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Cryptonym: AMBIG-3

Definition:
Ricardo Adelis Cobos. Also known as Ricardo Adolis Cobos and Ricardo Adelis Cobos-Ricardo. Being sought for questioning by the Dallas FBI office at the time of the assassination. Close allies with the Pino Pino brothers - at least one of them lived at the House at Harlandale as of 11/22/63.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A dispatch in April of 1964 mentioned that the 201 number of AMBIG-3 was 201-731777, while a Field Information Report in February, 1965, stated that Ricardo Cobos' 201 number was 201-731777, matching AMBIG-3's 201 number. Also, a dispatch in November, 1964, stated Manuel Ray Rivero (AMBANG-1) requested a meeting with AMBIG-3, who had "been active in illegal forays against Cuba which were mounted from Miami." Ray was reported to have paid AMBIG-3's fare from New York to Puerto Rico, and the return, in order to talk with him. AMBIG-3 was apparently very knowledgeable on the environs of Nicaro, on the north coast of Oriente Province. In addition, a dispatch in October of 1966 stated that AMBIG-3 made an unsuccessful trip to the Dominican Republic, and had connections with Rolando Masferrer and Mitchell WerBell. A FBI New York report in September, 1966, mentioned: "NY T-1 stated that Wer Bell and a Cuban exile by the name of Adolis Cobos were to have made a visit to Santo Domingo to firm up all details with Commodore Jimenez, but this meeting had been cancelled due to the difficulties encountered in the Dominican Republic." https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=119784&search=124-90124-10008#relPageId=4&tab=page
Sources:

124-90078-10001: No Title

3/16/62 foreign service despatch from Amconsul, Nassau to Dept. of State, Washington: Three Cuban refugees were shipwrecked in the Bahamas in early 1962 - ECLA representatives Adolis Cobo Ricardo, Osvaldo Pino Pino and Oscar Pino Pino were considered assets at this time, when they let intelligence know they could get pix of Cuban bases, and lots of information on the internal workings of these bases. More on Osvaldo and Oscar Pino's role with the ECLA, Christian Anticommunist Army: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=125427&search=RUIZ#relPageId=8&tab=page

Commission Document 1085 - FBI Letter from Director of 11 Jun 1964 with Attached Memoranda and Reports

06/14/63: FBI report from Dallas Office by Wallace R. Heitman: Titled: Osvaldo Aurelio Pino Pino: "(Osvaldo Aureliano Pino Pino), a Cuban National, presently resides 719 N. Bishop St., Dallas, TX, and is employed at warehouse of El Chico Restaurants, Dallas. Information received subject was employed by Cuban-G-2-Cuba prior to his reported flight from Cuba into the United States, which he entered in Miami, FL, on 4/6/62...along with Cobos-Ricardo...it was alleged by Cobos-Ricardo that subject had in May, 1962, confessed to Cobos-Ricardo that the Cuban G-2 had assigned subject the mission of keeping (Aristedes) Caldevilla under surveillance in order to prevent Caldevilla from fleeing Cuba...Cobos-Ricardo also advised subject had been forced to escape from Cuba because he was wanted by the Cuban G-2 after Caldevilla eluded the surveillance in Cuba. Cobos-Ricardo stated subject had been employed by the Institute of National Agrarian Reform as Chief of Fuel and Lubricants Department in Cuba. Cobos-Ricardo said that (Osvaldo Aureliano Pino Pino had been one of the leaders of the Christian Liberation Army." This group was also known as the ECLA - the Ejercito Christiano de Liberacion Anti-comunista. See 124-90078-10023, pages 7-9, which also cited the approving words of Pino's El Chico foreman Daniel Flores. See page 177: "Cobos Ricardo worked for the Department of Public Works at Mayari, Oriente, Cuba. Cobos Richado was associated with Pino in the underground movement in Cuba...the ECLA..."Pino denied he was ever a G-2 agent - all these men were members of the militia under Castro and hence associated with the G-2.

