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Declassified CIA file - Review of KIBITZ-15 net (19 January 1953)

Declassified CIA file - Review of KIBITZ-15 net (19 January 1953)

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VIA:
DISPA ,
NO.
SPECIFY AlFt OR SEA POOCH)
Secret-Security Informatio
CLASSIFICATION
TO
:
FROM
Chief of Mission, FrankSurt
DATE:
19 January 1953
SUBJECT:
GENERAL-SPECIFIC-
OPERAT.TOMAL
Review of KIBITZ-15 Net
I.
GENERAL
In accordance with your request, a review of the operations of theKIBITZ-15 net is
herewith
forwarded for your consideration. The reviewwas based on a
thorough
study of available files, answers to writtenquestions which were submitted by the reviewer to both the case officersand the chief agent, special reports prepared by the chief agent forthe review, and a thorouji interrogation of the chief. agent and hisdeputy by a polygraph examiner. The special written reports and writtenanswers to questions were considered necessary as both the German andEnglish files are inadequate--detailed contact reports do not exist. The'reviewer briefed the polygraph examiner in detail and provided him witha set of written questions for the interview with the chief agent. Thesix-hour interrogation of KIBITZ-15 by the examiner was monitored by thereviewer at the time of the interrogation.
II.
EXTENT AND PURPOSE OF PROJECT
a.
The KIBITZ-15 operation encompasses the development and establish-ment in Western Germany of a stay-behind organization consisting oftrained 11/T operators, agents, cut-outs, and informants who could beactivated in the event of hostilities. The component parts of theorganization
are to
consist of separate teams including a V/Toperator and other agents trained to report on conditiOns in enemyterritory. The agents are to be serviced by communiCations equipmentand other incidental supplies
Which
are to be cached.
b.
EIBITZ-15 was originally contacted by
1
:17
-71 in August,
1950.
C
Is
contact was a follow-up to a letter
written by KIBITZ-15
in'
May, 1950, to
High Commissioner, kcCloy. In this letter, KIBITZ-15stated that he represented the interests of a group of
.
former Reichswehrofficers and offered to put his and his friends
!
services at the dis-
ecret- Securit
y
Information
CLASSIFICATION
On% 51-28 A
NAZI WAR CRIMES DISCLOSURE
ACT
EXEMPTIONS Section 3(b)
(2)(A) Privacy
(2)(B) Methods/Sources'
(2)(G) Foreign Relations CI
Declassified and Approved
for
Release
by the Central Intelligence
Agency
Date:
c„.
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Secret - Security Information
2 -
posal of the Americans. After several meetings,
c:
1 suggested to
KIBITZ
,
a5 the establishment of a stay-behind organization. KIBITZ-15did not like this idea in the beginning, and made it quite clearfrom the start that he and his friends were not suited for agent-type activities and that there will never be an organized or effed-tive resistance movement in Germany. He requested guarantees thathe would always be free to take his place in a West German army orGerman contingents of the European army and suggested that we use ourinfluence to get him an appropriate position in the German army as areward for his services. He finally reluctantly agreed to set upVIT teams as suggested by us with the Understanding that he wouldbe in charge of organizing and controlling the net; he agreed to workwith us but not for us.
c,
was the case officer for this project from An
c.
r-
1950. until March, 1952, when the
p
rolect was turned over to. In December, 1952, .i
:
1, was hospitalized and at the
present time
i
t
:lis the case officer.
d.
EIBITZ-15 contacted a
p
proximately five hundred persons in WesternGermany to recruit members for his net. Of these five hundred, onehundred twenty-five were asked to participate in the stay-behindorganization. These one hundred twenty-five were asked to take partin an organization which is ready to defend Western culture againstBelshevism. They were further told that this organization
is
led andtrained by German officers who work closely with American authori-ties. The recruits were informed that they =old receive trainingand would be expected to report on certain activities when and ifGermany should be overrun by the Soviets.
e.
Twelve two-man teams and one singleton team have now been set up.
All
teams have one W/T operator trained
by
KUBARK communications personnel.The training of only two of the WIT operators has been completed.In the other cases, the degree of training varies from assessment forWIT training to three-quarter completion of theWITtraining course.In addition, the teams have received so-called tactical training fromKIBITZ-15. According to KIBITZ-15, tactical training meana training -in methodology of report writing and certain instructions about tacti-
cal
movements of troups. In addition to the twenty-five members
who
have been assigned to teams, the net has thirty-eight active agentswho could be made available for WIT training if and when they receivea security clearance.
f.
With the exception of the chief agent, all other agents carry out theirassigned duties on a voluntary part-time basis. The chief agent getsa salary of DM 1,000.00 per month plus reimbursement for expensesincurred in running the net. Other agents are only paid while they
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receive W/T training. The average monthly expenditure for this pro-ject amounts to a
p
proximately IC 4,000.00.
III.
SECURITY OF THE OPERATION
a. KIBITZ-15 has net ten KUBARK staff officers under assumed names. They
are:
(1)
C
.
(6)
L:
(2)
C=
27
(7)
1-
(3)
a
(8)
(Li)
-7
(9)
1-
()
11:
(10) Gordon M. Stewart
It is believed, however, that KT7077-1.5 does know
t=
-2
bY
his right nmae,
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'
7
-15
 
met
L: -Is
family when he visited than
for a dinner at (1,
COG apartment. KIBITZ-15 met Gordon
Stewart and L.-
-I
nly once.
b.
The case officers presented themselves as U.S. government officialsunder direct control of1Vashington and connected with military Olanningfor NATO and the European army. The last interrogation indicated,however, that 1IBITZ-15 knows that he is working for KUBARK.
c.
KIBITZ-15 knows a total of nine safe houses of which six are nolonger in use. All these safe houses are U.S. requisitioned
p
roper-
ties.
TWO
of the original safe houses are also known to other KIBITZagents who are not connected tith the KIBITZ-15 net. The house atUntersch8ndorf, Bavaria, which we used until September, 1952, wasoriginally used
by
CIC and later
by
C.-
a
as a billet.
C:
is now a member of Pullach.
d.
The interrogation revealed that most members of the net are in posses-sion of weapons. These weapons were not issued
by us.
KIBITZ-15 statesthat he possesses five or six pistols and one sub-machine gun. Whenasked to comment on this aspect in writing, he refused to do sostating that he could not possibly ask the members of the net details
about the wea
p
ons which they might have. KIBITZ-15 was issued fourTR-1 radio sets. These are camouflaged in gasoline cans and threeof them have been issued to members of the net.
e.
The submission by KIBITZ-15 of names and samples of writing to agraphological institute and to three private German investigationbureaus for investigation and assessment of his personnel is considered
Secret -
,FitToP4$:
.4tret -Security Information

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