Pseudonym: Jouvenoy, Elliot
According to his obituary in The Washington Post on May 28, 2006, "Silsby began his CIA career in 1950 when placed under cover in Paris as an employee of an export-import firm with instructions to work with the French resistance should the Russians invade western Europe. He then served under diplomatic cover in Belgium (1954-1959), Luxembourg (1960-1965) and Laos (1968-1970). He later established and guided the first CIA terrorism bureau in the 1970s. Upon his retirement in 1979, he was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal in recognition of his contribution to the CIA."
A cable originated by Justin O'Donnell, FI/D/OPS, on October 14, 1960, requested that Jouvenoy find out from QJBANNER-1 if Mankel (QJWIN) was available on October 17. If Mankel was available then Rabney (Arnold Silver) would contact Jouvenoy directly to arrange a meeting with Mankel. Furthermore, a memo in April, 1975, mentioned that Jouvenoy was the COS, Luxembourg at this time.
08/16/57: Air dispatch from COS, Brussels to Chief, WE: "1. Attached is information developed from the NICONVENIENT operation which was passed to NIGHTINGALE/35 on 8 April 1957 in conjunction with information on NICONVENIENT (ref B). The reports were post-dated at N/35's request so that, if necessary, NIGHTINGALE could make it appear that they were kept informed of the information as it developed...4. N/2's first reaction was to get Lydia on a boat for the U.S. and therefore bury the subject. N/35 asked Jouvenoy if the station could help with her visa but Jouvenoy told him the question of whether or not she received her visa was out of our hands...attachment C is Jouvenoy's report of his questioning of Lydia (per BRUS - 287) which was sanitized and passed to NIGHTINGALE and the U.S. Consulate)...5. N/35 requested the summaries of the NICONVENIENT and Kostenko information which had been promised them in order to plan the attack and Jouvenoy passed the information on 8 April. Jouvenoy discussed an interrogation plan with N/35 and, although N/35 was hesitant to set a date for the interrogation, he gave the impression that the plans were firm. Several days later, N/35 told Jouvenoy that it appeared N/97 had lost interest in Lydia, and there was therefore no pressure to interrogate Kostenko...Elliot S. Jouvenoy"
10/14/60: Cable from Director to Luxembourg (Orig: J. O'Donnell, FI/D/OPS): Slugline RYBAT LAURICLE: "1. Request Jouvenoy determine from QJBANNER-1 if Mankel available 17 Oct. Reply should be priority to FRAN attn Rabney. If affirmative Rabney will contact Jouvenoy directly to arrange meeting with Mankel. 2. For Rabney: Info requested by Rabney from (REDACTION) being pouched FRAN 14 Oct via pouch No. 19125."
10/27/60: Cable from Luxembourg to Director: REF: DIR 08193 (OUT 85484)* "1. Subject now Paris. Possibility will contact Jouvenoy 29 October. Can plan on contact 31 October. Suggest change meeting FRAN to 1500 hours local time 1 Nov. Advise. 2. Some required shots not available LUXE and subject must get Paris. Will not complete series prior 11 Nov. Cover arrangements can be made by that date. 3. AUDA 234 received. C/S Comment: *Gave contact instructions for Mankel meet FRAN."
10/28/60: Cable from Director to Luxembourg (Orig: Justin O'Donnell, FI/D/OPS): Slugline LAURICLE: ..."CS Comment: *Stated Mankel was now in PARI and possibly would contact Jouvenoy 29 Oct, and plan contact also on 31 Oct. Suggested meeting FRAN be changed to 1500 hours local time Nov 1."
01/23/61: Cable from Director to Luxembourg (Orig: Arnold M. Silver, FI/D/OPS): Slugline RYBAT LAURICLE ZRACORN: "1. Purpose trip is spot assess recommend same types QJWIN was to find Dakar for same purpose explained Jouvenoy by Rabney. He to exercise same precautions and assume police informants these circles. Assume he will go Milan which he mentioned as possible search area during Rabney visit. Advise if he plans go any other city. We planning no contact with station or bases..."
04/30/75: Rockefeller Commission document: Memorandum to file from Mason Cargill: Page 2: ..."Paragraph 3 contains the following sentence: 'Rabney gave Jouvenoy (Chief of Station, Luxembourg) the same briefing concerning our purposes as he had given to the COS, Dakar..." - - - 2022 release, page 3: https://documents3.theblackvault.com/documents/jfkfiles/jfk2022/157-10003-10490.pdf
09/05/75: CIA originated document from U. S. Senate Committee to Assistant to the DCI: "Designations received in memo from Senate dtd 3 Sept. 75...1. FUTBE. 2. KUTUBE. 3. DMLIVID - Yugoslav cryptonym - see identity. 4. LAURICLE. 5. Rozeney, Monroe B. (P). 6. Jouvenoy, Elliot T. (P). 7. Crickard, Wanda (P). 8. Rabney, James N. (P). 9. Harvey, William K. (T)." - - - Page 4: ..."5. Silsby, Oliver Mowrer (T). 6. Silsby, Oliver Mowrer (T)..." - - - 2022 release, page 4: https://documents3.theblackvault.com/documents/jfkfiles/jfk2022/104-10310-10012.pdf
09/17/75: Memorandum: Reference: William G. Millar to Mr. Walt Elder, 3 September 1975: ..."2...b. Monroe B. Rozeney, Ed Jouvenoy, Wanda Crickard and James N. Rabney are all pseudonyms. Rozeney and Jouvenoy are pseudonyms assigned successively to the same individual, IDENTITY A. This officer is currently actively employed in clandestine operations under official cover. During the period in question he was stationed in western Europe as an operations officer..." Page 3: IDENTITY A: (REDACTION). (As is IDENTITY B).
Oliver Silsby was mentioned on pages 140 and 439 on David Corn's Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusades (1994): Page 140: "The whole thing was a little operetta, a charade in many ways," recalled Oliver Slisby, an Agency case officer who handled contacts with leading Lao." Page 439: "p. 135. 140 'The whole thing': Oliver Silsby, interview, February 3, 1992."
05/28/2006: Obituary of Oliver Silsby on legacy.com website which appeared in The Washington Post: Titled: "OLIVER MOWRER SILSBY, JR.: OSS/CIA and Father of Nine: Oliver Mowrer Silsby, Jr., 82, a retired 29 year veteran of the CIA's Directorate of Operations passed away at his home in North Bethesda, MD on May 20 of complications from emphysema. Mr. Silsby was born in Detroit, MI, June 17, 1923. Drafted into the US army in 1942, he trained as a radio operator and then volunteered for special duty in the newly created Office of Strategic Services (the OSS). After paratroop training in Palestine, he took part in commando missions behind enemy lines in Greece and northern Yugoslavia. His third mission was operating with Italian partisans in the Italian Dolomite Mountains. There in early 1945 he was captured by Waffen SS Alpine troops, but escaped execution and was released from a POW camp at the war's end. General 'Wild Bill' Donovan personally decorated him with the Bronze Star for valor in Italy, as detailed in the OSS history 'Cloak and Dagger'...Mr. Silsby began his CIA career in 1950 when placed under cover in Paris as an employee of an export-import firm with instructions to work with the French resistance should the Russians invade western Europe. He then served under diplomatic cover in Belgium (1954-1959), Luxembourg (1960-1965) and Laos (1968-1970). He later established and guided the first CIA terrorism bureau in the 1970s. Upon his retirement in 1979, he was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal in recognition of his contribution to the CIA..."