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CIA Pseudonyms & Aliases

CIA documents often feature false names of the following main types:

   • pseudonyms: false names used in internal reports and documents
   • aliases: assumed names used in public, sometimes as "covers"

Like the abundant use of "cryptonyms" for people, organizations, and projects, the widespread use of false names in CIA documents can hinder understanding of these records. In many cases, the corresponding true identity is revealed or can be inferred from the public records themselves.

This Pseudonyms & Aliases project gathers those identifications from documents available on this website, providing a handy look-up chart. Source references are provided to corroborate the provided definitions. Bookmark this page for use as you read CIA documents.

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Adams, RayRay Adams was an alias used by Rene/Ray Dubois.
Americano, ElWilliam Alexander Morgan. After fighting with Fidel Castro in the July 26 Brigade and overthrowing Batista, he was a triple agent by 1959 - an agent of Trujillo in 1959 who then was doubled by Fidel Castro, and then reported all this to the American Embassy. Suspect in 3/4/60 bombing of the La Coubre. He was executed by the Cuban government on 3/11/61.
AndresAndres was an alias used by Andrew D. Rohlfing, WH/SA/SO/HH when contacting AMBIDDY-1 on December 7, 1964. Rohlfing was a colleague of CIA officer Carl E. Jenkins.
Andrews, CarlosCarlos Andrews was an alias used by CIA officer Charles Anderson III. Two memos from Thomas J. Flores in January of 1965 stated that Andrews was an alias for Anderson.
Archer, Mr.Mr. Archer was an alias used by Desmond Fitzgerald in 1963-1964. In addition, Enrique was an alias used by CIA officer Henry D. Hecksher.
Atilaco, HermanoCover name for Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Quesada, the Miami chief of the November 30th organization.
Attila, FrankOne of the several aliases of Frank Sturgis, who legally changed his name from Frank Fiorini. Anti-Cuban activist, head of the International Anti-Communist Brigade that merged with Gerry Hemming's INTERPEN group after the Bay of Pigs. Best known as one of the Watergate burglars.
Barton, DonaldDonald Barton was an alias used by Michael C. Choaden when meeting AMCORE-2 (Luis Ernesto Conte Aguero). Choaden was a pseudonym used by CIA officer David A. Phillips.
Bastear, KeithKeith J. Bastear may have been a alias for Keith Botsford. He gave orders to CIA agent June Cobb, who identified Bastear as a probable alias for Botsford. [status: Probable]
Bender, FrankFrank Bender was a alias used by CIA officer Gerard Droller.
Berger, JohnJohn (also Jacques) J. Berger was an alias for Jose Marie Andre Mankel. Mankel had the cryptonym of QJWIN-1.
Bernada, LeonLeon Bernada was an alias used by Peter J. Digerveno. In turn, Digerveno was a pseudonym for Emilio Americo Rodriguez (AMIRE-1) in 1965.
Booth, FrankFrank Booth was an alias used by Edward D. Knapman. A dispatch in 1963 stated that Knapman used the alias of Frank Booth when meeting Elvio Rivero Limonte. Knapman was probably a pseudonym used by CIA officer Warren E. Frank.
Bowdin, JimJim Bowdin was an alias for Jim Pekich. A memo from Calvin Hicks in October of 1961 stated that Pekich used the name Jim Bowdin.
Bowen, JackJohn Cesar Grossi. Worked with Oswald using the alias of Jack Leslie Bowen. Frequently arrested for impersonating individuals, including a Navy officer. Unknown if he worked with the CIA or any agency.
Bowen, John HowardAlbert Osborne, missionary in Laredo, Mexico. Believed to have rode with Oswald on the bus to Mexico City,
Boxley, BillBill Wood, former CIA agent or officer and employee of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison.
Boysen, HenryHenry Boysen was an alias used by CIA officer Henry Hecksher.
Bracton, WalterWalter Bracton was an alias used for CIA officer David A. Phillips.
