Home/ Resources / Projects / CIA Pseudonyms / pseudonym: ANDERSON_ELEANOR

Pseudonym: Anderson, Eleanor

Return to Main Pseudos Page

Eleanor Reed, SR/6 staffer that debriefed Robert Webster after his return from the USSR during July 1962.


Re 7/2/62: See this 4/16/63 memo from DC/SR/6/Support Rudy Balaban to Chief, SR/6: Refers to the initial debriefing of Robert Webster on July 2-3, 1962, attended by OO/Contact Division (Domestic Contacts Division) and Air Force representatives in Pittsburgh. "The undersigned used the pseudonym Rudy Valentino, while the following used their true names: Messrs. Keller Stewart, Robert Starling, and Jack Tague of the OO Office, Pittsburgh, Major E. J. Zvetina and Mr. F. G. Jaycocks, of the Air Force Foreign Technology Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The undersigned's aim was to determine if Subject was knowledgeable regarding detailed operational intelligence and Soviet Realities, while OO processed its normal requirements, including that of TSD (note: Technical Services Division), and the Air Force interrogated Subject along technical lines." On the next page, see the CIA staff and contract personnel involved, which also included Eleanor Reed aka Eleanor Anderson, Victor Simia of AEREALITY, Stuart Duncan of SR, Howard Stark of OSI, Dr. Charles Bohrer (Medical) with the alias Dr. Brussales, and Ned Bennett. (Bennett helped put together the 1967 memo regarding a strategy to address the JFK "conspiracy theorists" called "Countering Criticism of the Warren Report - see the details in the WOVIEW cryptonym section) Copious notes follow that go into working with Webster into late July. Also see 1994.03.18.11:01:48:220005, p. 38 and related documents for a larger but more redacted set of files relating to these events.


Re 7/19/62: "On 19 July 1962 the undersigned, using the name Steve Anson, conducted a photo identification exercise with Robert Webster. The debriefing was done in room 3015 at the Marriott Motor Hotel near Key Bridge from approximately 1430 until 1530. Rudi Balaban and Eleanor Reed were present. Webster identified a KGB officer. Memo dated 8/30/62 from Stuart C. Duncan, SR/CI/Res to SR/6/Support


8/27/62 memo TO: Eleanor Reed FROM: [03] IR/CR SUBJECT: Appraisal of Interrogation 1. The eagerness of the subject to help and his repeated expressions of regret for having neglected opportunities for more detailed observations left me with mixed reactions. In my opinion this attitude detracted from his otherwise seemingly genuine manner and at least for me it “watered down” his attempt to generate a repentant impression. 2. The subject readily answered questions and was extremely friendly during both periods of interrogation. Plottings and data, however, by the subject on a blank town plan left him for homework later proved disoriented. [sic]. The subject discovered his error during our second meeting and volunteered corrections. 3. As far as substantive intelligence gained is concerned, the interrogation provided data on a plant previously described as possibly in the electronics business as a probable radar storage and repair area. A hitherto unknown naval installation was also identified and located. The pilot plant of the Subject's employing institute was identified and located in an area other than the one previously assumed. 4. It can be said that if the subject’s bona fides are definitely established, positive intelligence gathered from him is of real value. [03] GROUP 1


There was yet another “Anderson,” operating out of the Soviet Russia 6 Division, who was responsible for debriefings. “Anderson” was a pseudonym used by a woman named Eleanor Reed, a deputy chief of the Section 6 Soviet Russia research branch who was near the age of retirement. (Reed joined SR6 in 1956 and transferred out in 1964; she retired in 1970). “Anderson” turns out to have been a woman! "What was SR6? Thomas Casasin became Chief of the Soviet Russia, SR6 Branch in 1960. Casasin told the HSCA in an interview conducted on August 17, 1978, that “the function of Section 6 was operations in support of the Soviet Russia Division of the CIA,” including “classical espionage work.” The “Anderson” who debriefed Oswald was, strictly speaking not working directly for Robert T. Crowley, who headed up the CIA Contact Division, Support Branch, the primary function of which was Counter Intelligence. But she may have acted on his behalf in the debriefing. .. This signature, revealing who ordered the debriefing of Oswald, in fact belongs to one E. M. Ashcraft, Chief of the Contact Division. He and Robert Crowley, OSB/CI (Operational Support Branch, Counter Intelligence), were on the same level. Eleanor Reed’s overall boss would have been David Murphy, Chief of the Soviet Russia Division. Robert Crowley may have just about left 00/OSB (Operational Support Branch) where he was replaced by George S. Musulin by the time Oswald returned from the Soviet Union in June of 1962. This is how it might have worked. Ashcraft would have called Thomas Casasin or Richard L. Winch or Donald E. Poole at SR6. This person in turn would have talked to Rudy Balaban (SR6 Research). Balaban, code name “Valentino,” would have consulted with Reed, who then called OS, the Office of Security, requesting permission to debrief Oswald. OS would pass the request on to Personnel Security Division, who would give a green light or a red light. On occasion Balaban and Reed would do debriefings together."

Joan Mellen • Bill Simpich

© Mary Ferrell Foundation. All Rights Reserved. |Site Map |MFF Policies |Contact Us