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Cryptonym: LCPIPIT

Definition:
Program utilizing journalists as informants or sources, based in Paris. The pipit is a songbird that blends in easily with its environment.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10173-10147: CABLE: CONSIDERED OPINION OF LCPIPIT OFFICER AND HIS WITTING CONTACT THAT SUBJ IS RECEPTIVE

April 1958 message from REDACTED to Director concerning the journalist Priscilla Johnson: "It considered opinion of LCPIPIT officer and his witting contact that subject is receptive..."

104-10098-10060: OPERATIONAL CABLE

10/16/63 cable to Chief of Station, Mexico City. Indicates the LCPIPIT program may be based in Paris. Refers to journalists in Mexico City as "personnel", presumably for LCPIPIT purposes. For more on Paris as LCPIPIT center, see http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=41549#relPageId=2

104-10169-10049: ACTIVITIES OF DAVID GRAHAM MCCANNS (DUBOIS)

David Graham McCanns, step-son of W.E.B. Dubois and son of Shirley Dubois, was an LCPIPIT source. He worked at the North American service of Radio Cairo and the Egyptian Gazette. For more, see http://www.maryferrell.org/php/marysdb.php?id=3460&search=%22david%20graham%20mccanns%22%20AND%20DUBOIS

104-10236-10339: CABLE: CONCUR MAZA INTERVIEWING HOSTAGES PLUS RECENT REFUGEES ORDER

2/9/63, from Director to Paris, Pipit, info WAVE, DIR 16119, slugline DTDORIC QKFEARFUL: "Concur Maza interviewing hostages plus recent refugees order be prepared for balanced supplementary Cuba report if and when opportune. Suggest Maza contact Miro Cardona organization, which should have names and addresses." Was Maza a journalist?

FBI Cuba 109-12-210 - Volume 30 - Serials 1277-1315

3/9/60 memo from SAC, New York to Director: "(REDACTED) Committee for Cultural Freedom, an anti-Communist organization which maintains headquarters in Paris. (REDACTED) stated that he considered most of the membership of the CCF to be a part of the anti-Communist elements of Cuba."

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/QKACTIVE VOL. 5 (CS FILE JAN 1959-DEC 1959)_0050.pdf#page=2&zoom=auto,-76,960

3/17/59 dispatch, Chief of REDACTED, LCPIPIT, to Chief, International Organizations: "When the matter was referred to us...we were in the anomalous position of knowing nothing whatever about (this agent) or the existence and nature of any QKACTIVE facility in the geographical area of LCPIPIT's jurisdiction...although it is by no means LCPIPIT's desire to take on any more monitoring responsibilities for BGACTRESS projects managed through other control channels, we believe that it might be desirable for Headquarters to provide us a general briefing on the QKACTIVE program and personnel...which may in some way affect LCPIPIT project assets and plans."

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