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Cryptonym: MOCKINGBIRD

Definition:
The case of the two newspaper reporters, probably Allen and Scott.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

Wikipedia - Operation MOCKINGBIRD - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird

Operation Mockingbird[a] is an alleged large-scale program of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that began in the early 1950s and attempted to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. It funded student and cultural organizations and magazines as front organizations... A Project Mockingbird is mentioned in the CIA Family Jewels report, compiled in the mid-1970s. According to the declassified version of the report released in 2007, Project Mockingbird involved the wiretapping of two American journalists for several months in the early 1960s.

178-10002-10045: [No Title]

"The case of the two newspaper reporters is MOCKINGBIRD."

104-10305-10002: SECURITY FILE: WEISBERG, HAROLD

"Mr. (Robert S. Allen) and his writing partner Paul J. Scott were subjected to telephone tapping by the Agency for several months in 1963. The circumstances and results of this telephone tapping is depicted in the file concerning Project MOCKINGBIRD.

157-10011-10066: FURTHER INFO OBTAINED FROM BREWER, GEORGE

"In 1963 Mr. (George R. Brewer of the Washington Field Office - responding to a request of the Security Support Branch) placed telephone taps on phones in a home in Washington (MOCKINGBIRD case). At the time he did not know he was tapping a news columnist's phone, but he later learned that that had been the case."

Carl Bernstein, The CIA and the Media (Rolling Stone, 1977) http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php

The history of the CIA’s involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception for the following principal reasons: ■ The use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence‑gathering employed by the CIA. Although the Agency has cut back sharply on the use of reporters since 1973 primarily as a result of pressure from the media), some journalist‑operatives are still posted abroad. ■ Further investigation into the matter, CIA officials say, would inevitably reveal a series of embarrassing relationships in the 1950s and 1960s with some of the most powerful organizations and individuals in American journalism. Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were William Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Time Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the LouisviIle Courier‑Journal, and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps‑Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald‑Tribune... ...Two of the Agency’s most valuable personal relationships in the 1960s, according to CIA officials, were with reporters who covered Latin America—Jerry O’Leary of the Washington Star and Hal Hendrix of the Miami News..."

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Bill Simpich

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