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Bayard Stockton's Flawed Patriot – The Rise & Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey (Potomac Books, D.C. 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Va., 20166) is a flawed book.

It's not an academic biography in the traditional sense, covering the man from A to Z, that book is yet to be written, but this book is more of an unofficial official reaction to previously published, unauthorized versions of Cold War clandestine events.

Stockton acknowledges this at least started out as a response to David C. Martin's Wilderness of Mirrors (Harper & Row, 1980), which gave unflattering portraits of Bill Harvey and James Jesus Angleton and their CIA, before it became what it is, not a true biography.

Like most biographies written by former associates are doomed to be flawed by subjectivity, this one is unpretentiously so. About the Author, "BAYARD STOCKTON (1930-2006) was recruited by the CIA while still an undergraduate at Williams College. He was posted to Berlin in 1951, where he served under Bill Harvey for two years. He stayed in touch with Harvey during his next assignment in Pullach, Germany. Stockton resigned from the CIA in 1957 and became Newsweek's bureau chief in Bonn, and later London. After Newsweek, he was a freelance foreign correspondent in Greece, the eastern Mediterranean, and other points of the glove before finally settling in Santa Barbara, California, where he continued to write, edit, and work in radio. Bayard Stockton died shortly after completing the final revisions to Flawed Patriot."

It's a shame Stockton couldn't stick around to answer questions about his book, and his life, as for some reason I don't think he left the agency when he worked at Newsweek. And I wonder if he worked with (George Efythron) Joannides in Greece? And what was it that the CIA's PRB didn't like about the book? Ah, the unanswered questions.

It seems Stockton liked his version better than what was published as he himself notes: "The changes that the CIA's PRB (Publications Review Board) required were primarily semantic in nature, names, cryptonyms, locations and the like. Some of the deletions insisted on by the CIA were of names, designations, job titles, and locations that have appeared elsewhere in print, in some cases many times over. Thus I am not allowed to use a specific designation for the top CIA man in a specific location, even though, for instance, the book by former CIA chieftain that appeared in 1976 openly used the term and the same designation appears, as a matter of course, in practically every book about the CIA. Some true names of former colleagues who had granted permission to use their names in the clear, and of officers now dead, were 'redacted' by the PRB, in its wisdom. Even some fictitious names that I had dreamed up were blue-penciled by PRB."

"When it came to crunch time, the board opted for ludicrous deletion rather than common sense. To back up its edict, the PRB reminded me of my obligations under the secrecy oath I took well over fifty years ago. The PRB asked for no substantive changes or deletions in material dealing with CIA operations."

From the mid-west – Indiana, and state college, rather than Ivy league, Bill Harvey stood out in DC in the early years of the developing federal agencies, starting out in FBI and then jumping over to the CIA.

A pistol packing "America's James Bond," Harvey was famous for being one of the first to identify double-agent Kim Philby and being the mastermind behind the Berlin Tunnel caper. Then he was sent to JM/WAVE Miami to run the ZR/RIFLE Castro assassination plots until RFK fired him for sending in covert teams during the Cuban Missile Crisis. As CIA Chief of Station in Rome, Harvey was in Italy when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, but he has been implicated by the involvement of officers, agents and operatives he formerly worked with through JM/WAVE - Carlos Bruingier, Joannides, David Morales, Gordon Campbell, Winn Scott, Ted Shackley and David Atlee Phillips. Some aren't even mentioned in this book.

So I guess we have to take what is in the book with a grain of salt, knowing that this has the CIA PRB official seal of approval, and this is the way we should look at things.

Philby and the Cambridge KGB double-agents are relevant to the JFK assassination on a number of points, especially in regards to the Cuban G2 penetration of the JM/WAVE operations and the assassination operations.

Philby trained James J. Angleton in the covert arts in England during the war when OSS sent their early recruits to be trained by the British Secret Service (MI5 and MI6). When Philby was sent to Washington he shared a three martini lunch ritual with Angleton and sometimes Winn Scott and Harvey, (at the appropriately named Harvey's restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. Harvey however, came to suspect Philby, and hated his friend and fellow double agent Guy Burgess.

