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Pseudonym: Edgebrook, Bernard

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Definition:
Bernard A. (or G.) Edgebrook was a pseudonym used by CIA officer Daniel Stanley Watson. Watson was Chief of Covert Action at Mexico City Station between 1965 and 1967, and from 1967 to 1969 was the Deputy Chief of Station.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Stanley Watson testified to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in early June of 1978. Watson stated that sometime between 1965 and 1966 he saw a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald from behind, after requesting to view the latter's personality file. Stanley Watson also said that he would not be surprised if Winston Scott had destroyed some files and photographs. Watson also mentioned that he was aware that Scott kept "highly sensitive material" in a personal safe in his office. When Scott retired, he took this material with him and stored it in a safe in his home. Watson was told by Janet Scott, wife of Winston Scott, that when the latter died, James Angleton flew to Mexico City, emptied the safe, and then departed.
Sources:

104-10187-10012: CIA FILE ON (ASSET)/(ASSET)

10/02/67: Dispatch from Acting Chief of Station, Mexico City to Chief, WH Division (Info: Chief, SB Division): Subject: REDCOAT - Manuel Alcala Anaya: ...(Handwritten: "Grace H. Farmilant) for Bernard A. Edgebrook."

1994.04.25.08:44:28:850005: Reel 53, Folder H - NIKOLAY SERGEYEV LEONOV.

10/05/67: Dispatch from Acting Chief of Station, Mexico City to Chief, SB (Info: Chief, WH): Subject: Nikolay Sergeyevich Leonov (201-132139): Page 3: ..."for/ Bernard A. Edgebrook"

104-10187-10012: CIA FILE ON (ASSET)/(ASSET)

03/25/69: Dispatch from Acting COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH Division: Subject: ADMIN/FINANCE/LIMESA/LIMOUSINE Indebtedness to WOFIRM: Page 2: ...(Handwritten: "Unintelligible) for Bernard A. Edgebrook."

180-10100-10123:

06/04/78: HSCA document: Titled: Interview of Daniel Stanley Watson: "On June 4, 1978, House Select Committee on Assassinations staffers Gary Cornwell, Dan Hardway, Edwin J. Lopez and Harold Leap met with Mr. Daniel Stanley Watson, aka Bernard G. Edgebrook, at his home in (REDACTION) Mexico...joined the CIA in 1949 and worked with them until he retired in 1973. His assignments while with the Agency were as follows...Mexico 1965-1967 as Chief of Covert Action, and 1967-1969 as Deputy Chief of Station...Mr. Watson stated that sometime between 1965 and 1966 while he was stationed in Mexico City he requested Lee Oswald's personality file. When it was brought to him it contained only one or two photographs and intercept transcripts. Mr. Watson stated that the file was very thin and that the photo(s) was a 3/4 shot from behind - 'basically an ear and back shot.' He did not think there was anyone else in the picture and thought that it was of Oswald. He could not recall what was on the transcripts but does remember reading them...The staffers asked him if Scott would destroy files, pictures or would keep highly sensitive material in a special place. Mr. Watson answered that it would not surprise him if Win Scott had destroyed some files and pictures. He also stated that Scott kept highly sensitive material which he did not want in the system in a personal safe in his office. Mr. Watson stated that when Win Scott retired he took the contents of the personal safe with him and stored them in a safe in his home...Stanley Watson stated that before Win Scott had been buried, James Angleton flew to Mexico and emptied the personal safe in Scott's bedroom. Mr. Watson said he knew this from Scott's wife, Janet. When asked if Angleton and Scott were close friends, Watson said, 'they were.' (CONTINUED BELOW)

180-10100-10123:

06/04/78: HSCA document: Titled: Interview of Daniel Stanley Watson: "Watson stated that he thought the CIA Mexico City Station had given all the material in their possession to the Warren Commission but that he also knew that Win Scott was capable of 'phoneying a photo if asked to produce one. I never believed Win Scott the first time he told me something.' Watson also remembers Richard Helms congratulating Win Scott for his excellent job on the Oswald trip to Mexico because the 'Agency had not looked all that bad'...When asked if he had anything more to add to what he had told us, he stated that it bothered him that the Agency had destroyed many P-files when Win Scott retired..."

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