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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.

To understand cryptonyms, pseudonyms, and aliases, see this help page: Decoding False Names in CIA Documents. If you have information about one of these entries, or one not listed here, contact us at info@maryferrell.org.

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Recently updated pseudonyms

Vaivada, Arthur G. (2019-12-12)
Renard, Nicholas (2019-12-12)
Manganello, Stephen (2019-12-12)
Oberst, Paul E. (2019-12-12)
Tichborn, Edward (2019-12-12)
Miranda, Diego (2019-12-12)
Rubash, Henry (2019-12-12)
Anderson, Eleanor (2019-12-12)
Dorenfest, Edwin (2019-12-12)
Rebholtz, Henry (2019-12-11)

Contributors to recent updates include:
Bill Simpich • John Newman • Gavin McDonald • MFF • Larry Hancock • Joan Mellen • Peter Dale Scott • Bill Simpich • Anthony Summers • David Boylan

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.
Bender, FrankFrank Bender was a alias used by CIA officer Gerard Droller.
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.
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.
Clark, JamesJames Clark was a alias used by CIA officer and Chief, Special Affairs Staff Desmond FitzGerald in Paris in 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]
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
Dimitry, Mr.WH/4/PM James S. Pekich, who ran the nets inside Cuba.
Farshtey, ClaytonProbably Cal Hicks. [status: Probable]
Garcia, MarcelinoEvilio Duque, a Cuban agent assessed by CIA as candidate for possible training as an eventual guerrilla leader
Hitch, CalCal William Hitch was an alias used by CIA officer Calvin Hicks.
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.
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.
Mulroney, MichaelMichael J. Mulroney was an alias used by or for CIA officer Justin O'Donnell.
Ontrich, MatthewMatthew H. Ontrich was an alias used by Nicholas Sanson. Nicholas Sanson was an alias used by CIA officer Nestor Sanchez.
Parlett, WallaceWallace A. Parlett was an alias used by CIA officer Frank Bender. Frank Bender was a pseudonym used by CIA officer Gerard Droller.
Peters, JackGlenn Farnsworth [status: Unknown]
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]
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]
Smith, JimFravel S. Brown [status: Probable]
Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens was an alias used by John Stent, CIA Chief of Station, Paris in 1963.
Walker, WilliamWilliam Walker was an alias issued to CIA officer William King Harvey. Harvey was Chief of Task Force W from 1962 to 1963.
Warren, JackJack Warren was probably an alias used by CIA officer Jack Stewart. [status: Probable]
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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