Braden, JimJim Braden was a alias for Eugene Hale Brading, a messenger for organized crime elements, who was arrested at the Dal-Tex building, Dallas, on 22 November, 1963, in the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination.
Breitheim, JohnJohn Breitheim was an alias used by CIA officer Sidney P. Di Ubaldo. It is unclear whether Sidney P. Di Ubaldo was a real name or an alias or pseudonym.
Brickham, TadTad Brickham was an alias used by Andrew K. Reuteman. Andrew Reuteman was a pseudonym used by Theodore (Ted) Shackley, CIA officer and Chief of Station, JMWAVE, between 1962 and 1965.
Bull, SittingErnest W. Sparks. Also known as Ernie, Bernie, and Ned. Chief of Base for Cuban project JMATE that became the Bay of Pigs - first in Florida, then in Guatemala.
Cabal, BillUnknown identity. Bill Cabal was an alias used by a desk operations officer when running a trainees course named CIWOOD. CI was the CIA's diagraph for Venezuela. [status: Unknown]
Campbell, FrankFrank Campbell was probably an alias used by Frank Kappel. A cable in 1965 stated that Campbell was a personal friend of Frank Sturgis, and was a former Miami chief intelligence metro officer. The cable later mentioned that Campbell was probably identical to Frank Kappel. [status: Probable]
Capolillo, MichaelMichael E. Capolillo was possibly an alias used by CIA operative Mickey Kappes. Capolillo submitted reports to JMWAVE colleagues from at least December 1963, to November 1964, on SW messages. [status: Speculative]
Carela, RafaelRafael Carela was an alias that was to be used by anti-Castro Cuban activist and CIA asset, Rafael Quintero (AMJAVA-4), when meeting with Carl E. Jenkins in late May of 1964.
Carl, Calvin WilsonCalvin Wilson Carl was an alias used by Calvin Hicks in September 1963.
Carpenter, BillyMajor Billy B. Campbell, who was described in the Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I and II, as initiating the air training program at JMADD, and as the Chief of Air Operations at JMADD respectively.
Carswell, DanielDaniel Carswell was a pseudonym used by CIA operative David L. Christ. Christ was, along with two others, arrested by Cuban Intelligence in Havana in 1960.
CayoRicardo Cabrera Amoedo, informant with Cuban intelligence.
CesarOctavio Barroso Gomez
Clark, JamesJames Clark was a alias used by CIA officer and Chief, Special Affairs Staff Desmond FitzGerald in Paris in 1963.
Conway, Phillip. Captain W. C. Arms. Phillip Conway was an alias used by Captain Arms when meeting anti-Castro Cuban, Antonio Veciana, in January of 1963.
Cordova, Maximo deTony Sforza. This alias also spelled as Maximo de Cordoba. Sforza had a variety of pseudonyms, including Henry J. Sloman and Oliver Fortson. [status: Probable]
Cossio, MiguelMiguel P. Cossio was an alias used by David Morales. Possibly used in the 1970's.
Crafard, CurtisCurtis La Verne Craford, also known as Curtis Crafard and Larry Curtis La Verne Craford, was an employee of Jack Ruby until he disappeared on November 23, 1963. Strong resemblance to Lee Oswald. No proof that he was affiliated with CIA.
Crespi, JoeJoe Crespi was an alias for Edward D. Knapman - Edward Knapman was probably a pseudonym used by Warren E. Frank. [status: Probable]
CucoMiguel Angel Leon, aka Miguel de Leon Rojas, former Cuban senator and aide to Manuel Artime. Used the alias of Domingo Beltard when he helped Tony Sforza and other CIA officers escape from Cuba in the wake of the Bay of Pigs
David, PaulUnknown identity. Paul David was an alias used by a CIA employee during an interview for the Church Committee in 1975. David was a Special Assistant to Richard Helms during 1963 and 1964. [status: Unknown]
Diaz. H.Jose Carbonell Marrero [status: Probable]
Diaz, NicolasFrancisco Rodriguez Tamayo, a ultra-rightwing anti-Castro activist, a gangster, and a double agent. Also known as El Mexicano.
