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Pseudonym: McKee, Roger

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Definition:
Roger I. McKee was a pseudonym for Jack Blake.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
An Official Routing Slip on March 12, 1962, stated that "I have already talked at great length with Jack Blake (Roger I. McKee) on this and have made a mental note to brief Hugh Cunningham on it orally when next I see him. I think we all learned a lesson from this one, and unfortunately you are the one who is stuck with all our mistakes. H. J. O." Therefore, Roger I. McKee was Jack Blake.

A memo in August of 1977 stated that Jack Blake was the acting DDCI at this time.
Sources:

104-10169-10139: HANDLING AT GERMAN STATION 16 & 17 DECEMBER OF SOVIET DEFECTOR FROM RUSSIAN EMBASSY AT HELSINKI.

12/18/61: Memo for the record from Roger I. McKee: ..."2. At approximately 0730 hours Saturday, 16 December, Arnold J. Lyack (Chief, CABEZONE) contacted me at my home and asked me to proceed immediately to the residence of Joel D. Bentham (Chief of Station). Upon arrival at Bentham's residence, Bentham and Lyack briefed me on the Stockholm cable which announced Stockholm's intent to endeavor to fly subject and family 'black' from Stockholm to Frankfurt aboard the Air Attaché aircraft. Cable also requested Frankfurt to have an aircraft available to receive immediately subject and family and take off forthwith to the United States. Lyack also mentioned an IN cable from DIR which requested Stockholm to move family soonest to CABEZONE in Frankfurt for establishment of bona fides...Conrad V. Lapolla (Acting Chief, COS/KUSODA) was contacted and asked to come to the office immediately. Discussions were then held with Lyack and Carl T. Updill as to the availability of a KUDOVE (Clandestine services of CIA) case officer with Russian language capability to act as escort...13. Earlier in the day Lyack informed me that he had cleared out their Eschborn safe-house in case we should need it. I immediately tried to contact Lyack by phone but there was no answer. I then phoned Henry R. Garlingay (Deputy for Administrative Staff) and asked him to do for me the following things: a. Contact Stephen R. Lacklen (CABEZONE) and tell him we had an immediate need to house a family of three, plus two KUBARK (CIA) at Eschborn...b. Phone Bentham and tell him we would drop by his house later that evening to brief him on any developments. c. Phone Lyack and tell him we were using Eschborn..."

104-10169-10131: OFFICAL ROUTING SLIP

03/12/62: Official Routing Slip from Deputy Chief, SR to C/SR/CI, Harrison, somebody else: "Remarks: I have already talked at great length with Jack Blake (Roger I. McKee) on this and have made a mental note to brief Hugh Cunningham on it orally when next I see him. I think we all learned a lesson from this one, and unfortunately you are the one who is stuck with all our mistakes. H. J. O."

104-10172-10254: MEMO FOR CHIEF, DEFECTOR BRANCH SUBJECT JACK ANDERSON ARTICLE ON AELADLE CASE

08/06/77: Memo from John B. McMahon, IC SE/DB to Chief, Defector Branch SE Division: "1. This is to inform you that on 2 August 1977, at the request of Chief, SE's secretary, I telephoned Mr. Jack Blake, the Acting DDCI. 2. Mr. Blake asked me if 'AELADLE' (Anatoliy Golitsyn) meant anything to me and did I ever work with AELADLE. (Mr. Blake used the cryptonym 'AELADLE', not his true name). I told Mr. Blake that I had worked with AELADLE, along with many other case officers. He asked if I knew of the circumstances of AELADLE's defection, and I replied that I know the case rather well. 3. Mr. Blake said he wanted to talk with me because a 1 August 1977 article by Jack Anderson which was not in our local (Washington, D.C.) (handwritten above: appeared in Newport News, Williamsburg, La. paper) newspapers stated that 'John McMahon handled the AELADLE case and there was a bug (microphone) in every room in the house where AELADLE was kept.' Mr. Blake asked if I were that John McMahon (he had spoken with John N. McMahon earlier, who knew nothing about the case). I repeated that I worked on the AELADLE case along with many others, saw AELADLE on many occasions, but never worked with him in my true name. I told Mr. Blake this is inside information, is a security violation, and asked how Jack Anderson obtained it. Mr. Blake said he didn't know but that someone would look into it. He thanked me for my information and said he may contact me later. 4. I suggest that you obtain a copy of the above mentioned Jack Anderson article as it pertains to a defector handled by this Division and was a very sensitive case at the time. It would be interesting to know, too, what else Anderson had to say about this case or the Agency's handling of it, and it should be made a part of the AELADLE 201 file." Note a few handwritten notes at the bottom of the memo.

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