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Operation Paperclip conspiracy involves Operation Paperclip enabling Gestapo intelligence to serve as a foundation or groundwork for the formation of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


As World War II was coming to a close, Operation Paperclip enabled Gestapo intelligence personnel to seek asylum in the United States and to further help make up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),[1] founded 18 September 1947.[2]

Allen Dulles

Allen Dulles, OSS (1941 to 1947)[3]

Allen Dulles helped to make the formation of the CIA based on Gestapo intelligence. Prior to 1947, Dulles was Swiss Director of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).[4] Dulles worked on intelligence about German plans and activities, and established wide contacts with German émigrés and Nazi intelligence officers. He was assisted in intelligence-gathering activities by Gero von Schulze-Gaevernitz, a German emigrant.[5] In 1947, Dulles served as a senior staffer on the Herter Committee, a Committee on Foreign Aid established by General George Marshall.[3]

Reinhard Gehlen

Reinhard Gehlen, Gestapo intelligence officer assisted CIA from 1946 to 1956.[6]

In late 1945, at the start of the Cold War, the U.S. military (G-2 Intelligence) recruited Reinhard Gehlen to establish the Gehlen Organisation, an espionage network against the Soviet Union, which employed former military officers of the Wehrmacht and former intelligence officers of the Schutzstaffel (SS) and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD).[7] As head of the Gehlen Organization Gehlen sought cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which was formed in 1947, and the Gehlen Organization eventually became a close affiliate of the CIA.[8]


  1. Leading Edge Research. Understanding Aspects of Covert Interaction (1988), p. 10
  2. Wikipedia, Central Intelligence Agency
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wikipedia, Allen Dulles, OSS
  4. "Obituaries 1969", Britannica Book of the Year 1970, Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1970, p. 580, ISBN 0-85229-144-2
  5. Elisabeth Boeckl-Klamper, Thomas Mang, Wolfgang Neugebauer: Gestapo-Leitstelle Wien 1938–1945. Vienna 2018, ISBN 978-3902494832, pp. 299–305.
  6. Wikipedia, Reinhard Gehlen
  7. A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century, p. 233, 235
  8. CIA Declassifies Its Records On Dealings With Ex-Nazis