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Cryptonym: BKCROWN

Definition:
CIA. This cryptonym was adopted in the early 1970s.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10119-10009: MESSAGE CONTAINING ILLUSTRATIVE TRACES ON HERBERT ITKIN

Re 1963-1968: "Below are illustrative traces Herbert Itkin (201-836808), partner law firm Itkin, Roberts, Greenbaum, New York, registered agent for 'Haitian Government in Exile' representing Louis Dejoie (201-240483) and other Haitian exile groups 1963. Reportedly furnished money to group invading Haiti August 1963...(Itkin's) former father-in-law called WODISH, New York, to say (Itkin) closely tied to BKCROWN, giving it much assistance Haiti and elsewhere, implying (Itkin) trusted informant or agent, not staff employee. Warned BKCROWN (Itkin) not desirable because of doubts re reliability, discretion, ability to meet financial obligations, and mental equilibrium. (WODISH memo, 15 Feb 1966). New York Times, 9 March 1968, reported US official described (Itkin) as undercover agent who infiltrated organized crime, reporting regularly to (FBI). One high official said (Itkin) risked his life to 'stand up to Mafia'. Article also states (Itkin) registered Sept 1963 as foreign agent (of the Dominican Republic), making numerous trips there...New York Daily News, 15 Oct 1968, reported (Itkin), labor lawyer, trying have his trial moved from state to federal court, contending he acting as (FBI) and (CIA) agent in connection (with James L. Marcus, former NYC water commissioner kickback case re mortgage applications made to Teamsters Union pension fund)." 8/29/72 memo from WH/7/DR Elizabeth Vetter

104-10106-10335: CLASSIFIED MESSAGE: RE REQUEST FOR ARTICLES RE HERBERT ITKIN

CIA Headquarters requests media articles regarding Herbert Itkin who claimed to be a CIA agent. Officials state an inquiry supports Itkin was "...never employed by BKCROWN. Either in Staff or Contract/Career Agent status."

104-10012-10070: CABLE RE FENSTERWALD FOIA REQUEST

Memo from Charlotte Bustos, 10/3/72: Bernard Fensterwald is seeking 20 photos shown to Pedro Gutierrez Valencia, credit investigator in Mexico City. "In letter to BKCROWN dated 22 Sept 1972 FBI says it received photos from your station 19 Feb 1964..."

104-10112-10362: CABLE ON LUCIEN CONEIN BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION FOR POSSIBLE EMPLOYMENT

Sept. 1972 - Indicates that Lucein Conein is about to be employed by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and they wanted to know about his "former association" with BKCROWN. Conein was a CIA officer.

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Peter Dale Scott • Bill Simpich • Carmine Savastano

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