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Selected documents on the FBI in Latin America in the 1940s. More documents are also available in the e-archivo ecuatoriano. For other document collections, see:

Letter from Clarence W. Moore, Agregado, Legación Americana, to Aurelio Aguilar Vázquez, Ministro de Gobierno, Quito, February 5, 1942, 13pp.
Documents the role of the FBI in training the Ecuadorian police force.
Source: Ministerio del Interior, Gobernación Pichincha, Caja 163, Carpeta February 1942, Archivo Nacional de Ecuador (ANE), Quito, Ecuador.

Letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Adolf A. Berle, Jr., "Communist Activities in Ecuador," Washington, D.C., September 11, 1943, Despatch no. CC-285a.
Page 6 of this report on communist activities in Ecuador reveals intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Ecuadorian communist party.
Source: Record Group 59, 822.00B/69, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, DC.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Annual Report, Special Intelligence Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Justice, 1943-1944 (Washington, D.C.: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 1944), 118.
A page from an FBI annual report pointing to the presence of an informant within the inner circles of the Ecuadorian communist party.

Letter from John F. Simmons to Secretary of State, "Conversation with Dr. José Miguel García Moreno, Acting Foreign Minister, Concerning Disturbed Condition in Ecuador," Quito, April 21, 1948, Despatch no. 347.
A year after the departure of the FBI from Latin America, Ecuador's acting foreign minister requests the return of their agents and the United States ambassador admits that the same surveillance programs continued without the presence of the FBI.
Source: Record Group 59, 822.00B/4-2148, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, DC.

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