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Cryptonym: FJHOPEFUL

Definition:
FJHOPEFUL was Fort Clayton, Panama, used by CIA as a secret interrogation center, and military base during Operation PBSUCCESS.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A cable on January 5, 1954, stated that FJHOPEFUL was IDEN 1. Another cable on the same day stated that IDEN 1 was formerly DTROBALO.
Sources:

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: Abbreviations and Cryptonyms

Page xvi: "FJHOPEFUL, military base..."

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/BERISHA%2C%20DESTAN_0031.pdf

01/05/54: Cable from Director to Withheld: DIR 33073 (OUT 61205) ..."B. (REDACTION) appears be no solution but return Greece. Sending man FJHOPEFUL (IDEN 1) this week to persuade him sign terms per para 2 ref..." - - - Page 3: 01/05/54: Cable from Director to Withheld: RE: DIR 33073 (OUT 61205): "IDEN 1 formerly DTROBALO."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 115. 3/12/54-Contact Report

03/12/54: Contact Report: 9:40 a.m. - 12.10 p.m.: Place: War Room. Staff Present: (10 names in total not declassified), W. Robertson: Page 2: ..."[initials not declassified] asked that Gen. Cabell be requested to modify his order closing FJHOPEFUL and this is being extended for the duration of PBSUCCESS..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 274. 7/8/54-Memorandum From William Robertson of Operation PBSUCCESS to the Chief of the Project

07/08/54: Memorandum from William Robertson of Operation PBSUCCESS to the Chief of the Project: Subject: PM Operation..."II. Staging and Pre-Operation Preparations: A. The Background of the Situation Prior to the Staging: 1. Approximately 85 Calligeris personnel had received training in Nicaragua, 75 of these under the guidance of Pivall. Pivall graduated 30 sabotage leaders, 6 shock troop leaders, 16 organizers, 4 staff personnel and 19 incompetents. Exactly 13 radio operators graduated under the guidance of Dunavant and Middlecott. 2. Eighty-nine tons of equipment were prepared in three forms at FJHOPEFUL. Forty-three tons were waterproofed for burial. Fifteen tons were packed for drop. Thirty-one tons were prepared for shock troop use. Prior to the staging period the entire burial and shock troop equipment had been moved to Honduras..."

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Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich • Hank Albarelli

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