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  1. Join this thread - provide and discuss FBI cryptonyms. We can read the documents much better when we know what is being said! Please provide your proposed cryptonyms and/or discussion below the alphabetized list. (Note that the T designation can change in different reports...a T-designation is only applicable for that report - a designation with non-T prefixes are generally good across the board) (The S stands for “symboled informant”. Uncertain what the * means - may mean active or inactive) FBI Cryptonyms - Identity Known: Bernardo Alvarez de Torres, Bay of Pigs veteran, infiltrated Garrison investigation, MM-4086-OA Roy F. Armstrong, Postal Inspector, Dallas (in this document, Dallas T-6) Paul Barger, Irving Police Chief, FBI Confidential Informant T-4. Barger claimed that it was not he, but a "telephone repairman", who heard the conversation between Michael Paine in Arlington and Ruth Paine in Irving shortly after the assassination that "(Michael Paine) felt sure that Lee Harvey Oswald had killed President Kennedy, but that he was not responsible and further stated 'we both know who was responsible.'" Felix Botello, DL-18-S, active with American GI Forum and also with extreme right-wingers engaged in Minuteman-like activity, Ashland Burchwell and Vance Beaudreau (in this document, DL T-1) Jack Childs, member of the CPUSA in New York City, was an Operation SOLO source and NY 694-S* Morris Childs, Jack’s brother, member of the CPUSA in Chicago and editor of the Daily Worker, was the other Operation Solo source and CG 5824-S* Howard Davis, MM-639-S, FBI reports on his 3/16/61 letter to JFK attacking Manolo Ray; ally of Jerry Hemming; frequent and valued FBI informant throughout the 1960s. Jeronimo Esteves, (various spellings), SJ-492-S, ally of Antonio Veciana, second cousin of Sylvia Odio, based in Puerto Rico. MM 492-S also discusses Operation Judas as a plan to put Hubert Matos as Cuba's new leader with Gutierrez Menoyo as chief of the Army. Earl Harvey, informs Jim Hosty in late 1961 of lack of information on Minutemen, DL-107-C Harry Holmes, Postal Inspector, Dallas, (in these documents, Dallas T-2 and Dallas T-10). Joaquin Insua, Dallas Cuban Catholic Relief Services (in this document, Dallas T-3) Margarita Landin, CPUSA member in Dallas with her husband Joe (Joe was also an ACLU member, Dallas and other Texas CPUSA chapters were poised to call the ACLU in case of emergency, he may have been DL-6-S, see memos dated 8/1/60, 8/30/60, 1/30/61, 4/10/63 ) - DL-7-S (in this document, FBI informant DL T-2) Ruth Lowery, possibly the younger sister of CPUSA member William Lowery - DL-15-S (in this document, FBI informant DL T-4) William J. Lowery, Jr., Dallas CPUSA member from 1945-1963. FBI informant until 9/23/63, when the double identity of this shoe salesman publicly emerged. Worked at the Shoe Haven, 620 West Jefferson Blvd., three blocks from the Texas Theatre and three blocks from Johnny Brewer at Hardy's Shoe Store. Reported to Jim Hosty on 11/29/63 that the KLIF announcer quoted Oswald all afternoon on 11/22 as saying, "I killed the President.  I killed a cop. & I'm going to kill two more", until 6 pm, when the manager reported live that it could not be confirmed. Secretary of American GI Forum, the President was Joe Molina who worked at the TSBD and was taken into custody during the early AM hours of 11/23/63 as a suspect in the assassination of JFK. In late 64, Detective Stringfellow interrogated him about any connection between the American GI Forum and Joe Landin and Felix Botello. Reported to Jim Hosty. DL-2-S. Andrea McCormick, reported to police LHO’s leafleting that led to his arrest. (in this document, FBI informant NO-6) Carlos Quiroga, Cuban exile in New Orleans (in this document, FBI informant NO T-5) L.H. Robertson, Postal Inspector, New Orleans (in this document, FBI informant NO T-1) Also identified as L.W. Robertson Jeanne Rodgers, Secretary to the Manager, radio station WDSU New Orleans (in this document, FBI informant NO T-3) Nestor Rodriguez, NO-1213-S, ran New Orleans language school, met Lee Oswald, Nazi sympathizer, son of Arnesto Rodriguez/AMJUTE-1 and Emilio Rodriguez/AMIRE-1 Andrew St. George, Life Magazine photographer (in this document, NY T-1) Enrique Varona, PSI Enrique Varona. Frequent contacts with Carlos Bringuier. (in this document, Dallas T-2) FBI Cryptonyms - Identity Uncertain: Manuel Rodriguez Orcarberro, may be DL-282-S. This FBI memo says “his identity is known to the Bureau, BUFILE 105-131,209), was in a top leadership position in Alpha 66…(met at Jorge Salzar’s house) at 3126 Harlandale.” The title of BUFILE 105-131209 is “Manuel Orcarberro Rodriguez.” created on 5/26/64. This is the very first serial. DL 282-S reported that the meetings were at Jorge Salazar's residence at 3126 Harlandale. Problem: This 1965 document lists Manuel Rodriguez Orcarberro as a PSI - a Potential Security Informant - which would seem to indicate that he is not yet security informant DL 282-S. DL 282-S moved to San Juan in 1972.  His last known symbol number was SJ-1140-S. FBI Cryptonyms - Identity Unknown: CSNY 2822-S, (referred to elsewhere as NY 2822-S) "Advised that troops being trained by the FRD had nearly completed their training and would be ready to invade Cuba by 11/1/60. No action would be taken until after US elections on 11/8/60 to avoid the matter becoming an election issue; however, it would be launched before the new President took office in order that there would be no criticism against the new President."
  2. This document shows a variety of intelligence sources obtained about dangers to JFK in the days before 11/22, which Gannaway generally would have known about.
  3. I think it is completely fascinating. With Lumpkin presenting LHO’s boss RoyTruly to Fritz as the first instance of suspicion that Oswald was involved in JFK’s death...combined with Gannaway falsely claiming there was “a roll call” of the employees in the minutes after the shooting...that puts Army Intelligence chiefs at the center of the frame-up of Oswald.
  4. I have read the threads on the 488th, and I have read Peter Dale Scott on military intelligence and Dallas, and I have read Larry Hancock on the 112th/316th and Lt. Col. Jones. Paul, let me ask a couple preliminary questions. Lt. Green wrote this SPOT report on 11/22/63, which agency is he with? It looks like the DPD, including Lumpkin and Gannaway, was part of Crichton's 488th. What was the relationship between the 488th and the 112th?
  5. Bill Simpich

