Donald Jameson

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BornDonald Fenton Booth Jameson
Died5 September, 2007 (Age 82)
Children • Jeremy Jameson
• Margaret Jameson
• Thomas Jameson
Spouse • Barbara Nixon Jameson
• Lisa Rodman Jameson
Member ofLe Cercle
Attended multiple Cercle meetings and worked for the CIA. Vice-president of the Jamestown Foundation

Donald Fenton Booth Jameson was an anti-communist spook, member of Le Cercle. He attended multiple Cercle meetings and worked for the CIA. His second wife was Lisa Jameson.


Donald Jameson joined the CIA. At the end of World War II he recruited displaced persons in West German camps to infiltrate back into the Soviet Union. This policy wasn't very successful.

He was chief of the Soviet division of the CIA's Operations Directorate in the 1950s and 1960s and was an expert on the USSR and defectors.

He interviewed Yuri A. Rastvorov, the 1954 Soviet defector, who supposedly told him that the Soviets held maybe 10-15 US prisoners from the Korean War. Coincidentally, a person called Colonel Philip Corso said he arranged the interrogation of Rastvorov. In telephone interviews in 1994 and 1995, Corso recalled in detail his encounter with Rastvorov and said the defector told him several hundred American POWs had been sent to Siberia in rail cars during the war. Corso has maintained that the Eisenhower administration chose not to force the issue with Moscow out of concern that a confrontation might escalate into all-out war.[1]

In 1975 he had an office at Tetra Tech Inc. of fellow Cercle member and retired CIA officer James Critchfield.

Jamestown Foundation

Full article: Stub class article Jamestown Foundation

He was vice-president of the Jamestown Foundation, which was founded in 1984 (with the help of Cercle member William Casey) to protect and sponsor a group of high-level international defectors as they travelled the United States speaking out against the tyranny of communism.[2]


Jameson was a member of the ultra conservative National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) of the Center for Security Policy, together with Cercle attendees Jeane Kirkpatrick & Ed Feulner, plus Dick Cheney, Richard Perle (good friend of former Cercle chairman Brian Crozier), Edward Teller and Frank Gaffney. [2]

Jameson was at a conference on 15 November 1991 where former KGB and CIA officers spoke together in public for the first time.[2]


He was president of Jameson Associates in Great Falls, Va. in 1994. He was a writer and consultant on international finance and politics to various financial institutions and governments.[2]

Deep political connections

He was a member of the Cosmos Club and the Army and Navy Club. Unusually, his Washington Post obituary mentioned his membership of Le Cercle.[3]


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1980 (Washington)5 December 19807 December 1980US
Washington DC
Madison Hotel
Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 198213 June 1982Germany
Hanns Seidel Foundation
Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)12 January 198415 January 1984South Africa
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Capetown exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC


  1. March 7, 1997, The Augusta Chronicle, 'Defector caught up in dispute - Former intelligence officer denies US prisoners of war taken in Korean wars'
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