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Cryptonym: AMBARB-70

Definition:
Martin Morua Arrechea, national coordinator of DRE 1962-63. Joined propaganda unit within TFW in April 1962; by Oct 1962, a TFW "ops specialist". During 1961 and 1962 he was trying to purchase detonators in Chicago with Jorge Salazar who hosted Alpha 66 meetings at 3126 Harlandale, Dallas.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
His matronym is sometimes misspelled as "Arechea".
Sources:

1993.07.26.19:07:13:680590: SECURITY FILE ON MARTIN MORUA

Security File, Page 8: Son of Martin Morua Contreras and Claribel Arrechea Rodriguez. Student at University of Villanueva in Havana. Worked for Cuban government Nov-Dec. 1960. Arrived in USA for first time 12/24/61. Expected to settle with sister Claribel in Chicago. Page 16: By October 1962, listed as "TFW ops specialist", security file 271792. Page 19: Listed as "CLIP", living in Miami. Page 3: CI/OA to DDS/SO: CI/OA cancelling Morua's Operational Approval on 5/23/63.

104-10181-10337: CABLE: JOSE LUIS MACHADO, FORMER ASST TO GENERAL FATJO MIYARES

5/17/61, JMWAVE to BELL, slugline JMZIP PSYCH: "Jose Machado, former assistant to General Fatjo Miyares, AMHINT OPS Havana, arrived Miami 11 May with general situation report: A. AMHINTs imprisoned Boniato, Oriente Province: AMHINT-1 (201-286050), Enrique Casuso (201-278749), Rene Armas, Carlos Armas, Carlos Caciedo, FNU Fontanil. B. Arrested, G-2 Havana, AMHINT-3 (201-287682). C. Political asylum, Havana: AMHINT-13 (201-291751), AMHINT-14 (201-289935), Francisco Blanco, Jose Maria Laza, Fernando Garcia Chacon (AMHINT courier) (201-313136). D. Seeking asylum Havana: AMHINT-2, Luis Fernandez Rocha (Luciano), AMHINT-5 (reception ops) (201-283242), Martin Morua Arrechea (201-320262) and Bernabe Pena...Subject reports that Venezuelan ambassador Zurbaran has given asylum to AMHINTs with their arms and vowed make fort of embassy if necessary."

124-10370-10019: ADMIN FOLDER-N6: HSCA ADMINISTRATIVE FOLDER, JFK MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION VOLUME I

During Aug. 1961, John Burkman at Richmond Arms Company in Blissfield, MI was asked to provide 10,000 M-1 rifles for an anti-Castro revolution. Burkman met in Aug 1961 with Jose Cardoso, arms coordinator for the DRE, Evilio Duque, DRE head, and others. In Sept 61 Burkman met with Cardoso, Duque, and Orlando Bosch. Sometime later in 61 Martin Morua, national coordinator of the DRE, obtained 3000 blasting caps and two telegraph sending and receiving sets from Burkman, which were allegedly given to Evilio Duque. "(FBI Special Agent Walter Rogers) was also advised of the possible negotiation (by Homer Echevarria's group) for the sale of explosives, and he indicated that to the best of his memory one Martin Morua, a member of the Directorio Estudiante Revolucionario, had come North from Miami (in late 1962 or so) and had been in Chicago. Morua had expressed an interest in buying detonators and had been 'up in Michigan' trying to buy detonators..." On 10/24/62, 1000 blasting caps of C-4 were sold to Marti Salazar and Morua. During Oct 63, FNU Sierra, FNU Hernandez, and Jose Cardoso told Berkman they needed to purchase a large quantity of rifles and other arms, unknown if deal completed. "Mannie" in the report appeared to be Paulino Sierra. See 11/29/63-12/10/63, Secret Service memo by Edward Z. Tucker and Joseph Noonan re Homer S. Echevarria:

104-10171-10334: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/AMSPELL PROGRESS REPORT - JULY 1962

8/6/62 letter by Martin Morua about an exfiltration for DRE Secretary General, Luis Fernandez Rocha/AMHINT-53. He signs off as "Coordinator General, P.S.R."

104-10073-10238: DISPATCH - FORWARDING PRQ PART I ON MARTIN MORUA ARRECHA

10/5/62 dispatch, Operational GYROSE/KUWOLF/AMBARB, PRQ I from C/JMWAVE to C/TFW William Harvey on Martin Morua Arrechea, identified as 201-320262. Page 4: Can read and write both Spanish and English.

104-10073-10245: PROVISIONAL OPERATIONAL APPROVAL FORM

10/18/62 to C/TFW, Attn: Gabe Lowe: Provisional Operational Approval is granted for AMBARB-70, identified as C-98579.

104-10220-10011: AMBARB

10/18/62: JMAVE informed William Harvey that a number of AMBARBs ready for further duty. C-98579 is identified as AMBARB-70.

104-10171-10300: REPORT:CUBAN ANTI-COMMUNIST ARMY/MORUA-CARDOSO PLAN TO ACQUIRE ARMS

11/9/62 report by FBI agent Walter Rogers on Morua and Cardoso's purchases in 1961 and 1962 described above. Jose Cardoso (note: actual name is Jose Cardosa) is identified here as a member of the ECA, or Cuban Anti-Communist Army. "Morua gave (Cardoso) a list of arms and equipment needed by the underground in Cuba...Morua stated the whole underground in Cuba was at a standstill waiting for blasting caps...the fuse-type blasting caps were delivered to (Morua's) home by an associate of (John Burkman's) and picked up there by Morua and Jorge Marti Salazar, of Bellwood, Illinois, a Cuban refugee who was going to be working with the DRE...a year ago he obtained from Burkman) blasting caps as well as two telegraph sending and receiving sets, for Evelio Duque, commander in chief, Ejercito Cubano Anticomunista (ECA) (Frente Escambray), which Duque picked up and took to Miami for use by his organization." See 104-10262-10014: In 1961, Orlando Bosch/AMDITTO-23 joined Cardosa and Duque in Chicago to discuss arms purchases with Burkman.

Salazar, Jorge

Late 1963: CD 1085u, p. 4, states "these meetings [Alpha 66] are almost always held in the home of Jorge Salazar, residence, 3126 Hollandale, Dallas." Oswald was rumored to have gone to the Alpha 66 meetings held at 3126 Harlandale, as reported by sheriff Buddy Walters. FBI symboled informant D-282-S went to meetings there. See https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html? docId=125576&search=Jorge_AND+Salazar#relPageId=5&tab=page and https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10146&search=Jorge_AND+Salazar#relPageId=14&tab=page

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