Hoover, Donovan and the USNR: White Russians As Spies In China


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

This document is titled White Russians, Activities in the Far East. It is from: J. Edgar Hoover  to: William Donovan

The first page of this document is actually an OSS interoffice memo, written by Charles Arthur Bane, to Whitney H. Shepardson, who had taken over from Robert K.E. Bruce as Director of Special Intelligence.

  • See document details section (below) for more on who Shepardson and Bane were.


As to what the Secretariat position is, if you look at CIA declassified document Planning Groups for Psychological Warfare Staff List (from some time  in 1943) it says:

Secretariat – acts as a clearing house for all projects, etc. which are submitted to the joint Chiefs of Staff* or on which JCS approval is unnecessary – acts as necessary clearance on matters between home office and field units.


*See The Arcadia Conference: Did you Know? for more information on the formation of the JCS, which actually began as a British suggestion/model at the Arcadia conference in January 1942.

Who is Charles Arthur Bane?

Charles_A._Bane_Univ_of_Chicago_1932University of Chicago in 1932


Charles Arthur Bane – 1935 Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University – he was on active duty with the United States Navy (U.S. Naval Reserves) as an intelligence officer with OSS, stationed in London, from July 1943 until February 1946 [Chief,Secretariat OSS,Washington,D.C. 1942-43, OSS Intelligence Officer,London,England July 1943-February 1946] –  Member of Isham, Lincoln & Beale [law firm in Chicago] (1953-1985); Senior Attorney of Lend Lease Administration (1942-1943); President of Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (1956-1958); Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Bar Record (1966-1968)


Charles Bane Springfield High School pics



His son, Charles Bane Jr. commented on Terry Ireland site, October 3, 2013

Charles Bane, Jr

Thu 3rd Oct 2013 17:08

Thank you for your service. My late father was stationed in London throughout the Second World War with the OSS, and the city’s bombing. He said his handprints were on every sidewalk of London. He asked me once if I understood how Britain survived the war, and when I was silent, said, “because the whole People are valiant.””


Valiant? I beg to differ with that as a flat statement. Some people yes, but the Slavemasters and their ilk? Not on your life.

Charles Bane was also the Regional Vice President for the Vets of OSS, back in the 1980’s before he died.


He also hobknobbed with the Mayor of the City of London in 1978 (that’s not a good thing – see my article on that).


And was an advisor to Kennedy –


At Oxford, Bane befriended fellow Rhodes Scholar and future novelist Robert Penn Warren. Bane later served on The Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 1937 and he earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1938.

Bane worked as an attorney for the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell from 1938 until 1942 and from 1946 until 1949. From 1942 until 1943, Bane was an attorney with the U.S. Office of Lend-Lease Administration prior to going on active duty with the United States Navy as an intelligence officer with OSS, stationed in London.


Document details

DATE: January 1, 1944

CIA #29548, there is another number on the left of J003949, plus what appears to be  J. Edgar Hoover file numbering system of O-151. Perhaps “O” stands for communications from Hoover to the OSS? I don’t know what the J# one is yet, anyone else does please let us know through the comment section of this page.

NAMES mentioned:

Charles Arthur Bane, Lt. (j . g. ), USNR
J. Edgar Hoover – Head of FBI
William Donovan – Head of OSS/COI
Whitney H. Shepardson – Head of OSS SI division


The recruiting of White Russians


What is a White Russian? Anti-Bolshevik, pro-absolute Monarchy (Albus Rex” -“White King”).

From document –

White Russians are widely scattered… By far the greater number of exiles found their way to the Far East where
in Manchuria and on the China seaboard they have eked out a precarious existence not far removed from destitution. (coolie conditions)

…in the Far East… they probably number close on 200,000 – and the proximity of their homeland, White Russians are in a position of political importance not attained elsewhere, It is because of this that the Japanese have sought to control and use them in their drive against Soviet and other foreign interests in East Asia. Rigid control of their press, intimidation and even assassination of their officials,
bribery and corruption of their loyalties have made White Russians in the Orient largely amenable to Japanese wishes. Japanese policy towards White Russian communities under their protection haa been a mixture of “kicks and ha’pence” and his poor economic status has made the Russian emigre, as elsewhere, peculiarly susceptible to the “ha’pence. It follows that his services as an agent can be cheaply bought by the Japanese authorities and for that reason it has always been necesaary to view him with considerable

…The R.F.U. (Russian Fascist Union) which is run on Nazi lines with the Swastika and the Russian Imperial Eagle as its emblem, propounds a programme in full harmony with the totalitarian principles of National Socialism. With Japanese backing, the Union is
controlled from its headquarters in Harbin by General K.V. Rodzaevsky, a White Russian political adventurer who does not shun the use of blackmail and intimidation for financing himself and his organization and who, with Japanese connivance, had honeycombed Manchuko with his White Russian agents. These agents find convenient cover along the railways and in important buildings in the country.


