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The JFK Case; the Office that Spied on its Own Spies

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The Mexico City station asks CIA headquarters to send a photo of Oswald, apparently aware that there are problems with the Oswald photo. Curiously, the message refers to "Lee Henry Oswald", rather than "Lee Harvey Oswald": Memo originating from "G. F. Gestetner", Mexico City station, to Director, MEXI 6534, 10/15/63, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (microfilm - reel 30: Mexico City Station File)/NARA Record Number: 104-10195-10409.

The 10/10/63 message also told the Mexico City CIA station to provide this description to their local FBI, Navy, INS, and State Department contacts: October 10 message from CIA HQ to Mexico City station, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 3/NARA Record Number: 104-10050-10010

The final page has the reference to "ODENVY, ODACID, ODOATH, and ODURGE", cryptonyms for "FBI, State Department, Navy, and INS".

CIA headquarters sent a second and contradictory message on the same day to the headquarters of these agencies providing totally wrong information for Oswald:
October 10 message from CIA HQ to FBI, Navy and State Department: HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 56/NARA Record Number: 104-10125-10339.

CI/SIG was "the office that spied on spies": Preliminary HSCA Interview of Ann Egerter by Dan Hardway and Betsy Wolf, March 31, 1978, p. 3, 180-10142-10298.

During the 1970s, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) analyzed these two 10/10/63 messages from CIA headquarters and verified that they were drafted at the same time and sent within a few hours of each other: Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City (aka "Lopez Report") p. 144 (1978)

Oswald may have been part of what the CIA refers to as a "hip pocket group" or a "vest pocket group" known to only a few persons: HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 26/NARA Record Number: 104-10086-10396, from copy of a duplicate file entitled "Goodpasture", p. p. 14 of 106. Also see p. 21 of 106, which offers a little more.

"Gerald F. Gestetner" (a pseudonym for chief of Soviet affairs Herbert Manell):
Deposition of (Redacted), 4/28/78, p. 2, NARA Record Number: 180-10110-10023. "Herbert Manell" typed at top of this page.

Gestetner has also been identified elsewhere as "Paul Dillon", see Philip Agee, Inside the Company, p. 528.

"L.A. Dillinger" was a pseudonym for Barbara Murphy Manell:
Memo for the Record by Russ Holmes, p. 5, NARA Record Number: 104-10419-10215.

Barbara Manell Murphy and husband Herbert Manell are also identified on this slip as "Cynthia Hausman" and her husband as "Paul Dillon": NARA Record Number: 104-10096-10232.
Also see Philip Agee, id., re "Cynthia Hausman".

We know that Egerter's boss was James Jesus Angleton, the legendary head of CIA counterintelligence that presided over Egerter's molehunting unit: HSCA Security Classified Testimony/HSCA Interview of James Angleton, 5 Oct 1978, p. 150.

Angleton is legendary for almost tearing the agency apart in his paranoid hunt for Soviet moles:
See generally David C. Martin, Wilderness of Mirrors, (Guilford, CT, Lyons Press: revised edition, 2003).

We also know that Gestetner and Dellinger answered to David Phillips on covert actions matters, the number three man at the station and the one in charge of both covert actions and the Cuban desk: HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 26/Copy 3 of a Duplicate File Entitled "Goodpasture", p. 21, NARA Record Number: 104-10086-10395 click here=796203

See John Newman, Oswald and the CIA, pp. 236-243; Jim Powell, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Elena Garro", Dealey Plaza Echo, January 2008, p. 14.

All too common in the files are mostly-illegible documents, like this file about Phillips' source FPCC member Court Foster Wood. Someone on the inside with the public's interest in mind retyped this opening page. 10/7/61, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 41/NARA Record Number: 104-10114-10162

Phillips made a point of letting Cuban exile leader Antonio Veciana see him with Oswald just a few weeks earlier in Dallas: Lamar Waldron/Thom Hartmann interview with Antonio Veciana, leader of Cuban exile group Alpha-66, 6/2/93; see pages 172-173 and 529-30 of their book Ultimate Sacrifice (New York, Carroll & Graf: 2005).

Phillips admitted under oath that "we covered this man (Oswald) all the time" in Mexico City: HSCA Deposition of David Phillips, 11/27/76, p. 97. HSCA Security Classified Testimony.

Phillips wrote a book describing Oswald as a "blip": David Atlee Phillips,
The Night Watch (New York: Atheneum, 1977) p. 139.

Gestetner testified that his duties were counterintelligence monitoring, to negate Soviet efforts to penetrate their station, and to recruit Soviets to their side: Deposition of (Redacted), pp. 3-4, HSCA Security Classified Testimony/NARA Record Number: 180-10110-10023.

Dillinger testified that she was the assistant chief on Soviet affairs, and their joint duties were counter-espionage and field investigations on the Soviets: Deposition of (REDACTED), p. 5, HSCA Security Classified Testimony/NARA Record Number: 180-10110-10022.
The deponent is identified on the record as "Dillinger" at pages 91-92.

When interviewed at Capitol Hill, they changed their names just slightly from "Gerald F. Gestetner" to "Herbert Gestetner", and from "L.A. Dillinger" to "Barbara Dillenger": Preliminary Interviews with Herbert Gestetner and Barbara Dillenger, 3/20/78, NARA Record Number: 180-10141-10228.

The names of this husband-wife team are mostly redacted in the depositions. At one point, Gestetner's deposition is identified as that of Herbert Mannell. In any case, their testimony makes it simple to match up with the interviews:
Gestetner: "Head of the Soviet section of the station in Mexico City"
Dillinger: "Assistant chief of Soviet affairs in Mexico City"

It's documented that counter-espionage LCIMPROVE activities go back at least as far back as at a memo written on June 7 1956, looking at Soviet consul Gregory Golub as someone who "professes sympathy for the United States": HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (microfilm - reel 8: Golitsyn - Hernandez)/NARA Record Number: 104-10172-10342

REDSOX sought to parachute agents into the satellite countries to foment rebellion, while REDCAP was intended to handle the results of such efforts, including the expected deluge of defectors and refugees: Ronald R. Krebs, Dueling Visions: U.S. Strategy in Eastern Europe Under Eisenhower, p. 64.

The term LCFLUTTER is well-known as a cryptonym for a truth-finding technique, such as polygraphs and truth serum:
See, for example, OPERATIONAL SECURITY/LCFLUTTER RIF#: 104-10102-10259 (10/18/63)

After Dulles provided the full text of Khrushchev's speech to his brother Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, the New York Times picked it up and published the speech on June 4: Id., at p. 64.

During late August 1959, the Helsinki CIA chief of station wrote a REDCAP/LCIMPROVE memo to David Murphy (CIA chief for Soviet Russia) and Eric Timm (CIA chief for Western Europe), telling them that Soviet consul Gregory Golub would issue visas immediately and without Moscow approval: Dispatch REDCAP/LCIMPROVE Procuring of Female Companionship for Gregoriy T. Golub, Memo from Helsinki CIA Chief of Station to Chief, SR (David Murphy) and Chief, WE (Eric Timm), 8/28/59, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (microfilm - reel 8: Golitsyn - Hernandez)/NARA Record Number: 104-10172-10294.

Murphy later wrote a book where he described REDCAP as a "worldwide defector inducement" program: David E. Murphy, Sergei Kondrashev, and George Bailey, Battleground: Berlin (New Haven, Yale University Press: 1997), p. 238. (available on google)

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