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Cryptonym: JMBELL

Definition:
A special channel used primarily for JMWAVE and Headquarters communications but also for communications with other JM sites.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
The best example is this 4/17/61 cable from JMBELL to Guatemala City, while also including JMWAVE, JMADD and JTRAV, regarding the need for the Revolutionary Council (CRC/AMBUD) to go into seclusion at JMFIG during the outset of the Bay of Pigs. 104-10227-10036: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=19928&search=jmbell#relPageId=2&tab=page
Sources:

104-10167-10094: PARLETT, LICARI AND KUSODA REP WILL ESCORT AMBUD FROM NYC TO JMFIG

4/16/61 WH/4/PA at BELL to JMWAVE: Parlett, Licari accompany AMBUD-1 from NYC to JMFIG, from there he will go into seclusion.

104-10260-10001: MEMORANDUM FOR: CUSTODY OF REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL 19-20 APRIL 1961

4/19-4/20/61, Memorandum for the Record: Revolutionary Council (CRC) in custody - two meetings with JFK - Miro Cardona weeps after first White House meeting. Schlesinger stays with group prolonged period of time.

104-10168-10178: MEMO: ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL

4/24/61 Memorandum for the Record, by WH/4/CI/PA Gerard Droller: He made arrangements for the CRC/Revolutionary Council/AMBUD to travel to JMTIDE in Nicaragua and Vieques, Puerto Rico. Travel arrangements were made through Joe Langan, WH/4/CI/Security.

104-10267-10052: CABLE- ADVISED WAVE ON 27 APRIL THAT VARIOUS PERSONS BELIEVED TO BE PRO COMMIE AND SUSPECT CASTRO AGENTS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO INTEL FILES AND ARCHIVES

4/28/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL, WAVE 5929: AMOT-2 advised that "various persons believed to be pro commie and suspect now have access to AMBUD (Cuban Revolutionary Council) intell files and archives. Local police entered AMBUD intell hqs 1630 hrs and following persons on premises: Ovidio Kaba Acosta, Jesus Saa Y Gonzalez, Carlos Fernandez Mayor, Luis Arguelles Hidalgo, Vincente Rodriguez Menendez, Firpo Lora Gomez, Jose Aguilla Calimano, William Velez Soto, Captain Ernesto Despaigne. ..."Captain (Ernesto) Despaigne told police all were acting under authority and that they were custodians of AMBUD intell archives"..they said they didn't speak english". AMOT-2 said Ovidio Kaba fluent...(also reported that Victor Paneque Batista/AMRUG-5 and other possible "Castro penetrations" had come to visit)...Ovidio apparently running show. AMOT-2 reported 28 April that Captain Despaigne departed for New York late evening 27 April carrying with him key to locked archives and that Ovidio Kaba broke lock on door morning 28 April and now rifling files."

104-10297-10051 CABLE-AMOT-2 ADVISED MANUEL HERNANDEZ PUENTE AKA NANOLIN WHO CURRENTLY ACTING SPOKEMAN FOR MRR PLANS TRAVEL WASH

5/2/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL, WAVE 6002: Jose Manuel Hernandez aka Manolin, acting spokesman for MRR, "checking in at the Hangar Hamilton Hotel where Rasco (AMWAIL-5, head of MDC) now staying." Nellie Hamilton was the manager of this roominghouse for anti-Castro mercenaries that William Turner and Warren Hinckle wrote about at length in their book Deadly Secrets.

104-10274-10174: CABLE: OWNER OF BLDG WHICH HOUSED AMOT HQS REGISTERED COMPLAINT

5/3/61, Cable from JMWAVE to BELL,, WAVE 6035: Zamka (David Morales) writes that "owner of building which housed AMOT has registered complaint re use of bldg by persons other than lessee. ($2500 damages.) In order avoid complications of legal suit AMOT-31 who is lessee was instructed to get together with (illegible) and lawyer in order terminate contract view new AMBUD intel service refuses pay rent and/or take over contract. In view this attitude by new group they being forced to vacate and move from bldg by local court order. This action wlll undoubtedly irritate ambud members especially AMDIP-1, AMJAG and AMBANG who have placed their men (in) new setup. Moreover, they will probably renew charges that AMOT-2 and AMOT-31 sabotaging AMBUD--1 and explain the reasons why bldg actually had to be vacated. Moreover, this action had to be taken order to avoid problems to AMBUD."

104-10167-10062: PER REF AND ZAMKA-2LOCKENBRINK TELECON EVENING 3 MAY AGREE APPROPRIATE ACTION PER PARA THREE REF WOULD BE TO GET COURT ORDER TO SEAL FILES

5/4/61, from C/WH/4/CI at JMBELL to JMWAVE: Appropriate action would be to get court order to seal files...this will serve to protect against future visits by "former JMHARP detainees to AMOT bldg and protect AMBUD-1 interests". Report of "eviction of AMBUD-1 & AMDIP-1 henchmen" from bldg and suggested "files" be protected.

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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