The United States government
's Office of Inter-American Affairs
or Office for Coordination of Commercial and Cultural Relations between the American Republics
) was established in 1940 to promote increased inter-American cooperation, especially in commercial and economic areas. It was renamed Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
) in 1941 and Office for Inter-American Affairs
Coordinator of OCCCCRBAR and OCIAA (1940 - 1944) Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
Director of the Office for Inter - American Affairs (1945 - 1946) Wallace K. Harrison
By an Executive order of August 31, 1945, the informational activities of the Office of Inter-American Affairs were transferred to the Department of State; and by an Executive order of April 10, 1946, the Office was abolished and its remaining functions and responsibilities were transferred to that Department.
The Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs was penetrated by Soviet intelligence during World War II
. Below is a list of American citizens who as federal employees in the CIAA engaged in espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union
. The CIAA's code name in Soviet intelligence and in the Venona project
- Elizabeth Bentley deposition 30 November 1945, FBI file 65-14603.
- Elizabeth Bentley, Out of Bondage: The Story of Elizabeth Bentley, Devin-Adair Company, 1951.
- “Underground Soviet Espionage Organization (NKVD) in Agencies of the United States Government,’’ 21 February 1946, FBI Silvermaster file (FBI file 65-56402), serial 573.
- Hottel to Director, 28 February 1947, FBI Silvermaster file, serial 2437
- Memo on Fahy, 17 April 1946, FBI Silvermaster file, serial 1364
- FBI Silvermaster file
- Venona decrypt 1714 KGB New York to Moscow, 5 December 1944.
- Venona decrypt 55 KGB New York to Moscow, 15 January 1945.
- Venona decrypt 326 KGB Moscow to New York, 5 April 1945;
- Venona decrypt 3614–3615 KGB Washington to Moscow, 22 June 1945.
- John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, Yale University Press (1999), pgs. 42-43, 111, 114, 187, 199-201, 204, 220, 331, 402.
- Records of the Office of Inter-American Affairs (RG 229). National Archives. .