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Cryptonym: AMACME-1

Definition:
Jorge Mantilla. AMACME-1 was an informant of CIA operative Stanley M. Figolak in the Christian Democratic Movement (MDC) in 1964.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
Jorge Mantilla was a source for the CIA Miami Field Office in 1962. He was on the Executive Committee on the MDC and had been partly responsible for arms supplies in the early 1960's. AMACME-1 informed Figolak in March 1964 that Gaspar Villato had allegedly threatened to kill A-1 if he learned that AMACME-1 had talked about the planned freighter attack. An April 1964 memorandum by Figolak stated that AMACME-1 was to specifically mention to Celia Sanchez Lisa Howard's apparently sympathetic interview with Fidel Castro, and that there appeared to be an air of reconciliation in the air. It contained a Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE. AMACME-1's 201 number was 201-743526. According to a dispatch in May, 1965, DRE member Jose Llanuza Gobel's 201 number was 201-743527.
Sources:

1994.05.10.10:10:34:970007: Reel 27, Folder F - MDC, JANUARY 1961 - JUNE 1962.

01/61, CIA document: Page 8: ...."5. Jorge Mantilla: Architect. M.D.C. delegate to Venezuela until December 1960. He has been a member of the group for arms supplies. Executive member of the M.D.C. until July 1961..."

104-10228-10089: MEMORANDUM: SUBJECT - RECRUITING FOR CUBAN INVASION FORCE

06/16/62, Memo from Acting Chief, Miami Field Office to Chief, Contact Division: "1. Mr. Maurice Shorago told M. J. Chavez on 13 June that three of his Cuban employees informed him that they had been called to attend a meeting sponsored by the Consejo Revolucionario in Miami, one night during the week of 4-5 June 1962. The three men were Jorge Mantilla, Clemente Inclan/AMSIGH-2, and Alfonso Gomez Mena. All three are well educated and responsible men who have worked actively with anti-Castro groups in the UK...."

104-10192-10097: MEMORANDUM: SUBJECT - CUBAN CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY

10/08/62, Memo from Acting Chief, Miami Field Office: "1. We have been informed by Jorge Mantilla, a Cuban national, and a source of this office, that during a recent meeting of the Cuban Christian Democratic movement in exile, which was held in Miami, it was agreed that factions which had previously broken away would rejoin the original party. It was agreed by all members present that they would concentrate on maintaining unity, establishing a new political orientation and improving relations with Christian Democratic movements of other countries in Latin America. 2. Mr. Ernesto Rodriguez, who is held in high esteem by all members of the party, was elected as new president of the party, replacing Laureano Batista. Members of the Executive Committee consist of Jose Ignacio Rasco/AMPALM-5, Melchor Gaston, Enrique Villareal, Jorge Mantilla, Jose Angel Ortega, Alfonso Gomez Mena, Laureano Batista, and Enrique Rog. 3. The new Executive Council will strengthen ties with the Christian Democratic movements in Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. This is stated in Information Bulletin No. 2, issued by the council and dated 15 Sep 62, and it is attached."

1993.08.11.14:08:32:620006: CUBAN COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY HANDBOOK

January 1964, CIA document: Cuban Counterrevolutionary Handbook: Page 356: MDC:...."SECRETARIAT:...Professional Sector: Jorge Mantilla...."

104-10129-10265: FORM: PERSONAL RECORD QUESTIONNAIRE: PART I - BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION/RASCO Y BERMUDEZ, JOSE IGNACIO

01/09/64, CIA document: PRQ Part I: Jose Ignacio Bermudez Rasco: Page 6: SECTION XV: PERSONAL ASSOCIATIONS: "MDC; Enrique Ros; Jorge Mantilla; Enrique Villarreal; Ruben Senal; Luis Parejon, etc."

124-10203-10333: FBI AIRTEL: ANTI-FIDEL CASTRO ACTIVITIES, IS - CUBA

01/22/64, Airtel from SAC, New York to Director: ...."NY T-1 (REDACTION)." Page 4: "Detective Henry Suarez of the Bureau of Special Services of the New York City Police Department, on January 13, 1964, advised that he interviewed Gaspar Vilato, Jr., on January 9, 1964, at the Hotel Bradford and he obtained the following information:...Vilato, Jr. is a member of the Christian Democratic Movement (MDC), an anti-Castro organization, and he had been trained in Guatemala for the ill-fated invasion of Cuba which took place in April, 1961. Vilato, Jr. did not participate in this invasion. Vilato previously had a Miami address of 1817 Southwest 17th Street, Miami, Florida, and currently he resides with his parents at the Hotel Bradford, Suite 408, 210 West 70th Street, New York City. Vilato currently is employed with the Grolier Corporation, 24 West 45th Street, New York City. Vilato advised that Victor Paneque, who is commonly known as Commandante Diego, is connected with the MDC and frequently travels to New York in order to pick up money, supplies, and explosives for the anti-Castro activities of the MDC. Vilato stated that Paneque was in New York recently and departed several days ago and was driving a green Volkswagen in which he was carrying 'something.' Vilato declined to identify the material which Paneque took back with him to the Miami area. Vilato stated that the green Volkswagen is the property of Laureano Batista Falla who is in charge of the action group of the MDC in the Miami area....Detective Henry Suarez advised that Gaspar Vilato, Jr. appeared cooperative during his interview, but he apparently had a story already prepared for the police in the event he was questioned about the activities of Victor Paneque. Detective Suarez advised that Vilato, Jr. said that he did not know the destination of the material which was being taken by Paneque to Miami, but presumed that it was being delivered to Laureano Batista."

