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Cryptonym: LADILLINGER

Definition:
Barbara Murphy Manell - the contract officer at the Soviet desk in Mexico City that wrote the 10/8/63 memo identifying Oswald as telephoning the Soviet embassy on October 1.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
She is the wife of Mexico City Chief of anti-Soviet operations Herbert Manell. She identified herself to the HSCA as "Barbara Dillenger".
Sources:

104-10419-10212: MEMO: COMMENTS ON AN ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE "EX-CIA AIDE DOUBTS OSWALD LINK TO CUBA" PUBLISHED IN THE WASHINGTON POST OF 17 MARCH

3/22/77, Memorandum for the Record by Russell Holmes: In this memo, the author of the Oct 8 memo (LADILLINGER) is identified as contract employee Barbara Murphy Manell, the wife of Herbert Manell (chief of Soviet operations in Mexico City).

180-10141-10228: 180-10141-10228

3/21/78 HSCA interview with both of the Manells. Page 2 makes it clear they changed their names just slightly from “Gerald F. Gestetner” to “Herbert Gestetner”, and from “L.A. Dillinger” to “Barbara Dillenger”: "Mrs. Dillinger's main duties was reading the transcripts of the telephone tap operations. She received these transcripts once a day and would review them. Mrs. Dillenger remembered that they would receive all the transcripts from all the taps on the Soviet embassy. This included the Spanish and the English transcripts."

https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2018/180-10131-10334.pdf

Page 89 of 106, referred to Barbara Manell as "Dillinger". Her assumed name went through various spellings.

104-10125-10246: "CABLE CONCERNING OSWALD'S CALL TO THE SOVIET EMBASSY."

10/8/63 cable MEXI 6453 from LADILLINGER to Director, slugline LCIMPROVE: "(According to) LIENVOY 1 Oct 63, American male who spoke broken Russian said his name Lee Oswald (phonetic), stated he at Soviet Embassy on 28 Sept when spoke with consul whom he believed (to) be Valeriy Vladimirovich Kostikov. Subject asked Soviet guard Ivan Obyedkov who answered if anything new re telegram to Washington. Obyedkov upon checking said nothing received yet, but request had been sent. Have photos male appears (to) be American entering Soviet embassy 1216 hours, leaving 1222 on 1 Oct. (interlineated - changed to 2 Oct - most versions of this message does not mention any change to 2 Oct - probably written in during the HSCA era). Apparent age 35, athletic build, circa 6 feet, receding hairline, balding top. Wore khakis and sport shirt. Source: LIEMPTY." (Marginalia uses an alternate spelling of Barbara Manell's cryptonym: "originated by L.A. DILLENGER, wife of REDACTED")

104-10406-10112: VOLUME I/SUPPORT DOCUMENTS FOR THE HELMS HEARING AT HSCA

10/11/63 routing slip to 10/10/63 cable DIR 74830 (stating that Lee Oswald who phoned 1 Oct is probably identical with Lee Henry Oswald) states: "We should ask HQ for photo. No? Action for para. 4 taken 15 Oct 63. BM". BM stands for Barbara Manell. Scott responded: "Please set up "P" file for Lee Henry Oswald and put all data we have into it. Photos?"

180-10143-10090: MEXICO CITY STATION FILE, VOLUME I, SEPT. TO 11/26/63

Dan Hardway's notes state: "10/8/63 cable originated by Barbara Manell (p - L.A. Dillinger)..."

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Bill Simpich

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