124-90078-10008: No Title

8/15/63: On this date, the Pino Pino file was sent to Dallas, OO (Office of Origin - the Domestic Contacts Division) "by letter today to Miami...advising that Cobos Ricardo had been discharged". Note: Probably "discharged" from the US military. (Memo dated 9/5/63, to FBI Director)

124-90078-10010: [No Title]

11/12/63: Ricardo Adelis Cobos-Ricardo was being sought by the Dallas FBI office. Last reported residence was in Miami, also being sought at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. On this date Dallas FBI Wallace Heitman, the office's Spanish-speaking expert on Cuba, sought permission to interview Orlando Aureliano Pino Pino, resident of the House on Harlandale and on board of directors of the SFNE. Interview did not take place until April 1964. A new version of this document shows that Dallas FBI had hoped to recruit Pino as a security informant or as a double agent: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=166804#relPageId=2&tab=page As mentioned in an earlier post above, Pino was resolute in arguing that he had associated with G-2 as a member of the militia like his ECLA compatriots, but was never a G-2 officer: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=11481&relPageId=177&search=ricardo

104-10163-10062: DISPATCH: TRANSMITTAL OF LCFLUTTER RESULTS.

04/24/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, KUSODA (Info: Chief, Special Affairs Staff): "1. Forwarded herewith (RYBAT) for the following LCFLUTTER reports with below list of IRD numbers and, if available, 201 numbers with cryptonyms: ...IRD NUMBER: 66812, 201 NUMBER: 731777, CRYPT: AMBIG/3..."

104-10172-10101: DISPATCH: PROGRESS REPORT ON AMDENIM-1 - PERIOD 1 OCT 63-31 MAY 1964

06/24/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 3: ..."9. With the AMSPARK area now fully alerted it became necessary to locate a guide for a different entry point in Oriente. Subject was provided with a number of leads among fishermen refugees and quickly sorted them out and came up with AMBIG-3 who had previously been cleared and then not used due to the press of other business. The new guide was quickly recleared and put with AMSEED-3 and for the most part kept busy with training and other preparations..."

124-90078-10021:

08/28/64: FBI airtel from SAC, Miami to Director: Subject: Osvaldo Aurelio Pino Pino..."Re Miami letter to Bureau 6/18/64. On 8/25/64, Arsenio Tejada, 1537 1st Place, Miami, Florida, advised Humberto Perez was in Dade County Jail on traffic charge. Tejada advised Ricardo Cobos resides at 208 N. W. 47th Street, Miami, Florida, telephone: HI 5-3998. Tejada stated Caldevilla has moved to unknown address in Maryland area. Cobos was contacted evening of 8/25 last and advised he would be in the Miami Office 2:00 p.m., 8/26/64. On 8/26/64, Ray Du Bois, CIA Covert Representative, Miami, advised SA Peter J. Nero that CIA had an operational interest in Cobos and offered to obtain any information needed if FBI would submit questions to CIA. It was explained to Du Bois that the questions were complicated and such a procedure would not be satisfactory. Du Bois offered to permit interview of subject jointly with CIA. He was informed this would be considered. Miami Office recommends no further effort be made to interview Cobos in view of CIA operational interest in him. However, if interview still considered necessary by Bureau, then it is recommended that Miami jointly interview subject with CIA. Miami case remains pending awaiting Bureau decision as to interview."

104-10180-10342: REPORT COVER SHEET: SOURCE: AMSEED-3 FROM AMBIG-3 WHO IS THE EXILE MENTIONED IN

11/10/64, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Charles W. Gneiting, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, and Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "Source: AMSEED-3 from AMBIG-3 who is the exile mentioned in the report. Please protect AMBIG-3..." Page 3: CIA Information Report: Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq.: United States, Miami (6 November 1964): SOURCE: A prominent exile activist who formerly participated in yachting activities in the Habana area. This information was obtained from close associates of members of JURE. As of 30 October 1964 Manuel Ray Rivero, leader of the Junta Revolucionaria Cubana (JURE, Cuban Revolutionary Junta), had requested a meeting with a well known exile who has been active in illegal forays against Cuba which were mounted from Miami. Ray is reported to have paid the exile's fare from New York to Puerto Rico and return in order to talk with him. The exile is very knowledgeable on the environs of Nicaro, on the north coast of Oriente Province."

1994.05.10.08:49:15:600007: Reel 27, Folder B - JURE (FOLDER 4).

