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Pseudonym: Damer, Ben

Definition:
Ben Damer was a pseudonym used by CIA operative Gerald R. Lapsley. It is unclear whether Lapsley was a true name or a pseudonym or alias.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A cable on April 22, 1964, stated that "Lapsley should identify self at initial meet as Ben Damer, friend of Bill Thompson." This cable and a memorandum the following day stated that Lapsley was in Geneva and was involved in UNCTAD (probably U.N. Trade and Development Conference) activities. In addition, a memorandum on November 4, 1963, stated that Lapsley met Doctor Orlando Bosch using the pseudonym F. Benton Damer, a small tweak on Ben Damer.
Sources:

104-10164-10294: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: MEETING WITH DOCTOR ORLANDO BOSCH AVILA 201-299292

11/04/63, Memorandum for the record from Gerald R. Lapsley: DATE: 31 October 1963 and 1 November 1963: PLACE: The St. Moritz Hotel, New York City: PRESENT: Doctor Bosch, Gerald R. Lapsley as F. Benton Damer, and AMPROVE-2: "1. This report will combine two meetings which were held with Doctor Bosch on Thursday and Friday of last week. AMPROVE-2 participated in the first meeting and, although he was not present for the second meeting, was briefed on what transpired since it was necessary for him to serve as the liaison between Doctor Bosch and ourselves. 2...AMPROVE introduced me to Bosch as Benton Damer, the legal counsel and executive secretary for one of the members of the group offering the financial backing which Doctor Bosch was interested. It was explained to Bosch that these gentlemen were concerned over the legal aspects of their providing funds for this activity. Specifically they were desirous of insuring that their support would in no way serve to be embarrassing to them..."

104-10077-10167: DIRECTOR CABLE RE TELECON

11/27/63, Cable from Director to JMWAVE: Slugline RYBAT YOBITE TYPIC AMCANOE: ..."2...After receipt WAVE 8115 which reflected either misreading or garble of Ref C, Lapsley called Manganello to ensure that WAVE correctly informed in regard who originating call. Para four Ref B also opened door for WAVE discuss second AMCANOE-3 phone call with AMCANOE-2 before call was made..."

104-10517-10119: CABLE: AMWHIP/1 DUE ARRIVE PARI 26 APRIL

04/22/64, Cable from Director to Geneva, Bern: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC MHFREEZE AMWHIP/1: REF DIR 15094* "AMWHIP/1 due arrive PARI 26 April. Due GNVA about 30 April. Briefed New York re GNVA contact instructions per para 2, GNVA 6495 (IN 63875). Lapsley should identify self at initial meet as 'Ben Damer, friend of Bill Thompson.' FYI, it determined recent meet A/1 does not know any UNCTAD delegates personally, but feels can be of some use through ploy of 'mutual' friends. Most willing do what able. Please emphasize A/1 he to do nothing to compromise his 'apolitical' posture vis-a-vis Castroites. (FYI, this posture has recently proved most useful in giving A/1 entre to Cuban Embassy circles Paris). C/S Comment: *AMWHIP/1 unable leave New York prior 24-25 April."

104-10183-10235: AMWHIP/1 MEETING, NEW YORK CITY, 21 APRIL 1964

04/23/64, Memorandum for the record from Withheld, WH/SA/EOB, C/O: Page 3: ..."e. A/1 was requested to spend the minimum time necessary in Paris to accomplish the above missions, then fly to Geneva to assist Lapsley at the UNCTAD activities..."

104-10183-10226: AMWHIP/1 STATED THAT IDEN REMARKED THAT CUBAN SUGAR CROP WOULD BE "IN EXCESS OF FOUR MILLION TONS"

05/09/64, Cable from Geneva to Director: Slugline TYPIC AMWHIP: "1. AMWHIP/1 stated that IDEN remarked during one of their conversations held PARI circa 1 May that Cuban sugar crop would be 'in excess of four million tons.' 2. AMWHIP/1 plans see IDEN PARI after 12 May when IDEN returns PARI from Havana. Lapsley requested AMWHIP/1 to try develop additional info on sugar and report it to PARI Station contact."

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Gavin McDonald

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