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Pseudonym: Pollicove, Chester

Definition:
Chester D. Pollicove was possibly a pseudonym used by Charles Anderson. A dispatch in June, 1955, stated that Pollicove and Matthew S. Dingley (Harry T. Mahoney) were the ones "most intimately associated" with LIPSTICK-20 (Raymond Joseph Alvarez Durant).
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
This dispatch added that LIPSTICK-20 would "assume the duties of Jerome K. Nashwinter in charge of the LIPSTICK team, working in association with LIPSTICK-19 (Juan Nepomuseno Frias Ramirez), Chester D. Pollicove" and Dingley. A dispatch in December of 1955 mentioned that the "appearance of the house during this time of operation was checked by the undersigned and Chester D. Pollicove who were unable to discover any outward indications of the existence of the photographic surveillance." The undersigned's name was redacted. A cable in May, 1970, in the files of Manuel Artime Buesa, was from Pollicove Acting. Anne Goodpasture's History of Mexico City (1978) stated that Charles Anderson and Harry T. Mahoney developed the LIPSTICK project.
Sources:

104-10219-10004: [RESTRICTED]

06/09/55: Air dispatch from Chief of Mission, Mexico to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: General - Administrative: Specific - LIPSTICK-20: "1. Subject has been employed by this Mission for approximately two months as a member of the LIPSTICK team and prior to that he has been known to the undersigned for about one year. During that time he has impressed all those who have dealt with him as a conscientious, devoted and hardworking individual. Those most intimately associated with him (Chester D. Pollicove and the undersigned) consider him most dependable and deserving of additional responsibility. He has shown great initiative and application in his duties with the LIPSTICK team. 2. He will graduate from a local college the beginning of June 1955 and is considering accepting employment with a PBPRIME (U.S.) firm in Mexico City. As all young men who have just graduated from college, he is looking for employment with a future and with some degree of security. He has indicated his desire of working for KUBARK (CIA) on a full-time basis and it is this Mission's desire to so employ him. It is presently contemplated that he will assume the duties of Jerome K. Nashwinter in charge of the LIPSTICK team, working in association with LIPSTICK-19 (Juan Nepomuseno Frias Ramirez), Chester D. Pollicove and the undersigned. The administration of the LIPSTICK team is a time-consuming and demanding task which LIPSTICK-20 (Raymond Joseph Alvarez Durant) appears to be well suited to assume. He will be given LIFINGER credentials with which he will be able to backstop the team and also to engage in investigative work for the solution of leads which the surveillance produce...Matthew S. Dingley (Harry T. Mahoney)."

104-10187-10002: CIA FILE ON LIEMPTY/LIMITED BASE HOUSE.

12/08/55: Dispatch from COS, Mexico to Chief, WHD: Subject: General - Operational. Specific - LIPSTICK/LIMITED: "1. LIPSTICK-14 and his family occupied the LIPSTICK/LIMITED base house on 4 November 1955. On 10 November 1955 Howard O. Moschiano was picked up by LIPSTICK-14 in a rented car and driven into the base. Moschiano stayed with LIPSTICK-14 that entire day instructing him in photographic technique and taking approximately 200 pictures. The appearance of the house during this time of operation was checked by the undersigned and Chester D. Pollicove who were unable to discover any outward indications of the existence of the photographic surveillance...2. Initially all files were processed in the station so that Moschiano could process them to the fullest advantage and then critique them with LIPSTICK-14. Now the procedure employed is to have Pollicove pick up the films from LIPSTICK-14 and give them to James O. Aycall who processes them and returns them to Pollicove for transmittal to the office for identification, indexing and filing by Moschiano..."

104-10163-10130: CIA FILE ON MANUEL ARTIME BUESA.

05/21/70: Cable (Pollicove Acting) Info: Director; WH/Miami:

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

11/16/78: Mexico City Station History by Anne Goodpasture: Pages 18-19: ..."From this assortment, the first 12 agents were recruited for an umbrella-type project (LIPSTICK) to provide mobile and fixed surveillance teams to parallel LIFEAT and to man three photo observation posts around the Soviet Embassy. These agents were all untrained in clandestine activities; they were mechanics, clerks, salesmen, a housewife, and the quarterback on the football team at the University of Mexico. Their one common bond was that they were related in some way to LIMESTONE and LIMEWATER. This project was developed by Charles Anderson and Harry T. Mahoney. These original LIPSTICK agents formed the nucleus for the extensive operational support projects in Mexico, and in 1969 many of them were still on the job..."

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