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Cryptonym: AMBIG-3

Definition:
Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez, Sr., leader and spokesman for Comandos L.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
A photo of Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez, Sr. can be seen at HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, box 18/1993.07.19.15:13:01:090600 - Rodriguez was used by Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria (AMDENIM-1) as a guide for an entry point into Oriente Province in 1964. Also, later in that same year, Manuel Ray Rivero (AMBANG-1) requested a meeting with AMBIG-3. It was reported that Ray had paid AMBIG-3's fare from New York to Puerto Rico so that he could speak to the former. AMBIG-3 was apparently very knowledgeable on the environs of Nicaro, on the north coast of Oriente Province. See below, 124-90106-10119, Lucia Fernandez, wife of Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez, was an FBI informant in April 1964 with the code name MM T-1.
Sources:

124-90106-10031: No Title

10/9/63 telegram, UFG 3833: "3. Source for para 4: A prominent exile activist who formerly participated in yachting activities in the Habana area. 4. Santiago Alvarez, Sr. of Comandos L has expressed an interest in obtaining operational information on Nicaro, Preston, Manati, Vita, Gibara and Puerto Padre In Oriente province, and Nuevitas in Camaguey province." See 104-10067-10162, p 44: "Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez - Leader and spokesman for Comandos L". Also see 124-10306-10071, p. 15 - affirming that both he and his son were involved in Comandos L, and that he was the leader as of 11/22/63.

124-90106-10119: FBI MEMO: COMANDOS L, IS - CUBA; NM

04/15/64, FBI memo from SAC, Miami to the Director: ..."MM T-1 is Lucia Fernandez (wife of Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez), 541 N.W. 45th Avenue, Miami, Florida, (by request). (REDACTION). In enclosed letterhead memorandum, Alvarez Rodriguez alludes to this fact, which is now an open secret among Cuban exiles..."

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..."

104-10162-10414: TYPIC/AMWORLD-TRANSMITTAL OF SPANISH PRQ I-ALVAREZ, SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ

4/28/64 dispatch from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, SAS: "Forwarded herewith is one copy of the Spanish PRQ 1 received from AMYUM-19 on the following individual who is of interest to the AMWORLD program as crewman...201-283567...Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez, DOB 7/25/07. Alias: Santiaguito Alvarez.

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...."

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."

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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