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THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part One: Mother, Meyer, and the Spotters)

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8/6/56 Approval request from Chief, CI/Operational Approval and Support Division to Deputy Director of Security Mr. Rice for 52373 "Legal Traveler Into USSR Spotter stamped POA expedite initialed WMO (William Osborne?) NARA Record Number: 104-10120-10446

"Between 1956-57, Snyder was used as a spotter of students that might be going to the Soviet Union at Harvard by Nelson Brickham of the Soviet Russian Division within the Directorate of Plans. The apparent purpose was to recruit them into what was known as Project Redskin: Oswald 201 file, Volume 31, NARA No.: 104-10001-10138, Comment Regarding Article Alleging Oswald was Interviewed by CIA Employees.

Brickham was responsible for running black propaganda, false flag recruitments and the gathering of information on Soviet missile silos: Douglas Valentine, "Documents from the Phoenix Program".

On April 10, Cord Meyer sent a cable to Western Europe expressing interest in Johnson, right after Johnson applied for a visa in Paris: John Newman, Oswald and the CIA, (Carroll & Graf, New York, 1995), p. 65. Includes a copy of Meyer's cable.

Shortly after Cord Meyer expressed interest in her, a request went out on 4/28 seeking approval for Johnson to become a "REDSKIN traveler and informant... "SR/2 will have primary responsibility of handling agent": Request for Investigation and Approval, 4/28/63, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection microfilm - reel 9, NARA Record Number: 104-10173-10145.

At this point, three Priscillas have emerged, Priscilla Mary Post Johnson, Priscilla McLure Johnson, and Priscilla McCoy: "three Priscilla Johnsons": All three names are spelled out (apparent error by the redaction team)

It's still uncertain what this means, other than two months of apparent confusion and very poorly redacted forms between April-June 1958: For this sequence of events, see the entire forty-page RIF#: 1994.04.07.11:53:41:840005(5/0/1958)CIA#: 80T01357A

Johnson was rejected in June 1958 because her "past activity in USSR, insistence return and indefinite plans inside likely draw Sov suspicions": RIF#: 104-10119-10287 (06/19/58)

She decided to return to Moscow and study Soviet law under a fellowship grant from either Columbia or Harvard universities: FBI memo, 10/5/63, p. 2, from SAC/WFO to Director, NARA Record Number: 124-10279-10217

The chairman of the "Inter-University Travel Group" travel group sought and obtained a recommendation from Senator John F. Kennedy for Johnson to be accepted as a member. This is the type of legal travelers group that was the focus of REDSKIN: Letters to Senator Kennedy and Johnson, September 1958, NARA Record Number: 1993.07.12.17:05:59:680440

Three weeks later, Munford wrote her another letter of congratulations on her activities in the Soviet Union: 10/16/58 letter from Mumford to Johnson, NARA Record Number: 1993.07.12.17:38:30:180440.

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Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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