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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-15-10 03:33 PM
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16. Joan Mellen detailed Oswald's post-USSR non-debriefing briefing.
The author finds it important to note the facts show Oswald was "debriefed" upon return from USSR. Debriefing by CIA would indicate Oswald was a member of the U.S. intelligence community.

Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?

Joan Mellen


Further corroboration that the CIA Soviet Russia Division, Soviet Realities, SR6, in the person of Eleanor Reed, debriefed false defectors, is contained in a document I have just discovered and that CIA released "as sanitized" in 1998. The document resides in Robert Webster's file, is dated 17 August 1962, and is telling for several reasons; the cases of Oswald and Webster are so similar that we can await, with some expectation, that the parallel document of Oswald's debriefing by Reed (with perhaps her frequent debriefing partner Rudy ("Valentino") Balaban), may well surface. This document demonstrates beyond doubt Reed ("Anderson") was an SR6 debriefer; I copy it here in full ed. note: see 104-10182-10074:
    TO: Eleanor Reed
    FROM: (03) IR/CR
    SUBJECT: Appraisal of Interrogation

    1. The eagerness of the subject to help and his repeated expressions of regret for having neglected opportunities for more detailed observations left me with mixed reactions. In my opinion this attitude detracted from his otherwise seemingly genuine manner and at least for me it watered down his attempt to generate a repentant impression.

    2. The subject readily answered questions and was extremely friendly during both periods of interrogation. Plottings and data, however, by the subject on a blank town plan left him for homework later proved disoriented. . The subject discovered his error during our second meeting and volunteered corrections.

    3. As far as substantive intelligence gained is concerned, the interrogation provided data on a plant previously described as possibly in the electronics business as a probable radar storage and repair area. A hitherto unknown naval installation was also identified and located in an area other than the one previously assumed.

    4. It can be said that if the subjects bona fides are definitely established, positive intelligence gathered from him is of real value.

    GROUP 1
    Excluded from automatic downgrading and declassification.
Sometimes Soviet Russia Counter Intelligence was called in at the briefings. So the mystery of Oswald in the Soviet Union unravels. The above trajectory offers further evidence that Oswald was a creature of the CIA, worked for the CIA, and, quite understandably, was debriefed by them upon his return.

Additional evidence that CIA debriefed Oswald after his return from the Soviet Union resides in the unredacted version CIA document 435-173A, dated 25 November 1963, by the same Thomas B. Casasin.

This document is familiar because we have long had a redacted version of Casasins 25 November 1963 memo to Walter P. Haltigan, whom Casasin subsequently revealed to be one Jim Flint. Flint was part of SR9, the operations part of the Soviet Division and was Casasins normal contact in Paris where Casasin arrived in September 1962.


I can certainly see why certain people would consider that a "dirty little rumor" and work so diligently to bury it.
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