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Cryptonym: TILT

Definition:
Operation designed to smuggle two Soviet missile technicians to make the claim that Soviet missiles remained in Cuba in 1963. Also known as the Bayo-Pawley raid.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10312-10178: CABLE: WHEN CRC MADE ITS INVASION ANNOUNCEMENT 20 JUNE WAVE

6/28/63 memo from COS Andrew Reuterman/Ted Shackley: Shackley now believes the entire Operation TILT was a con game designed to get several thousand dollars worth of weapons from the CIA.

104-10312-10175 DISPATCH:JOHN MARTINO

3/6/64 dispatch re communication from JMWAVE to FBI: "Although we believed that the likelihood of such an operation being a success was very small...in light of the importance of the Soviet target in (Cuba), (CIA) contributed to the operation to the extent of providing some technical and logistical support. It later developed that Martino had generated the operation with the industrialist. (CIA) advised the industrialist of Martino's reputation. The industrialist decided to proceed anyway. (CIA) had no connection or contact with Martino. The operation, which was a failure, demonstrated the fact that Martino was making up the story out of whole cloth."

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Contributors:
Peter Dale Scott • Bill Simpich

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