Barnes, Bart. "Lucien E. Conein Dies at 79: Fabled Agent for OSS and CIA." Washington Post, 6 Jun. 1998, B6. []

"Lucien E. Conein, 79, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and covert intelligence agent whose career ranged from landing by aircraft in Nazi-occupied France during World War II to participation in the coup d'etat that brought down South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963, died June 3 at Suburban Hospital....

"Col. Conein's career also included orchestrating the infiltration of spies and saboteurs into Eastern Europe after World War II, training paramilitary forces in Iran and a secret mission to organize anti-communist guerrillas in North Vietnam after the country was partitioned following the French defeat in Indochina in 1954. He retired from the military and CIA in 1968 but later joined the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he directed an intelligence-gathering and operations unit until his civilian retirement in 1984."

Conein became "the stuff of legend and romance in the intelligence community. Author David Halberstam, writing in 'The Best and the Brightest,' described him as 'someone sprung to life from a pulp adventure.' Stanley Karnow, in 'Vietnam: A History,' said he was an 'eccentric, boisterous, often uncontrollable yet deeply sensitive and thoroughly professional agent.' Henry Cabot Lodge, President John F. Kennedy's ambassador to South Vietnam, called him 'the indispensable man' and a vital liaison between the U.S. Embassy and the South Vietnamese generals who plotted the overthrow and subsequent assassination of Diem in 1963....

"Col. Conein's decorations included a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, a Bronze Star and the CIA's Intelligence Star."

Clark comment: I cannot allow the passing of Conein without noting that whether his stories were true or not is immaterial; they should have been.

[CIA/C&C/DO; WWII/OSS/Individuals]]

Barnes, Bart. "Two Countries, Two Lives: Soviet Defector Helped CIA Understand KGB." Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2004, A1. []

KGB Lt Col. Yuri Aleskandrovich Rastvorov, who had lived life as Martin F. Simons since his defection in Tokyo in 1954, died on 19 January 2004. "After his defection, Simons settled in the Washington area and continued working for the CIA in a variety of consulting and advisory jobs."


Barnes, Harry Elmer. Pearl Harbor after a Quarter of a Century. New York: Arno, 1972.

"On Barnes and his conspiracy theories see Richard T. Ruetten, 'Harry Elmer Barnes and the Historical Blackout,' The Historian 33, no. 2 (Feb. 1971): 202-214." Zimmerman, I&NS 127.2/fn.8.


Barnes, James A. "Big Chill: The White House and the FBI." National Journal, 12 Apr. 1997, 720.

ProQuest: "White House officials are now accepting significant responsibility for failing to make sure that an FBI warning about Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 election reached Pres[ident] Clinton. FBI director Louis Freeh has considered resigning, in part to improve the agency's ties with the White House."


Barnes, James J., and Patience P.Barnes. Nazi Refugee Turned Gestapo Spy: The Life of Hans Wesemann, 1895-1971. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001.

From publisher: "Why would a journalist who was an ardent socialist and an anti-Nazi during the waning years of the Weimer Republic decide to go to work for the Gestapo abroad? Hans Wesemann, a veteran of World War I and a successful journalist, fled his native Germany in 1933 after writing a number of anti-Nazi articles. Once in Britain, he found life difficult and dull, and thus, for a number of reasons, agreed to furnish the German Embassy in London with information about other refugees. Inevitably, Wesemann became ensnared in his own treachery and suffered the consequences."


Barnes, Joseph. "Fighting with Information: OWI Overseas." Public Opinion Quarterly 7 (1943): 34-45. [Winkler]


Barnes, Julian E., and Adam Entous. "Yemen Covert Role Pushed: Foiled Bomb Plot Heightens Talk of Putting Elite U.S. Squads in CIA Hands." Wall Street Journal, 1 Nov. 2010. []

The bombing plot by suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen "has added urgency" to an administration review of "military options that include putting elite U.S. hunter-killer teams that operate secretly in the country under [CIA] authority. Officials said support was growing both within the military and the administration for shifting more operational control to the CIA." Allowing U.S. Special Operations "units to operate under the CIA would give the U.S. greater leeway to strike at militants ... without the explicit blessing of the Yemeni government." The White House is also "considering adding armed CIA drones to the arsenal against militants in Yemen"

[CIA/2010; Terrorism/2010]

Barnes, Trevor.

1. "Democratic Deception: American Covert Operations in Post-War Europe." In Deception Operations: Studies in the East-West Context, eds. David A. Charters and Maurice A.J. Tugwell, 297-323. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1990.

This chapter covers "political deception in Italy between 1948 and 1958, the work of the 'Anti-Cominform,' and the establishment of American broadcasting stations designed to reach audiences beyond the 'Iron Curtain.'" (p. 300)

2. "The Secret Cold War: The C.I.A. and American Foreign Policy in Europe, 1946-1956." Part I, Historical Journal 24, no 2 (Jun. 1981): 399- 415. Part II, Historical Journal 25, no. 3 (Sep. 1982): 649-670.

Petersen calls this a "groundbreaking essay."

[CA/Eur; CIA/40s][c]

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