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Cryptonym: KOBIRD

Definition:
The CIA's East Asia Division.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

National Archives Research Aid: Cryptonyms and Terms in Declassified CIA Files Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Disclosure Acts

An official list of cryptonyms, pseudonyms, and related terms states KOBIRD is the CIA's East Asia Division. https://www.archives.gov/files/iwg/declassified-records/rg-263-cia-records/second-release-lexicon.pdf

104-10217-10202: KOBIRD

10/7/63 cable from Paris to Director, slugline KOBIRD LCHARVEST REDACTED: "Station carding 1956 memo (not available) cites Richard Thomas Gibson same DPOB as cable desk editor English language service Agence France Presse. No derog indicated. No trace wife. Okay pass."

104-10111-10013: CABLE RE ((DELETION)) BLOWN AND A RSWELL, TRONSKY, DANBRUNT UNDER DETENTION

9/15/60 memo from Havana to Director, slugline LCHARVEST KOBIRD: "STESCALADE blown and Carswell, Tronsky and Dandbrunt under detention."

104-10015-10033: CABLE REQUESTED CONTACT

11/20/63 memo from Berlin to Director, slugline LCHARVEST HIWAY KOBIRD. Terse message, some redaction, what is most interesting is indication that a BERLIN file from 11/8/63 is missing, and that both the 11/8/63 file and this 11/20/63 file appears to involve the 201-289248 bio file of Lee Harvey Oswald.

CIA Library Reading Room SEEBODE, WALDEMAR VOL. 2_0031

The document reviews operational details and objectives stating that "In 1968 an attempt was made to expand CAHELM's activity beyond the KOBIRD area..." https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/SEEBODE%2C%20WALDEMAR%20%20%20VOL.%202_0031.pdf

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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