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Pseudonym: Fernald, Bruce

Definition:
Unknown identity. Bruce H. Fernald replaced Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) as the LIEMPTY Project's principal agent in early December, 1969.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Fernald was a U.S. citizen, was born in June of 1915, and operated under non-official cover as a retired immigrant. Fernald was a CIA career agent, and had the 201 number of 201-008189. This memo indicated that Fernald was working at the Mexico City station in April of 1968: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=147778#relPageId=12

A dispatch in December, 1970, stated that "the previous REDTOP (CIA Soviet Division) Case Officer (Bruce H. Fernald) introduced the new Case Officer, Howard T. Bagaus, to LIEMPTY-9, -13, and -14 in early December."

A dispatch in March 1971 mentioned that "Bagaus, as Fernald previously, uses the notional cover of either a pharmaceutical salesman for 'Laboratories del Norte' or that of a patient while waiting in the outer office."

According to an undated CIA document, Fernald used the alias of "Victor Babin" (sp).

This dispatch in March of 1970 stated that Fernald was known simply as "Victor" to LIEMPTY-4 (who in turn called himself "Dr. Carlos"): https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=158937#relPageId=47

A contact report from Fernald in June, 1969, also stated he used the alias of Virgil Baldini.
Sources:

104-10174-10065: FOLDER ON LOGANOV, VALENTIN SERGEYEVICH

06/23/69: Contact Report by Bruce H. Fernald: Subject: (REDACTION): Date of Meet: June 23 at Subject's Apt at (REDACTION): ..."3. COMMO with us: Subject was told that once he was placed in cotnact with the 'proper people' he should use from now on the extension 890. He will identify himself as Sr. Arviso (allegedly his mother's family name) and will ask for Sr. Virgil (Baldini) Fernald's alias. 4. Fernald showed Subject his official looking credentials under the alias of Virgil P. Baldini..."

104-10174-10065: FOLDER ON LOGANOV, VALENTIN SERGEYEVICH

09/23/69: Memorandum from Fernald to Rizzuto through Archbold: Subject: AEDIEHARD (P-11,712) Thoughts Re possibility of Pitching Him:

104-10187-10009: CIA FILE (ASSET) PHOTO SURVEILLANCE OP.

11/18/69: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, WH Division (Info: Chief, SB Division): Subject: LIEMPTY Progress Report, 1 January - 31 October 1969: ..."5...Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) also knows Scantling (Juan Nepomuseno Frias Ramirez), David M. Wilsted, and Raymond L. Barcenas, as well as current Station officers Vincent P. Rizzuto and Bruce H. Fernald (the latter in alias). He has also met Andrew E. Pellement, who used an alias. In his 15 years, Gerende has worked in almost every phase of the Station's support activities, and even though in recent years he has been pretty much restricted to LIEMPTY (umbrella surveillance project in Mexico City), his knowledge of activities and assets which are still current is considerable...LIEMPTY-4 was handled by Fernald during Gerende's absence..."

104-10187-10014: CIA FILE ON (ASSET) DEVELOPMENT AND PLANS.

..."10. Bruce H. Fernald (P) (201-008189) replaced Gerende (see paragraph 9 above) as the project's principal agent in early December 1969. Fernald, a U.S. citizen born in June 1915, operates under non-official cover as a retired immigrant. He is responsible for maintaining contact with the LIEMPTY (umbrella surveillance project in Mexico City) agents and collecting the product for passing to the Station case officer. He also handles administrative matters, including agent salary payments. Fernald is financially covered under Project AEMAGNIFY..."

104-10413-10031: DISPATCH: TURNOVER OF LIEMPTY PROJECT

12/09/70: Dispatch from COS, Mexico City to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (Info: Chief, Soviet Bloc Division): "1. Primary responsibility for the operational and administrative handling of the LIEMPTY Project was transferred, effective 1 December 1970, within the station from the REDTOP (CIA Soviet Division) to the Operational Support Section. This transfer was made as part of our effort to consolidate basic support functions in the Operational Support Section, and to relieve the REDTOP Section of activities which do not contribute directly to the pursuit of priority recruitment targets. However, the REDTOP Section will continue to be the principal consumer of the LIEMPTY (umbrella surveillance project in Mexico City) product as received from the LILYRIC and LICALLA photo surveillance points. It will also be the main provider of guidance and requests for special LILYRIC/LICALLA coverage. 2. The previous REDTOP Case Officer (Bruce H. Fernald) introduced the new Case Officer, Howard T. Bagaus, to LIEMPTY-9, -13, and -14 in early December. LIMOUSINE, owner of the LILYRIC property, will continue to be handled by Timothy M. Archbold of the REDTOP Section. (Signature) Howard J. Archable."

