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Cryptonym: PBGROVEL

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An Guatemalan operation - probably a funding source - using David Phillips in the early 1950s.
This operation was also known as FURIOSO-C. There is another operation known as FURIOSO-X seen in 1962. Only linkage known between Phillips and CI director Jim Angleton - Furioso was the name of his college literary magazine.

104-10177-10135: PHILLIPS, DAVID ATLEE.

12/53 security review for FURIOSO-C also known as PBGROVEL. (At p. 36) the project cryptonym is provided as PBGROVEL. (at p. 15): Identified as an OPC (Office of Policy Coordination) project within CIA in Feb. 1952.

104-10177-10134: PHILLIPS, DAVID ATLEE.

Processed 11/28/61, this document transfer form is one within a file collection titled "Phillips, David Atlee.", it notes the transfer of files related to the cryptonym Fulminator-1 and matches this designation with CIA file 201-88764, the 201 number of David Atlee Phillips. The project is identified as FURIOSO-C.


11/30/62 GYROSE memo apparently from Alice Caponong: "AMTOAD-1 arrived SAGO (Santiago, Chile) with wife and child 26 November. Sago officer met 29 November using alias Martin...can addresses clarify this as well explain who paid AMTOAD-1 for what in past and commitments to him? Meanwhile Sago will pass 200 dollars to him as emergency and charge FURIOSO-X pending other info." Is FURIOSO-X a fund run by C/CI Jim Angleton? It's the name of his college literary magazine. A subsequent GYROSE memo to "Director" states that he will be given money with no accounting and a handwritten note (from Harvey?) remarks, "I hope that this doesn't come back to bite us." http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=13343&search=amtoad#relPageId=2&tab=page

Aaron Latham, "Poet, Florist, Angler, Spy." Washington Post, https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP90-00965R000403640014-3.pdf

5/17/87, Latham's remembrance of the recently deceased James Angleton. Furioso was the name of Angleton's Yale literary magazine. He persuaded some of the great poets of the era to contribute poetry to the magazine. He paid them in neckties.

104-10177-10135: PHILLIPS, DAVID ATLEE.

May 1952-June 1953: PBGROVEL Amendment No. 1: Developed by case officer Lee Patton, WHD/OPC; reviewed by foreign branch chief D. Simpson(?) and division chief J.C. King, among others. Purpose here was to loan Paul Langevin/David Phillips $8000 while serving as a contract agent and the sole owner and editor of the English-language paper South Pacific Mail, published weekly in Santiago, Chile. Page 29, approved by Hans Tofte, Acting Chief of Plans, Office of DDP. (p. 54): Project Title FURIOSO-C is defined here as PBGROVEL. Amendment No. 2: The previous page 53 names the officers in charge as psy-ops officer David Groves, plans officer R. P. Crenshaw, and project coordinator who may be acting PP chief John M. Baker (as shown on p. 66). "Basic Project PBGROVEL was approved on 12 February 1952 for the establishment of a mechanism capable of conducting KUGOWN/Psychological and Paramilitary activities aimed at the accomplishment of WHD (Western Hemisphere Division) missions (a) and (b) in Chile; as set out in Section II (paragraph 2b) of Annex B to the WHD/KUGOWN Strategic Plan dated 1 November 1951. This task was assigned Priority One in Phase 1 (1 Jan-30 June 1952) in the aforementioned plan. Funds in the amount of $4700 were allotted to this project, to provide salary for contract agent Paul D. Langevin (FULMINATOR-1) for the remainder of FY 52, to cover the costs of bringing him to (the United States) for a period of covert training, provide his per diem allowance while here, and to transport him back to Santiago, Chile, following completion of training..."

Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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