Carl Elmer Jenkins

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Carl Elmer Jenkins (born October 1, 1926) is a retired Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Early background[edit]

Jenkins was born in Louisiana and joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II, becoming a commissioned officer in 1948.

CIA career[edit]

Executive Action[edit]

Jenkins joined the Agency in 1952, and for several years was involved with Executive Action, a covert program for instigating regime change in Latin America, including mostly notably the government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman in Guatemala. During this time he worked with Tracy Barnes, E. Howard Hunt, William "Rip" Robertson, David Atlee Phillips and David Sanchez Morales.

Bay of Pigs[edit]

On his return to the United States he joined Phillips and Morales in becoming part of Theodore Shackley's JMWAVE station in Miami, Florida. He is also frequently named[1] in surviving documentation from the AMWORLD project (the CIA's codename for its role in the Kennedy administration's plans for overthrowing Fidel Castro).

In the summer of 1963 Jenkins worked closely with Morales in providing paramilitary training for Manuel Artime (MRR) and Rafael 'Chi Chi' Quintero, becoming the latter's "handler".


Jenkins also worked with the Shackley organization in Laos, appointed Plans/Programs/Budget Management Officer in 1969 and served as Chief of Base from 1970 to 1973.[2]


Jenkins retired from the CIA in 1973 in Laos. Then moved to Malaysia for a couple of months followed by Australia. Eventually went to the U.S. after the dollar dropped in Australia. He also played a significant role in the covert efforts to resupply the Nicaraguan Contras in the mid-1980s, in circumvention of Congressional proscriptions, as led by Oliver North and Richard Secord.


  1. ^ See e.g. Someone Would Have Talked, appendices B, E
  2. ^ Pete Brewton's The Mafia, CIA and George Bush (1992)

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