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Cryptonym: QUANTUM-44

Definition:
Unknown identity. QUANTUM-44 appeared to be a Spanish-based CIA asset from at least October 1960 to December 1963.
Status:
Unknown
Sources:

104-10220-10406: CABLE: ON ORDERS HIGH GOS OFFICIALS ORGANIZATION GIVING OPS SUPPORT TWO PERSONS WHO PLAN TRAVEL

10/25/60: Cable from Madrid to Director (handwritten note below INFO bar mentioned FBI): Slugline RYBAT JMNET: "1. On orders high GOS (Government of Spain) officials QUANTUM organization giving ops support two persons who plan travel PBPRIME (U.S.) this week to contact anti-Castro reps Miami and stay 1 to 2 weeks. Contact arranged by Spanish Jesuit priest FNU Posal (note: handwriting indicated it was Posada) travelled Spain as rep Manuel Artime Buesa seeking support GOS behalf Artime and who recently anti-Castro group. 2. Subjects described by QUANTUM-44 as Carlists and loyal Falangists, completely trustworthy, and mission backed by highest level GOS. He visualizes trip primarily to extend moral support anti-Castro group. Possible GOS might send small group advisors later but no volunteer forces contemplated. 3. QUANTUM-30 has promised report on return subjects from PBPRIME mission and station can have direct access if HQs has any specific debriefing requirements. 4. Subjects are: A. Hermenegildo (sp) Garcia Llorente, DOB 2 Sept 22, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Argentine PP number 14572, issued 30 July 59 at Cadiz, Spain. Is Argentine citizen and lifetime resident Spain. B. Pablo la Fuente Palaez (pseudo) travelling under Spanish PP number 53881/60, issued 19 Oct 60 at Madrid. Subject retired Quadrivium officer travelling under pseudo for security reasons. True name according QUANTUM-44 is Pedro Lacave Patero, DOB 13 Feb 15. Resides Conavas Dew Castillo, Cadiz. C. Station traces negative. 5. Subjects have PBPRIME visas. Will advise ETD. Photos subjects passports pouched priority 26 Oct 60. C/S Comment: *Dissemination applicable to RYBAT JMNET DYVOUR cables."

104-10215-10196: CABLE: REF PARA ONE REF GROWERY ACQUIRED FOLL ADDRESS FROM AMWHIP: VIRGINIA SECADES, CALLE 38 NO. 122, ESQ. AVE ZOOLOGICO.

02/07/63: Cable from Madrid to Director: Slugline KAPOK KEYWAY PBRUMEN QUAXE AMLASH QUANTUM QUFLAG: REF DIR 15597: "1. Re para one ref Growery (probably Earl Williamson) acquired FOLL address from AMWHIP (Carlos Tepedino Gonzalez): Virginia Secades, Calle 38 No. 122, esq. Ave Zoologico, Alturas de Vedado, Habana. 2. View QUAXE unable go on Iberia FLT of 9 Feb does HQs wish MADR: A. Deposit letter open mail in hope it will go on Iberia flight? B. Request QUANTUM/44 arrange send letter via Iberia pilot to QUFLAG/1 for internal mailing? 3. Advise OPIM. C/S Comment: *Mailed 4 Feb to Growery at HBFINCH (U.S. Embassy) special delivery air letter containing unaddressed S/W letter for AMLASH-1 (Rolando Cubela Secades), which desire QUAXE mail Havana."

104-10215-10195: CABLE- PROCEED PER SUBPARA 2B REF MADR 7856. PLS KEEP HQS ADVISED.

02/07/63: Cable from Director to Madrid (Orig: Withheld, WE/5): Slugline KEYWAY PBRUMEN: REF MADR 7856 (IN 63495)* "Proceed per sub para 2B ref. Please keep HQs advised. *WE Comment: MADR STA requested advice on mailing of letter to PBRUMEN (Cuba) based agent. Whether use of open mail from Madrid on through QUANTUM/44 via Iberia pilot to QUFLAG/1 for internal training." Releasing Officer: Thomas F. Thiele, C/WE/INT. Coordinating Officer: Withheld, SAS/FI. Authenticating Officer: Withheld, AC/WE/5.

104-10215-10217: CABLE:( ) STATES WILL TRY ASSIST WITH SPANISH NATIONAL HOWEVER

12/28/63: Cable from Madrid to Director: PBRUMEN: REF ALGI 3436 (IN 83969): "1. QUANTUM-44 states will try assist with Spanish national however prefers at least during initial stage he not have direct or indirect contact with station ALGI. Developments would be reported through QUANTUM channels to station MADR. 2. If QUANTUM asset able befriend Gonzalez, in addition reporting travel plans does HQs wish further assessment Gonzalez to confirm disillusionment Cuban regime? (Handwritten note: CI INT SO/NS). 3. For ALGI: QUANTUM requests Gonzalez home address, places frequented, or other info which might facilitate casual contact."

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