At a now famous Washington party Harvey and Burgess came to blows, as Stockton recasts the story. ".....Harvey swung at Burgess and missed. The party lurched close to mayhem. Winston MacKinlay Scott, former FBI station chief in Mexico City, now CIA, described the dinner to John Barron, the well-known chronicler of the secret world. 'Harvey jumped on Burgess and was choking him with both hands. It took Scott and Philby and one other guest to pull him off.' Angleton quickly steered Harvey out the door and walked him around the block…."

"David Martin in Wilderness of Mirrors makes much of the rivalry between Angleton and Harvey and underlines the contrasts between the two: heartlander vs. gentle expatriate birth, cop vs. intelligence careerist, gun collector vs. fisherman who made his own lures. Most telling, Angleton was a Yalie who fitted into the OSS mold, whereas, of course, Harvey was fro ma state-run university out there beyond the Hudson River."

So the official party line on this is: "Certainly the two clashed at times, but each was an emperor in his own bailiwick. They saw to it that they seldom encroached on each other's turf. And, at the end, just before Bill Harvey died, they shared knowledge of a matter that to this day remains a mystery."

Well there is a lot of mystery here, but nothing that shouldn't be figured out, eventually.

It seems that Harvey made a lot of important contacts while working out of BOB – Berlin Operations Base, especially the PP people – Political and Psychological Warfare guys like C.D. Jackson, who accompanied John Foster Dulles to Berlin in 1954 and asked Harvey to stir up a demonstration, and Tom Parrott, who in 1962 was the secretary for the Special Group Augmented (SGA) on Cuban ops.

One interesting tidbit that the CIA PRB redactors let slide is Stockton's note that, "In 1948 the CIA became the sponsor of Zipper, the Agency's in-house name for the Gehlen Org., which became the Federal Intelligence Service – Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) – with the return of German sovereignty in 1955. Throughout its early history, former German military people dominated Zipper."

[Note Gregory Douglas' "Operation Zipper" in Regicide – a bogus report said to be a CIA operation to assassinate JFK and Douglas' previous book on the resettlement of Nazi war criminals in the USA.]

"It is worthwhile," says Stockton, "pausing to glance at the internal working of the CIA from the point of view of Jim Critchfield, the gallant former U.S.Army tank commander/colonel who was for many years chief of Pullach Operations Base, the CIA liaison element to the Gehlen Organization…"

Critchfield was nominated by Lansdale to work for Task Force W against Cuba at a special (Nov. 28, 1961 meeting with RFK, Dulles and McCone), but according to this account, kept himself out of the operation and stationed in the Middle East instead. More salt please.

Harvey was there however. "The Kennedys made no bones of the fact that they did not trust military or intelligence professionals, but Harvey was intriguing, and maybe useful, even though he didn't fit their stereotype of the clean-cut fighter for the American ideal. An Ian Fleming character? No book could have prepared them for the Pear."

The Pear, that's what they called him behind his back, as his physique appeared that way as he walked away, six shooter bulging out of his waste belt.

If you believe this story, Harvey named Task Force W as a memorial to "another maverick, William Walker, a colorful freebooter who could not stay away from Central America in the 1840s and 1850s. Walker mounted three expeditions of adventurers from San Francisco; fought in and over Baja California; became president of Nicaragua; and tangled from afar with New York power brokers, particularly Commodore Vanderbilt, and with the laws of the United States. He was eventually executed by American soldiers because he refused to reclaim American citizenship, even as he was facing a firing squad…"

"In the Langley basement, Task Force W gelled quickly. Harvey's deputy was BZruce B. Cheever, a colonel and a decorated member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who was recalled form Paris because Bill needed someone who could talk with the Pentagon. (Sam) Halpern was the executive office. Covert action was the province of Seymmour B. – who had been an Agency contact to Willy Brandt, first when he was lord mayor of Berlin and later when he was chancellor of the German Federal Republic – and Dave M., whom Halpern described as 'Big. Huge. Not quite as hefty as Bill, but close to it…He was a case officer who was trying to work with Cubans to take Castro out.' Art Maloney, an ex-Army colonel who had been wounded in World War II, handled paramilitary matters. And then there was Skip. 'Middle-aged, plain looking, hard as nails, precise, but a good worker. She probably had a last name, but I never knew it. She wouldn't even give Helms the time of day. Not even tell us if Bill was in the office, or if he had gone out to lunch. They seemed to work together by osmosis. If Bill told her to file something securely, she might have used her own body cavities…That's how loyal, and how secure she was."

