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Pseudonym: Swirk, Gordon

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Definition:
Gordon P. Swirk was probably a pseudonym for Stephen G. Chaconas.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A memo from John Flynn on September 2, 1965, stated that Stephen G. Chaconas was the case officer of Luis Conte Aguero (AMCORE-2). The memo mentioned that "the Case Officer persuaded Subject to give him a copy of the Imbert resignation (attached herewith with photos and newspaper clippings) and told Subject that the Case Officer would send these by messenger to the White House and would inform the President that Subject has a proposal to convey to the President from Imbert." In addition, the memo stated that "Subject finally agreed that he would coordinate with the present Case Officer in Washington prior to any discussions with newspaper people here or with Government people and that he would report on meetings to the Case Officer."

A dispatch on September 29, 1965, stated that "during his last visit to ZRMETAL (Washington, D.C.), AMCORE-2 gave Gordon P. Swirk the draft of manuscript covering his activities in the Dominican Republic with the request that it be considered for publication. The draft was passed to the Dominican desk for review and the desk recommended against any action on the work." The Originating Officer for this dispatch was S.G. Chaconas. Therefore, Stephen Chaconas was probably Gordon P. Swirk.

A cable from Mexico City in February of 1967 stated "understand from Gordon P. Swirk that Puerto Barrios port captain is Greek leftist who might be natural contact for Umphlett (Petros Moutses)."

There is a possibility that Chaconas may also have been E. I. Harrison. The Originating Officer for a dispatch in October of 1965 was cited as "E. Harrison, WH/C/CA/PP (Chaconas)." Moreover, Harrison and Chaconas were joint Originating Officers for a cable in March, 1966.
Sources:

104-10166-10112: MEETING WITH LUIS CONTE AGNERO.

09/02/65: Memo from John T. Flynn, ADC/WH/C to Chief, WH Division: Subject: Meeting with Luis Conte Aguero; Date: 2 September 1965; Case Officer: Stephen G. Chaconas: "1. A three hour meeting was held with Subject this morning. The purpose of the meeting was to impress upon Subject the need to follow KUBARK (CIA) direction concerning the aftermath of recent developments in the Dominican Republic...4. The Case Officer persuaded Subject to give him a copy of the Imbert resignation (attached herewith with photos and newspaper clippings) and told Subject that the Case Officer would send these by messenger to the White House and would inform the President that Subject has a proposal to convey to the President from Imbert. The Case Officer impressed upon Subject that it was not at all likely a meeting could be arranged with the President...6. The Case Officer berated Subject, who responded good naturedly, on his uncoordinated and unilateral action as outlined above and told Subject that he was only hurting his position with KUBARK, particularly if it became known among newspapermen that he was a KUBARK agent. Subject said he was sure this would not become known and he could handle this aspect of the problem. Subject also said that if his Case Officer in Miami was unhappy about his behavior, Subject was willing to resign...7. Subject finally agreed that he would coordinate with the present Case Officer in Washington prior to any discussions with newspaper people here or with Government people and that he would report on meetings to the Case Officer. 8. Stevenson has been informed by WH/C that he is to tell Subject (if a meeting takes place) that Subject is to contact his Case Officer in Washington. Another meeting is scheduled with Subject before his departure for Miami...The Present Case Officer has impressed upon Subject the lack of wisdom in his present behaviour, the danger of blowing himself and the consequences that would follow..."

104-10166-10113: AMCORE-2 ENTIRELY COOPERATIVE, AMENABLE TO FOLLOWING DIRECTION OF HIS CASE OFFICER, AND RETURNING TO WAVE.

09/03/65: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: S. Chaconas, WH/C/CA/PP): CITE DIR 40479: TYPIC AMCORE: REF: WAVE 5465 (IN 43921): "1. After several meetings between AMCORE-2 (Luis Conte Aguero) and IDEN, former dropped all efforts contact highest officials U.S. Govt, and agreed board plane for return WAVE 3 Sept. A-2 driven to airport and awaiting passage stand-by basis. A-2 entirely cooperative and amenable to following direction from his case officer WAVE. 2. IDEN promised A-2 that 'unusual expenses' incurred his trips SDOM and Washington will be covered by WAVE. Suggest WAVE take this up with A-2 first opportunity. 3. HQs also looking into possibility appropriate letter of commendation to A-2 letter only to be shown A-2 and then placed into his file for record. This should appease his appetite for recognition work SDOM. *Re A-2's plan get interview with McGeorge Bundy, etc." - - - Page 3: CITE DIR 40480: REF: DIR 40479: "IDEN is Mr. Stephen G. Chaconas."

104-10166-10108: DRAFT OF AMCORE-2 PAMPHLET.

09/29/65: Dispatch from Chief, WH Division to COS, JMWAVE: "During his last visit to ZRMETAL (Washington, D.C.), AMCORE-2 (Luis Conte Aguero) gave Gordon P. Swirk the draft of manuscript covering his activities in the Dominican Republic with the request that it be considered for publication. The draft was passed to the Dominican desk for review and the desk recommended against any action on the work. Accordingly, Headquarters is forwarding it under separate cover to Station JMWAVE with the request that the Station return the draft to AMCORE-2. Kindly advise AMCORE-2 that it would be better if he made no effort on his own to have the draft published. At some later date the draft may be reconsidered for publication." Originating Officer: S.G. Chaconas, WH/C/CA/PP. Coordinating Officers: (Signature), DC/WH/C/MO. (Signature), C/WH/C/MO. (Signature), DCWHD/C. Releasing Officer: Unintelligible, C/WHD.

