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Pseudonym: Lamprell, Robert

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Definition:
William R. Sweet. Robert G. Lamprell was the senior officer in the Soviet Office in the CIA's Paris Station at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The name William R. Sweet was handwritten below Lamprell's name in a memo from the Chief of Station (COS), Paris, on December 12, 1963, with the slug GPFLOOR (Lee Harvey Oswald - post-assassination designation). The memo stated "for the record we forward herewith a memorandum by Thomas B. Casasin (note: Jacques G. Richardson) in which he gives his recollections of SR interest in Subject following Subject's return to the United States from the USSR."

The HSCA learned from interviewing Thomas B. Casasin (Jacques G. Richardson) in 1978 that Robert G. Lamprell had died of cancer a few years previously.
Sources:

104-10209-10018: FOLDER CREATED ON POHORDILYS, SEMEN, 201-289249

10/10/62: Dispatch from COS, Paris to Chief, SR (Info: Chief, WE; Chief, EE): Subject: REDWOOD/LCIMPROVE Josef Kozak: "1. According to Paris Station files: Joseph Kosak, DPOB: 10 May 1901, Szndoriben, USSR. Possibly a Soviet citizen. Address: La Seine, France. Russian refugee. Was listed (REDACTION) as potentially dangerous during the visit of Nikita Khrushchev to France, 15-30 March 1960. Approximately two thousand other individuals were also listed (SOURCE: OFP-8178 of 27 April 1960, page 35). 2. Since Paris Station has terminated AEDOGMA/1 (Michael Korzhan), it will not be possible to obtain further information on Subject from him. 3. We are querying UNBOUND for information on Subject. Robert G. Lamprell."

104-10209-10018: FOLDER CREATED ON POHORDILYS, SEMEN, 201-289249

11/16/62: Dispatch from COS, Paris to Chief, SR (Info: Chief, WE; Chief, EE): Subject: REDWOOD/LCIMPROVE Josef Kozak: "In their Memorandum No. D-5054 dated 9 November 1962, UNBOUND informed us that Subject had not attracted UNBOUND's attention. This is tantamount to a 'no trace' reply. Robert G. Lamprell."

104-10067-10215: MEMO; LEE HARVEY OSWALD.

12/12/63: Memo from Robert G. Lamprell, COS, Paris to Chief, SR (Info: Chief, WE): Subject: GPFLOOR - Lee Harvey Oswald: "For the record we forward herewith a memorandum by Thomas B. Casasin (Jacques G. Richardson) in which he gives his recollections of SR interest in Subject following Subject's return to the United States from the USSR. Robert G. Lamprell (handwritten below: William R. Sweet)."

104-10140-10338: CONTROL LOG FOR HSCA REQUESTS (MAY-JUN 1978)

00/00/78: CIA document: "The following requested to be made available for interview & deposition: B. Hugh Tovar, William S. Donnelly, Thomas B. Casasin, Marguerite D. Stevens, Walter P. Haltigan, Robert C. Lamprell."

104-10081-10029: HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ASSASSINATIONS REQUEST

06/01/78: Memo for the record from Rodger S. Gabrielson: Subject: House Select Committee on Assassinations Request: "2. (S) The HSCA also requests the following persons to be made available for interviews. The interviews will be conducted in Agency office spaces. Marguerite D. Stevens, Walter P. Haltigan, Robert C. Lamprell. 3. (U) This request was presently verbally on 1 June 1978 and is made an official written request by virtue of the HSCA senior representative whose signature appears below on behalf of the Committee. Rodger S. Gabrielson." Signed by Michael Goldsmith of HSCA on 6/6/78.

180-10143-10227:

08/17/78: HSCA document: Interview of Thomas Casasin, American Embassy, Paris, France: Page 3: ..."Casasin explained that Lamprell (whose real name was (REDACTION), he died of cancer a few years ago) was one of Casasin's contacts in Paris. He said that Lamprell was the Senior Officer in the Soviet Office in the Paris Station, and served as the second in command. Casasin said that Walter Haltigan (whose real name was (REDACTION) was his normal contact in Paris. He surmised that his memo was sent out by Lamprell because Haltigan might not have been available. He does not know the reason for the delay between the date of his memo, 25 November, and the transmission by Lamprell, 12 December..."

180-10142-10391:

12/13/78: HSCA document: Titled: SR People/Casasin: Page 2: "As a result of this memorandum, the Select Committee contacted Mr. Casasin in an effort to determine whether the CIA had been in contact with Lee Harvey Oswald...He stated initially that he prepared this memorandum for Robert C. Lamprell*, who was the Senior Officer in the Soviet Office in the CIA's Paris Station at the time of the assassination. (Ibid. p. 3). Lamprell, Casasin noted, died of cancer a few years prior to Casasin's interview with the Select Committee. Casasin further stated that his normal contact in Paris would have been Walter Haltigan, but he believed when he prepared his memorandum he was not able to contact Haltigan. *Lamprell had prepared the transmittal memorandum to which Casasin's recollection of SR interest in Oswald is attached. Lamprell memo and the attachment were directed to the CIA Chiefs of SR and WH divisions."

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