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Pseudonym: David, Paul

Definition:
Unknown identity. Paul David was an alias used by a CIA employee during an interview for the Church Committee in 1975. David was a Special Assistant to Richard Helms during 1963 and 1964.
Category:
alias
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Paul David apparently believed that William K. Harvey was "one of the strongest proponents of compartmentalization and need to know."
Sources:

157-10008-10246: INTERVIEW WITH PAUL DAVID (ALIAS)

07/25/75: SSCIA interview (Wallach and DiGenova) with Paul David: "This morning, Joe and I met with (REDACTION) at the (REDACTION) for approximately two hours. George Clarke from the CIA's General Counsel's staff was present for the last fifteen minutes of the interview. Background: 1948-51: Assistant to the (REDACTION)-(REDACTION). 1951-54: Chief Rumanian Desk. 1954-58: Chief of Operations Against Communist Areas (Eastern Bloc) - (Operations from (REDACTION)-stationed in (REDACTION). 1958-61: (REDACTION). 1961-62: Special Assistant to Helms. 1962-63: National War College (June 1962 - July 1963). 1963-64: Helms' Special Assistant. 1965-66: (REDACTION). 1966-69: (REDACTION). 1969-73: Chief of Operational Services - Chief of Staff in DDP. (Director Clandestine Services). 1973: Chief Career Management Personnel. 1973-74: Chief Plans & Programs for Directorate. Interview Summary: Bissell 'out of the blue' asked (REDACTION) to read and comment upon (Ghosn) Zogby's Cuban operations paper. (REDACTION) told Bissell that the paper/proposals 'stunk'...'much like another Bay of Pigs.' Apparently, Helms also read and liked (REDACTION) comments. After Bissell 'left', Helms requested that (REDACTION) come on board as his staff assistant. (REDACTION) stressed that he was not in the operational line of command - 'I provided an interface for intelligence information.' A typical day in (REDACTION) life: - Screening cable traffic (7 - 9 a.m.). Primarily cables relating to positive intelligence, to prepare Helms for his daily 9 a.m. hour-long meeting with DCI McCone. - Prepared a daily briefing for the White House on Cuban intelligence. - Preparing review of books such as 'The Invisible Government' and damage reports (i.e., reports setting forth what sensitive information exposed by book). (REDACTION) stressed that he was 'out of touch with the day-to-day operations of Task Force W.' However, he believes that Harvey kept Helms fully briefed." (CONTINUED BELOW).

157-10008-10246: INTERVIEW WITH PAUL DAVID (ALIAS)

07/25/75: SSCIA interview (Wallach and DiGenova) with Paul David: "Harvey, in (REDACTION) own words, was 'not an ordinary man',...'egocentric,' 'bombastic', 'one of the strongest proponents of compartmentalization and need to know.' In addition, Harvey had a law degree and a successful FBI stint prior to joining the Agency. (REDACTION) noted Harvey's intense loyalty to 'his people' (including Helms and (REDACTION). However, (REDACTION) is sure that even with these people, Harvey was likely to have been extremely close-mouthed."

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald

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