02/15/65: Field Information Report: "1. As of 2 February 1965, Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez, captain of the M/V Venus, was still plotting against Manuel Ray Rivero. Leader of the Junta Revolucionaria Cubana (JURE, Cuban Revolutionary Junta). Sometime before the end of February Rabel plans to take over the M/V Venus, the two Boston Whalers, Venus No. 1 and Venus No. 2, and all the weapons and equipment which JURE has at its Dominican base. He is believed to be planning to exfiltrate his wife from Cuba and/or planning to use the Venus in a commando raid against an unidentified Cuban target. He will then proceed to an unidentified Key known to Ricardo Adolis Cobos (Handwritten: 201-731777) where the weapons will be cached..." A fuller, less redacted cable and Information Report can be found here: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=17522&search=104-10192-10132#relPageId=2&tab=page - - - Page 210: Another Field Information Report states: ..."and Adolis Cavas, who is originally from the Sierra del Cristal area of Oriente Province. Adolis Cavas is believed to refer to Ricardo Adolis Cobos (Handwritten above name: maybe with). https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55236&search=1994.05.10.08-49-15-600007#relPageId=210&tab=page - - - There is no handwritten note in this version: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=76306&search=124-10225-10193#relPageId=3&tab=page

104-10182-10081: CABLE: LNERGO ON 7 OCT 66 GAVE JMWAVE OFFICER SUMMARY RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AMBIG/3 CASE

10/10/66, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines RYBAT TYPIC (REDACTION) GUILE: "1. LNERGO on 7 Oct 66 gave JMWAVE officer summary recent developments AMBIG/3 case. AMBIG/3 went to New York for scheduled 10 Sept meet with Carlos (Morales) Quesado (201-777565). Registered as instructed at Dixie Hotel and awaited contact in lobby. Morales did not make contact, and AMBIG-3 returned Miami. There has been no subsequent contact by Carlos. In contact previous habit telephoning AMBIG/3 frequently, leading LNERGO concluded Morales has dropped case for (unintelligible)." Page 2: .."Therefore AMBIG/3 returned Dominican Republic 19 Sept 66 carrying pistols, individually wrapped and addressed to Chief of Information in office of president. According AMBIG/3, despite fact Perez and unnamed chief information were at airport to meet him he again denied entry and returned to San Juan, although Dominican Republic officials kept the pistols. 4. Day or so later AMBIG/3 visited at Capitol Hotel San Juan by unidentified representative of Balaguer who allegedly stated matter now straightened out and that Balaguer requested AMBIG/3 return to demonstrate pistols. AMBIG/3 said he would not return Dominican Republic without indication in writing from security chief at airport he would be permitted enter. AMBIG/3 then returned Miami, reported to Werbell that he had not been permitted enter Dominican Republic and thus had not contacted Jimenez. In desperation, since AMBIG/3/Jimenez link apparently represents only hope Masferrer obtaining entry and storage arms Dominican Republic by letter, urging him do so immediately." (CONTINUED BELOW).

104-10182-10081: CABLE: LNERGO ON 7 OCT 66 GAVE JMWAVE OFFICER SUMMARY RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AMBIG/3 CASE

10/10/66, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines RYBAT TYPIC (REDACTION) GUILE: Page 3: "(He will falsely tell Werbell he has done so, but of course will receive no reply. LNERGO, which has been attempting extricate AMBIG/3 from his involvement with Masferrer, has thus far rejected informal LNYUMA proposal that letter or telegram ostensibly from Jimenez be manufactured - in order precipitate Masferrer action - on grounds this would be entrapment and might nullify prosecution Masferrer). 5. Both JMWAVE and local LNERGO are of opinion that AMBIG/3 connections with Werbell and Masferrer, which he has not reported to Morales but which would be difficult conceal if CUIS running any kind of checks, possibly cause of Morales dropping AMBIG/3. In hope reactivating case local LNERGO has proposed to its headquarters that AMBIG/3 sent SW letter to Havana letter drop to effect 'Alejandro (Morales) failed show at scheduled meeting, and I have some info request by him. Also have info concerning plans invade Cuba by Masferrer and I have accidentally become involved in these plans. I have made several trips to Dominican Republic in effort obtain storage facilities. AMBIG/3 could add some details of op. 6. LNERGO HQs has for moment rejected suggestion on (unintelligible) Masferrer op to CUIS might interfere with LNYUMA investigation. However LNERGO plans discuss with LNYUMA both locally and at LNYUMA HQs and appears possible LNYUMA may not oppose passage info. (JMWAVE fails see how passage info legitimately obtained by AMBIG/3, parts of which CUIS already undoubtedly aware, appears offer good chance reactivating DA op. 7. FYI in what appears to be new departure for LNERGO, with exception of above info on Masferrer LNERGO HQs has given LNERGO Miami authorization pass any info through AMBIG/3 without obtaining prior authorization LNERGO HQs...."

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