CIA Fitness Reports
The Central Intelligence Agency used fitness reports to monitor employee job performance, consideration for advancement, and for proper utilization of intelligence employees. Nearly all reports refer to the period of 1963-1964.
Report 1: Anne L. Goodpasture
She assisted the Agency's Chief of Mexico City station Winston Scott in various important surveillance operations. Goodpasture was among those who handled the original Cuban and Soviet Embassy tapes allegedly containing calls from Lee Harvey Oswald. She also was among those responsible for the mishandling of the Mexico City Man photographs responsible for feeding public claims that Oswald was impersonated. Goodpasture faced questioning regarding the matter multiple times and was of little help in deciphering the issue. No tape of Oswald has ever been produced for public review, according to some internal Agency files these tapes were prior destroyed.
Report 2: Everett Howard Hunt
The Agency employed Hunt to serve as an Intelligence Officer in 1949. Hunt transfers to Mexico City in 1950 and later to Washington, he became a Directorate for Plans Operations Officers in 1953. By 1957, Hunt was at Uruguay station and returned to serve at Agency headquarters in 1960. Except for just over a year he spent as a Contract Employee in Madrid, Hunt serves for most of his remaining career in Washington D.C. He retired in 1970 and subsequently worked for the Nixon administration.
Report 3: George E. Joannides
A figure noted first as merely a CIA Office of Legal Counsel Liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He was involved in the procurement of and denial of information sought by investigators. Evidence subsequently revealed Joannides to have been a prior Case officer for the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE, Student Revolutionary Directorate). This organization was an international CIA funded anti-Castro exile group with offices in Miami and New Orleans. In 1962 Joannides served as "Deputy Chief of Branch handling (in absence of Chief) all aspects political action and psychological warfare and supervising...case officers and clerical personnel...Case Officer for student project involving political action, propaganda, intelligence collection, and hemisphere-wide apparatus." He also managed a teacher's organization engaged in hemisphere wide radio and media propaganda. Joannides also "maintains contacts with key elements of veteran's type organization as a developmental project."
Report 4: Thomas J. Keenan
He served as case officer to noted surveillance efforts associated with the Agency's Mexico City station. Keenan undertook "Field support for a sensitive continuing provocation operation targeted against the Cuban Government."He received aid from Agency employee Anne Goodpasture to undertake covert intelligence collections. Keenan further undertook "Field support for a sensitive continuing provocation operation targeted against the Cuban Government." He was the alternate case officer for multiple projects and in at least one instance was alternate case officer to Mexico City Chief of station Winston Scott.
Report 5: David Atlee Phillips
David Atlee Phillips first was a Contract Agent for the Agency within Chile. In 1954 as a Contract Employee, he participated in the Agency overthrow of Guatemala during Operation PBSUCCESS. Phillips served as a Contract Employee, a Staff Employee, a Staff Agent, and in 1959, he was a covert agent within Cuba. During 1961, he moved to the Agency's Mexico City station and became its Covert Action Chief in March of 1963. Phillips receives a promotion to supervise the station's Cuban foreign intelligence and covert activities in October of 1963.
Report 6: Joseph Stefan Piccolo
Piccolo's initial position was file clerk at CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C. during 1957. In 1960, Agency superiors grant Piccolo cover status to conceal his government affiliations. He participated in the Agency's mail interception Project HTLINGIUAL and the U.S. Air Force's 113th Tactical Wing in 1962. In 1964, he joined the Agency Junior Officer Training Corps. Piccolo became a Case Officer and subsequently an Operations Officer in 1965 serving at the CIA's Mexico City station. Piccolo's uncle Joe Paradise was prior arrested for violating drug laws by the Bureau of Narcotics. Officials discover Joe Paradise's body with a letter from Piccolo.
Report 7: Harold Francis Swenson
Swenson was responsible for supervising the Agency Headquarters Counterintelligence Staff in 1964. By 1965 he assumed State Department cover and served the Agency for twenty years in various assignments. Spotting, recruitment, and handling of Cuban agents were among his specific duties.
Report 8: Boris Dmitri Tarasoff
He was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States and subsequently became a citizen. Tarasoff aided in transcribing and translating some Agency surveillance traffic from the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. He was associated with questionable evidence officials used to allege Lee Harvey Oswald appeared at the Soviet and Cuban Embassy compounds. Additionally, the CIA employed Tarasoff's wife Anna at Mexico City station in a similar transcribing role.
Report 9: Lee H. Wigren
Wigren was first a Counterintelligence Staff employee in 1951. He later served in the Agency's Research Branch during the President's Commission investigation. In 1964, The Agency's Soviet Russia Division Chief directs Wigren to utilize the Counterintelligence Staff for composing and sending questions to the "commission for relay to the Soviet Government." The questions focused on multiple aspects of Lee Harvey Oswald and his time in Russia.
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Research by: C.A.A. Savastano