REQUESTING ALVARADO BE TURNED OVER WITH BRIEF EXPLANATION

11/28/63 cable MEXI 7113 from L. F. Barker aka Robert Shaw, slugline RYBAT GPFLOOR: "Request OPIM (operational immediate) authorization turn Alvarado over to LITEMPOS with brief explanation he claims to be witness to payoff to Oswald in Cuban Consulate 18 September, admits is in Mexico illegally, admits CP membership, admits visits to Soviet Embassy, claims Cuban consulate now involved in documenting him with false Mexican papers for travel to Cuba..."

104-10018-10063: TRAVEL OF VINCENT THEODORE LEE

Dispatch from Mexico City COS Win Scott to C/WH J.C. King, 12/19/63: LITEMPO-4 provided "2 photographs of Vincent Lee taken at the airport prior to his boarding Cubana Flight #465 en route to Habana, Cuba, on 28 December 1962."

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