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Cryptonym: AMAUTO-1

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.


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


Re 11/22/63: Undated CIA document: "RUIZ, Orestes Guillermo 201-735296, AMAUTO-1 Photos available, DGI. See also (REDACTION) IGO 'P' folder LA/MP. Born 10 Feb 1930 Havana, Cuba. Was in asylum in Mexico during Batista era, being anti-Batista regime. Emigrated to U.S. in 50's. Reportedly lived in U.S. five years (specifics unknown) illegally. Worked as butcher for Polish-America in Miami, Fla. Was in touch with underworld in Miami, Fla. Returned to Cuba clandestinely when Castro came to power. Involved in terrorist activities during Batista regime. 2. Was Commercial Counsel at Cuban Embassy Mexico City in 1963. Andy HUCKNER from Texas, pro-Cuban, pro-Russian, anti-U.S. who made anti-Kennedy remark was in touch with RUIZ at Cuban Embassy Mexico City in 63 and 64. RUIZ flew from Mexico City to Havana on 22 Nov 63. See chronology re RUIZ. CH."


Re: 11/22/63 - 11/30/63 cable WAVE 8316 from JMWAVE to Director, slugline RYBAT TYPIC GEKFOR AMWEE COMMO: Following is translation (WAVE 8270): "MSG 45. AMWEE-1 to (case officer). Our condolences on death (of) President. Mauri reports on 22 Nov the Cubana aircraft delayed its departure for five hours from 1700 to 2200 waiting for an important passenger who arrived (from) Mexico City in private twin motor aircraft at 2130 hours Mexi time transferring directly from his plane to the Cubana plane without going through Customs or Immigration. Traveled in pilot's cabin. Mauri returned on same aircraft to Cuba."

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."

Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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