Dimitry, Mr.WH/4/PM James S. Pekich, who ran the nets inside Cuba.
Donaldson, DonaldDimitur Adamov Dimitrov, also known as Dimitrios A. Dimitrof, "Diko", and a variety of other spellings. Also used the pseudonym Lyle O. Kelly in the early fifties.
Quijote, DonLt. Col. Harold Feeney, intelligence commander at Guantanamo.
Duarte, JulioManuel Aguilar Alvarez. The Cuban Counterrevolutionary Handbook entry for August, 1965, mentioned that Aguilar was also known as Julio Duarte.
EagleEarl J. Williamson. Williamson was known as both the "Eagle" or "The Eagle" to AMBADGER-1 (Dr. Julian Gallo) and his CIA colleague, Harry T. Mahoney.
Eggeter, BettyAnn Elizabeth Goldsborough Egerter, CI officer within CI/SIG.
El GordoLuis Balbuena Calzadilla, an ONI consultant at Guantanamo Naval Base.
EnriqueEnrique was an alias used by Henry J. Sloman. Sloman was the pseudonym probably used by CIA officer Tony Sforza. Also, Henry D. Hecksher used Enrique as an alias in 1963 and 1964.
Evans, MarkThomas Edward Beckham.
Extrano, ElJesus Gonzalez Cartas. A gangster and narcotics smuggler, one of Tony Varona's bodyguards. Also active in the AMAPOLA double agent/triple agent network in Miami during the 1963 period.
Farshtey, ClaytonProbably Cal Hicks. [status: Probable]
Fiscalini, CharlesCharles D. Fiscalini was an alias used by CIA officer Charles D. Ford. Ford was assigned to Task Force W in 1962, working with the Chief, Task Force, W, William K. Harvey.
Frank, ColonelEither Jack Hawkins or Colonel Frank Egan. [status: Speculative]
Gallego, ElEl Gallego (The Galician) was an alias for a number of individuals.
Garcia, MarcelinoEvelio Duque Miyar, a Cuban agent assessed by CIA as candidate for possible training as an eventual guerrilla leader. Head of the ECA - Anti-Communist Cuban army. Also active with the ELC. Often allied with Orlando Bosch/AMDITTO-23.
Germosen, GeorgeLt. Col. George Gaines, Chief of JMCLEAR and Project Officer for JMATE.
Goelet, HoraceHorace Goelet was a pseudonym used by CIA officer Stanley M. Figolak. Goelet was possibly an alias used by CIA officer Horace Speed III, SAS. Memos in September 1963, and October 1967, on Richard Cain, mentioned Horace Speed, SAS. Horace Speed is probably an alias of Figolak. [status: Speculative]
Gold, JonFred Lee Crisman, aka Dr. F. L. Crisman.
Gomez, CharlieCharlie Gomez was an alias for Rolando Cubela Secades (AMLASH). Two CIA documents in July of 1964 identified Gomez as AMLASH.
HalleyTed Shackley. [status: Probable]
Harbin, PhilipGeorge de Mohrenschildt - but Harbin's existence is based on the word to FBI/CIA informant Herbert Itkin. Not a registered alias with the CIA. [status: Speculative]
Harper, DavidCaptain David L. Harper was an alias for Richard Kinsman.
Harris, BernardBernard Harris was a long-time alias in the 1950's for Barney Hidalgo (formal name was Balmes N. Hidalgo).
Hedgman, VictorVictor S. Hedgman was an alias used by Lawrence Devlin, who was Chief of Station, Leopoldville, Congo, from mid-1960 until mid-1963.
Hernandez, CharlesCharles Hernandez was a training alias for AMIRE-1 (Emilio Americo Rodriguez) for the JMATE (note: the Bay of Pigs project, as well as Cuban operations overall) Program.