    Revolt of the Colonels?

    Three quick items: 1. No, I have Peter's Fredonia paper, but I don't see him addressing the destroyed Army Intelligence file. He does mention it in the documentary history of Harvey Lee Oswald in Deep Politics II. The HSCA found the destruction extremely troublesome" 2. One more colonel: Do you know about the Army Col J.D. Wilmeth, who visited Marina and Ruth on 11/19/63 to practice his Russian? 3. Where do you all stand on Colonel Robert Jones? He was tipped off by George Doughty at the Identification Section of DPD during the afternoon of 11/22 about Oswald carrying the Hidell selective service card, before it was public knowledge. My understanding is that RIF 180-10116-10120 (not on MFF) buttons down the time at 3:15 pm - the same time that Stringfellow goes off and tries to start World War III by claiming Oswald defected to Cuba in 1959 and was a card-carrying Communist. I should note Larry Hancock wrote to me some time back saying he thought Jones had gone too far with his recollections, saying "In Nov 63 Jones was not the G3 Ops office - which means his statements about being in control of field office folks in the Plaza are bogus. He was G2 at the time so he would have been in contact with the office liaison guys in Dallas but that is it. He did hold the G3 position for short period of time but not then. He also answered questions to the HSCA about intelligence that were far beyond his training and personal experience. His boss actually wanted to sue him for his statements but the Army blocked him.The ARRB investigated Jones in extreme detail, hopefully that is where (another colleague of mine) is looking because its where all the details are - including Prouty's very embarrassing interview about many things including his own misstatements on the 112th." Bill
  6. Bill Simpich

    Revolt of the Colonels?

