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Pseudonym: Spickernagel, Otis

Definition:
Unknown identity. A memo from Otis R. Spickernagel (pseudonym) on June 13, 1963, mentioned the above giving a lift to two men to Coral Gables, one apparently British, who discussed whether or not to send a film to New York.
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Page 1 of the document stated that the subject(s) of the memo was William D. Pawley (cryptonym QDDALE), the former diplomat, multi-millionaire business tycoon, who was involved in anti-Castro activities, and who participated in Operation TILT (also known as the Bayo-Pawley affair) in June of 1963. A cable from JMWAVE on June 13, 1963, on Operation TILT, stated that a "LIFE photographer took many pictures and has promised to produce them 18 June for Pawley to censor. Pawley also called Mr. George Hurt to advise him of their safe return and reiterate their agreement re publication of story and pictures."
Sources:

104-10312-10365: CABLE: FOR TODHUNTER AND DAINOLD

06/05/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director Info: KOLA (Orig: Maritime/Laurenkus - Rewritten by COS/Reuteman): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE TILT: REF WAVE 9342: (Note: Todhunter was the pseudonym for Marshall Carter, then Deputy Director of CIA. Dainold was the pseudonym for Desmond FitzGerald, then Chief, Special Affairs Staff).

104-10312-10366: CABLE: FOLL ASSIGNED MV/LEDA FOR OPERATIONS TILT, AMSPRAG, AND CHALICE-3

06/05/63: Cable from JMWAVE to KOLA (Orig: M. Tarters): Slugline OOLONG ZRPERUSAL PBRUMEN TILT AMSPRAG CHALICE-3: "FOLL assigned MV/Leda for Operations TILT, AMSPRAG, and CHALICE-3: A. Signal plans FLOATER/199 (5101) and AJIROP-75. B. Crypto: Base Encode K/8398. Decode K/8397. ZIMAHI edition No. 60. C. AMHINT/49, radop for AMSPRAG team, issued BYKUXE sigplan TETNIT." Authenticating Officer: Norman L. Melnecke. Releasing Officer: John F. Sunderland.

104-10312-10306: CABLE: ADM MEELROY BRIEFED 7 JUNE RE TILT OPS. AS PBRUMEN MIG TRAINING

06/08/63: Cable from BARR to JMWAVE: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC TILT: "1. ADM Meelroy briefed 7 June re TILT ops. As PBRUMEN (Cuba) MIG training missions seldomly observed Hogsty Reef area he questioned advantages of filing flight plans as FAA normally files such plans with Havana. 2. Interception distress signal from vessel in specific area TILT ops indicating ship flying U.S. flag under fire would result YOACRE (Guantanamo Naval Base) assistance in view proximity carrier fighters."

104-10312-10196: CABLE: TYPIC ZRPERUSAL TILT FLOATER 199

06/12/63: Cable from JMWAVE to KOLA, BARR: Slugline TYPIC ZRPERUSAL TILT FLOATER 199: "Following received at 12/1603Z. '13. Request security officer search LIFE photographers and John for film PBY return include thorough debriefing re TILT.'"

104-10312-10182: MEMO: IN REGARD TO THE TWO GENTLEMEN THE WRITER DROVE TO CORAL GABLES

06/13/63: Document Information: Originator: CIA. From: Spickernagel, Otis R. (P). To: Chief, Security Branch. Title: In regard to the two gentlemen the writer drove to Coral Gables...Subjects: Pawley, W. D. ..."

104-10312-10182: MEMO: IN REGARD TO THE TWO GENTLEMEN THE WRITER DROVE TO CORAL GABLES

06/13/63: Memorandum from Otis R. Spickernagel to Chief, Security Branch: "In regard to the two gentlemen the writer drove to Coral Gables (500 block of Geronimo Street) last night, I overheard the following conversation: The man with the British accent was interested in getting the film processed as quickly as possible and thought that it would be processed in New York. The other man seemed quite perturbed about this and replied that he didn't want to seem that he didn't trust people but that he would take care of the film and that he could or would lose control of the film if it went to New York, and that the man with the British accent should trust him to watch out for both of their interests in regard to the film. The rest of the conversation was of a general nature and mentioned some big party to be held the next evening which they both thought they should attend. ORS."

104-10312-10183: CABLE: OPERATION TILT COMPLETED WITH RETURN OF PBY TO MIAMI 2030 HOURS LOCAL 12 JUNE

06/13/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director (Orig: DCOS/OPS/Frederick J. Inghurst): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE TILT: REF: WAVE 9590: "Operation TILT completed with return of PBY to Miami 2030 hours local 12 June. Infiltration team consisting ten PBRUMENs (Cubans) did not return from their mission to PBRUMEN. Two PBRUMENs were added to team at last minute. We feel KUBARKERs (CIAers) on vessels and PBY did excellent job and without their participation do not believe op could possibly have been launched. Mr. Pawley stated completely satisfied WAVE support. 2. Cadick (William Robertson) got impression from discussions with team leaders that perhaps team did not really plan to come out. Team very interested in briefings on infiltration but showed little interest in briefings on exfiltration. Showed no interest in discussing possible pickup on shore if in trouble. Leader stated on departure that if team not back by 1800 hrs 11 June no need look any longer. Team leader told Cadick that his first contact was in Sagua de Tanamo 20 degrees 35N 75 degrees 14'W. To reach this contact and return same night practically impossible. We now believe team had no intention exfiltrating unless forced to by PBRUMEN security forces. 3. LIFE photographer took many pictures and has promised to produce them 18 June for Pawley to censor. Pawley also called Mr. George Hurt to advise him of their safe return and reiterate their agreement re publication of story and pictures. 4. Will forward after action reports when completed." Authenticating Officer: Frederick J. Inghurst (probably Robert Moore). Coordinating Officers: Maritime. Air. Releasing Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman (Theodore Shackley).

104-10312-10180: MEMO: DISCUSSION, TILT

06/15/63: Memo for Ted/Bob (Theodore Shackley/Robert Moore) from Rip (William Robertson): The "Mr. P." referred to in page 1 was Mr. Pawley (also on page 4) and "John" was John Martino (also on page 2). On page 3 the "Mickey" referred to was Mickey Kappes and "Rudy" was Rudy Enders. On page 4 the "Max" referred to was probably Tony Sforza.

104-10312-10179: CONTACT STRIPS/OPERATION TILT

06/21/63: Document: Originated: Private. From: Richmond photographer: "Mr. Richmond, Coronado Studios. Coronado Bldg., 1071 N.E. 79th Street. Telephone: 751-2832. 10:30 A.M. 21 June. Photographer who developed films from TILT."

104-10312-10177: DISPATCH: MARITIME AFTER ACTION REPORT - OPERATION TILT

06/29/63: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Originating Officer: Philip D. Glavasco, Maritime. Coordinating Officers: Alvin D. Wyssling, AC/Maritime. Stanley R. Zamka (David Morales), C/PM. Lloyd W. Storbeck, C/IS. John E. Sunderland, C/RIMM. Dudley R. Willings (Sam Halpern), ESEC. Releasing Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman (Theodore Shackley).

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