HilarioEduardo Betancourt.
Hitch, CalCal William Hitch was an alias used by CIA officer Calvin Hicks.
HowardHoward was probably an alias used by CIA PW officer, George E. Joannides, in communications with the DRE. [status: Probable]
Jefe"Jefe" was an alias used for Desmond FitzGerald, Chief, Special Affairs Staff (SAS), in late 1963. [status: Unknown]
JimmyPA CIA operative named "Jimmy" appeared in a number of documents in the 1960's, including one which mentioned Operation 40, in May of 1961. Possibly Jim Pekich. [status: Speculative]
Jose, JuanJuan Jose was an alias used by Matthew H. Ontrich during Operation PBSUCCESS. Ontrich was a pseudonym for CIA officer Nestor Sanchez.
Kempton, JohnJohn P. Kempton was possibly an alias used by senior CIA officer John Doherty, or Jack Stewart, who were involved in Project PBSUCCESS. [status: Speculative]
Kramer, JosephRichard Case Nagell
Kraus, PeterUnknown identity. Peter J. Kraus was a Mexico City case officer in October of 1966 who used Kraus, or the war name of "Pepe", as an alias when meeting Doctor Amaro Alvarez Tormo (LISASSY-1). [status: Unknown]
Lee, Harvey OswaldThe man calling himself Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City used this alias during his visit when he filled out his visa form in New Orleans to go to Mexico.
Leminger, Raphael G.Philip K. Tessarolo (T). A ARRB request on May 30, 1995, on information on Tessarolo and others was answered by the CIA on the same day. Tessarolo used the alias Raphael G. Leminger (T). In turn, Tessarolo was a pseudonym used by the lawyer, Judd Austin.
Livingston, John R.LA Division officer John R. Lucy. John R. Livingston was also an alias used by Bryon R. Waidley, when meeting Antonio Veciana Blanch and James K. Cogswell, in April of 1966. Waidley was a pseudonym used by unknown identity.
LucasJose Pepin Fernandez Badue, the leader of a small faction that split the Catholic labor organization MDC in the 1961-1962 period.
LucasJose Pepin Fernandez Badue, leader of a faction that split the Catholic labor organization MDC in the 1961-1962 period.
Manganello, StephenStephen P. Mangello. It is a modified alias. A cable in March, 1966, stated that Stephen R. Manganello (M) was the Case Officer of AMWEST-1. A memo in June, 1969, by Anthony R. Ponchay (Jacob/Jake Esterline), mentions Stephen P. Mangello as being the Case Officer for the RAPHAEL operation.
Manning, FrancisFrancis Manning was an alias used by CIA officer David Murphy.
Mannix, BillBill Mannix was an alias used by "Clyde K. Shryock" - a pseudonym used by CIA officer Thomas Hazlett.
ManolinJose Manuel Hernandez, acting chief of MRR in the early sixties.
Mardones, DiegoDiego S. Mardones was an alias used by CIA officer David Sanchez Morales.
Marin, AlAl Marin was an alias used by Norris W. Damicone. It is unclear whether Damicone was the true name of a CIA officer or a pseudonym or alias.
Marshall, William R.William J. Murray, the replacement for David Morales in Havana, 1960-61. Chief of Station, Monterrey, 1962-1964.
Martinez, LazaroEloy Gutierrez Menoyo
Martin, LuisLuis Martin (Hernandez) was an alias used by anti-Castro Cuban, Evelio Duque Miyar. He was also known as Comandante Luis.
Maxwell, IanWin Scott, chief of the Mexico City CIA station.
Moskalevskiy, Yuriy IvanovichAlias used by Yuriy Ivanovich Moskalev, who was almost certainly the "Mystery Man" in Mexico. All signs are that this was a GRU alias, not a CIA alias. Also used the alias Yuriy Mikhailovich Moskalev.
Mulroney, MichaelMichael J. Mulroney was an alias used by or for CIA officer Justin O'Donnell.
