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Cryptonym: GYROSE

Definition:
Routing indicator for Task Force W's communications regarding Cuba.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Task Force W was the department for Cuban operations run by William Harvey at Headquarters. Harvey provided direction for Ted Shackley, the Chief of JMWAVE, the "forward operations" base on Cuba, stationed in Miami. GYROSE was the routing indicator for communications regarding these operations, designed to overthrow the Cuban government.
Sources:

104-10110-10739: INDICES SEARCH REQUEST ON WILLARD ANDREWS

This CIA search request form contains a handwritten note identifying GYROSE as "the Routing Indicator for the Task Force WH/Cuba." This note is slightly mistaken, as it is an obvious reference to Task Force W. The W stands for William, as in William Harvey (WH).

104-10226-10125: OPERATIONAL LEADS/UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIO

"Operational GYROSE", 1962 memo from JMWAVE chief Ted Shackley to Task Force W chief Bill Harvey re following leads about the anti-Castro group UR.

Bill Simpich, State Secret: http://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Chapter4.html

The head of Transcontinental S.A. - known for bringing black market vehicles from the US into Cuba - was Dallas import-export agent Ramon Cortez, also known as Ramon Cortes and Raymond Cortez.During 1962, Cortez worked alongside Dimas Figueredo (AMSUPER-1). Figueredo was looking for Castro’s spies as a member of the GYROSE Debriefing Unit, while the two men ran a shoe factory together. An interview with Tony Sforza indicates that he also worked with a debriefing unit – Sforza’s unit was a counterintelligence unit within the AMOTS. It’s possible that Sforza worked with a different debriefing unit than Figueredo, but it seems more likely that Task Force W would want to have its best people in the same debriefing unit. The head of the debriefing unit was Carlos Fernandez (AMSAIL-1), who conducted the impersonation of a Cuban embassy official discussed in the previous chapter. Cortez would physically assist Cuban exiles while Figueredo was debriefing them. After Havana figured out that Cortez had “beat the Castro government out of more than $80,000”, Figueredo hired a bodyguard for Cortez.

104-10171-10094: CABLE RE AMBANG-1 PROJECTS

Aug 3, 1962 - A. Rodriguez memo to San Juan: "(What) GYROSE wants is high level mobile-recruitment defection complex with capability immediate action (around the world)."

104-10166-10333: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/GYROSE/KUCAGE RADIO AMERICAN

4/28/63 dispatch from JMWAVE chief Ted Shackley to TFW chief Bill Harvey. Last post to TFW available on MFF. Harvey left Headquarters in June 1963 to become station chief in Rome, Italy. Last GYROSE post available. Request for contacts of William Wibalda and Neil Singleterry, as well as list of employees at Radio American.

104-10510-10089 DISPATCH: REPORT NO. 287: CONCERNING MEETINGS IN APRIL 1962 OF LEADERS OF THE EXILE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE CRC

5/14/62 dispatch from Ted Shackley, Chief of JMWAVE to William Harvey, Chief of Task Force W. One of the dozens of Operational/GYROSE/KUCAGE dispatches in 1962 between these two officers. Reports on meetings at home of Dr. Alberto Gandero with other exile leaders not members of the CRC. Gandero was the former Public Relations head of the Bank of Havana; has a TV show on Channel 10, worked on US radio networks during WW II. Purpose of meetings was to build unity among exiles and to support President Ydigoras of Guatemala. One participant blamed ODYOKE (the White House) for the present disunity and the predicament of Ydigoras.

104-10164-10172: Dispatch: GYROSE PM Hunger Strike Rally

3/13/62: Dispatch from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Chief, TFW: 2500 attended hunger strike rally in Bayfront Park Miami. Speakers were Victor Paneque, journalist Jose Alfredo Lopez, Oswaldo Soto (May 20 Group), radio commentator Arturo Artelejo, Carlos Quesada (November 30 Group), radio commentator Luis Conte Aguero, Laureano Batista. Called for reconstruction of CRC and for JFK to provide weapons for war.

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