ABC Concede: MKULTRA Came to Australia

After years of publicly vilifying and slandering me for verbalising my child abuse witness testimony, the ABC finally put in print what I stated and published years ago – that MKULTRA came to Australia via the University of Sydney. Yet the ABC article left out some crucial facts which I discuss below.



The ABC article concept, and the ideas and research cited in it are not new. I was the first person to publicly declare and publish online and in a book format that MKULTRA came to Australia, and that MKULTRA entered Australia via the University of Sydney. Steve McMurray was the first to locate and publish the academic research papers mentioned in the ABC article. Steve McMurray’s original work was published online in 2015 in multiple locations, including my websites, and in my 2019 free book EYES WIDE OPEN. Our publications predate the ABC article by six years.

I disagree with the ABC article content where it asserts University of Sydney staff and students were unaware that they were participating in MKULTRA research. I witnessed staff and students knowingly participate in MKULKTRA research in the University of Sydney’s Madsen Building, a CSIRO owned laboratory. University of Sydney staff and students, dressed in white lab coats, watched as head CIA psychologist John Gittinger instructed them – using me as a lab rat – how to subject MKULTRA child victims to torture and unethical hypnosis in the name of national security. Martin Orne’s University of Sydney student Wendy Louise Walker went on to supervise the rape and torture of child MKULTRA victims in the CIA laboratory situated beneath Holsworthy Army Base, and in the adjacent 20-story underground CSIRO laboratory located beneath ANSTO nuclear reactor at Lucas heights.

Both the the CSIRO and ANSTO signed up to the Redress Scheme instigated by the federal Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission, which constitutes an admission of guilt and liability that children were raped in these government institutions. To further demonstrate the USA connection, ANSTO – an Australian government subsidiary – is registered to Idaho, USA.

I also object to the notion that MKULTRA was deemed a failure. As you will gather from my book excerpt below, Martin Orne’s hypnosis study proved subjects did things under hypnosis they wouldn’t normally, and George Hoben Estabrooks boasted that hypnosis was successfully used to split a victim’s personality and create an assassin / spy. Further, declassified CIA documents prove otherwise. For example, see my book concerning the success of the Gateway Project which continues today at the Monroe Institute under the same military leader.



Here is an excerpt from my book EYES WIDE OPEN concerning Martin Orne and his 1960 visit to Australia:

2. Martin Orne & John Gittinger Named to Presidential Committee

The Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments was established in 1994 to investigate the US government’s unethical human radiation experiments. On March 15, 1995, New Orleans trauma therapist Valerie B. Wolf and her clients, Claudia S. Mullen and Chris deNicola Ebner appeared before the Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. to testify on the connection between the Radiation Experiments and Mind Control Experimentation on Children. Wolf submitted:

Generally, it appears that therapists across the country are finding clients who have been subjected to mind control techniques. The consistency of their stories about the purpose of the mind control and torture techniques, such as electric shock, use of hallucinogens, sensory deprivation, spinning, hypnosis, dislocation of limbs and sexual abuse is remarkable. There is almost nothing published on this aspect of mind control used with children, and these clients come from all over the country, having had no contact with each other… It needs to be made clear that people have remembered these names and events spontaneously with free recall and without the use of any memory-retrievable techniques, such as hypnosis.

Claudia S. Mullen testified:

Between the years of 1957 and 1984, I became a pawn in a government scheme whose ultimate goal was mind control and to create the ‘perfect spy’ — all through the use of chemicals, radiation, drugs, hypnosis, electric shock, isolation in tubs of water, sleep deprivation, brainwashing and verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. In 1958, I was to be tested, they told me, by some important doctors coming from a place called the ‘Society’ (the Human Ecology Society). [aka, Human Ecology Fund] 