104-10271-10307: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: SUBJECT - TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH AMACME-1

03/10/64, MFR from Stanley M. Figolak: Subject: Telephone Conversation with AMACME-1 (201-743526). "1. Figolak called A-1 to set up an appointment for 5 March in New York. 2. Figolak asked if A-1 had heard anything more concerning the venture against the Russian or British freighter. A-1 said that Enrique Abascal, 201-730643 had said that his collections for the Christian Democratic Movement proceeded quite well on the basis of the film the Movement showed of their purported trip to Cuba. One man gave Abascal $500. A-1 said that the Movement already had sufficient funds to purchase the 75 mm RR. 3. A-1 further said that Gaspar Villato, 201-291742 had indicated that he would have no moral scruples about killing A-1 if he learned that A-1 had talked about the plan to attack the freighter. 4. A-1 lastly said that he had a contact print he would show Figolak of the 38' craft that the Christian Democratic Movement planned to use in the attack on the freighter."

104-10271-10306: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: SUBJECT - TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH AMACME-1

03/10/64, MFR from Stanley M. Figolak: "1. A-1 phoned to report that he had seen a movie which purportedly showed members of the Christian Democratic Movement on a mission against Cuba. Actually, the film shows them on a cay off the Cuban coast, possibly Camaguey. 2. The MDC used a 33' boat powered by a 65 kp Model A engine. The craft may be named the Sierra. It is armor plated with 3" boilerplate. It goes out as a bonafide fishing boat and actually does some legitimate fishing. 3. A-1 did not know the date of the purported expedition."

104-10271-10303: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: SUBJECT - TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH AMACME-1

03/27/64, MFR from Stanley M. Figolak: "1. A-1 called Figolak to say that he was having dinner with Oscar (Unintelligible) that evening. Figolak told A-1 to gain as much information as he could, without raising (Unintelligible)'s suspicions, about (Unintelligible)'s thoughts on his source at the Christian Democratic School in Caracas. A-1 said he would learn all he could and send Figolak the details. He said that (Unintelligible) had been offered a year's scholarship in West Germany, but was still undecided as to what he would do. 2. A-1 also reported that the planned attempt of the MDC (Movimiento Democratico Cristiano) group headed by Laureano BATISTA Falla against a Russian or other foreign freighter delivering goods to Cuba had been postponed. The MDC has committed itself to another resupply mission and will have to delay the freighter attack. A further phone call from A-1 on 21 March indicated that the resupply mission was imminent. A-1 said that Gaspar Villato had casually said he would be in Cuba by Sunday, March 22. Furthermore, Victor Paneque, aka 'Commandante Diego,' had left New York for Miami carrying a handbag with 25 grenades. The Miami branch of the MDC requested that the New York branch supply 10 M-1 carbines and assorted other goods. This request has thrown Gaspar Villato (201-291742) into a blue funk since M-1 carbines cost approximately $60 each. A-1 further reported that the Swedish grenades had been shipped to Miami, leaving New York during the week of March 10-14. The driver for the shipment was Eduardo Nodarse, who also carried some Spanish 9 mm pistols and explosive cord. He had unfortunately left the primers in his apartment in New York. A-1 lastly reported that the MDC had acquired a 400 h.p. Volvo engine for the 33' cruiser, at the cost of $2500. Figolak commented that the MDC finances seemed to be improving. A-1 said they had received $3,000 from the MDC in Venezuela."

124-10219-10098: FBI DOCUMENT

04/23/64, FBI document: Page 4: ...."EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT MOVEMENT OF CUBA (M.D.C.):....Jorge Mantilla."

104-10192-10080: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: SUBJECT - TELEPHONE CONTACT WITH AMACME-1

04/29/64, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE. Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman. "Source: P-109 in AMOT report DD-818 of 23 April 1964. Alfredo Paredes may possibly be identical with the subject of 201-294663, former CIA trainee." Page 3: Memorandum for the record: from Stanley M. Figolak. Subject: Telephone contact with AMACME-1 201-743526. "1. Figolak called A-1 since it had been sometime since A-1 had reported. A-1 said that the flak over FBI's calling in the members of the MDC (Movimiento Democratica Cristiano) had subsized. The MDC are now proceeding slowly in their plans. They were buying small arms, but little more than that. A-1 was told that he should be ready to go on an expedition in May. 2. Figolak told A-1 that he must start now to prepare for his trip to Cuba for the 26th of July celebration. Figolak told A-1 (unintelligible) but to send it first to Figolak in Washington, D.C. A-1 was to tell Celia Sanchez that he had heard nothing from her in regard to passing the clothing, etc to someone who would send the package to her. A-1 was to further tell Celia that he thought that it was time they began planning his trip to cover the 26th July celebrations. A-1 was to mention that it appeared there might be some sort of reconciliation in the air. He was to specifically mention Lisa Howard's interview with Fidel Castro, which was not totally unsympathetic to Castro. He was to say that he thought the celebration this year might be a particularly interesting one for the above reasons, and that he would like very much to cover it."

104-10216-10422: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL MADRID CONTACTS OF CUBAN REFUGEE MIGUEL DE LEON ROJAS

05/01/65, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to COS, Withheld: 2.b. Jose Llanuza Gobel's 201 number was 201-743527.

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Gavin McDonald

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