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Cryptonym: JMWAVE

Definition:
CIA Station in Miami, training facility for anti-Cuban operations, existing on what is now the site of the Miami Zoo.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
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
Sources:

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.

104-10121-10247: COVER REVIEW FOR JMWAVE ASSIGNMENT

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.

104-10301-10008: DOCUMENTS DESCRIBING THE ORGANIZATION OF THE DIRECTORATE FOR PLANS

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.

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