A Dr John Gittinger tested me, and Dr [Ewan] Cameron gave me the shocks and Dr Greene the x-rays. Then, I was told by Sid Gottlieb I was ‘ripe for the big A,’ meaning ‘Artichoke.’… The next year, I was sent to a place in Maryland called Deep Creek Cabins to learn how to ‘sexually please men.’ Also, I was taught how to coerce them into talking about themselves. It was Richard Helms (Deputy Director of the CIA), Dr Gottlieb, Captain George White and Morse Allen who all planned on filming as many high government and agency officials and heads of academic institutions and foundations as possible, so later, when the funding for mind control and radiation started to dwindle, then the projects would continue — at any cost. I was to become a regular little ‘spy’ for them after that summer, eventually entrapping many unwitting men, including themselves, all with the use of a hidden camera. I was only nine when this kind of sexual humiliation began. [Martin Orne was the only pedophile not filmed.]

Another time, I heard Dr Martin Orne, who was the Director of the Scientific Office, and later the Institute for Experimental Research, state that in order to keep more funding coming from different sources for the radiation and mind control projects, he suggested stepping up the amounts of all the ‘stressors’ used and also the blackmail portion of the experiments. He said, ‘It needed to be done faster, then get rid of the subjects, as it was asking for ‘us’ to come back and haunt them by remembering.’


CIA psychiatrist and psychologist Martin Theodore Orne conducted MK-ULTRA Subproject 84 at the University of Sydney during a two-month lecture period in 1960. His experiment was jointly funded by the US Airforce Office of Scientific Research (grant number AF-AFOSR-88-63) and the Human Ecology Fund (HEF) under the project title Attitude Formation, Decision Matrices. The HEF also financed Hans Eysenck’s Subproject 111 under the same title. Hence subprojects 84 and 111 were related and both influenced Australian operations. The HEF was a Cornell University based CIA cut-out for financing MK-ULTRA activities including Ewen Cameron’s crimes at Montreal’s Allen Memorial Institute.

Martin Orne’s 1960 visit was sponsored by USEFA (US Educational Foundation in Australia), the Australian body of the Fulbright Scholarship and Lectureship Program. The CIA used the Fulbright program to insert their agents or contractors into MK-ULTRA subprojects. 

University of Sydney Psychology faculty head, Alfred Gordon Hammer, approved Subproject 84. Gordon Hammer (then APS Chair) subsequently spent two sabbaticals in Martin Orne’s Philadelphia laboratory during the 1960s and 70s. Leading up to Martin Orne’s visit, Gordon Hammer ran a weekly hypnosis seminar attended by University of Sydney students who became major contributors to MK-ULTRA hypnosis research: 

  • Frederick Evans
  • Wendy-Louise Walker
  • George Singer
  • Wendy A. Fairfax-Thorn
  • Jean Jones 
  • Margaret Austin,
  • Peter Sheehan
  • Campbell W. Perry.

In April 1960, four months before Martin Orne visited Sydney, George Hoben Estabrooks invited him to speak at a Colgate College symposium. Estabrooks, father of the Manchurian Candidate, boasted eight years later:

The key to creating an effective spy or assassin rests in splitting a man’s personality, or creating multi-personality, with the aid of hypnotism. This is not science fiction. This has and is being done. I have done it. It is child’s play now to develop a multiple personality through hypnotism.

Martin Orne’s presentation paper was later titled ‘Antisocial Behaviour and Hypnosis.’ His experimental objective was to see if hypnotised subjects would carry out dangerous and harmful acts they normally would not. The resultant article, Social Control in the Psychological Experiment: Antisocial Behaviour & Hypnosis,published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, was co-authored by Martin Orne and University of Sydney psychology student Frederick J. Evans. The abstract of the 1965 paper reads:

Rowland and Young found that hypnotized subjects were willing to carry out such apparently antisocial actions as grasping a dangerous reptile, plunging their hand into concentrated acid, and throwing the acid at an assistant.