    Here is the ARRB's explanation for the destroyed Army Intelligence file on Harvey Lee Oswald in 1973. Allegedly, it was part of a "general program aimed at eliminating all of its files pertaining to nonmilitary personnel." In 1971, a giant scandal erupted around the files that Army Intelligence was keeping on US civilians, particularly young anti-Vietnam protesters. The destruction of the Oswald file was justified by a letter "calling for the elimination of files of non-DOD affiliated persons and organizations". Granted, Oswald was not a DOD employee. But the Marine that defected to the USSR while he was a reservist certainly should fit the label of a "DOD-affiliated person". It's hard to imagine how even a poorly-paid clerk could believe that destroying this file was OK. But maybe they just cleaned out the entire cabinet in one fell swoop.
  7. As shown by the post above referring to Gannaway as essentially a traffic cop among federal, state, and local intelligence officers, I think Gannaway is an extremely important figure to look at squarely. It looks to me that Deputy Chief Lumpkin and Gannaway are the ones who spread the phony saga of the non-existent "roll call" and the lie that Oswald being the "only employee missing". Isn't this the center of the case against Oswald? Isn't this how it began? Mark Bridger wrote a great article in 2007 called "The Myth of the Depository Roll Call" - he very carefully explains how it never happened. Building manager Roy Truly claimed that 10-15 minutes after the assassination he saw shipping employees being interviewed, and for some reason "noticed that Lee Oswald was not among these boys." Truly admitted that he knew other employees were missing, yet he focused on Oswald alone. Truly claimed he asked his assistant Bill Shelley if he knew where Oswald was, and Shelley said he didn't know. In contradiction, Bill Shelley claimed he was the vigilant one who asked Truly "where's Oswald". When WC commissioner Gerald Ford asked what prompted Truly to think that Oswald was not among his employees., Truly replied: "I have asked myself that many times. I cannot give an answer." He then proceeds to speculate wildly, but that was his answer. Truly testified that he turned to his vice president, Ochus Campbell, talked with him, and then decided to report Oswald as missing. Truly called the warehouse, obtained Oswald's name, address, phone number, and general description. Truly said, "Chief Lumpkin of the Dallas Police Department was standing a few feet from me. I told Chief Lumpkin that I had a boy missing over here - "I don't know whether it amounts to anything or not.  And I gave him his description.  And he says, "Just a moment. We will go tell Captain Fritz." Peter Dale Scott states that Lumpkin was cross-designated with Army Intelligence. On 11/22/63, the Houston Chronicle reported that Oswald became important to the police only after he missed an employee roll call soon afterwards. 'He was the only one who couldn't be accounted for,' Detective Capt. Pat Gannaway said. There was no roll call and many employees could not be accounted for. 11/22/63 Pat Gannaway was the chief of the DPD Special Services Bureau. His subordinate Bill Biggio was directing police intelligence communications at the Fair Park office on 11/22. (source: Earl Golz) Many Army Intelligence officers passed through this Fair Park office. Jack Revill, Don Stringfellow, Bill Biggio and all the members of criminal intelligence division reported directly to Gannaway. So did vice and narcotics. Gannaway was a reserve Army Intelligence officer - like Lumpkin and many other DPD officers. The famous destroyed Army Intelligence file was entitled "Harvey Lee Oswald". The famous report of "Harvey Lee Oswald" and the employees of the TSBD went from Revill to Gannaway. Ruby would frequent the Special Services Bureau since 1956 to arrange for the city licenses that he needed to operate his nightclubs in Dallas. (pp. 2-3) The source for this information, Mary Hartford, was Gannaway's secretary from 1956-62. Another police chief described Hartford as possibly Ruby's "mistress" because their relationship was so close. As seen in the August 1963 article in the Dallas papers referred to in the posts above, Gannaway's office where federal, state and local intelligence officers mingled on a constant basis. Paul Brancato's response: Bill - my thanks as well. Why can’t we connect the dots to the 488th MID? What’s missing? As I may have mentioned to you when we met in SF at the December Symposium, both books about Colonel Frank M Brandstetter, who reported to ACSI for two decades, state that he joined the 488th in 1959. The early literature repeats, without proof, that Lumpkin, Westbrook, Gannaway and others were in Crichton’s 488th. Crichton himself said there were over 100 men in his Unit, 40 of them also members of the DPD, according to an oral interview no one can seem to find now. No one here has been able to find mention of the 488th in extant military files. Equally troubling is that a Colonel Jones of the 112th, about which there is much more info, lied to the WC about his position there. We don’t even know when he got that assignment, and military records show him assigned to Army Intelligence in Massweiler Germany 1962-63. None of this adds up, yet seems very important, since these DPD detectives were all over the Oswald setup and arrest.
  8. Bill Simpich

