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Dimitur Adamov Dimitrov, also known as Dimitrios A. Dimitrof, "Diko", and a variety of other spellings. Also used the pseudonym Lyle O. Kelly in the early fifties.


Re 1950-1952: "D.A. Dimitrov, designated 'Kelly', is a Bulgarian expatriate who appears to have been imprisoned in Greece sometime in 1950 and 1951 on false pretenses because the Agency feared he would accept an offer from French intelligence. After six months in custody, he was flown to Panama where he was misrepresented as a psychopath and confined in a U.S. military hospital for several months...he was then removed from the hospital and held by the Agency at Fort Clayton in Panama for three years. He was then returned to Greece and ultimately allowed to enter the US as a refugee. It appears from the attached copy of a 7 February 1952 memorandum that 'the Artichoke approach', i.e. the use of drugs to reverse his hostility towards the US and US intelligence agencies, was never consummated."10/7/77 memo from A. R. Cinquegrana, Office of General Counsel to Anthony A. Lapham:

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"In April 1951 it came to OPC's attention that (Dico Dimitrov) intended to sell his knowledge of CIA's activities to the French Intelligence Service. This fact was used as the primary reason for his removal from active participation in Bulgarian operations. Because of operational security considerations...it was decided that he should be transferred to a CIA holding facility in Fort Clayton, Panama...arriving on 4 September 1951. He remained there until January 1954. A CIA case officer was dispatched from headquarters in May 1953 to Fort Clayton where he interrogated (Dimitrov). It was determined at that time that whatever operational knowledge (Dimitrov) had of CIA, its methods, personnel and operations was obsolete...(at page 105), 3/27/53: "They reviewed his "hard-core" case in 1953 and the recommendation was to continue confinement for some time." (at page 97), 5/26/53: "Upon arrival at DTROBALO (Fort Clayton) I discussed the case with (Dimitrov's) case officer, Philip Toomey...(same memo, page 103): "(Dimitrov's) knowledge of current operations is so minute that the security risks to our current operations would be very little, if any, if he were resettled. Therefore, my recommendation is to process him for resettlement." The claim is that no ARTICHOKE techniques using drugs were used on him at that time.

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5/8/51 letter from Terence U. Nasmith to Gerald I. Manfield re Lyle O. Kelly: "The most serious matter, one which could not be ignored, involved Kelly's relations with the HBFairies. Kelly had advised us that a Fairy Vice Consul from Salonica had contacted him with regard to working together...We learned what was wanted and advised Kelly he was not repeat not to see the Fairy agent, or any other Fairies, after a certain Thursday." See page 117: Kelly's real name was Dimitri Dimitrov, a Bulgarian national. In 1950, it was feared that he might defect to the French. He wound up living in the USA and as "General Donald Donaldson" became an ally of Willem Oltmans, the would-be biographer of George de Mohrenschildt. See 104-10423-10257. (at page 95, 4/20/51): "On 18 April we had (Dico Dimitrov) picked up by BGKANTAR and put under protective arrest...most curious was that he was about to sell knowledge of our operations to the local FAIRYS for an initial sum of local equivalent of $1600, a price we considered insulting low."


The memorandum summarizes the Kelly/Dimitrov case and reaffirms "According to Pritchett, our people discovered that French Intelligence Service was attempting to bribe Kelly and make him a double agent and Kelly was looking with favor upon the French offers. To prevent Kelly/Dimitrov from accepting the French offers he was arrested and held in Greek jail for six months until CIA "people...flew him to Panama where, through arrangement, he was placed in a U.S. Military Hospital as a psychopathic patient." Agency officials further state Dimitrov was causing problems at the hospital and "...is not a psychopathic personality."

Jeffrey Kaye and H.P. Albarelli, Jr., Cries From the Past: Torture's Ugly Echoes. Truthout, 2010. http://truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/89725:cries-from-the-past-tortures-ugly-echoes

In late January 1952, Morse Allen, a CIA Security Office official, was summoned to the office of his superior, security deputy chief Robert L. Bannerman...(for a discussion on) “the Kelly case.” Wrote Allen...(an) official “explained...: “Kelly, (whose real name is Dimitrov), is a 29-year-old Bulgarian and was the head of a small political party based in Greece and ostentively [sic] working for Bulgarian independence.” The official described Dimitrov [whose first name was Dimitre] to Allen as “being young, ambitious, bright … a sort of a ‘man-on-a-horse’ type but a typical Balkan politician.”...CIA field operatives discovered that Dimitrov was seriously considering becoming a double agent for the French Intelligence Service. “Accordingly,...a plot was rigged in which [Dimitrov] was told he was going to be assassinated and as a protective he was placed in custody of the Greek Police.” Successfully duped, Dimitrov was then thrown into prison...the Greek authorities...told the CIA “to take him back.” Because the agency was unable to dispose of Dimitrov in Greece, the memo states, the CIA flew him to a secret interrogation center at Fort Clayton in Panama. In the 1950’s, Fort Clayton, along with nearby sister installations Forts Amador and Gulick, the initial homes of the Army’s notorious School of the Americas, served as a secret prison and interrogation centers for double agents and others kidnapped and spirited out of Europe and other locations. Beginning in 1951, Fort Amador, and reportedly Fort Gulick, were extensively used by the Army and the CIA as a secret experimental site for developing behavior modification techniques and a wide range of drugs, including “truth drugs,” mescaline, LSD and heroin. Former CIA officials have also long claimed that Forts Clayton and Amador in the 1950’s hosted a number of secret Army assassination teams that operated throughout North and South America, Europe and Southeast Asia."


