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Cryptonym: QKACTIVE

Definition:
Program to weaken the Soviet regime, run by the CIA's Soviet division, utilizing radio broadcasts (Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty), the Institute for the Study of the USSR (BGCALLUS) chaired by Stanislaw Stankiewicz, and published articles and books.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Note the CIA's failure to mention that the Soviet division ran the project. Although two authors claim this is the case, this definition has to be rated a "probable" until there is further evidence.
Sources:

National Archives, Research Aids: Cryptonyms and Terms in Declassified CIA Files, p. 46. https://www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/rg-263-cia-records/second-release-lexicon.pdf

QKACTIVE (1951-71), operating through a proprietary cover organization (American Committee for the Liberation of the People of the USSR (AMCOMLIB) (PBAFFIRM)), sought to conduct overt anti-Soviet activities to weaken the Soviet regime and thereby reduce its threat to world security through radio broadcasts (Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty), the Institute for the Study of the USSR (BGCALLUS) Chaired by Stanislaw Stankiewicz, and published articles and books

Lisa Pease, The Assassinations (2003), p. 312.

QKACTIVE was a project of the Soviet Russia Division in the early '60s for running attempted penetrations of the Soviet Union.

Tom Mangold, Cold Warrior, p. 414.

Soviet Russia Division, it had eight main branches. The Soviet Realities Division had eight branches. SR-1 (code named "QKACTIVE") ran the attempted penetration of the Iron Curtain by various emigre groups

104-10300-10053: Lee Harvey Oswald/Address Book/FBI Report

Discusses Perry Harten, who was an OWI (Office of War Information) agent and considered as a QKACTIVE agent in 1955. He and his wife worked at the Brussels Exposition in 1956. (Note: The phone book referred to a Harten in Dallas)

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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