Richard M. Bissell
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| Richard M. Bissell |
|Born||Richard Mervin Bissell Jr.|
September 18, 1909
|Died||February 7, 1994 (Age 84)|
Farmington, Connecticut, United States
|Member of||JFK/Assassination/Perpetrators, The Georgetown Set|
Not to be confused with Richard E. Bissell, of USAID.
Richard Mervin Bissell Jr. was a US spook.
Richard Bissell studied history at Yale University, and was tapped, but declined membership in Skull and Bones, although his brother William joined.
Frank Wisner persuaded him to join the Central Intelligence Agency. Bissel became a senior CIA officer responsible for major projects such as the U-2 spy plane and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. According to the Independent, Bissell was "the central covert operations man in the Central Intelligence Agency for the central period of the cold war":
- Not the most well-known nor the highest-ranking official, Bissell was the man who planned and gave the orders for such low points in American cold-war dirty tricks as the overthrow of Patrice Lumumba, the disastrous invasion of Cuba and the numerous (failed) attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.
Events Participated in
|Colloquium on Counterintelligence||24 April 1980||26 April 1980||Spooky 1980 Washington conference|
|Colloquium on Intelligence and Policy||9 November 1984||10 November 1984||A spooky conference in November 1984|
- ↑ Phillip Frazer, Obituary: Richard Bissell, Independent, 3 March 1994.