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Pseudonym: Schwaninger, Philip R.

Definition:
Eric Timm, chief of Western Europe station in 1959-1961 period. He died suddenly in the early sixties.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Sources:

157-10014-10007: TESTIMONY OF JAMES ANGLETON, 17 SEP 1975

1950s-early 1960s: Deposition of James Angleton, p. 10 of 127: Angleton described Eric Timm’s background in counterintelligence, and suggested that Timm’s entire career was in counter-intelligence “in a professional sense".

104-10051-10196: WITHHELD

9/21/59 dispatch from Chief, WE, Philip R. Schwaninger to Chief of Station (REDACTED, probably Helsinki), prepared by WH/1/CE: Schwaninger/Timm felt PAWNEE-5 would be ineffective as a double agent. Schwaninger/Timm was convinced that any hope of the "jilted husband" Golub defecting to the West was becoming more remote, and thought that Golub might be on to Costille's game. A more redacted version of this memo is at 104-10172-10287. Anthony Cave Brown, Treason in the Blood, p. 558: Eric Timm was Chief, WE during 1959.

1994.05.31.13:11:40:430005 - Reel 7, Folder U - ANATOLIY GOLITSYN

12/19/61 memo from Eric Timm to Deputy Director of Central Intelligence: Under his own name, Eric Timm wrote a letter to the Deputy Director indicating some of his concerns around Golitsyn’s conduct, including his desire for a two hour meeting with President Kennedy. See Tom Mangold, Cold Warrior, p. 78: Golitsyn was appeased by dinner with the ex-CIA director Allen Dulles.

Anthony Cave Brown, Treason in the Blood, p. 558: (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994), pp. 558.

"During 1962, as Oswald was preparing to go home, WE chief Eric Timm was becoming very concerned about Angleton’s conduct, and stated openly that he was going to try to have Angleton taken off the counter-intelligence desk…shortly after Timm made these statements, he died in his sleep."

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