David Phillips also mentions "Skip" in his books.

Other Harvey secretaries included Maggie Crane of mobile, Alabama in Berlin, who "sat on the floor when she drank martinis 'so she wouldn't fall of the carpet,'" and Rita Chappiwicki, "who knew all the secrets but never betrayed Bill's trust."

"By early spring 1962 Task Force W's headquarters staff was in place. Bill's throne room during the fraught Cuba days was, of course, in the Langley basement, but his empire was in Miami, masquerading as Zenith Technical Enterprises on two thousand acres of CIA-leased property. In the Agency the Miami station was called JMWAVE, and it was the largest operational base ever theretofore assembled by the Agency, bested only by Saigon during the Vietnam War and by the CIA's operations base in Baghdad during the Iraq War…Considerable activity originated in the American embassy in Mexico City, which had its share of CIA personnel…."

"The stories about JMWAVE are legion. Among them is the tale of a visit by Bobby Kennedy to JMWAVE – an incursion that in itself must have put Harvey into something south of a slow burn because CIA operating premises were off-limits to non-Agency personnel, regardless of rank or stature. As Kennedy roamed the building, he heard a telex machine chattering away. He ambled over to it, ripped the message out, and began to read it. Incensed beyond courtesy, Harvey in turn, ripped the copy from the attorney general's hands and thundered words to the effect that Kennedy was not cleared to read classified Agency correspondence. Both smoldered. The incident naturally became legendary and was symptomatic of relations between the two men."

"Harvey came down to Miami every four to six weeks, mostly to see Johnny Rosselli," recalled Ted Shackley. "I went to Washington, mostly just for the day, maybe every two or three weeks."

According to Stockton, "David Martin wrote the only account I'm aware of describing the tension between Bobby Kennedy and Harvey, about a decade and a half after the events…," quoting Martin as saying Kennedy ordered some Cubans to Guantanamo but "…the CIA had promised the Defense Department not to work out of Guantanamo."

"We'll see about that," RFK is quoted as responding.

As Stockton tells it, in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, "It all came unglued on the afternoon of Friday, October 26, 1962….Halpern: 'We heard that Bobby said to Harvey, 'I could train agents at my house in Virginia!' and Harvey retorted, 'as baby-sitters?'"

"To this day there is no absolute clarity about what happened in the culmination of friction between Bobby Kennedy and Harvey. We do know that during that afternoon or early evening, DCI John McCone decided Harvey 'outlived his usefulness.' There most definitely was a meeting of MONGOOSE principals across the Potomac, in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Operations Room at the Pentagon, starting at 2:30, i.e. after lunch. The minutes, dated October 29, written by the Special Group Augmented's secretary Tom Parrott, and originally stamped 'SECRET – EYES ONLY,' survive and are predictably bland, almost more interesting for what they omit than for what they say….Much of the discussion dealt with a plan to launch nine covert teams, details further unspecified, into Cuba…."

Apparently, during the missile crisis, all provocative acts and covert missions were ordered to stand down, but Harvey had no way to call back certain missions that were already underway.

"Harvey approved the dispatch of six three-man teams to Cuba, on either October 21 or 22, 1962, as the missile crisis heated up…Bill's humiliation- being shoved aside by McCone – was made all the deeper because Lansdale was reconfirmed as the point man on 'all MONGOOSE activities.'"

As Shackley pointed out, Harvey and John Rosselli were pals, and for the most part, other than Jim O'Connell on occassion, Harvey was Rosselli's CIA case officer.

"The actual transfer of Rosselli from the Office of Security to ZRRIFLE started out at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York on an April 1962 Sunday evening….(Robert) Mahu suggested dinner at the Elk Room……O'Connell says that Maheu picked up the tab [i.e., Howard Hughes paid]…Rosselli wanted to buy the group a nightcap, but since it was Sunday night, nearly all the bars were closed. They walked around the neighborhood looking for an open bar and finally wound up at the Copacabana….Rosselli found himself facing a table….at which Phyllis McGuire was sitting with Dorothy Kilgallen…and Liberace for the opening night of singer Rosemary Clooney. To avoid Phyllis McGuire seeing him, Rosselli got his companions to change there seating arrangements so his back was turned to Miss McGuire…."

