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Cryptonym: ZRCLIFF

Definition:
Southern Air Transport Inc., a CIA "proprietary" aviation company in Miami.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10170-10164: REQUEST TRACES LESLIE NORMAN BRADLEY, PILOT, BORN 21 AUG 28, MINNEAPOLIS

This cable about Leslie Norman Bradley notes "Hdqs records indicate subj employed as ZRCLIFF (iden) pilot May 66 - Sept 67."

104-10404-10447: MEMO NO. 2 - GARRISON AND THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION

This 1967 memo reviewing persons who came to Garrison's attention records the following about Leslie Norman Bradley: "He was briefly considered for employment as a co-pilot in Project ZRCLIFF and filled out a personal information form, but the offer of employment was canceled." Bradley had been an employee of ZRCLIFF the company for many months by this point; perhaps during Garrison's investigation there was an internal attempt to disassociate CIA from some of these people?

Memo re: Leslie Norman Bradley: LESLIE NORMAN BRADLEY

Another memo recording Bradley's employment with ZRCLIFF, stated as a co-pilot in this memo, includes additional information indicating that ZRCLIFF involved CIA operations: "During his period of employment, he had absolutely no exposure to sensitive or classified information.....These personnel are paid on an hourly rate and his pay was thus dependent upon how much flying he did." It seems likely that this flying was in support of anti-Castro operations.

1993.08.11.11:27:49:870007: MEMO ON LAWRENCE J. LABORDE (ASSESSMENT AS SOURCE FOR DCS)

This memo provides corroboration that ZRCLIFF is the same as Southern Air Transport Inc. of Miami: "DDS-HB requested a Provisional Covert Security Approval on 26 May 1966 to use Leslie Norman Bradley inside the continental U.S. as a co-pilot employed by Southern Air Transport Inc., Miami."

104-10105-10188 MEMO NO. 8: GARRISON AND KENNEDY ASSASSINATION (IDENTIFIES 30 PERSONS)

1/12/68, from Donovan Pratt, CI, to Larry Houston, General Counsel, CIA. Memo about 30 figures close to the Garrison case. Pratt believed that Garrison had mistakenly arrested Edgar Eugene Bradley rather than Leslie Norman Bradley, who had a history as a soldier of fortune. Bradley had a Domestic Contacts Service interview during June 1963.

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MFF • Bill Simpich

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