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Pseudonym: Lettsome, Conrad

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Definition:
Conrad P. Lettsome was possibly a pseudonym for Robert Ritchie.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
Shane O'Sullivan, in Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate, and the CIA, stated that AMSNAP-3's (Eugenio Rolando Martinez Careaga) "second case officer Robert Ritchie used the name 'Conrad P. Lettsome.'"

The name Norris G.; Lettsome appeared on a card in June of 1973, along with AMSNAP-3 and others.

A memo on February 4, 1974, mentioned that Robert Ritchie was among the CIA personnel who gave testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. The memo stated that "Ritchie testified from 1040 hours until 1235 hours, with Thompson questioning Ritchie for about 65 minutes. Ritchie acquitted himself extremely well and there were no surprises in his testimony...Some confusion arose because Ritchie was not sure of the date he took over Martinez, he thought it might have been some time in March 1972, when in fact it was late in April..."
Sources:

104-10096-10131: CARD LISTS RE FRANK STURGIS, E. HOWARD HUNT, ET AL.

06/07/73: Names on left hand side: "AMCLATTER-1; Hamilton, Edward J.; AMSNAP-3 (car); BKHERALD; Alpha-6; Gervenot, Norris G.; Lettsome, Conrad P.; Ponchay, Anthony R.; Hunt, Howard E.; Cuba; Watergate." - - - Names on the right: Artime, Manuel; Nebecker, Joel N.; Nurnad, Clayton P.; Mastrovito, Michael; Sturges, Frank; Gonzalez, Virgilio; McCord, James; Farrell, Frank; Villamanan, Manolo; LNERGO; AMANCHOR-1..."

104-10062-10073: SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES TESTIMONY OF 4 FEBRUARY 1974.

02/04/74: Memo for the record from Lyle L. Miller, Deputy Legislative Council: "1. This, the first day of hearings involving Agency witnesses to testify under oath in executive session with Vice Chairman Howard Baker presiding, was held in S. 1418, Dirksen Office Building. Although scheduled to commence at 0930 hours, Senator Baker did not show up to swear in the witnesses until 1025 hours at which time he administered the oath to Mary McGillen, Robert Ritchie, Martin Lukoskie, and Erich Isenstead and then left. 2. Background: a. As a result of previous sessions with Senator Baker and his counsel the following Agency witnesses were scheduled: Mary McGillen, Robert Ritchie, Martin Lukoskie, Erich Isenstead, James Angleton, Richard A. Krueger, Steven Greenwood, Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, Thomas Karamessines, Frank O'Malley, and Jacob Esterline..." - - - (Page 3): ..."5. Robert Ritchie: Mr. Ritchie testified from 1040 hours until 1235 hours, with Thompson questioning Ritchie for about 65 minutes. Ritchie acquitted himself extremely well and there were no surprises in his testimony. a. Liebengood brought out the sudden TDY to Headquarters from Miami following the Watergate incident. b. Some confusion arose because Ritchie was not sure of the date he took over Martinez, he thought it might have been some time in March 1972, when in fact it was late in April. c. It is obvious that the counsels have some conflicting testimony concerning the discovery of Martinez' car in the Miami airport following the arrests in June 1972..."

Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate, and the CIA by Shane O'Sullivan (2018)

Page 411: ..."A CIA index card indicates Martinez' Agency cryptonym was AMSNAP-3, his first case officer Ramon Gonzalez used the pseudonym 'Norris G. Gervenot'; his second case officer Robert Ritchie used the name 'Conrad P. Lettsome'; and the Esterline/Sternfield correspondence was between 'Anthony R. Ponchay' and 'Joel N. Nebecker'..." - - - Page 520: (Note: APPENDIX 1)..."14. Index card dated 7 June 1973, found in 'Card Lists re Frank Sturgis, E. Howard Hunt, et al.,' 104-10096-10131; 'Inventory of Rockefeller Commission Files.' 178-10004-10420, 108; 'Handwritten Bernard Barker chronology,' 104-10164-10015..."

Contributors:
Gavin McDonald • Shane O'Sullivan

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