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Cryptonym: AMAUTO-1

Definition:
Orestes Guillermo Ruiz-Perez was a Cuban official and a Cuban intelligence officer. He was also the cousin-in-law of Cuban exile leader Antonio Veciana Blanch.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10181-10001: CHRONOLOGIC HISTORY OF ORESTES GUILLERMO RUIZ PEREZ

The document reviews the life and some detailed biographical information regarding Orestes Ruiz-Perez from his birth in Cuba, time in Miami, and later appointments and travel undertaken for the Cuban regime. Among the details revealed in the document is the CIA was using a former associate of Ruiz-Perez to rekindle a past friendship. This served as a pretext to determine if Ruiz-Perez would be susceptible to recruitment but the one official suspected their asset might reveal the CIA's interest.

104-10181-10011: CIA FILE ON ORESTES RUIZ-PEREZ, VOL 11.

The slug line of the cable references AMAUTO-1 and discusses Miami Station was attempting to check on reference information on AMAUTO-1. The 201 file referred to for this subject is 201-735296. This 258 page file is whited out after page 119.

180-10142-10196: Perez, Orestes Guillermo Ruiz, CIA, Files;

This is a collection of notes regarding Orestes Guillermo Ruiz-Perez and it verifies his 201 file is numbered 201-0735296 and this matches the prior document listing for AMAUTO-1. The file also corroborates AMAUTO-1 was still of Agency interest for recruitment and his travels to Madrid, which matches the time frame when Ruiz-Perez was sent to lead the Cuban Embassy in Madrid and was approached by the CIA via his former associate. In one portion of the file, Ruiz-Perez is noted as the "Subj (AMAUTO-1)". https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32271500.pdf

104-10181-10011: CIA FILE ON ORESTES RUIZ-PEREZ, VOL 11.

According to the first cited document above (104-10181-10001) Alexander Samko visited Orestes Ruiz-Perez during 1970 to reestablish their past friendship but this was a pretext to survey recruitment possibilities for the CIA. This related document seeks to determine the best process to approach AMAUTO-1 in May 1970 by a former associate to provide a "relaxed exchange". The yet unnamed person would pay a friendly visit to AMAUTO-1 at his residence and while contriving the possible excuses AMAUTO-1 would offer to prevent an interaction officials state "He might claim press of business or other commitments thereby refusing see (redacted) in home but might suggest that Samko visit (redacted) Monday morning." This visit sought to rekindle a past association between AMAUTO-1 and Samko during the same period the CIA was using Alexander Samko to survey Orestes Ruiz-Perez. Based upon the exact same name, actions, and timeline of the person used by the Agency, this strongly infers that AMAUTO-1 was Orestes Ruiz-Perez...(at p. 223): "Check with Chile desk to see who Tello is. Maybe THIS finally is our handle into AMAUTO-1."

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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