Naback, ClaytonTheodore (Ted) Shackley, Chief of Station, JMWAVE from 1962 to 1965. [status: Speculative]
Nelson, Larry Louis Napoli, C/WH/4/CI-FI beginning in June 1961, WH/4/PA during 1963. Giles E. Corrigan was known to AMMUG-1 as Larry Nelson.
NotbohmNotbohm may possibly have been an alias for CIA officer Henry D. Hecksher during PBSUCCESS. [status: Speculative]
Ontrich, MatthewMatthew H. Ontrich was an alias used by Nicholas Sanson. Nicholas Sanson was an alias used by CIA officer Nestor Sanchez.
Oswald, Harvey LeeLee Harvey Oswald, as described in a 1972 counterintelligence document.
Oswald, Lee HenryLee Harvey Oswald. The CIA denied that this was an alias used for Oswald for internal purposes, but there is evidence that CI/SIG Ann Egerter deliberately named him in this manner on December 1960 when she opened his 201 file.
Otero, OrlandoRolando Otero Hernandez. Bay of Pigs paramilitary cadre; may have known a few things about 11/22/63; involved in the CORU bombing campaign in the 1970s in Miami.
Parker, HaroldLieutenant Colonel Alex V. Drashpil. Harold Parker was an alias used by Lieutenant Colonel Drashpil when meeting anti-Castro Cuban, Antonio Veciana, in January of 1963.
Parlett, WallaceWallace A. Parlett was an alias used by CIA officer Frank Bender. Frank Bender was a pseudonym used by CIA officer Gerard Droller.
Parra, RicardoA cable in July of 1960 stated that Ricardo Parra was an alias used by Peter Licari when registering in the Hotel Del Prado, Mexico City. Licari was a pseudonym for Willard Carr.
Pascillo, LorenzoLoran E. Hall of Wichita, Kansas was considered for debrief by the CIA's Domestics Contact Division after his release from Cuban prison in July 1959. Accused of visiting Sylvia Odio in Sept 1963 with a man calling himself Leon Oswald.
Paslode, JosephJoseph P. (and S.) Paslode was an alias used by CIA officer Joseph Stephan Piccolo.
Patrick, JerryGerald Patrick Hemming, a CIA source within the Domestic Contact Division beginning in 1960. Also used the alias Gerry Patrick, Heming and Hannon.
PecosLt. Jack Modesett, an ONI officer that worked with Hal Feeney/Don Quixote on a regular basis in the early 60s. After the assassination, he became a minister.
Pedro, DonPedro Albizu Campos, a leading nationalist figure in Puerto Rico. A CIA document on March 8, 1954, a week after the Puerto Rican nationalist attacked on Congress, claimed that Guillermo Davila Cordova had been Don Pedro's Chief of Intelligence in Guatemala. [status: Probable]
Perrel, GeorgeFermin de Goicochea Sanchez, DRE gunrunner in Dallas.
Peters, JackGlenn Farnsworth, aka Dominick Pantleone
Pino, AsbaldoOsvaldo Aureliano Pino Pino
Preslake, Mr.Floyd R. Coatney. Coatney was known to AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) as Mr. Preslake. It is unclear whether Floyd R. Coatney was a pseudonym or alias or a true name.
Ralston, JohnJohn Ralston was an alias used by organized crime figure John Roselli. The CIA worked with Roselli, along with Chicago godfather, Sam Giancana, and Robert Maheu, in an assassination plot in the early 1960's against the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.
Reynolds, FrederickFrederick C. Randall, CIA officer in Japan at the time finance officer James Wilcott was stationed there in 1963.
RICARDOJose Francisco Rodriguez Espada, secretary-general of UR in the early sixties.
Roberto, Don Don Roberto was an alias used by CIA agent Robert Owen. Sometimes the alias was just Roberto (used in Paris from 1962-1965).
