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Pseudonym: Hedgman, Victor

Victor S. Hedgman was an alias used by Lawrence Devlin, who was Chief of Station, Leopoldville, Congo, from mid-1960 until mid-1963.
Devlin used the alias of Victor S. Hedgman when giving testimony to the SSCIA (or Church Committee) in August of 1975.


08/21/75: SSCIA testimony of Victor S. Hedgman: Page 2: "Mr. Baron: Would you state your name and address for the record, please? Mr. Hedgman: My name is Victor S. Hedgman. I can be reached at all times at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Baron: And Mr. Hedgman, isn't it true that Victor S. Hedgman is actually an alias and that we have agreed that you will testify here today under alias? Mr. Hedgman: That's correct. Mr. Baron: And isn't it further true that we have made arrangements with you that your true identity will be recorded on a statement regarding testimony in alias which will be permanently on file at the Central Intelligence Agency for verification purposes? Mr. Hedgman: That's correct..."


08/21/75: SSCIA testimony of Victor S. Hedgman: Page 6: ..."Mr. Hedgman: Mid-1960, yes, I would correct that. From July 6 on until - I can't remember whether it was June or July of 1963 I served as Chief of Station in then Leopoldville, now Kiershasa, Zaire. I was Chief of Station. I then returned to Washington in the early fall, the exact dates I don't recall, of 1963, and I was what is known as a Branch Chief. I was responsible for the eastern half of Africa from 1963 to June of 1965..."


Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone by Larry Devlin (2008): "Larry Devlin arrived as the new chief of station for the CIA in the Congo five days after the country had declared its independence, the army had mutinied, and governmental authority had collapsed. As he crossed the Congo River in an almost empty ferry boat, all he could see were lines of people trying to travel the other way -- out of the Congo. Within his first two weeks he found himself on the wrong end of a revolver as militiamen played Russian-roulette, Congo style, with him. During his first year, the charismatic and reckless political leader, Patrice Lumumba, was murdered and Devlin was widely thought to have been entrusted with (he was) and to have carried out (he didn't) the assassination. Then he saved the life of Joseph Desire Mobutu, who carried out the military coup that presaged his own rise to political power. Devlin found himself at the heart of Africa, fighting for the future of perhaps the most strategically influential country on the continent, its borders shared with eight other nations. He met every significant political figure, from presidents to mercenaries, as he took the Cold War to one of the world's hottest zones. This is a classic political memoir from a master spy who lived in wildly dramatic times."

John Newman • MFF

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