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Cryptonym: JMWAVE

CIA Station in Miami, training facility for anti-Cuban operations, existing on what is now the site of the Miami Zoo.
JMWAVE was an important operations base for CIA, based in Miami where so many Cuban exiles had relocated. Author Bill Simpich notes that "JMWAVE was the largest CIA station in the world during that era with about five hundred officers and 4000 Cuban agents." Philip Agee writes in Inside the Company, p. 101, that "the Havana station (made plans) to continue operations from Miami when relations with Cuba are broken and the Embassy in Havana is closed." https://leaksource.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/inside-the-company-cia-diary-philip-agee.pdf

Blond Ghost, by David Corn, p. 68

from the book: From the JMWAVE base, Miami station chief Shackley in the early 1960s supervised dozens of case officers and hundreds of agents plotting sabotage and espionage...

Church Committee Book V p.58: Church Committee: Book V - The Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies

The Church Committee interviewed JMWAVE station chief Ted Shackley, primarily to ascertain what the station did in terms of utilizing anti-Castro Cuban contacts in investigating the Kennedy assassination.


David Morale's "cover review" for assignment to JMWAVE contains scribbled notes of some of his history, including PBSUCCESS (the Guatemalan coup) and assignment to Havana under State Dept. cover

Assassination Records Review Board Final Report, p. 88-89

The ARRB Final Report commented on cable traffic from the CIA station in Mexico City, noting that "the traffic contained numerous gaps, particularly in communications between Mexico City and the CIA station in Miami, JMWAVE."

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959 - January 1961

The official CIA Bay of Pigs history noted that in 1960 CIA "expanded its Forward Operations Base named JMASH", later renaming it JMWAVE.


Despite heavy redactions, this JMWAVE org chart still shows that its departments included an Operations branch, and External Operations branch, a Technical Services section, and more, including a "Special Ops" section.

State Secret, Chapter 2, by Bill Simpich

Bill Simpich's book has much on JMWAVE and some of its personnel including David Morales.


"The Miami Station (JMWAVE) was established in 1961 not 1960. Robert K. Davis served as COS from October 1961 to February 1962...Thomas Shackley served as COS from April 1962 to June 1965. John Dimmer served as COS from June 1965 to March 1967."

1994.04.25.13:51:29:440005: Reel 5, Folder I - UNIDAD REVOLUCIONIA (UR).

4/19/63 dispatch from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, SAS: "The information on the counterrevolutionary organization, Unidad Revolucionaria (UR), contained in the attachments to this dispatch represents the third in a series of studies...JMWAVE is currently engaged in similar studies on the DRE, MRP and RDR (Rescate).,,the completion (of these studies) will represent the end of the first phase of the counter-revolutionary studies project at JMWAVE; the objective of compiling background, biographic, and operational support data on the seven major opposition groups will have been achieved." (Besides these five groups mentioned, the other two groups can probably be deduced by process of elimination.)

Jesus Arboleya, The Cuban Counterrevolutionaries (Ohio University, 2000), p. 120

"The Navy created by the CIA was comprised of six 'mother ships' - entrusted with transporting the groups as near as possible to Cuban shores - and 122 smaller craft that could operate in conjunction with or independently of the mother ships...the sea route thus became the principal means for carrying out sabotage and attacks against the Cuban coastline...JMWAVE formed some fifty-five companies in Florida, which encompassed activities as diverse as fishing, arms sales, private investigation, stores and real estate...A number of radio stations were purchased, and area newspapers willingly submitted to censure and were manipulated for the purposes of disinformation and propaganda."


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