Pseudonym: Harbin, Philip
1/17/68 notes of FBI agent Warren Donovan re interview with Herbert Itkin: Donovan said he could not evaluate Itkin's assertions, which began with his assertion that after he joined the prominent law firm Delsen, Leven and Gordon "Itkin began to notice an anti-American bias in this firm's handling and counseling of the three accounts (governments of Burma, Indonesia, and India). 'Don't join SEATO', for example, was one of the bits given to the Burmese. Itkin took his story to McCarthy - this was in 1953-1954 who wanted him to testify. Itkin refused. McCarthy then said: take it to the CIA. Through his father-in-law, E. Kent Kane, a prominent Pennsylvania Republican, Itkin had met Governor Harold Stassen, whom he asked: Was there anyone he knew in CIA? Sometime in the latter part of 1954 or early in 1955 Itkin had a call from Stassen who asked him to come to Philadelphia. They met in the lobby of the Bellevue Stratford hotel. Stassen took him to the coffee shop where he presented Itkin to Mr. Allen Dulles. A 2 to 5 minute conversation ensued. Itkin explained what information he could provide and Allen M. Dulles took down his name, address and telephone number. Itkin says that he had the impression that Stassen was working with Allen Dulles on something or another. Several months later, Itkin was contacted in person, at the DLG reception desk, by a man who identified himself as Philip Harbin. He did not mention CIA, but accredited himself as 'from that man in Philadelphia'...at Harbin's telephonic initiative, (Harbin and Itkin) met periodically, usually in a restaurant or cafeteria near the DLG's office (on Broadway, later Lexington Ave in Manhattan). Another version at 1993.07.20.16:48:10:000340:, p. 73.
(continued) "Description of Philip Harbin. At the time of first contact Harbin was about 42 or 43, American. He had receding hair, combed back but parted. 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 9 in height. He was well-built, not slim not flabby. He always wore a vest. He spoke fluent Spanish. He could have been of Polish or Russian family background. Also it was Itkin's impression he could have been from the mid-West, Chicago or Milwaukee. He always drank tea, never coffee. He had an affluent, professorial air. Until his departure from the DLG firm in mid-1957 Itkin passed Harbin, regularly, copies of the firm's correspondence - on letterhead - dealing with Indonesia, Burma and India. Itkin himself photostated the material on the firm's machine. He estimated that from 1955 to 1957 he gave Harbin 2 1/2 to 3 inches of such material. He recalled that there was some problem between Guatemala and El Salvador, some Guatemalan leaders had gone to El Salvador. Harbin was interested in that and had him follow up...In an attempt to develop material, Harbin asked Itkin whether he knew anyone else that could work. Itkin recalled (Luis Gutierrez) in the Salvadorean consulate in New Orleans. Harbin accepted the invitation. Itkin provided an invitation by letter to Gutierrez. To Itkin's best belief Harbin went to New Orleans and according to his later statement made 'new contact'. In November 1959 Itkin was still meeting Harbin. Around this time Itkin got to know Pierre F. Talenti...of Fairbanks-Morse Company. Through Talenti, in 1960 he believes, Itkin met (Bernard E. Moncure). Itkin says that from Talenti's introduction and from Moncure's demeanor he had the impression from the outset that Moncure was a CIA agent...Harbin told Itkin never to say anything to anybody about their relationship and to stay with Moncure. Itkin says that he understood this to mean that his contact with CIA had been transferred from Harbin to Moncure. He never saw or heard from Harbin again."
11/22/68: "...Itkin states that he met Mario Brod in 1961 and that Brod was represented to him as a former Colonel in the OSS who had intelligence connections. From then on his contact was Brod and apparently Harbin dropped out of the picture." Agency files reflect no record of Philip Harbin anywhere, including as a registered alias in the RI/CRYPTO - and no records of Herbert Itkin "other than newspaper clippings" in the Office of Security.
12/6/68 letter from SA/EPD Ward K. Green to Director of Security, "Subject Herbert Itkin/Mario Brod: Pursuant to your instructions, I had NYFO inteview Mr. Philip Horton, to ascertain whether or not he might be Philip Harbin, who was allegedly Itkin's contact in the Agency during 1954. Reference is made to the attached report of interview with Mr. Horton wherein he comments that he does not know Itkin; did not recruit him; and never acted as a cut-out or handler for Mr. Itkin. Horton states further that since leaving OSS, he has had no contact with the CIA. (This is not strictly true, since he did write a letter to Mr. Helms not too long ago.)..."
2/14/69 dispatch from Chief, WOMUSE (Counterintelligence) to COS, San Salvador re 201-836808 (see 104-10106-10333). Subject: Interview of Mr. Luis E. Gutierrez: Asking permission to interview Luis E. Gutierrez. Originating Officer: R. B. Holmes, CI/R&A. Coordinating Officer: (Signature), WH/2/ES&HD. Releasing Officer: Edwin Terrell, C/WH/2.
3/18/69 memorandum of the record that was presented to C/CI Jim Angleton by "Rock" aka CIRA Ray Rocca: "Meeting at Federal Attorney's office, New York, 13 March 1969...present were: Mr. (Robert Morganthau); his assistant and apparently the man in charge of the cases based on Itkin's testimony, 'Sil' Mallo; the chief of the New York office of the FBI, Mr. Malone; Warren Donovan; Bill Verrica of the New York office of the FBI; Sam Papich; Larry Houston; Mike (note: Mario Brod); and Ray Rocca...Mallo has been in law enforcement and prosecution in New York for 30 years. He proved it. He is a short, bird-like, slightly-built, immaculate looking individual who is a specialist in simplifying situations...the federal court, Mallo said, is sympathetic to the federal attorney's argument that the ITKIN case should not be remanded to a state court...Rocca stated there were elements of the case that required consideration now. Assuming (DA Frank Hogan) dropped the prosecution, it was essential from the CIA standpoint to get an understanding of the fabricated and perjurious account of his relations with the CIA going back to 1954-1955. Our investigation had shown Itkin's story to be without a scintilla of confirmation. A Philip Harbin had never existed; the very people cited by Itkin as key participants had pulled the props from under the story. These were Stassen and, with the recent report of interview conducted in El Salvador, Gutierrez (note: as well as other allegedly false statements on other subjects)...We expected Itkin would continue his blackmail tactics, perhaps in the form of a threat to write a book, or in some other way...(Mallo) stated that the federal authority had 'lots of holds' to use on Itkin...Rocca is more and more convinced that the FBI is convinced there is circumstantial evidence of Mike's witting or unwitting participation in ITKIN illegalities..."