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William V. Broe. Chester B. Dagnillo was possibly Chief. Western Hemisphere Division, in April of 1966. William V. Broe was Chief, Western Hemisphere Division from July, 1965 to January, 1972.


04/27/66: Dispatch from Chief, WH Division to COS, Port-au-Prince: "Transmitted herewith are prints as requested in reference. Although it appears some of the prints are duplicates, Headquarters is returning one print only of each of the fifteen negatives forwarded by Station for processing. Chester B. Dagnillo."

104-10180-10210: [RESTRICTED]

10/03/67: Memo from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division, William V. Broe to Central Cover Staff/Non-Official: Subject: Non-Official Cover Request for Peter J. Di Gerveno (p):

104-10180-10210: [RESTRICTED]

11/13/67: Dispatch from COS, Caracas to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: Cover for Peter J. Di Gerveno: "1. The cover for Peter J. Di Gerveno was discussed by Robert S. Hunkeler, Chester B. Dagnillo and the undersigned on 7 and 9 November 1967. The purpose of the conversation was to determine the most suitable cover to be used under the broad umbrella offered by Hunkeler's various enterprises. 2. The following conclusions were reached: a. That Di Gerveno will come Caracas as the representative for some of Hunkeler's sales lines. Specifically he will be representative for IDENTITY-1, which is Hunkeler's marketing firm. b. In addition to representing IDENTITY-1, generally he will specifically be IDENTITY-1's sales agent for IDENTITY-2; IDENTITY-3; and IDENTITY-4 and possibly for IDENTITY-5..."

104-10136-10324: BIOGRAPHIC PROFILE

01/02/73: Biographic Profile of William V. Broe: Broe was Chief, Western Hemisphere Division from July, 1965 to January 1972.


10/31/2010: Obituary on the Boston Globe website from the Washington Post: Headlined: William Broe, 97; oversaw CIA efforts to oust Allende: "WASHINGTON — William V. Broe, 97, a CIA officer who rose to become chief of operations in the Western Hemisphere and oversaw the agency’s covert missions to destabilize the government of Salvador Allende, Chile’s Marxist president, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 28 at a nursing home in Hingham, Mass. He was a resident of North Scituate. Mr. Broe was an FBI special agent before joining the fledgling CIA in 1948. He held many assignments in the Far East as he worked his way up the organizational ranks. He was station chief in Toyko before becoming chief of the Western Hemisphere division in 1965. He held that job for seven years, during which time the division conducted clandestine operations in South America. Many of its efforts were a response to government concerns about the possible spread of communism and Soviet influence. In March 1973, Mr. Broe made headlines after his 'unprecedented' appearance before Senate investigators looking into CIA activities in South America. Specifically, the investigators were interested in the agency’s alleged collaboration with International Telephone and Telegraph to interfere in Chilean political affairs. ITT had worked actively against Allende’s election in 1970, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund political opposition. Once Allende was in power, the conglomerate feared its business interests in Chile would be nationalized. Mr. Broe’s testimony marked the first time an active clandestine agent of the CIA spoke on the record for a Senate probe. In his testimony, Mr. Broe said that he had met several times with ITT chief executive Harold Geneen and senior vice president Edward Gerrity under direct orders from Central Intelligence Director Richard Helms." (CONTINUED BELOW).


"Mr. Broe, Geneen, and Gerrity discussed employing a coordinated plan between the telecommunications conglomerate and the spy agency to create fiscal instability in Chile. 'There was a thesis,' Mr. Broe told the Senate investigators, 'that additional deterioration in the economic situation could influence a large number' of voters to push Allende out of office. The ITT executives also offered to provide the CIA with funding to support an Allende presidential opponent, but Mr. Broe reportedly turned them down. Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive at George Washington University and author of a 2003 book on Chile called 'The Pinochet File,' said in an interview that Mr. Broe was deeply 'involved in operations to thwart' Allende’s presidency. Kornbluh said the CIA’s connection and collaboration with ITT was one of the spy agency’s biggest blunders because it set in motion the use of corporate money to aid covert US foreign policy. Mr. Broe spent his last year at the CIA as inspector general and helped prepare and review documents during the Watergate investigation. He retired in 1973. William Vincent Broe was born in Amesbury, Mass. He was a 1939 biology and chemistry graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine. In 1942, he joined the FBI, where he specialized in counterintelligence. In retirement, Mr. Broe was a treasurer of his church in Cohasset, Mass., and planted roses in his garden. His wife of 45 years, Jean Causer Broe, died in 1988. He leaves four daughters, Barbara Burk of Marshall, Va., Kristine Broe of North Scituate, Susan Parmelee of Solon, Ohio, and Bonnie Broe of Scituate Harbor; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren."


"Courtesy of Carmine Savastano, author of Two Princes and a King: A Concise Review of Three Political Assassinations: A collection of Central Intelligence Agency internal documents that present information regarding selected historical agents, employees, and officers. Among the details reviewed are biographic information, service dates, personnel and security files, employee job performance, considerations for advancement, and the operational utilization of intelligence employees. These gathered files can offer some insights hidden from most original investigators and review specific information often left out of general Agency correspondence...William Vincent Broe: Broe started his official career in government as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and later joined the CIA to serve in Far East Division operations. He became Station Chief of Tokyo and subsequently the Chief of Western Hemisphere (WH) Division in 1965. Broe led his division to undertake repeated illegal clandestine operations in South America to influence foreign governments and finished his intelligence career as Inspector General before retiring in 1973..."

Gavin McDonald • Carmine Savastano

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