    Revolt of the Colonels?

    I will start a new topic - with my original post and Paul's reply - this is a good thread on the "Colonels", and I don't want to hijack it.
  9. Bill Simpich

    Revolt of the Colonels?

    As shown by the post above referring to Gannaway as essentially a traffic cop among federal, state, and local intelligence officers, I think Gannaway is an extremely important figure to look at squarely. It looks to me that Deputy Chief Lumpkin and Gannaway are the ones who spread the phony saga of the non-existent "roll call" and the lie that Oswald being the "only employee missing". Isn't this the center of the case against Oswald? Isn't this how it began? Mark Bridger wrote a great article in 2007 called "The Myth of the Depository Roll Call" - he very carefully explains how it never happened. Building manager Roy Truly claimed that 10-15 minutes after the assassination he saw shipping employees being interviewed, and for some reason "noticed that Lee Oswald was not among these boys." Truly admitted that he knew other employees were missing, yet he focused on Oswald alone. Truly claimed he asked his assistant Bill Shelley if he knew where Oswald was, and Shelley said he didn't know. In contradiction, Bill Shelley claimed he was the vigilant one who asked Truly "where's Oswald". When WC commissioner Gerald Ford asked what prompted Truly to think that Oswald was not among his employees., Truly replied: "I have asked myself that many times. I cannot give an answer." He then proceeds to speculate wildly, but that was his answer. Truly testified that he turned to his vice president, Ochus Campbell, talked with him, and then decided to report Oswald as missing. Truly called the warehouse, obtained Oswald's name, address, phone number, and general description. Truly said, "Chief Lumpkin of the Dallas Police Department was standing a few feet from me. I told Chief Lumpkin that I had a boy missing over here - "I don't know whether it amounts to anything or not.  And I gave him his description.  And he says, "Just a moment. We will go tell Captain Fritz." Peter Dale Scott states that Lumpkin was cross-designated with Army Intelligence. On 11/22/63, the Houston Chronicle reported that Oswald became important to the police only after he missed an employee roll call soon afterwards. 'He was the only one who couldn't be accounted for,' Detective Capt. Pat Gannaway said. There was no roll call and many employees could not be accounted for. 11/22/63 Pat Gannaway was the chief of the DPD Special Services Bureau. His subordinate Bill Biggio was directing police intelligence communications at the Fair Park office on 11/22. (source: Earl Golz) Many Army Intelligence officers passed through this Fair Park office. Jack Revill, Don Stringfellow, Bill Biggio and all the members of criminal intelligence division reported directly to Gannaway. So did vice and narcotics. Gannaway was a reserve Army Intelligence officer - like Lumpkin and many other DPD officers. The famous destroyed Army Intelligence file was entitled "Harvey Lee Oswald". The famous report of "Harvey Lee Oswald" and the employees of the TSBD went from Revill to Gannaway. Ruby would frequent the Special Services Bureau since 1956 to arrange for the city licenses that he needed to operate his nightclubs in Dallas. (pp. 2-3) The source for this information, Mary Hartford, was Gannaway's secretary from 1956-62. Another police chief described Hartford as possibly Ruby's "mistress" because their relationship was so close. As seen in the August 1963 article in the Dallas papers referred to in the posts above, Gannaway's office where federal, state and local intelligence officers mingled on a constant basis.
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    Napoleon D. Valeriano

