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Pseudonym: Whiting, Harold S.

Definition:
Frank G. Wisner, he was a lawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and a high ranking CIA official that led the Office of Policy Coordination in the nineteen forties, a media article reports he "masterminded the (Agency's) successful anti-Communist coup in Guatemala in 1954", and Wisner operated during the nineteen sixties under State Department cover.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Wisner had advocated for the use of foreign émigrés in future intelligence operations just months before his appointment to the Office of Policy Coordination. He would use German intelligence sources to assess the reasons for their defeat at the hands of the Soviets and sought to use former German agents to combat the expansion of Soviet Communism. The OPC increasing size and importance necessitated it to be incorporated within the Directorate of Plans under later CIA Director Walter Bedell Smith during the early nineteen fifties.
Sources:

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala

This State Department summary of US Foreign Relations between nineteen fifty-two and nineteen fifty-four recounts US operations conducted in Guatemala that include a reference to the pseudonym Harold S. Whiting. This pseudonym is identified in the later document under the Persons and Pseudonyms section as Frank Wisner.

FRANK GARDINER WISNER DEAD; FORMER TOP OFFICIAL OF C. I. A.

A New York Times article offers some detailed information about Frank Wisner that includes the statement he masterminded the CIA's successful coup against the Communist aligned government of Guatemala. https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP75-00001R000200520013-5.pdf

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano

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