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Pseudonym: Presland, Daniel

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Definition:
Daniel M. Presland was a pseudonym used by CIA officer William King Harvey. Harvey was Chief of Task Force W from 1962 to 1963.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Sources:

HSCA Report, Volume IV Current Section: Testimony of Richard Helms (Resumed)

Early 60s: Richard Helms, former chief of CIA and DDP, was confronted with a heavily sanitized Bill Harvey memo stating: "Never mention the word assassination...should have phony 201 in RI (Registry Index) to backstop this. All documents therein forged and backdated. Should look like CE (counterespionage) file...No projects or papers except for cover..." Helms had no adequate response to questions about this document. To review a portion of the actual document and prior deletions, see page 200 & 203.

104-10425-10004: MEMORANDUM FOR: DOCUMENT RELATING TO ZRRIFLE (U)

Mostly unredacted versions of the above Harvey ZRRIFLE memo can be found here, along with analysis by Russ Holmes at pages 2-3.

178-10002-10490: CHRONOLOGY OF THE MATAHAMBRE SABOTAGE OPERATION

11/21/62, memo from Chief, TFW William Harvey to DDP on the Chronology of the Matahambre Operation

104-10019-10008: ITALIAN REPORT ON TYPE OF RIFLE USED IN JFK ASSASSINATION

11/28/63 dispatch from Daniel Presland/William Harvey to Chief/WE: "Shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy defense minister Andreotti requested the REDACTED Service to furnish him with a report covering the characteristics and possible origin of the rifle allegedly used in the assassination of President Kennedy. We have been unable to, MGR has REDACTED to ascertain the exact reason Andreotti requested this report or what, if any, disposition he made of it. Set out below is a translation of the report in question. November 28, 1963: Information on the Weapon Presumably Used in the Assassination of President Kennedy...The weapon which appears to have been employed in this criminal attack is a Model 91 rifle, 7.35 caliber, 1938 modification. The description of a 'Mannlicher Carcano' rifle in the Italian and foreign press is in error. The 'Model 91' Italian rifle is Austrian in origin, and is derived from the Steyer. The 'Mannlicher' is a Hungarian rifle whose clip loader was adopted for the Italian 'Model 91'. Carcano was a senior technician in the Terni plant who, in 1890-91, made the certain changes in the Austrian model from which the Italian 'Model 91' rifle is derived. In brief, the 'Model 91' is the result of a combination of ideas taken from various types of foreign weapons - Mannlicher loader, Steyer model, Mauser bolt, etc...The photographs from American sources appearing in the Italian press show...a 7.35 caliber 'Model 91' as modified in 1938...the telescopic sight fixed to the rifle is not of Italian origin and was never fixed to the weapon in Italy...the first lot of 7000 'Model 91s' which Adam put on the American market had disastrous results. Many of them burst, with frequently fatal consequences, and many of them didn't fire..."

104-10310-10013: MEMORANDUM: RESPONSES TO SSC REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PROJECT ZRRIFLE

09/12/75, Memo: Page 2: "3. Mr. Harvey was issued the pseudonym Daniel M. Presland in 1956 and he used this pseudonym until he retired in 1967. This is the only pseudonym he used in connection with the ZRRIFLE Project and Cuban operations..."

180-10142-10336: ZRRIFLE

1977-1978: "The House Select Committee on Assassinations felt compelled to look into the CIA's executive action project, ZRRIFLE, because of the known antagonism between the head of that project, William Harvey, and the Kennedys...this Committee believed that Harvey...(was) a possible suspect in the Kennedy assassination."

104-10185-10429: DISPATCHES:EIGHT(8) DISPATCHES FORWARDING QJWIN RECEIPTS, 1963-1964

10/11/63 memo to Chief KUTUBE-D (FI/D) Presland with receipts of payments to QJWIN for September and October - signature appears to be by Mankel. Also see page 10: QJWIN receipts for November and December signed for on 1/24/64 by Chief KUTUBE Daniel Brillard.

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