Friday, August 12, 2016

ASIO files on the Kibel family

As part of my standard research methodology, in any 'cold case' review, I consult the website of the National Archives of Australia (NAA). On this website you can often find passenger arrivals lists; military service records; general correspondence files, or other such material. All of this information can assist you build up a picture of an individual who has reported a UAP sighting.
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
Occasionally, I take this further and submit a request, through the NAA, to ASIO, seeking any ASIO files held on a particular individual.
Readers may recall that I recently reported details of the 2 April 1966 visual sighting, and photograph taken by James Johnson Kibel of Melbourne.
As at one point, Jim Kibel mentioned to Peter Norris, President of the Victorian UFO Research Society, that he (Kibel) had been visited by 'security people' I thought it worthwhile to seek any relevant ASIO files.
I therefore, sought access to any files held by ASIO on:
1. James Johnson Kibel.
2. Brian Johnson Kibel.
3. Mark Alexander Kibel.
4. Mary Turnbull Johnson Kibel.
I have now been granted access (with limitations) to three of the above ASIO files, with that of Mark Alexander Kibel being still 'not yet examined.'
What is on these files?
James Johnson Kibel - A6119 control symbol 6501 barcode 13749881 date range 1969-1991.
The file contains details of:
1. The proposed purchase of land by the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1985.
2. Companies associated with the Kibel family.
3. The Kibel business' trade with East European countries and the PRC.
Brian Johnson Kibel - A6119 control symbol 6486 barcode 13750123 date range 1958-1986.
The file contains details of:
1. Kibel family company business, including with Polish and Czechoslovak firms.
2. A telephone intercept report  from 1960.
Mary Turnbull Johnson Kibel - A6119 control symbol 56474 barcode 13750205 date 1968-1960.
The file contains details of:
1. Kibel family company business.
2. A telephone intercept report from 1960.
In summary
The three files do not contain any information relative to UAP. ASIO's interest, shown in the available papers, indicate they were solely interested in the Kibels as Australian citizens who were conducting business in Eastern Europe and the People's Republic of China.
Additional files
Readers interested in Jim Kibel's involvement in Australia's early trade negotiations with the PRC, may like to take a look at the following file, which I recently had digitised.  NAA file series A1838, control symbol 3107/38/18/2/1 Part 1, titled 'People's Republic of China - View of policy - Kibel - 1970-1972 - Trade dialogue in Hong Kong.' Go to and type the word 'Kibel' into their search engine.

Update: 28 August 2016.

I am still waiting for the NAA to advise that the ASIO file on Mark Alexander Kibel has been made available.

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