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Pseudonym: Moncure, Bernard

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Definition:
Probably James Angleton's CI staff member, the New York lawyer Mario Brod.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A memo in September of 1975 stated that "from 1952 to his retirement in 1971, Mr. Brod handled two sensitive CI Staff agents, Jay Lovestone and Herbert Itkin, in a deep cover capacity, the latter case in conjunction with the FBI and the Department of Justice."
Sources:

104-10106-10325: MEMO: HERBERT ITKIN FILE

March 1963: "Bernard E. Moncure", a CI Staff staff agent in New York, rode piggy-back on Itkin's contacts with the Haitians to make his own operational contacts within the group...In March 1963 MONCURE had recruited Itkin for the FBI for domestic issues while maintaining for CIA the use of Itkin for foreign intelligence matters..."

104-10106-10325: MEMO: HERBERT ITKIN FILE (Continued)

1975: REDACTED states: "I have talked to Will Kerbe who is presently the case officer in contact for MONCURE. He says that MONCURE is in limited law practice and is drawing a pension from the Agency as well as a contract for services connected with Golitsyn...(there is) a January 1975 memorandum for the record from Acting Chief, CI, which states that John K. Greaney, Assistant General Counsel had learned that Seymour Hersh had learned details of the Itkin-MONCURE relationship."

104-10107-10116: ITKINS STORY OF HIS WORK FOR CIA, AS RELATED FROM NOTES BY WARREN DONOVAN

Re 1953-1954: 1/17/68 notes of FBI agent Warren Donovan re interview with Herbert Itkin: Donovan said he could not evaluate Itkin's assertions, which began with his assertion that after he joined the prominent law firm Delsen, Leven and Gordon "Itkin began to notice an anti-American bias in this firm's handling and counseling of the three accounts (governments of Burma, Indonesia, and India). 'Don't join SEATO', for example, was one of the bits given to the Burmese. Itkin took his story to McCarthy - this was in 1953-1954 who wanted him to testify. Itkin refused. McCarthy then said: take it to the CIA. Through his father-in-law, E. Kent Kane, a prominent Pennsylvania Republican, Itkin had met Governor Harold Stassen, whom he asked: Was there anyone he knew in CIA? Sometime in the latter part of 1954 or early in 1955 Itkin had a call from Stassen who asked him to come to Philadelphia. They met in the lobby of the Bellevue Stratford hotel. Stassen took him to the coffee shop where he presented Itkin to Mr. Allen Dulles. A 2 to 5 minute conversation ensued. Itkin explained what information he could provide and Allen M. Dulles took down his name, address and telephone number. Itkin says that he had the impression that Stassen was working with Allen Dulles on something or another. Several months later, Itkin was contacted in person, at the DLG reception desk, by a man who identified himself as Philip Harbin. He did not mention CIA, but accredited himself as 'from that man in Philadelphia'...at Harbin's telephonic initiative, (Harbin and Itkin) met periodically, usually in a restaurant or cafeteria near the DLG's office (on Broadway, later Lexington Ave in Manhattan). Another version at 1993.07.20.16:48:10:000340:, p. 73.

104-10107-10116: ITKINS STORY OF HIS WORK FOR CIA, AS RELATED FROM NOTES BY WARREN DONOVAN

Re 1953-1960: (continued) "Description of Philip Harbin. At the time of first contact Harbin was about 42 or 43, American. He had receding hair, combed back but parted. 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 9 in height. He was well-built, not slim not flabby. He always wore a vest. He spoke fluent Spanish. He could have been of Polish or Russian family background. Also it was Itkin's impression he could have been from the mid-West, Chicago or Milwaukee. He always drank tea, never coffee. He had an affluent, professorial air. Until his departure from the DLG firm in mid-1957 Itkin passed Harbin, regularly, copies of the firm's correspondence - on letterhead - dealing with Indonesia, Burma and India. Itkin himself photostated the material on the firm's machine. He estimated that from 1955 to 1957 he gave Harbin 2 1/2 to 3 inches of such material. He recalled that there was some problem between Guatemala and El Salvador, some Guatemalan leaders had gone to El Salvador. Harbin was interested in that and had him follow up...In an attempt to develop material, Harbin asked Itkin whether he knew anyone else that could work. Itkin recalled (Luis Gutierrez) in the Salvadorian consulate in New Orleans. Harbin accepted the invitation. Itkin provided an invitation by letter to Gutierrez. To Itkin's best belief Harbin went to New Orleans and according to his later statement made 'new contact'. In November 1959 Itkin was still meeting Harbin. Around this time Itkin got to know Pierre F. Talenti...of Fairbanks-Morse Company. Through Talenti, in 1960 he believes, Itkin met (Bernard E. Moncure). Itkin says that from Talenti's introduction and from Moncure's demeanor he had the impression from the outset that Moncure was a CIA agent...Harbin told Itkin never to say anything to anybody about their relationship and to stay with Moncure. Itkin says that he understood this to mean that his contact with CIA had been transferred from Harbin to Moncure. He never saw or heard from Harbin again."

104-10119-10040: MEMORANDUM ON HERBERT ITKIN'S USE BY THE CIA.

