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Cryptonym: LPOVER

Definition:
Conover Mast Publications
Status:
Probable
Sources:

Bill Kelly's review of Joan Mellen's "Our Man in Haiti": http://jfkcountercoup2.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-addendum-to-our-man-in-haiti.html

Paul David Pope in a memoir of his father, Gene Pope, the Enquirer’s publisher, had worked for the CIA since his twenties when he served at the Italy desk, psy ops. He left the CIA to serve in Korea. After Pope bought the failing New York Enquirer with a loan from mobster Frank Costello and transformed it into the National Enquirer, CIA hovered as an editorial presence…So the National Enquirer joined Reader’s Digest, Conover Mast Publications, to which CIA assigned the cryptonym LP/OVER, and respectable publishing houses like Farrar, Starus & Giroux, as media entities cooperating with CIA.”

104-10429-10239: DISPATCH:LEE HARVEY OSWALD/FORWARDED MEMO BY THOMAS B. CASASIN

The document relates to CIA Officer using the pseudonym Thomas Casasin and his potential interest in using Lee Harvey Oswald for intelligence purposes. Casasin later states "...phasing into my LPOVER cover assignment shortly after Oswald's arrival."

Letter to Honorable Allen W. Dulles from Howard L. Bevis

A letter thanking Allen Dulles for addressing the "America's Human Resources" Conference at Yale University, which included a list of participants Bevis stated would interest Dulles. Among them is Mr. A.N. Wecksler the Washington Editor of Conover Mast Publications. https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP80B01676R003800020106-4.pdf

Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals, 1970

The document is a partial list of media publications and contact numbers that includes the name "Jack Ghene, Editor, Conover Mast Publications Inc."

The Michigan Alumnus November 1962 Vol. LXIX, No. 2

This University of Michigan Alumni publication announced in 1962 that Jacques Richardson aka Thomas B. Casasin from the Class of 1947 "...has been appointed to the recently created position of European editorial representative of Conover Mast Publications Inc., New York. He has established offices in Paris and is responsible for editorial contact throughout the European area." France is where CIA Officer Jacques Richardson also served the CIA by obtaining information under non-official cover within UNESCO. https://books.google.com/books?id=lvLhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=conover+mast+publications+jacques+richardson&source=bl&ots=vtql20yJJZ&sig=4BlcMgGjVjTFhADvzwb6TllNv0A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDltbj2-fWAhUY84MKHaftDXQQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=conover%20mast%20publications%20jacques%20richardson&f=false

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