"O'Connell sat in on Harvey-Rosselli meeting in Washington on April 14, 1962. Thereafter O'Connell was assigned to Okinawa, and Harvey dealt with Rosselli alone….arrived in Miami on April 21, 1962, and found Roselli already in touch with Tony Varona, the Cuban exile leader who had participated in Phase One [of the assassination operation]."

"Harvey was in Miami again February 11 – 14, 1963, well after he had been officially removed from Task Force W….With Helm's approval that Rosselli be terminated as a CIA asset. Harvey flew in February or March 1963 to Los Angeles, where the pair 'agreed that the operation would be closed off.'…Bill and Johnny went out to sea in a chartered boat on two consecutive days, April 18 and 19, 1963, during which time they presumably discussed matters of mutual interest under circumstances that made surveillance of any kind almost impossible. During this time the pair had dinner with a third person, perhaps Johnny's sister, Edith Daigle, or perhaps someone else. The dinner was official enough business for Bill to charge it, something he would not have done merely to recoup an out-of-pocket expense."

"According to some expense account records for ZRRFILE/QJQIN from April 13 to 21, 1963, Harvey was at Plantation yacht Harbor motel/marina in Plantation Key, Florida."

"From July 1, 1963, until April 1966, Harvey was stationed in Rome. He conducted vest-pocket operations, was senior contact to the Italian intelligence and security services, and was involved in the overall staying behind program, in addition to many other duties. I believe Harvey was also the top American official liaison to the capos of the Mafia in Sicily, even though Henry Woodburn, his chief of operations at the time, denies the contact….Perhaps the key go-between on routine matters was Michael Chinigo, (a) mysterious figure…"

"On November 22, 1963 Harvey was either on the island of Elba, on Sardinia, or in Sicily…No one in the CIA who knew Harvey at his prime believes, or believed, that he possibly could have been involved in the JFK assassination. Not even those who had reason to dislike him. The very idea was and is to this day, among those still-living, anathema to them…"

There's a whole chapter on "Bill Harvey and the Assassination of President Kennedy," with subchapters like "The Whittten/Scelso Testimony," "CIA Involvement?", "The Strange Case of George Joannides" and "Rebutting Jefferson Morley," which takes George Bannerman Dealey's advice to journalists to give both sides to every story, even when there's more than two sides.

In any case, according to the official spiced account, Harvey and the CIA had nothing to do with the assassination of the President.

In 1966 Harvey left the CIA and went into private law practice.

According to Stockton, once out of the CIA and in private law practice in DC, Harvey made inquiries about the Ullstein family, "the powerful Austro-German publishing empire,"…..and "probably in criminal law, for an outfit called Bishop Services."

Back in Indiana Harvey "found the job editing law decisions for Bobbs-Merrill," although his company ID identifies him as a "Security Officer."

From Indiana, Harvey was called to testify before the Church Committee in Washington, though none of the good stuff came out in his testimony because, as he later said, "They didn't ask me the right questions."

And just when you think you can leave Bill Harvey to the cast off heap, along comes Marajen Chinigo.

Remember the "mystery man" Michael Chinigo, well there's also Marajen Chinigo.

"Apart from his testimony to the Church committee, the biggest event in Harvey's latter years was the entrance into his life of Marajen Chinigo, whom he had certainly known of while he was in Rome a decade earlier. When Harvey and Chinigo connected in the United States in the 1970s, Marajen was still married to her most recent husband, Michael Chinigo, though their marriage was teetering. Michael Chinigo was a journalist of sorts and also a former Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent, an honorary papal count, and an owner of Sicilian property given him under peculiar circumstances. And there was more."

Marajen is described as being the "very hands-on executive of the Champaign media miniempire created by her father in a 1919 merger….a beneficent philanthropist, patron of the arts, and a painter in her own right, Mrs. Chinigo gave handsomely to causes she supported, among them Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma."

