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Cryptonym: ATHENA

Definition:
Unknown identity. A project or a team. A memorandum from Bruce B. Cheever, in August of 1963, on a Special Group meeting, stated that the ATHENA team had probably been doubled.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A dispatch in August, 1964, stated that AMDENIM-1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria) had received information from a Cuban refugee that the ATHENA team had been confined in Holguin, Cuba. In addition, a cable, in March of 1966, on the AMLASH (Rolando Cubela Secades) trial, mentioned that in December, 1964, AMHAM-1 (Juan Felaifel Canahan) emplaced a peso cache intended for the ATHENA project, but it was never used. The cache was successfully retrieved by AMKHAN-2 (Carlos Martin Ahrens Temple) in May, 1965.
Sources:

104-10306-10003: SPECIAL GROUP

08/30/63: Memorandum for the record from Bruce B. Cheever, Acting Chief of Special Affairs Staff: Subject: Meeting of the Special Group 29 August 1963: Page 2: ..."5. The after-action report on the Casilda/Santa Lucia operations was briefly discussed. Mr. Johnson questioned the motives for the amount of material abandoned on the scene. Mr. Cheever commented that while it was unfortunate that the material had been left, it was explainable in terms of the reaction of soldiers under fire and especially those in their first fire fight. The Guatemala press release on 'Commando Mambises' was favorably commented on by Mr. Johnson (Note: U. Alexis Johnson). Mr. Bundy asked about the comment in the after-action report that 'One cannot predict what Castro's ultimate reaction or reprisal will be.' Mr. Cheever stated some of the people who closely study Castro believed that he would be personally furious over the attacks and that one could expect more reaction than had appeared to date. In response to Mr. Bundy's question whether there would be additional operations of this type next month, Mr. Cheever advised that several were in the planning stage, but that until he talked to our people coming up from Miami this weekend, he could not be certain but that he doubted we would ask to mount any the next moon period. Mr. Cheever mentioned the cancellation of the scheduled South Coast Caching operation due to the Cuban alert, the execution of the three members of the DOGGO team, and the probable doubling of the ATHENA team. Mr. Bundy asked if the Attorney General had been briefed on Casilda/Santa Lucia. When advised to the contrary, he asked that this be done when the Attorney General returns to Washington next week (week of 3 September)."

1993.08.04.16:15:46:120028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8100 - 8199.

11/24/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC COMMO ATHENA PETGOS: "1. Following received at 23/2135Z:...2. The agent transmitted his assigned cryptographic freedom signal as instructed."

1993.08.04.16:20:46:530028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8000 - 8075.

11/28/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC ATHENA PETGOS COMMO: "1. Following received at 28/1531Z:...2. The agent transmitted his assigned cryptographic freedom signal as instructed."

1993.08.04.16:27:28:680028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8300 - 8399.

11/30/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC ATHENA PETGOS COMMO: "1. Following received at 30/1731Z:...2. The agent transmitted his assigned cryptographic freedom signal as instructed..."

1993.08.04.16:38:02:870028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8600 - 8699.

12/07/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC ATHENA PETGOS COMMO: "1. Following received at 07/2206Z:...2. The agent transmitted his assigned cryptographic freedom signal as instructed..."

1993.08.04.16:41:08:870028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8700 - 8797.

12/10/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC COMMO PETGOS ATHENA: "1. FOLL is translation of refs: A. 82. I have trained Doimeadios and Aguilar each meeting I have had with them so that they in turn will train each agent recruited. I do not know where they train their agent, but I believe they do it in the most convenient manner. Remember that my reserves of money are almost gone. B. 83. Received message 38. I will give order to recruit Ramon Valdez and Alfredo Diaz..."

1993.08.04.16:51:38:340028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 9101 - 9148.

12/15/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC COMMO PETGOS ATHENA: "1. Following received at 15/1900Z:...2. The agent transmitted his assigned cryptographic freedom signal as he had been instructed..."

104-10173-10196: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL / AMDENIM-1 PROGRESS REPORT 1-31 JULY 1964

08/17/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 2: ..."c. AMDENIM/1 has spent considerable time in this period worrying the Case Officer about the delay of AMID/1 in Mexico following his refugee flight. AMID/1 and his wife had unfortunately turned in their papers to the US Embassy there and thus had to start processing all over instead of keeping them and coming on to the U.S. on their original visa waiver. He is possibly more concerned about his own image with these people than he is over the need for replacement sources and operational progress. He was not pressed for radop candidates in view of his overall depression, thus the new group of radop trainees does not include any candidates of his. He did debrief a recent refugee from Holguin who volunteered some information on the ATHENA Team and the nature of their confinement in Holguin. This was accepted from him with a request for further details on the basis of the nature of the information. It is difficult to side track his interest in such things at this point in view of his training and experience..."

104-10234-10401: MEDIA COVERAGE OF AMLASH TRIAL

03/11/66: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMOZON AMLASH: Page 3: ..."B. If AMHAM-1 longtime CUIS agent reporting regularly then CUIS missed several chances to apprehend not only AMOZON team and their inside assets but also two very valuable WAVE assets, namely AMKHAN-2 and AMKHAN-3, plus AMISLE-2. On Op AMOZON VI December 64 team incl AMHAM-1 emplaced peso cache intended for ATHENA project but never used; cache successfully retrieved by AMKHAN-2 in May 65..."

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Gavin McDonald

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