2/7/64 FBI memo: Dimitrov provides a variety of addresses for himself from 1939 to 1964. A complaint against him in 1960 describes Dimitrov as a "confidence man" who fleeced thousands of dollars from the complainant. INS had photos of the man and a file on Donald Donaldson born on 2/10/31. The name of Dimitrov's sponsor for citizenship was scratched off the application form - it was suggested by the sponsor that the person who might know why was "Spasti Raikin" - also known as Spas Raikin - a Bulgarian politician in New York City..."possibly Raikin could be located through Archbishop Andre of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in New York City." See p. 30: Separate complaint for $10,000 stolen in a confidence game. See p. 28: Federal charges filed against Dimitrov, then dismissed. At p. 77 - photos of Dimitrov.


9/22/77 CIA memo signed by Jack Friedlander for B. Hugh Tovar to Director, FBI: "Willem Leonard Oltmans, a Dutch TV correspondent, is well known to your Bureau as well as this Agency...Oltmans claims de Mohrenschildt has said 'he had been the middleman in a conspiracy of rich Texas oilmen, headed by the late H.L. Hunt, and anti-Castro Cubans to kill Kennedy'...an alleged (CIA) go-between was the second of two men who Oltmans said were involved in a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. The first had been George de Mohrenschildt; the second, Oltmans declined to identify...Oltmans described his 'new source' as General Donald A. Donaldson, '...originally a Bulgarian, called Deko Demetroff who came to this country at the end of the Second World War and was named by President Roosevelt, by presidential decree, a general of the United States. He was given an American name and he was made a citizen of the United States at that time'...This Agency believes that Oltmans' 'new source' is one Dimitur Adamov Dimitrov ('Diko'), a Bulgarian born on 7 May 1924 in Medkovets, District of Lom, Bulgaria, in whom this Agency had an official interest from October 1950 to April 1951...(because of his duplicity Dimitrov was) flown to a CIA holding facility in Fort Clayton, arriving on 4 September 1951. Dimitrov remained there until January 1954 at which time the facility was to be closed down...Since entering the United States (in November 1956), Dimitrov has been a continual source of embarrassment...(several addresses provided between 1957 to 1969). This Agency has no idea what kind of relationship exists between Oltmans and Dimitrov; we are certain that whatever this relationship is, it is not advantageous to the United States intelligence community...Oltmans may, in fact, be wittingly involved in a long-term defamation campaign directed by the Soviets against the United States intelligence and security services."


10/11/77 memo from SDB (Scott D. Breckenridge) to JHW (Inspector General John H. Waller): "On 8 Sept a Dutch journalist (Willem Oltmens) appeared on Good Morning America, at which time he claimed to have a source who can expose the conspiracy behind the JFK murder. He says the man is General Donald Donaldson, originally Deko Demetrov (note: aka Dico Dimitrov, Dimitri Dimitrov). CI Staff wrote the FBI asking for verification that Donaldson is Dimitrov (of whom we know quite a bit)...now we have to ascertain to what extent Dimitrov was, in fact, given the ARTICHOKE treatment. In any event, the past drug thing seems pretty old, unless Dimitrov was injured in some way (which we don't yet know), and the assassination lead is a bit slim at the moment...It seems to me that we should also view this person's theory on the JFK assassination - just so we will be able to rebut it with assassination committee, if possible."


1978: Oltmans said that "he had several meetings with General Donald Donaldson, alias Jim Adams, alias Dimitr Dimitrov, who worked for Pentagon intelligence and who is supposedly an important witness to the assassination of the President...(Donaldson) disappeared a few months ago..."


April 1978, Willem Oltmans, Gallery Magazine: "Donaldson seemed to know, at least he so assured me, that he had received through his highly placed contacts in Washington DC the relevant information that George (de Mohrenschildt) had been killed after he had agreed to come to the Capitol to testify...de Mohrendschildt was killed by two men. They first offered him safe conduct to Mexico, and they also asked him to sign a false document drawn up by the CIA. George did so and was killed. After all, these experts know only too well how to make it look like a suicide...On 9/4/77, I told him I had had enough of playing games and that if he knew who ordered the JFK assassination, then he was in my view an accomplice of the assassins by withholding that information for 14 years. I also told him I was not willing to wait any longer. I offered to arrange a television interview...Donaldson flew into a rage. He threatened to shoot me if I released any of the information...on 9/8/77 I went before the cameras of ABC-TV for 14 minutes. I showed Donaldson's picture and part of his memo to Senator Church. and I gave the fullest possible information at this time about this mysterious Bulgarian-American general and, later, Hollywood producer...(I said) I had no way of knowing whether he was speaking the truth...(I) turned my notes over to both the Justice Dept and the Select Committee on Assassinations for further study and examination..." Also see The Dutchman and the Baron – (2019, Chapter 26) by Tommy Wilkens, which has a different version of this story. http://jfkcountercoup2.blogspot.com/2019/12/willem-oltmans-and-donald-donaldson-aka.html

Bill Simpich

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