Michael Chinigo, son of Dimitri Chinigo, was born August 28, 1908, at Macchia Albanese, Cosenza, Italy, of Albanian extraction, of the Greek Orthodox faith. After settling in Norwich, Connecticut in 1915, Chinigo attended Yale, studied pre-med, and served at Bellview Hospital in New York. Then with the outbreak of World War II, Chinigo was recruited into the OSS and went to Rome to work undercover as a journalist for the International News Service.

In Italy Chinigo met Salvatore Luciana – Luciano, who Chinigo reported, was born in Lercara Friddi, a Mafia province run by Don Calogere Vizzini (until his death in 1954).

As Stockton reports, "The CIA studiously ignored my FOIA requests for OSS and CIA files on Chinigo for more than two years. Finally, the Agency replied that it had searched high and low and could find no mention of Michael Chinigo…."

Gore Vidal, who lived in Rome from 1962 to 1964, knew Harvey and Marajen and Micahel Chinigo. Vidal: "I thought Margarine was just your average good-time girl. Yes, she was a heavy drinker…an amiable drunk, a playgirl,…a mother's girl….She always Did the Right Thing. Michael Chinigo? A most insignificant person. Plain. Very small. No charm. Boastful. I thought of him more as a crook. He knew shady types of people…thugs…He worked for INS, which everyone knew as spook cover."

"In April 1974 Harvey was getting by in the Bobbs-Merrill job in Indianapolis. Rosselli, newly released from prison, went to Washington and then came to Indianapolis. After a night, maybe two, as the Harvey's houseguest the Harveys and Johnny bundled into the family car and drove to Champaign….were Marajen's guests for a lavish dinner at the Champaign Country Club. Whatever the nature of their professional relationship, there is no doubt that the Harveys joined the outer circle of the Marajen Chinigo court."

Then there was the problem of Rosselli's relationship with Marajen Chinigo, and her irate, Italian husband who was apparently the CIA's liaison with the Mafia in Italy. "…Michael Chinigo tried forcibly to reenter the maritial house in Champaign on March 31, 1974. A Cook County investigator questioned Marajen about Sam Giancana on April 21, 1974. Giancana was murdered on June 19, 1974…On the same day Michael Chinigo made a new will in the United States. He returned to Rome in mid-July. Bill and CG were in Champaign for the weekend of July 26, 1974. Shortly thereafter, Harvey talked with Marajen's Roman lawyer. Rosselli went to Indianapolis to visit Bill and CG in mid-August. On August 14 or 15, 1974, a day or two after the attack on Michael Chinigo…., Rosselli and the Harveys drove to Champaign."

"Michael Chinigo was attacked on a Rome street at midnight on August 13, 1974. He was accompanied by a man named Giarzzo, who was allegedly left lying in a coma, when an ambulance took Michael to the San Giovanni Hospital. A Rome police report identified the .38 pistol that shot Chinigo as Giarizzo's registered property. No further details have emerged about Michael's companion of that night. According to the police report, Chinigo reached into his companion's pocket, grabbed the .38 pistol that happened to be there, shot himself in the left temple with the gun in his right hand, and survived. The Roman police ruled Chinigo's later death, somewhat incredibly, a suicide."

Gore Vidal: "Chinigo? It was a typical Camorra killing."

At the time Michael Chinigo was in the country, "on June 19, 1975, a week before he was to testify before the Church Committee, Sam Giancana was murdered in the fortified basement of his Chicago apartment."

William Harvey died on June 9, 1976.

"On July 16 Johnny Rosselli, his sister, and her husband had dinner with Santo Trafficante. On July 27 Rosselli was warned by a Mob-connected lawyer in a phone call from Los Angeles to get out of Miami immediately. On July 28 Rosselli disappeared en route to a golf game. Ten days later his dismembered body was found floating in the oil drum in Dumfounding Bay."

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Thanks for posting that, Bill. Interesting indeed.

A couple of names pop up that I do not believe have been mentioned before with regard to assassination research, names of people who certainly deserve to be explored thoroughly.

Major Bruce Cheever was with the OSS Marine Operational Group and was very close to Bill Donovan.

The other is Michael Chinigo who definitely fits the description of a 'mystery man'. The image below shows Chinigo on the right chatting with Lucky Luciano.