Konstantin Vladimirovich Rodzaevsky


…The activities of the R.F. U. in Japanese occupied territories are, however, subordinated to and controlled by tho Russian Emigrant’s Bureau in Manchuko and the Central Emigrants Committee in North China, the sole official medium of communication
between White Russians and the Japanese authorities in their respective areas. At the head of Manchuko Bureau is General Kislitsin, with Rodzaevsky as his deputy. Kislitsin is reported to be heavily subsidized by the Japanese and his speeches openly proclaim his hatred of the Soviet and his Axis sympathies.


Vladimir KislitsinKislitzin.

…The outbreak of hostilities between Germany and the U.S.S. R. did, however, produce a demonstration of Russian nationalism and patriotism among many of the emigres which was as surprising as it was annoying to the Japanese . On the other hand, there
were, as elsewhere , many White Russians who looked forward to the victory of German arms, and Russian fascists in Harbin congratulated the German Consul there while the R.F.U. declared the beginning of a new National Revolution in which it would take an active part. Doubtless at Japanese instigation, a declaration from 21 White Russian organizations was published in July, 1941, which stated that its signatories, as uncompromising enemies of Communism, looked to the Soviet-German war as the means of
freeing Russia from Bolshevik oppression, There were protests at this Declaration, even from former Czarist officers, and Colonel Thornovsky, in resigning from the Union of Russian Army and Navy Men which had signed the document, wrote, ”We cannot
rejoice over the deaths of millions of young men who with their blood defend Russian Soil, Under their Red Army tunic beats a heart no less Russian than ours. We send the defenders of our motherland our sincere wishes for complete victory. ”

…These White Russians in these countries who have continued, even after Germany’s attack on Russia, to entertain active pro- German sympathies are a mixture of anti-Communist fanatics and political opportunists who have willingly adopted a pro-German attitude, to be regarded as dangerous from a security point of view. Perhaps the only generalization involved regarding security considerations that can safely be made concerning White Russians is that each one of them must be considered on his individual record and against his political and security background.

-end text


Other Images and People


Whitney Shepardson


Taken from the condensed timeline of my series concerning the forerunner to the OSS, a secret society called The Room:

May 30, 1919 – End of World War I – Peace Treaty – Spymasters at work

One of the main attendees was Colonel E.M. House – Gordon Auchincloss’s boss, [see Cutting 1933 entry] the assistant handler of William Shepardson, the first of the Cecil Rhodes Scholars no less. This puts Shepardson as directly mixed up with the  whole Cecil Rhodes “British Empire Rules the World” chosen ones. Shepardson would later become head of the Special Intelligence branch of the OSS in 1943 and a director of the Council for Foreign Relations. Shepardson was also mixed up with the whole United Fruit front company for much of its atrocious “nationalist” put-downs of Latin countries such as Guatamala. Essentially this was the usual British plan of keeping them enslaved and as third world countries like they did with India, Africa, and China.

*See especially An Alternate History of Dianetics, the roaring 40′s: Charles Lindbergh for more background on Shepardson as well as Scientology Roots – Chapter  22. For more on the role of United Fruit in suppressing other countries into continual slavery see Scientology Roots – Chapter 18, and for more on Shepardson’s role in the OSS,  please see our CIA Document Library.

Shepardson, House, and Auchincloss were all “advisors” to President Wilson at the Peace Treaty conference in Europe at the end of World War I. This dividing of the spoils conference (for that is what it was) and determining which alliances to keep or discard, (not to mention preparation for the second World War already planned) was considered so important by the Slavemasters that one of the top Slavemasters themselves was there to meet up with the U.S. contingent and to oversee their decisions – Lord Robert Cecil.

The Council on Foreign Relations Handbook of 1936 stated: “On May 30, 1919, several leading members of the delegations to the Paris Peace Conference met at the Hotel Majestic in Paris to discuss setting up an international group which would advise their respective governments on international affairs. The U.S. was represented by Gen. Tasker H. Bliss (Chief of Staff, U.S. Army), Col. Edward M. House, Whitney H. Shepardson, Dr. James T. Shotwell, and Prof. Archibald Coolidge. Great Britain was unofficially represented by Lord Robert Cecil, Lionel Curtis, Lord Eustace Percy, and Harold Temperley.” The May 30th meeting was held at the billet of the British delegation and proposed an Anglo-American Institute of International Affairs — one branch in London and one in New York. (74) The New York and London locations were appropriate since “nearly all of them were bankers and lawyers.”



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. (except the flow chart of proposed organization)

Hoover Donovan and the USNR White Russians As Spies In China 1-1-1944


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

(click to enlarge)


.shepardson1jan1944b white russians




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