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Pseudonym: Rancifer, Timothy

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Definition:
Paul Maggio.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A cable on September 17, 1959, requested "local accommodation address for use by agent David de Panaskhet (David Tzitzichvili). Also need name and address in order mail his out letters to Sao Paulo for your insertion into local postal system. Incoming letters should be remailed in second envelope to Robert P. Hache PO Box 8028 S.W. Station Washington, D.C."

A dispatch on October 12, 1959, from Timothy K. Rancifer, acting either as Chief of Station (COS), Sao Paulo, or someone under the COS, contained the slugs REDWOOD (action indicator for the Soviet/Eastern European Division) and AEACRE (mechanism for the planning and conduct of REDSOX operations via a Domestic Operations Base (DOB) used for the interrogation, assessment, training, briefing, and preparation for dispatch of agents for infiltration into the USSR).

A dispatch on March 7, 1960, from David C. Higby, acting either as COS, Sao Paulo, or someone under the COS, stated that "in connection with paragraph 2 of reference, effective immediately it is requested that letters sent to Timothy K. Rancifer for insertion in the local mail system be sent instead to the following address..."

An undated document on David Tzitzichvili mentioned the name of Paul Maggio with "Rancifer (live)" handwritten to the right. In addition, a series of letters from Bob (probably Robert P. Hache) to Paul (probably Maggio) mentioned posting letters. Therefore, Timothy K. Rancifer was probably a pseudonym for Paul Maggio.
Sources:

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

09/17/59: Cable from Director to Sao Paulo (Orig: Perry Crookham, SR/DOB): REDWOOD AEACRE: "1. Request local accommodation address for use by agent David de Panaskhet (David Tzitzichvili). 2. Also need name and address in order mail his out letters to Sao Paulo for your insertion into local postal system. 3. Incoming letters should be remailed in second envelope to Robert P. Hache PO Box 8028 S.W. Station Washington, D.C."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

10/12/59: Dispatch from COS, Sao Paulo (Info: Chief, WHD; COS, Rio): Subject: Operational/REDWOOD/AEACRE Servicing of Accommodation Address: "It is requested that Base be provided instructions for servicing of the accommodation address referred to in reference a. and b. Until such time as these instructions are received, Base plans to service the accommodation address once a week beginning with the week of 11 October 1959. Timothy K. Rancifer."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

10/13/59: Letter to Paul: "Dear Paul, Am sending David's letter to be forwarded further by you. This letter is dated 19 Oct. '59 so please post on or after that date. Will send you other letters he may write in the future. Thanks a lot for the conveniences and will appreciate your sending me any letters he shall receive."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

10/23/59: Letter from Bob to Paul: "Dear Paul, Enclosed are two more of David's letters to be forwarded by you. These are both dated 26 October so please post on or after that date. Thanks again for this convenience. Sincerely, Bob."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

10/27/59: Letter via air mail: "Mr. Robert P. Haghe, P. O. Box 8028, South West Station, Washington 24, D. C. U. S. A." - - - Note from Paul to Bob: "Received your first letter today. Will take care of the matter. Enclosed find some envelopes which I think are very colorful and might be an addition to your collection."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

02/25/60: Letter from Bob to Paul: "Dear Paul, Enclosed is one letter from David informing all concerned of his change of post office box to: Eduardo Callo, Cahxa Postal 11744 (Lapa) Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is dated 29 February, so please forward on or just after that date. Thanks very much for your help. Sincerely, Bob. (This letter forwarded to Brazil for recalling 25 Feb. 1900 at 1300 hours)."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

03/07/60: Dispatch from Chief of Base, Sao Paulo to Chief, SR (Info: Chief, WHD; COS, Rio De Janeiro): Subject: REDWOOD/AEACRE Accommodation Address: "In connection with paragraph 2 of reference, effective immediately it is requested that letters sent to Timothy K. Rancifer for insertion in the local mail system be sent instead to the following address: (REDACTION). (Signature) David C. Higby."

104-10182-10004: CIA FILE ON WIROGUE

"Accommodation address for David Tzitzichvili...The pseudo name and APC is: Mr. Paul Maggio (handwritten on right: "Rancifer (live)", "Agency (REDACTION)...Paul A. Maggio (REDACTION)..."

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