11/22/68: "...Itkin states that he met Mario Brod in 1961 and that Brod was represented to him as a former Colonel in the OSS who had intelligence connections. From then on his contact was Brod and apparently Harbin dropped out of the picture." Agency files reflect no record of Philip Harbin anywhere, including as a registered alias in the RI/CRYPTO - and no records of Herbert Itkin "other than newspaper clippings" in the Office of Security.

104-10119-10036: HERBERT ITKIN/MARIO BROD

12/6/68 letter from SA/EPD Ward K. Green to Director of Security, "Subject Herbert Itkin/Mario Brod: Pursuant to your instructions, I had NYFO interview Mr. Philip Horton, to ascertain whether or not he might be Philip Harbin, who was allegedly Itkin's contact in the Agency during 1954. Reference is made to the attached report of interview with Mr. Horton wherein he comments that he does not know Itkin; did not recruit him; and never acted as a 'cut-out' or handler for Mr. Itkin. Horton states further that since leaving OSS, he has had no contact with the CIA. (This is not strictly true, since he did write a letter to Mr. Helms not too long ago.)..."

104-10310-10003: MEMORANDUM: MR. MARIO BROD

09/05/75: Memo from George T. Kalaris, Chief, Counterintelligence Staff to Deputy Director for Operations: ..."2. Mr. Brod is a U.S. citizen and attorney-at-law in New York who is an independent contractor and former staff employee of CIA. Mr. Brod was separated from the U.S. military service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 29 April 1946, and as of that date entered on duty with the SSU, under U.S. Treasury cover, until 1 June 1947. He then was employed by CIA in Rome as a contract agent until 14 June 1948 at which time he was converted to a career agent. From 25 May 1952 until his retirement under CIARDS on 31 May 1971, he was a CI Staff agent in New York City. While assigned to Rome (1946-52), Mr. Brod was involved in investigations of Italian politicians and fascists, political parties, Nazi fugitives, CP activities and Soviet and Chinese activities. He also was an agent handler. From 1952 to his retirement in 1971, Mr. Brod handled two sensitive CI Staff agents, Jay Lovestone and Herbert Itkin, in a deep cover capacity, the latter case in conjunction with the FBI and the Department of Justice. From 1971 to the present, he is the financial handler of PDLADLE and acts as a buffer surrogate case officer for PDLADLE in New York..."

104-10106-10194: MEETING IN NEW YORK - PDLADLE.

03/10/78: Memo for the record from Robert D. Clark, Office of General Counsel: "On 2 March 1978, the undersigned and Vasia Gmerkin of CI Staff met in New York City with the defector (REDACTION) and his wife (REDACTION) at the apartment of Bernard Moncure. There (REDACTION) out a first mortgage on a New York City property of theirs located at 163 East 71st Street, New York, New York, in favor of a devised facility nominee of the Agency, (REDACTION), Atlanta, Georgia, for a recited indebtedness of $167,429.88. They signed a classified document acknowledging that the devised facility is an instrumentality of the United States Government. This document was witnessed in alias by Mr. Gmerkin and the undersigned (REDACTION) registered strenuous objections to the 'mortgage.'"

104-10106-10179: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD - PDLADLE: OUTSIDE LAWYER TO DRAW UP DEED OF TRUST.

Undated CIA document: Memo for the record from Robert D. Clark, Office of General Counsel: "1. PDLADLE is a high-level defector residing in New York who has had advanced to him a number of large 'loans' over the years...c. The case officer for PDLADLE, Moncure, who is apparently a practising N.Y. lawyer who at one time worked for the Agency. This idea was suggested by Vasia Gmerkin of CI Staff, the client component on the Deed of Trust. The idea would be that since Moncure already knows that PDLADLE and Moncure would be used only on this PDLADLE job, the security and cover problems normally associated with allowing cleared attorneys to become involved in operations would not be as pronounced as usual. On the other hand, his prior association with the Agency could jeopardize PDLADLE if drafting the Deed of Trust exposes Moncure to more scrutiny than his present association with PDLADLE already does..."

180-10145-10239:

HSCA document: Page 39: 6/30/78: "ANGLETON OFFICE OF SECURITY: Memo: 1 July 1975. For: Inspector General. SUBJ: POSSIBLE QUESTIONABLE ACTIVITY: 2. Background: On 27 June Jim Angleton telephoned Walt Elder. Dave Aaron of the SSC staff had uncovered a staff agent in New York who had been an Agency Mafia penetration which Angleton said was made on the authorization of the Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1963. The agent had tried to contact his case officer but was unsuccessful and so had instead contacted Angleton. 3. I discussed the matter with John Greaney. In summary he told me that the agent, Mario Brod, in Feb. 1963 had come into contact with Herbert Itkin who had info about links between the Chicago Teamster Union and the Mafia. Brod replayed this to his case officer, and in a few days the DDP (Helms) discussed the matter with RFK because of Kennedy's requirements for info on Hoffa and with Sam Papich of the FBI. Brod was to develop Itkin as an FBI source and then turn him over to them. CIA could not turn over Brod to the FBI because he was a long time agent (recruited in Italy in 1944 by James Angleton) who had operational involvements for U.S. in Haiti and other places. In Mar 1963 Brod turned Itkin over to the FBI but unfortunately kept a string on him. Itkin was a handling problem and from time to time would return to Brod for advice and so forth. Rocca (CI) had prepared a full book on the Itkin/Brod case but they only are mentioned in pseudo..."

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