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Pseudonym: Karnley, Patrick

Definition:
Patrick I Karnley was probably a pseudonym used by CIA officer Ken M. Crosby.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10237-10089: EXFELTRATION ACCOMPLISHED 18 JANUARY WITHOUT MISHAP AND SUBJECT TURNED OVER TO KARNLEY AT HOMESTEAD

01/18/60, Cable from Havana to Director: RE DIR 10606 (OUT 83590) "Exfiltration accomplished 18 January without mishap, and subject turned over to Karnley at Homestead AFB, Florida 1030 hours same date. CS Comment: *Concerned exfiltration AMCLATTER and Karnley will be CIA channel."

104-10168-10125: CABLE: AMHAWK SAID 12 JULY HE DOES NOT KNOW AND HAS NEVER HEARD OF TAAFEE

07/13/60, Cable from MASH to Director: RE DIR 39253 (OUT 95375)* "AMHAWK said 12 July he does not know and has never heard of Taafee. C/S Comment: *Requested Corbuston warn AMHAWK about Mrs. Taaffee saying he wanted to see her. Karnley could furnish Taaffee background."

104-10110-10206: CABLE RE MEETING OF "ANTI-CASTRO GROUP

07/20/60, Cable from Karnley: "1. On 19 July SA Howard Albaugh of local FBI informed Karnley his office had received a call from one Louise Valentiner who reported she had just overheard meeting of 'anti-Castro group' held in room next to hers in University Court Motel. Meeting of course was Parlett session with MRR reps. 2. No purpose served reciting here all details Valentiner reported. It obvious from extent her knowledge she listened attentively to entire session. Believe most significant information obtained was identity Bender, who represents, mission, relationship MRR, details concerning Air Krire (?) types, plans for meeting Commodore Hotel NYC, and Twicker true identity. 3. At Karnley request FBI recontacted Valentiner for the purpose of obtaining additional info about her, and her planned movements and on some plausible pretext to admonish her not to repeat to anyone her report to FBI. 4. Valentiner, who is wife of Carl Valentiner, exec for Continental Can Corp in Havana and who has left Cuba with intention settling indefinitely in Miami area, told SA George Davis (who made follow-up contact) that a friend, Mrs. William Robinson (no further info) had also been present in her room during part of meeting. Valentiner said when she realized nature of business being discussed she telephone Mr. Lawrence J. Brewer (President, Esso Standard Oil SA, as you know now located Coral Gables) to whom she related essence of what going and asked his advice. He suggested she call FBI. Call to FBI made from home of and in presence of Mrs. Carl Morrison, wife of Exec VP of Esso Standard SA. This means at least three additional people Robinson-Brewer-Morrison to some extent now knowledgeable...6. Davis judged Valentiner be highly responsible type person who might reasonably be expected cooperate as requested."

104-10290-10104: CABLE: PLAN HAVE PATRICK I. KARNLEY, DESK CHIEF, VISIT WAVE AND MEXI

12/09/63, Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: B. Reichhardt, Unit: WH/3/Mexico): "1. Plan have Patrick I. Karnley, recently assigned chief MEXI desk, visit MEXI sometime during Jan 64. Would plan stop at WAVE on way to and returning MEXI for discussion Cuban ops involving MEXI. 2. Tentative time departure is 8 Jan but wish meet convenience MEXI Station so will defer fixing time pending Station concurrence. Length of visit MEXI be ten days to two weeks including side visits MNTY and MRD. One day at WAVE each stop. 3. So as make best use of time request addresses forward, in any form you choose, suggestions for discussion agenda. Please send soonest so as allow Karnley time for homework."

John Newman, Countdown to Darkness: The Assassination of President Kennedy Volume II, p. 420

"Ken M. Crosby:...Crosby spent five years with the FBI during WWII; in late summer 1959, was a stockbroker for American business community in Havana; worked closely with CIA Chief of Station James Noel in Havana; invited to Washington to give Allen Dulles and two of his aides a briefing on Castro; Crosby recalled in a 1996 interview that he told the CIA director that he and many of his business associates in Havana were convinced that 'the only way to get rid of Castro was to kill him.' (Seymour Hersh, The Dark Side of Camelot, 1998 ed., pp. 161-162)..."

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John Newman • Seymour Hersh • MFF

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