104-10244-10006: DISPATCH: LETTER OF COMMENDATION- DR. LUIS CONTE AGUERO

10/07/65: Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to COS, JMWAVE: "It is requested that the attached letter of commendation be shown to Subject and then placed in Station files for permanent retention. A copy of this letter will be retained by Headquarters in Subject's official personnel folder. Ernest A. Lusby (probably William V. Broe)." Originating Officer: E. Harrison, WH/C/CA/PP (Chaconas). Coordinating Officer: D. Ronis, DC/WH/C/CA. Releasing Officer: (Signature), C/WHD.

104-10234-10024: HQS CONTACT WITH AMBIDDY-1 CONTINUES THROUGH JAMES D. ZABOTH.

03/08/66: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: Stephen G. Chaconas, C/WH/C/CA/PP): Slugline TYPIC MHSPAWN AMBIDDY AMLASH: "1. HQs contact with AMBIDDY-1 (Manuel Artime Buesa) continues through James D. Zaboth (probably Carl Jenkins). Guidance re AMLASH (Rolando Cubela Secades) case being passed AMBIDDY-1. He advised not make additional public statements on AMLASH case without prior HQs consultation. Zaboth feels AMBIDDY-1 willing cooperate. 2. FYI: AMBIDDY-1 told Zaboth 5 March he may move self and family MANA next few months. Since Zaboth will arrive PCS MANA around April '66 he will continue his contact with AMBIDDY-1 there. Meantime alternate contact AMBIDDY-1 and HQs being established." Releasing Officer: William V. Broe, C/WHD. Coordinating Officers: Chaconas for WH/C/CA. B. Mills, WH/C/MO. Mr. Terrell by phone, WH/2. Mr. Williamson in draft, WH/C/FI. Authenticating Officer: John T. Flynn, A/DCWHD/C.

104-10234-10122: CABLE RE: RECENT REFUGEE INDICATE NUMEROUS ARRESTS MEDICAL DOCTORS

03/25/66: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: S. Chaconas/E. I. Harrison, WH/C/CA/PP): Slugline TYPIC MHSPAWN: "1. Recent refugee reports indicate numerous arrests medical doctors stemming in part from AMLASH-1 (Rolando Cubela Secades) plot. View deplorable situation in hospitals and lower health standards generally due shortage of doctors, further reduction in their ranks has considerable prop potential...3 Draw parallel arrests Cuban doctors to infamous 1953 'doctor's plot' in Russia under Stalin..." Releasing Officer: William V. Broe, C/WH. Coordinating Officers: D. Ronis, WH/C/CA. B. Mills, WH/C/MO. Authenticating Officer: John T. Flynn, ADCWHD/C.

104-10175-10025: LIRING-3

02/15/67: Cable from Mexico City to Director, Guatemala City: Slugline KAPOK PBRUMEN AMILL: ..."3. Understand from Gordon P. Swirk that Puerto Barrios port captain is Greek leftist who might be natural contact for Umphlett (Petros Moutses). PLS confirm and forward IDEN this person for final briefing Umphlett prior departure. Also request any other leads Umphlett might be able exploit while in GUAT..."

104-10218-10009: [RESTRICTED]

05/08/67 (typed 12 May 1967): Memo for the record from Lee E. Patton, AC/WH/6: SUBJECT: Contact Report, 8 May 1967: PARTICIPANTS: Edward G. Tichborn, Stephen Chaconas, and Lee E. Patton: PLACE: Shoreham Hotel, 1230-1500 Hours: "1. Preliminary meeting was in the hotel room but the bulk of the discussion took place during lunch and afterwards. The gist of the discussion with Tichborn (Henry Preston Lopez) was as follows...d. Chaconas asked Tichborn how well he knew Carlos Fuentes (for possible BGBERET targeting). Tichborn replied that he knew him very well and that he felt he could approach him directly if he had a reason for being in Paris (vacation, for example) or wherever Fuentes is now living..."

104-10175-10184: MFR HEADQUARTERS BRIEFING FOR MEXICO CITY DELEGATION

Undated: Memo for the record: Subject: Headquarters Briefing for Representatives of the Mexico City American Chamber of Commerce: ..."3. The meeting convened at 1:45 p.m. and terminated three hours later. Introductory remarks to the group were made by IDEN A who also introduced the speaker, IDEN B. The other participant was IDEN C of WH/1. IDEN B gave a general and lucid exposition on Cuban communist activities in Latin America and on the Soviet presence in Mexico..." - - - Page 4: "IDENTITIES: IDEN A - Mr. W. J. Kaufman. IDEN B - Mr. Thomas J. Flores. IDEN C - Mr. Stephen G. Chaconas."

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtonpost/name/stephen-chaconas-obituary?id=5511501

07/30/2004: Obituary of Stephen George Chaconas published in The Washington Post: "CHACONAS, STEPHEN GEORGE: A lifelong resident of Washington, DC, Mr. Chaconas died quietly in his Northwest home, July 26, 2004, at the age of 92. He was born in Washington, DC, March 27, 1912, of Greek immigrant parents, George and Anastasia. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters, Peter, Ruth and Angie. He graduated from Central High School in 1932, graduating from George Washington University in 1936 and earning a Masters Degree from Chicago University in 1937. He received a doctorate in History from Columbia University in 1941. He taught Social Studies and History in New York before returning to Washington, DC to pursue a career in government. He spent 35 years with the CIA, accepting postings to Greece, Morocco, Guatemala and other locations. A book he wrote went into two printings; he reveled in outside activities, especially walking and running. He enjoyed nearly 35 years of retirement. He was married to the former Ann Gromley, who preceded him in death. He is survived by three children, Penelope, George and Gregory; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials will be with immediate family."

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