James

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Thanks for posting that, Bill. Interesting indeed.

A couple of names pop up that I do not believe have been mentioned before with regard to assassination research, names of people who certainly deserve to be explored thoroughly.

Major Bruce Cheever was with the OSS Marine Operational Group and was very close to Bill Donovan.

The other is Michael Chinigo who definitely fits the description of a 'mystery man'. The image below shows Chinigo on the right chatting with Lucky Luciano.

James

Hi James,

I think Michael Chinigo should be a suspect in the murder of Giancana.

Nice pix. Trying to think of a good caption.

BK

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Harvey was famous for being one of the first to identify double-agent Kim Philby

Umm, this would seem to be a flawed statement in the review of "Flawed Patriot".

It was Michael Straight who fingered Philby and the "Cambridge Five". Straight had been a communist mole and was scared that his appointment by the JFK administration to a political post would reveal his involvement. Straight was never prosecuted for his involvement despite his role. His story, in his words, is found his book "After Long Silence". In my opinion, he should have been jailed for life or worse.

per an article in SteamShovel Press:

SteamShovel Article

It's interesting that Michael's cousin is Tracy Barnes and that one of Michael's main crimes was to provide press crudentials to his Soviet handler for Mark Gayne. It was Richard Nagell who suggested that Gayne or Barnes had given him and order to eliminate Oswald. What's startling about this is Hunt's recent revelation that he would look to the "corrupt Barnes" if he was to "suspect" CIA involvement in the assassination.

So here's a possible CIA > Cambridge Five > Montreal (Gayn) > Richard Case Nagell > Tracey Barnes (Hunt, Straight))> Oswald "link". wow.

Nagell's "stock" is rising in my opinion.

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Harvey was famous for being one of the first to identify double-agent Kim Philby

Umm, this would seem to be a flawed statement in the review of "Flawed Patriot".

It was Michael Straight who fingered Philby and the "Cambridge Five". Straight had been a communist mole and was scared that his appointment by the JFK administration to a political post would reveal his involvement. Straight was never prosecuted for his involvement despite his role. His story, in his words, is found his book "After Long Silence". In my opinion, he should have been jailed for life or worse.

No, Bill was right.

In May 1951, just after Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean disappeared (and later were found to be in the USSR), anybody who knew them came under suspicion. Kim Philby received special scrutiny, as Burgess had lived with him in Washington D.C. shortly before he returned to England to warn Maclean to flee.

U.S. intelligence agents submitted memos about their dealings with Burgess, Maclean or Philby. Angelton's was said to be brief and superficial, but Harvey's pointed a finger straight at Philby, to such an extent that DCI Walter Bedell Smith demanded that MI6 withdraw Philby from the U.S. It LATER turns out that Harvey was right-on.

MI6 was reluctant to believe that ol'Kim could be a spy, so they basically cut him loose. The one who really fingered Philby in ealy 1963 was Flora Solomon, whom Philby had tried to recruit many years earlier. Straight confirmed this after Philby's 1963 defection and led to Blunt, Long and Cairncross.

But that was all in 1963-4. Harvey fingered him in 1951!

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Harvey was famous for being one of the first to identify double-agent Kim Philby

Umm, this would seem to be a flawed statement in the review of "Flawed Patriot".

It was Michael Straight who fingered Philby and the "Cambridge Five". Straight had been a communist mole and was scared that his appointment by the JFK administration to a political post would reveal his involvement. Straight was never prosecuted for his involvement despite his role. His story, in his words, is found his book "After Long Silence". In my opinion, he should have been jailed for life or worse.

No, Bill was right.

In May 1951, just after Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean disappeared (and later were found to be in the USSR), anybody who knew them came under suspicion. Kim Philby received special scrutiny, as Burgess had lived with him in Washington D.C. shortly before he returned to England to warn Maclean to flee.

U.S. intelligence agents submitted memos about their dealings with Burgess, Maclean or Philby. Angelton's was said to be brief and superficial, but Harvey's pointed a finger straight at Philby, to such an extent that DCI Walter Bedell Smith demanded that MI6 withdraw Philby from the U.S. It LATER turns out that Harvey was right-on.