    I do think Bill was and is on the right track here. Here is the Philippine "Colonel Vallejo" identified as a trainer by one of the most intriguing of the Cuban exiles, Victor Espinosa/AMHINT-24.
  11. On the WU digraph: During April-May 63, Ross Crozier is described as a SAS career officer, and also working with Charles Ford (wingman to both RFK and Bill Harvey) and answering to Stanley Gaines at DODS (Howard Hunt's boss), who has arranged for space for him at the office of the WUOUTDONE company, Room 633. On Spain: I don't know a lot about Hunt and Spain, so all I can do is rely on the unreliable Wikipedia, quoting Hunt in 1974: "...Hunt said that some of his projects from 1962 to 1966, which dealt largely with the subsidizing and manipulation of news and publishing organizations in the US, "did seem to violate the intent of the agency's charter."[14] In 1964, DCI John A. McCone directed Hunt to take a special assignment as a Non-Official Cover (NOC) officer in Madrid, Spain, tasked to create the American answer to Ian Fleming's British MI-6 James Bond novel series. While assigned in Spain, Hunt was covered as a recently retired U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer (FSO) who had moved his family to Spain in order to write the first installment of the 9-novel Peter Ward series, On Hazardous Duty (1965). After a year and a half in Spain, Hunt returned to his assignment at DODS..." I do notice that Hunt allegedly met with Souetre and another man in Madrid in mid-1963. There is a story that the American ambassador Stanley Woodward did not want Hunt at the embassy in Madrid in 1963 (others say 1964) because of Hunt's attempt to overthrow the Uruguayan president in the late fifties without letting the Americans know.
  12. A final note on Hunt's whereabouts in Mexico City... HSCA staffer Leslie Wizelman's notes indicate that Hunt was chief of station in Mexico City back in 1950 - till no later than 1953. I see no documents at all indicating that Hunt was anywhere near Mexico City after the Bay of Pigs. Her notes also indicate that Hunt was a contract agent in Spain during 1965-66. What "WU" stands for is still disputed - I think it refers to operations that use proprietaries. The "Anne Goodpasture should be in jail." quote? Dan Hardway.
  13. I have researched this - I believe Tad Szulc was misled in the 70s by someone (probably Hunt) - Hunt claimed years later in Cigar Aficionado that he was the temporary station chief in Mexico City in Sept 63. No document supports it - I think it is pure disinformation on his part - I think Hunt misled Szulc back in the day and continued the yarn for the rest of his life because it insulated Win Scott from serious scrutiny until John Armstrong's Harvey and Lee in 2003 and Jeff Morley's biography of Scott - Our Man in Mexico - in 2008. Here is Howard Hunt's succession of posts at the CIA - in 1950, his biographic profile lists him as OPC/Latin America/Ops/COS. OPC was the Office of Policy Coordination - which merged with CIA in the early 50s. The profile shows that he arrived in 1950 with a fair degree of autonomy, and that in 1951 he became OSO deputy chief in Mexico City. He is also listed In 1962 as DDP/CA Staff/COS. From 62-64 his biographic profile shows he worked in DC and then Spain at DODs (Division of Domestic Operations). He had some cover while using the name Edward Hamilton in Washington DC - I don't think the cover had anything to do with Mexico City - during 11/63 he was handling publications and proprietaries like WURABBIT and WUTARDY in DC and (I believe) Spain. David Phillips told investigators that Hunt was the chief of covert action in Mexico City and that he, Phillips, succeeded him - that may have been true in the 1962 period. I think that what is not listed here but found in documents is this:
  14. Bill Simpich

    CIA code name research

    On LCHARVEST - the connection is that the imprisoned officers were breaking into the offices of New China News Agency in Cuba and trying to bug it. LCHARVEST was counterintelligence regarding Chinese operations Take a look at STESCALADE for more...
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    Bouhe files

    Bouhe realized he was not the right legend maker for the Oswalds, and passed him over to de Mohrenschildt, saying "All right, George, you carry the ball.": Testimony of George Bouhe, 8 WCH 377. http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?mode=searchResult&absPageId=14785
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