Establishing Psychological Warfare HQ in Lebanon for Northern Near East – 1943


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This CIA declassified document was recovered from the internet archive. It was declassified in 2004.

This document is from:


Chief of Geographic Section – Gordon Loud  1/9/43

Project Officer – W. T. M. (Wilson Thomas Moore) Beale – 1/9/42

Director, SI and/or Assistant Director, SI – David K.E. Bruce – 1/9/43

Director OSS,  Donavan – 1/14/43


It lists its objectives as:

“…establish in Lebanon a supervisory agent for psychological warfare activities throughout the northern Near east. The supervisor himself will be able to serve as an agent in Syria, Iran and possibly Russia”

“The agent himself will establish himself in Syria and Lebanon to continue the historical research which has already resulted in a number of books. Consistent with his cover, he will have free mobility and can supervise the activities of agents throughout northern Near East.”

“To secure information regarding the attitudes of the peoples of the area toward the Allied cause, with a view to formulating further plans for the proper development of psychological warfare.”


It lists as resources:

“1. Personnel. The agent is a well known American author of numerous books on the historical background of Near Eastern peoples and events. He is just over fifty years of age and has spent twelve or thirteen years travelling and studying in the Near East and in Poland and Russia, Several of his works have been translated into Turkish and Russian, and he occupies a position of respect in the minds of many people in those and other countries of the Near East.”   [I wonder who this is?]


There is an interesting line on page 5 of the PDF that I made, that reads as follows:

“2. Because the agent’s operations are to be purely S.I. (Special Intelligence), it will not be necessary to secure the approval of the British.


I think that’s fascinating, because it so clearly illustrates the actual COMMAND LINE of World War II.


Document details

DATE: January 9, 1943

CIA #32713

NAMES mentioned:

  • David K.E. Bruce – Director or Chief of the OSS SI (Special Intelligence) division 1942.
  • Wilson Thomas Moore Beale – Project Officer, 1943. “Doctor” Wilson Thomas Moore, of Philadelphia, attended Princeton in 1899. [Ref: Princeton University Catalogue By Princeton University] *see below picture section
  • Colonel Donovan – Director OSS
  • Gordon Loud  – Chief of Geographic Section – 1/9/43


Images and People


David K.E. Bruce

                                Dr. Wilson T.M. Beale
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The Princeton Alumni Weekly Volume 40, issue November 10, 1939 mentioned that Dr. Wilson TM. Beale was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer September 27, 1939.


A check of the Inquirer archives revealed that to indeed be the case.

Text of article, September 27, 1939:

Clergyman. Former Moderator of the Synod of Pennsylvania. Born in Baltimore Maryland. He was graduated from Princeton University and from Princeton Theological Seminary in the class of 1902, of which he is life president. He is chaplain of the Grand Lodge of the Masons of Pennsylvania and trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been pastor of Oak Land Presbyterian Church since September, 1923.


Images and PDF files


For those who don’t know – OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and when that is done on images, it makes it so you can search the images for certain words or phrases that you are looking for.

Here is an OCR’d PDF file of all the pages of this document.

Establishing Psychological Warfare HQ in Lebanon for Northern Near East


Following are the individual images of the document, for those who prefer to look at them that way.

(click to enlarge)

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