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Pseudonym: Choaden, Michael M.

Definition:
David A. Phillips
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Sources:

000-00000-00000: MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS FROM AARC CIA COLLECTION, BOX 113

Biographic profile: Attended William & Mary; Texas Christian University in Fort Worth - served in the Army Air Force in WW II. Became a CIA contract agent in 1952. PP operations in 1955. Joined WH/4 in April 1960; WH/3 in Sept. 1961. Chief of Station, Dominican Republic, June 1965.

104-10194-10037: MEMO:REQUEST FOR DETERMINATION OF CREDITABLE SERVICE- MR DAVID A. PHILLIPS.

"..on 11 August 1958 the Chief, WH Division sent a cable to the Chief of Station Havana stating that Phillips was leaving Havana to start his own firm in Havana and that 'Headquarters arranging employment Mr. Phillips at $7200 a year effective 15 August as contract agent to carry out such KUCAGE/Counterintelligence tasks as Chief of Station may assign..."

104-10267-10018: CABLE: SECURITY REVIEW CHOADEN AND FREAPANE OPERATIONS DEEMED ESSENTIAL

8/31/59 cable from Robert Reynolds at HQ to Havana: "Security review of Choaden and Freapane operations deemed essential...Jack Malone's lawyer told him in Havana that Choaden may be a (US) intelligence agent...Carlos Todd of Havana Times told Choaden he knew Choaden and Freapane were both (CIA) agents. Choaden repeated this on last trip to HQS...what remedial steps station recommends."

104-10128-10329: CABLE: RE POSSIBLE SECURITY RISK OF DAVID A. PHILLIPS AND OTHERS BEING IDENTIFIED

9/15/59 cable from Havana to Director: "Concerns possible security risk of "David A. Phillips" and "David U. Groves" being identified as (CIA) personnel." In this version, the pseudonyms are redacted and their true names are written in as marginalia. In 104-10178-10280, their pseudos are identified as "Choaden" and "Freapane".

104-1104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

CIA cryptonyms and pseudonyms provided to HSCA staffers. Line 11 identifies "Michael M. Choaden" under (P) for pseudonym and Line 12 identifies "Walter A. Bracton" as (A) for alias. On the next page, both Lines 11 and 12 identify "David A. Phillips" as matching both descriptions.

Michael Freed, Death in Washington (Lawrence Hill & Company, 1980), p. 129

"By the end of May (1975) old friends of (David) Phillips at United Press International had been handed an astonishing letter. The former head of Latin-American operations for the Central Intelligence Agency wrote the widow of Salvador Allende Gossens of Chile, denying that the USA was in any way responsible for the Marxist leader's overthrow and death in 1973. David A. Phillips, who retired from the Agency on May 9th after 24 years, wrote Hortensia Bussi de Allende the next day: 'You have been led to believe that evidence exists which makes the CIA accountable for the circumstances which brought your husband to his untimely end. Because I supervised the component of CIA concerned with Chile and its neighbors, the accusation bothers me personally. The claim, I assure you, is untrue and the evidence tainted."

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