104-10187-10009: CIA FILE (ASSET) PHOTO SURVEILLANCE OP.

03/08/71: Dispatch from COS, Withheld to Chief, WH Division (Info: Chief, SB Division): Subject: KDFACTOR/Operational Report for the Period 1 October 1970 - 28 February 1971: ..."3. Primary responsibility for the operational and administrative handling of Project KDFACTOR was transferred on 1 December 1970 to the Operational Support Section, and handling of the KDFACTOR personnel was turned over to Howard T. Bagaus on 2 December 1970. Meeting Arrangements: 4. KDFACTOR-5: This agent is met by Bagaus at 0800 each Tuesday morning at one of four different sites near the Anillo Periferico in Polanco, some three miles from the Station. The modus operandi used with this agent is basically the same as previously used by Bruce H. Fernald. All meetings are held in the case officer's car, and after the meetings, KDFACTOR-5 resumes his trip to work. 5. KDFACTOR-2: He is met at 1630 every Tuesday by Bagaus, in several new widely spaced sites. Modus operandi is basically the same as that described in the previous operational report for Fernald, and after the meeting, KDFACTOR-2 proceeds to his cover job. 6. KDFACTOR-1: After meeting with KDFACTOR-2, Bagaus drives via round-a-bout route to a location several blocks away from the KDFACTOR-1 medical office, where he leaves his car and walks to the office (taking counter-surveillance precautions on the way). Bagaus, as Fernald previously, uses the notional cover of either a pharmaceutical salesman for 'Laboratories del Norte' or that of a patient while waiting in the outer office...(Signature) Howard T. Bagaus."

104-10187-10009: CIA FILE (ASSET) PHOTO SURVEILLANCE OP.

03/10/72: Dispatch from Acting COS, Withheld to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (Info: Chief, Soviet Bloc Division): Subject: KDFACTOR Operational Report, 1 September 1971 through 29 February 1972: ..."ADMINISTRATION: 2. Oliver J. Mankunas continued to have responsibility for inside administrative chores and agent handling throughout the period. Bruce H. Fernald, who previously handled the assets, is the alternate case officer and would be available to take over agent meeting responsibilities in the absence of Mankunas..."

104-10187-10009: CIA FILE (ASSET) PHOTO SURVEILLANCE OP.

04/10/72: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline KDFACTOR: REF: DIRECTOR 252261: "1. Bruce H. Fernald met monthly with Raymond H. Gerende (Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant) from July 1970 to May 1971 to pay ten installments of termination bonus. Last meet was 4 May 1971. All important info on problems of Gerende and wife (formerly LIEMPTY-19) was reported by cable during this period, except for news that Gerende visited Holland during Christmas 1970 when had amicable visit with wife and children. 2. Gerende is owner of house rented August 1970 by station staffer Jesse R. Gardalphe. He still teaching English to employees of two local firms and appears financially pressed since class schedule reduced recently from six to two hours per day. Still drinks, but apparently in moderation. Has indicated he might visit wife in Holland this summer. We have heard nothing directly or indirectly to indicate Gerende has violated his secrecy agreement or probed into LNLUTE (U.S. Government) status of Gardalphe." - - - This document stated that Fernald was a career agent: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=147772#relPageId=129&search=

104-10079-10391: HANDWRITTEN LIST ENTITLED "ASSETS KNOWN".

Undated CIA document: "June '70 by J. Barry, WH-1...5. Case Officers as NOC: Matthew H. Dingley (note: Harry T. Mahoney), Vincent P. Rizzuto, Bruce H. Fernald aka 'Victor Babin" (?), Andrew E. Pellement alias 'Bill Wells', David H. Wilsted, Raymond L. Barcenas, Andrew R. Doscher - Mike Farmer (T) "

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