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Cryptonym: ASCHAM

Definition:
Allen Dulles, CIA chief for many years until the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Robert A. Ascham was a frequent pseudonym for Dulles.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
This pseudonym is included because of the common belief that "ASCHAM" is a cryptonym. CITASTE was Allen Dulles' cryptonym, based on the amount of time Dulles spent in Venezuela.
Sources:

104-10247-10407: NOTE: ATTACHED IS INFO RELATING TO KENNEDY ASSASSINATION FROM WIN SCOTT'S PERSONAL FILES

Reference in Win Scott's file to a 1961 cable between ASCHAM and GALBOND (Western Hemisphere chief J.C. King).

104-10310-10001: WITHHELD

1/14/61 meeting between ASCHAM and LITENSOR with "Curtis" (Mexico City chief of station Win Scott) serving as interpreter. LITENSOR discusses how ill ASCHAM's brother was in 1958 - this is a reference to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. (At p. 4 of 8): "(LITENSOR) said he personally wanted to get rid of Castro and to have Cuba become a democracy; he offered to consider any recommended action by Mexico which ASCHAM wanted." At p. 5 of 8: "At ASCHAM's suggestion, LITENSOR agreed to assist in whatever he possibly could to disrupt and hamper (the Latin American) Peace Congress. ASCHAM was we (CIA) would send some ideas and suggestions on actions which might be taken to disrupt this Congress."

104-10400-10288: CABLE:REFS OBVIOUSLY CROSSED. IN STATION VIEW DANGERS PARA A

9/25/64 cable from Mexico City to Director: This cable made this amazing plea to headquarters: "Only remaining hope would appear to be to get ASCHAM [Allen Dulles] prevail on Commission not only retouch background in photos but also retouch face (Note: the face of the Mystery Man originally thought by Mexico City to be Lee Oswald but identified in the "Lopez Report" as Yuriy Moskalev) to degree obviously not identifiable with Ruby but also not with actual subject of photo. If neither suppression nor effective alteration possible, station plans to evacuate LIMITED, LILYRIC, LICALLA, recent LICOWL installation and LIMESA properties of all gear on phased basis beginning with LIMITED 25 Sept and others 26 and 27 Sept."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: Persons and Pseudonyms

Robert A. Ascham is identified here as the "pseudonym for Allen Dulles".

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Bill Simpich

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