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Cryptonym: REDSKIN

Definition:
CIA source program based in legal traveler to the Iron Curtain countries.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Note the very curious FBI investigation of Priscilla Johnson in the days before 11/22/63.
Sources:

104-10173-10145: REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION AND APPROVAL RE PRISCILLA JOHNSON

4/28/58 Request for Investigation and Approval: This note asks the CI/Operational Approval and Support Division to OK the use of Priscilla Johnson "legal traveler" as a "REDSKIN traveler and informant". (Her CIA application was ultimately disapproved for security reasons.)

104-10310-10192: MEMORANDUM:OPERATIONS AGAINST SOVIET TARGETS

9/2/59 memo of DDP Richard Bissell. "Operations directed against the USSR proper, whether our own or liaison assets are involved, requiring the specialized knowledge and accumulated experience of the SR Division...(this includes) CI operations designed to place or recruit sources inside the USSR, legal travel operations into the USSR using nationals of third countries or US citizens, and operations based on the use of Soviets traveling legally from the USSR into the Free World. The various types of legal travel operations into and out of the USSR are considered to constitute an integrated program (REDSKIN)."

104-10120-10377: COVER SUPPORT FOR AE PSYCHOLOGISTS PARTICIPATING IN SR/10 RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

2/8/61 memo from James B. Lau, Chief, Assessment and Evaluation staff, for Chief, Central Cover Group, Nonofficial Cover, Attention: Thomas K. Strange: "An A&E (assessment and evaluation) assessment psychologist...will contact an unwitting candidate for the SR/10 REDSKIN program by telephone or correspondence...Dr. Kenneth BRADT will be the psychologist on the A&E staff who will make the first assessments under this cover...In addition to his Agency duties he is a psychological consultant for the Applied Psychological Corporation, Arlington, VA."

104-10120-10373: ((DELETION) - GENERAL (PROPOSAL FOR AE ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL ((DELETION)) AGENT CANDIDATES)

2/28/61, Memorandum for the Record, from Ervan E. Kuhnke, Jr., Chief, SB/2 Desk: After discussion between Howard Osborne (Deputy Chief, SR Division) and Jack Southard, Chief, CCG/NC (Central Cover Group, Nonofficial Cover), it was decided that the training of most of the 30-35 REDSKIN trainees for that year would take place at a "SR safe house in New York".

FBI 62-109060 JFK HQ File, Section 16

11/29/63 memo from SAC, Boston to Director, re: Approximately 30 year old female American tourist of interest to KGB for possible recruitment: The Washington field office had been doing a background check on Priscilla Johnson between late October 1963 and November 1963 in the days before 11/22/63. Looking at her relationship with Harvard University. (This may have been related to Oswald's Mexico City trip and the subsequent investigation of him by the FBI).

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Greg Parker • Bill Simpich

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