Frederick Evans and Martin Orne subsequently assumed positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the USA’s major MK-ULTRA research hub. Australian psychologists Peter W. Sheehan and Campbell W. Perry conducted Manchurian-candidate hypnosis experiments with this Pennsylvanian research network. Campbell Perry became a board member of the CIA’s False Memory Syndrome Foundation headed by Martin Orne.

Wendy A. Fairfax-Thorn was a student in Phil Sutcliffe’s Psychology department, studying hypnosis and multiple personality disorder with Subproject 84 psychologist Frederick J. Evans. In 1960, Wendy Thorn completed a University of Sydney thesis on posthypnotic amnesia, then presented her paper Hypnosis and Suggestibility to the ABBPS. In 1961, the ABBPS financed a post-graduate research scholarship to ANU (Australian National University) for Wendy Thorn to study the placebo effect. Her resultant 1962 ANU thesis noted: ‘This study would have also lacked a great deal without the information, advice and materials supplied by Professor H.J. Eysenck (director of MK-ULTRA Subproject 111). From 1963 to 1964, Wendy Thorn participated in hypnosis research with Frederick J. Evans while receiving assistance from the CIA-funded Studies in Hypnosis Project directed by Martin Orne. In 1963, Fred Evans attended Harvard on a Fulbright Scholarship to work and publish with Martin Orne. Wendy Thorn later collaborated with Fred Evans and Hans Eysenck on MK-ULTRA research at Maudsley Hospital Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) in London. Wendy Thorn and Fred Evans subsequently co-published a paper on hypnotic amnesia in 1966.

Phillip Sutcliffe had MK-ULTRA connections which led to Martin Orne commencing his MK-ULTRA hypnosis research at the University of Sydney. Peter Sheehan explained:

Phil had network connections with Martin Orne, and very quickly I got drawn into a very extensive program of research – that was funded in Australia – and then through the network and the associations and working with Phil Sutcliffe, I then went across to work with Martin Orne in Philadelphia.

Phil Sutcliffe was influenced by his thesis examiner Hans Eysenck who directed MK-ULTRA Subproject 111. In 1959, Phil Sutcliffe received the first University of Sydney PhD for his thesis Hypnotic Behaviour: Fantasy or Simulation? His thesis examiners were Gordon Hammer, Robert W. White (Harvard), and Hans Eysenck of London’s Institute of Psychiatry which conducted CIA funded MK-ULTRA research. The examiners declared Sutcliffe’s work ‘a model for what a PhD thesis should be.’ Robert White headed Harvard’s Social Relations Department where MK-ULTRA doctors Henry A. Murray and Timothy Leary operated. After examining Phil Sutcliffe’s thesis in November 1959, Hans Eysenck applied for a CIA grant to direct MK-ULTRA Subproject 111. The CIA Chemical Branch Chief concluded, ‘Eysenck is one of the most skilful and productive psychologists on the international scene today and a grant to him would add prestige of the Society.’

Peter Van Sommers: Phil Sutcliffe later connected with Peter Van Sommers, a University of Melbourne student who received a 1958 Fulbright Scholarship to become the first student in Experimental Psychology at Harvard’s Social Relations Department. At Harvard, Van Sommers placed electrodes in the brains of rats to create lesions used to control their behaviour. Harvard retained Van Sommers until 1961, after his Fulbright scholarship expired, because his research was valuable to DoD (Department of Defence) projects. Van Sommers also spent time at the University of Pennsylvania which offered the world’s most cutting-edge psychology research laboratory. In the late 1960s, Van Sommers visited the Mecca of MK-ULTRA, Aldous Huxley’s Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.



Peter Sheehan subsequently founded a hypnosis laboratory at the University of Queensland. Multiple independent sources informed me that undergraduate psychology students felt forced to participate in hypnosis research for course credit. Peter Sheehan worked in the UQ psychology faculty with Paul Wilson who, witnesses told me, screened a kiddie porn snuff film to psychology students. Paul Wilson was subsequently convicted of child rape. During the early 1980s, UQ advertised that it was hosting a pro-pedophilia symposium which was cancelled following public outcry.


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