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Cryptonym: JMHOPE

Definition:
A radio station within range of Havana, probably Radio Swan, based on one of the Swan Islands near Cuba.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10018-10074: POSSIBLE USE OF DRE TAPE

12/13/63 memo: "In consideration of AMCOUP-1's cooperation with (CIA), Melvin T. WILENSKY may wish to make this tape available to him to be used with a simultaneous translation in his Latin American coverage...JMHOPE would like to relay AMCOUP-1's broadcast." This is about the Aug 63 taped debate between Oswald and Carlos Bringuier of the DRE.

104-10229-10317: CABLE: CONTINUE FOLLOW UPI LINE WHICH JUST RIGHT

4/15/61 memo from David Phillips at BELL to JMHOPE: "Continue follow UPI line which just right...Presume you broadcasting all day or extra hours. If not begin at once because of 'monumental developments'."

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959 - January 1961 Current Section: Part V: Direct Action Program

Footnotes indicate JMHOPE supplies and equipment were delivered to Swan Island, a tiny spot of land just a few miles from Cuba. The main text states that "the key point in Dave Phillips' propaganda operation was to be the 50,000 watt radio transmitter located on the larger of the two Swan islands": http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=146518&search=phillips#relPageId=224&tab=page

104-10165-10270: AS HQS AWARE MASH LAST FEW DAYS TRYING TO RESOLVE PROBLEM AMRASP JMHOPE PROGRAM SHOULD BE MENTIONED AND LUIS CONTE AGUERO OBJECTIONS TO SAME

8/31/60, JMASH to Director: AMRASP (FRD Executive Committee) JMHOPE program ran into trouble because of Conte (AMCORE-2) objections to it. Choaden (Phillips) and Gupton (William Kent) and several others all had to engage in negotiations until a settlement could be reached.

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961 Current Section: 1. US Government's Anti-Castro Program

"As the major voice of the opposition, it is proposed to establish at least one "gray" U.S.-controlled station. This will probably be on Swan Island, and will employ both high frequency and broadcast band equipment of substantial power. The preparation of the scripts will be done in the U.S. and these will be transmitted electronically to the site for broadcasting."

104-10179-10266: DISPATCH: UNAUTHORIZED INTERVIEW OF AMBANG-1 ON REBEL RADIO PROGRAM

2/20/64 memo from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: William S. Wibalda is the JMHOPE Program Director who "normally censors all pre-taped programs in advance". Fluteo told Wibalda (Bob Wall, see: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=25339#relPageId=2&tab=page) to strictly censor all the broadcasts run by the Rebel Army Radio, who was led by AMLEO-3. Another document shows that Wibalda also handled AMCORE-2, whose radio programs "originate on WRUL and are re-transmitted by JMHOPE". See: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=20435&search=WIBALDA_AND+JMHOPE#relPageId=4&tab=page

Contributors:
Peter Dale Scott • Bill Simpich

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