MI6 was reluctant to believe that ol'Kim could be a spy, so they basically cut him loose. The one who really fingered Philby in ealy 1963 was Flora Solomon, whom Philby had tried to recruit many years earlier. Straight confirmed this after Philby's 1963 defection and led to Blunt, Long and Cairncross.

But that was all in 1963-4. Harvey fingered him in 1951!

Hi Stephen,

While Harvey may have been suspicious and fingered Philby early on, it took another ten to twelve years to develop the evidence necessary to book Philby as the Third Man beyond a shadow of a doubt to anybody.

For that they needed Michael Straight. For more on this, Chris and Stephen, please see my thread on Ian Fleming and the Cambridge Spys, which goes into some of this.

Today, we face the same problem in JFK assassination research. While it may only take a viewing of the Zapruder film to convince some people there was a conspiracy, the evidence needed to take the case to court is more demanding.

BK

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Harvey was famous for being one of the first to identify double-agent Kim Philby

Umm, this would seem to be a flawed statement in the review of "Flawed Patriot".

It was Michael Straight who fingered Philby and the "Cambridge Five". Straight had been a communist mole and was scared that his appointment by the JFK administration to a political post would reveal his involvement. Straight was never prosecuted for his involvement despite his role. His story, in his words, is found his book "After Long Silence". In my opinion, he should have been jailed for life or worse.

No, Bill was right.

In May 1951, just after Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean disappeared (and later were found to be in the USSR), anybody who knew them came under suspicion. Kim Philby received special scrutiny, as Burgess had lived with him in Washington D.C. shortly before he returned to England to warn Maclean to flee.

U.S. intelligence agents submitted memos about their dealings with Burgess, Maclean or Philby. Angelton's was said to be brief and superficial, but Harvey's pointed a finger straight at Philby, to such an extent that DCI Walter Bedell Smith demanded that MI6 withdraw Philby from the U.S. It LATER turns out that Harvey was right-on.

MI6 was reluctant to believe that ol'Kim could be a spy, so they basically cut him loose. The one who really fingered Philby in ealy 1963 was Flora Solomon, whom Philby had tried to recruit many years earlier. Straight confirmed this after Philby's 1963 defection and led to Blunt, Long and Cairncross.

But that was all in 1963-4. Harvey fingered him in 1951!

Hi Stephen,

While Harvey may have been suspicious and fingered Philby early on, it took another ten to twelve years to develop the evidence necessary to book Philby as the Third Man beyond a shadow of a doubt to anybody.

For that they needed Michael Straight. For more on this, Chris and Stephen, please see my thread on Ian Fleming and the Cambridge Spys, which goes into some of this.

Today, we face the same problem in JFK assassination research. While it may only take a viewing of the Zapruder film to convince some people there was a conspiracy, the evidence needed to take the case to court is more demanding.

BK

I could be wrong about this, Bill, but most of the stuff I've read from a Brit POV (Chapman Pincher, Peter Wright, Rupert Allason/Nigel West, etc) indicate that Solomon was what caused Nick Elliot to confront Philby in Beirut. To the best of my knowledge, the Straight confession came later in 1963 or 1964, after Philby defected.

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Harvey was famous for being one of the first to identify double-agent Kim Philby

Umm, this would seem to be a flawed statement in the review of "Flawed Patriot".

It was Michael Straight who fingered Philby and the "Cambridge Five". Straight had been a communist mole and was scared that his appointment by the JFK administration to a political post would reveal his involvement. Straight was never prosecuted for his involvement despite his role. His story, in his words, is found his book "After Long Silence". In my opinion, he should have been jailed for life or worse.

No, Bill was right.

In May 1951, just after Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean disappeared (and later were found to be in the USSR), anybody who knew them came under suspicion. Kim Philby received special scrutiny, as Burgess had lived with him in Washington D.C. shortly before he returned to England to warn Maclean to flee.

U.S. intelligence agents submitted memos about their dealings with Burgess, Maclean or Philby. Angelton's was said to be brief and superficial, but Harvey's pointed a finger straight at Philby, to such an extent that DCI Walter Bedell Smith demanded that MI6 withdraw Philby from the U.S. It LATER turns out that Harvey was right-on.

