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Cryptonym: JMBAR

Definition:
CIA maritime covert operations group located at Key West, Florida.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
From available references, JMBAR seems to be a base located at Key West, Florida. In some documents, the crypt is used as a location, but there are other documents where the reference seems to be to some particular organizational component.

Author Joan Mellen identifies JMBAR more precisely as "CIA Maritime Covert Operations run out of Key West".
Sources:

A Farewell to Justice, by Joan Mellen, p. 493

from the book: JMBAR refers to CIA Maritime Covert Operations run out of Key West.

104-10048-10195: ARRIVAL KEY WEST FLORIDA ALEXANDER RORKE, JR

12/4/62, dispatch from Chief of Base, JMBAR to Chief of Station, JMWAVE - regarding the arrival of Alexander Rorke in Key West.

104-10113-10207: FORM:REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF LIAISON

5/15/62, request for approval of liaison between "Chief JMBAR" and the security officer with Customs agent Cesar Diosdado (AMSWIRL-1), who appears in cryptonym and true name form in many JMBAR documents. Request is directed to William Harvey, Chief of TFW.

104-10260-10253: CABLE RE: COS WISHES COMMEND CHIEF JMBAR AND AMSWIRL 1 FOR VERY EFFECTIVE PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF REFUGEE STREAM

10/30/65 cable: "JMBAR tips : and advance assessment...have enabled station get swift access at CAC (Caribbean Action Center) to refugees of ops interest and have resulted in considerable saving of ops officer time in screening at CAC."

104-10167-10399: U.S. CUSTOMS AGENT JMBAR

3/13/62 dispatch from C/WH/4 G.J. Zogby to Chief of Station, JMWAVE: "Following discussions among Eric Rodwick, Chief of Station, JMWAVE; Charles J. Hostinski, Chief of Base, JMBAR; and Lionel A. Chellini, Chief, WH/4/KUSODA regarding the continued use of Mr. Cesar Diosdado as a Customs agent at JMBAR, Headquarters has made arrangements to reimburse the U.S. Bureau of Customs for the use of Mr. Diosdado's services."

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