Rodemeyer, AlfredAlfred (or Alfredo) Rodemeyer was an alias used by Willard Nauman and Alfonso Rodriguez. Both the latter two names were probably pseudonyms used by CIA officer Earl J. Williamson. [status: Probable]
Roderick, ColonelRocky Farnsworth. He used a variety of pseudonyms and aliases. This alias was tied to his pseudonym "Eustace Keator" and another of his aliases, "Jack Peters". [status: Probable]
Roux, MichelAllegedly used by Jean Rene Souetre, an OAS militant in 1963 linked with assassination attempts on French President Charles de Gaulle. Roux was also linked with de Gaulle assassination attempts. Roux was in Dallas during 11/22/63, and Souetre may have been as well. [status: Probable]
Rutherford, WilliamWilliam Rutherford was probably an alias used by William (Rip) Robertson. [status: Probable]
Sanson, NicholasNicholas Sanson was an alias used by CIA officer Nestor D. Sanchez in Paris in 1963/64.
Sarno, Alfred J.Alfred J. Sarno was probably an alias used by or for Anthony (Tony) Sforza in testimony to the Church Committee. [status: Probable]
Scalzetti, RichardAlias used by Richard Scully Cain, Chicago law enforcement officer and Mafia higher-up. Also a CIA informant and FBI source.
Scelso, JohnJohn Whitten, Chief of WH/3 in 1963. Informally referred to as Jack Whitten.
Seljack, LawrenceLawrence B. Seljack was possibly an alias for Lawrence Sternfield, Chief, WH/COG, in May of 1973. [status: Speculative]
Sharp, Clarinda E.Viola June Cobb. Clarinda E. Sharp was an alias used by and for Viola June Cobb. Cobb also used the pseudonym Joyce H. Pineinch.
Simpson, SeigConnie Seigrist. According to the Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I, Seig Simpson was an alias used by Connie Seigrist. Seigrist was a training instructor of Cuban pilots in Guatemala.
Smith, JimFravel S. Brown [status: Probable]
Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens was an alias used by John Stent, CIA Chief of Station, Paris in 1963.
Stevens, RobertRobert C. Stevens was the captain of the Tejana. Cuban exile Captain Juan L. Cosculluela alleged that Robert C. Stevens (also Stevenson) used the alias Bob Burke. Robert C. Stevens may have been an alias used by Bob Simon. [status: Speculative]
Teels, CarlCarl Teels was a alias for CIA operative Gerald R. Lapsley when meeting Augustin Guitart in 1963.
Thompson, WilliamWilliam Wainwright. A cable on July 20, 1962, stated that Richard M. Fallucci was IDEN and would be using the name William Thompson. A cable the same day stated that IDEN was William Wainwright (TFW/FI), who also originated this cable.
Tigre, ElRolando Masferrer Rojas
Tigun, GarrGar (Garfield) M. Thorsrud, who was described in the Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I, as the Air Operations Commander at JMTIDE.
Turquito, ElJose Ramon Fayat, aka Maceria, a member of the OESA (Secret Army Organization) and allegedly one of the killers of Albert Anastasia.
Von Mohrenschildt, JerryGeorge de Mohrenschildt used this alias during World War II.
Walker, WilliamWilliam Walker was an alias issued to CIA officer William King Harvey. Harvey was Chief of Task Force W from 1962 to 1963.
Wally, CaptainA retired naval officer, may have been JMWAVE Deputy Chief of Station Robert Moore who appears to have used the name "Gordon Campbell" after Campbell died in 1962. [status: Speculative]
Warren, JackJack Warren was probably an alias used by CIA officer Jack Stewart. [status: Probable]
Weatherby, WilliamWilliam Wainwright. William E. Weatherby was an alias used by Wainwright to testify before the Church Committee in August of 1975.
Wilkie, AntonioLewis D. Nicklas, counterintelligence (CI) operative. In turn, Nicklas was a pseudonym used by an unknown identity.
Wills, HarryHarry Wills was an alias used by CIA officer R. H. Webster. This alias was used when meeting with AMWHIP-1 in 1965.

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