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Cryptonym: DTMIKADO

Definition:
A Japanese operation. The subject - businessman Gordon McClendon. Subject knew it was a CIA matter.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
201-79764. Gordon McClendon was a friend of both David Phillips and Jack Ruby.
Sources:

104-10177-10220: CIA FILE ON MCLENDON, GORDON BARTON.

Feb. 1952: Request for security clearance by OD/OP/OPC to Asst. : "(Gordon McClendon) is the president of a company which will provide accreditation in Japan to a contract agent of this organization. It is not expected that Subject will learn of the agent's connection to this organization, however." This is corrected in the following post from FE/III/PC to OD/OP/Sec (at p. 15) "Subject will know nothing of operations conducted by this agent, only that he is connected with CIA." (at p. 12) 7/29/52, To: Chief, Staff C, Attention: Staff C/SPB, Chief, Special Security Division, JG 9545, #69488: "The covert security clearance, as requested, is hereby denied."

Commission Document 1254 - Random Notes of Jack Ruby

On Saturday, 11/23/63, Ruby told his accountant "Bolachio" that he had photos of the "Impeach Earl Warren" billboard and he was going to give these pictures to Gordon McClendon. At p. 26: "I called the police station, and asked for homicide to talk to Sims, and I think he answered the phone and asked him if he wanted sandwiches and he said they were winding up everything and he sure did appreciate it and he was going to tell all the boys how nice I've been...as a rule I would never call Gordon McClendon at home at this late hour...if he was still working I'm sure his family wouldn't mind, especially since I wanted to bring sandwiches over." At pages 28-29 - Jack got into KLIF with the sandwiches and told the "weird beard" Russ Knight while they were eating them that "I mentioned one time complimenting Gordon McClendon for his editorial about the instances when Adlai Stevenson visited here. Russ said he is going to let Gordon know how I helpful in getting a scoop for them."

104-10124-10176: WITHHELD

12/30/65, Request for Approval or Investigative Action: "Subject will be contacted and assessed on a witting basis in support of WUENTREE. Subject is President of McClendon Corporation of Dallas, Texas and is also owner of several radio stations. He was born in Paris Texas on 8 June 1921. He resides at 9300 Douglas Street, Dallas, Texas and has a ranch in Denton, Texas. During World War II, he served as a Japanese Language Officer in intelligence for the US Navy from 1943-45. He is the author of "The Old Scotchman's Scrapbook." To display the full name of the cryptonym WUENTREE, see: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=147716&relPageId=9&search=%22JG_9545%22

104-10124-10173: MCLENDON WAS OF COVERT INTEREST TO THE AGENCY IN 1952 BUT WAS DENIED SECURITY CLEARANCE IN THAT YEAR BASED ON A BACKGROUND OF FRAUD, DUPLICITY, EVASION AND AN INDEISCREET MORAL LIFE Document View

10/31/67: "McClendon was of covert interest to the Agency in 1952 but was denied security clearance in that year based on a background of fraud, duplicity, evasion and an indiscreet moral life, i.e. heavy drinking and extramarital activity."

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