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An apparent success in 1964 election – but at what cost?

Before Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project, became station chief in Santiago in the late 1960s, the agency had been involved in other efforts to influence the outcome of Chile’s elections. The first chapter of Kristian Gustafson’s 2007 book, Hostile Intent: U.S. Covert Operations in Chile, 1964-1974, focuses on the CIA’s … Continue reading An apparent success in 1964 election – but at what cost?

Departing Santiago

Here’s a quick moment on the timeline of Henry Hecksher’s life. In Kristian Gustafson’s Hostile Intent, the opening chronology has one mention of the Santiago Station chief, though we’re certain to find plenty more as we delve into the book. November 1970: Raymond Warren replaces Henry Hecksher as COS in Santiago. This is a month … Continue reading Departing Santiago

The art historian and the spy: the diverging and convering paths of the Heckscher brothers

Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project, and his brother William S. Heckscher took somewhat different paths out of Germany, and their professional lives took very different courses. They even spelled their last names differently. And yet they always seemed to end up in the same place: Princeton, New Jersey. A … Continue reading The art historian and the spy: the diverging and convering paths of the Heckscher brothers

A return to America

By this time already working for the US intelligence service, Henry Hecksher arrived by ship in New York on March 14, 1948. He was one of 26 American citizens travelling in first class from Amsterdam on the SS Nieuw Amsterdam, the storied ocean liner operated by Holland America Line. At this point, we already know … Continue reading A return to America

A lodger in New York

In 1940, census takers find Henry Hecksher, already using his assumed name, as a lodger in an apartment in New York. The 29-year-old future CIA officer was living in the New University Court Apartments in Manhattan, staying with 70-year-old widow Emily Wilson, her son and another lodger from Norway. The census date of record was … Continue reading A lodger in New York

A journey to America

United States Lines’ SS American Banker left London, England, on March 10, 1939, with 20 foreign passengers on board, according to a manifest provided to US immigration authorities. Among them was Heinrich Gustav Adolf Detlev Heckscher, who would later be known as Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project. The 28 … Continue reading A journey to America

Immigration record shows our protagonist’s prior name

On September 8, 1939, Henry Hecksher walked into the US District Court at Trenton, New Jersey, and declared his intention to become a US citizen. But he was not yet Henry Hecksher — at least not officially. He even spelled his surname differently than we know it now. Through this document, we learn our protagonist’s … Continue reading Immigration record shows our protagonist’s prior name

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