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Cryptonym: FULMINATOR-1

Definition:
David Atlee Phillips, during a portion of the 1950s.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The origins of the word fulminator emerge from the Roman god Jupiter that hurled lighting and represents a person who "fulminates" or strongly denounces or criticizes something. It also can also refer to a substance that produces a small explosion.
Sources:

104-10177-10134: PHILLIPS, DAVID ATLEE.

This document transfer form is one within a file collection titled "Phillips, David Atlee.", it notes the transfer of files related to the cryptonym Fulminator-1 and matches this designation with CIA file 201-88764, the 201 number of David Atlee Phillips. The project is identified as FURIOSO-C.

104-10177-10134: PHILLIPS, DAVID ATLEE.

(At p. 43): Operational clearance was given to FULMINATOR-1 in October 1950. (At p. 86): A document from a series of files regarding David Atlee Phillips states Project FULMINATOR utilized FULMINATOR-1 on "several occasions" was not active in November of 1951 but FULMINATOR would be "held in reserve status for future use in other projects." (At p.5): In 1955, note that Philllips' FULMINATOR info is routed to Officers Vandervoort (a military man)and Heitman or Heitzman (possibly FBI's Wally Heitman?); (At page 113): The project was terminated in 1957.

104-10178-10286: REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OR INVESTIGATIVE ACTION: DAVID PHILLIPS, MICHAEL M. CHOADEN

The file reveals that David Atlee Phillips used the pseudonym Michael M. Choaden and confirms his CIA reference number is "201-88764" and this matches the 201 number of FULMINATOR-1.

104-10177-10113: CHOADEN ARRIVING HAVA 9 OCT.

The cover page of this document states Choaden (pseudonym used by Phillips) was arriving in Havana October 9, 1958, and this matches the assignment of David Atlee Phillips to Cuba during that period and the subject of the file is "201-88764".

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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