MI6 was reluctant to believe that ol'Kim could be a spy, so they basically cut him loose. The one who really fingered Philby in ealy 1963 was Flora Solomon, whom Philby had tried to recruit many years earlier. Straight confirmed this after Philby's 1963 defection and led to Blunt, Long and Cairncross.

But that was all in 1963-4. Harvey fingered him in 1951!

Hi Stephen,

While Harvey may have been suspicious and fingered Philby early on, it took another ten to twelve years to develop the evidence necessary to book Philby as the Third Man beyond a shadow of a doubt to anybody.

For that they needed Michael Straight. For more on this, Chris and Stephen, please see my thread on Ian Fleming and the Cambridge Spys, which goes into some of this.

Today, we face the same problem in JFK assassination research. While it may only take a viewing of the Zapruder film to convince some people there was a conspiracy, the evidence needed to take the case to court is more demanding.

BK

I could be wrong about this, Bill, but most of the stuff I've read from a Brit POV (Chapman Pincher, Peter Wright, Rupert Allason/Nigel West, etc) indicate that Solomon was what caused Nick Elliot to confront Philby in Beirut. To the best of my knowledge, the Straight confession came later in 1963 or 1964, after Philby defected.

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Thanks for posting that, Bill. Interesting indeed.

A couple of names pop up that I do not believe have been mentioned before with regard to assassination research, names of people who certainly deserve to be explored thoroughly.

Major Bruce Cheever was with the OSS Marine Operational Group and was very close to Bill Donovan.

The other is Michael Chinigo who definitely fits the description of a 'mystery man'. The image below shows Chinigo on the right chatting with Lucky Luciano.

James

I think Michael and Marajen Chinigo are extremely important characters in the overall drama who have thus far excaped close scrunity.

Michael, OSS liason with Luciano, the Italian mafia and possibly the Pope, mysteriously murdered sixth husband of Marajen, mid-west media maven/vixen and Roselli girlfriend and friendly neighbor of Harvey, the former CIA COS Rome.

There's got to be an Opera there somewhere.

BK

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Thanks for posting that, Bill. Interesting indeed.

A couple of names pop up that I do not believe have been mentioned before with regard to assassination research, names of people who certainly deserve to be explored thoroughly.

Major Bruce Cheever was with the OSS Marine Operational Group and was very close to Bill Donovan.

The other is Michael Chinigo who definitely fits the description of a 'mystery man'. The image below shows Chinigo on the right chatting with Lucky Luciano.

James

I think Michael and Marajen Chinigo are extremely important characters in the overall drama who have thus far excaped close scrunity.

Michael, OSS liason with Luciano, the Italian mafia and possibly the Pope, mysteriously murdered sixth husband of Marajen, mid-west media maven/vixen and Roselli girlfriend and friendly neighbor of Harvey, the former CIA COS Rome.

There's got to be an Opera there somewhere.

BK

Bill,

Here is the party girl, Marajen.

James

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Thanks for posting that, Bill. Interesting indeed.

A couple of names pop up that I do not believe have been mentioned before with regard to assassination research, names of people who certainly deserve to be explored thoroughly..........Marajen, mid-west media maven/vixen and Roselli girlfriend and friendly neighbor of Harvey, the former CIA COS Rome.

There's got to be an Opera there somewhere.

BK

Bill,

Here is the party girl, Marajen.

James

Photo Caption in Stockton's book: Marajen Chinigo, owner of the Champaign News-Gazettte. Marajen was a socialite who had residences in Champaign, Illinois; Palm Springs, California; and Sorrento, Italy. She was a friend and confidante of Johnny Rosselli, and she was a law client of Bill Harvey after his retirement fromm the CIA.

The photo, front facial, white hair, shows her wearing wood Indian beads and a round wood neclace with jagged lines across it. I'd like to see a blow up of the ear ring in James' photo - is that a cross?

Caption for Michael Chinigo photo: Michael Chinigo was probably a CIA contract agent and liaison to the Sicilian Mafia. During World War II, he was a Hearst News Correspondent, and after the war he married Marajen. He died a most mysterious death in Rome in 1974.

Both photos are identified as being from News-Gazette, Champaign, Illinois.

Does anybody have anything more on these two characters?

BK

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