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Cryptonym: AMCHALK-5

Definition:
Miguel Angel Diaz Isalgue served as a Team Leader for several black infiltration groups targeting Cuba during the 1960s.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Isalgue was assigned multiple cryptonyms for his Agency sponsored operations that include AMCHALK-5, AMICE-14, and AMSTALK-1.
Sources:

104-10247-10434: CABLE:ON 7 MAY WODISH HQS INFORMED THEY HAD REPORT FROM

April 1963: The cable discusses Ramon Guin Diaz (AMTRUNK-10) and his recruitment for CIA use by AMCHALK-5 (Miguel Diaz Isalgue) to monitor and report on dissident Cuban military officers. Yet the Guin proved of little use and later was involved with multiple failed plots targeting Fidel Castro.

104-10225-10012: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5

1961-1968: The document provides biographic data, his bio number 201-307337, and a summary of Miguel Isalgue's service to the CIA's JMWAVE Station for 15 separate black infiltration groups during this time period. AMBDEW-1 reported that Cuban intelligence was able to penetrate AMCHALK-5's team. It further reveals that Miguel Isalgue was assigned the cryptonyms AMCHALK-5, AMSTALK-1, and AMMICE-14. He additionally was targeted by the DGI (Cuban Intelligence) for recruitment but resisted the attempt used this opportunity to establish a channel of communication with Communist officials. He was later utilized to make a recruitment pitch for the CIA targeting Cuban official assigned the cryptonym AMWOLF-1 during the 1970s.

104-10225-10012: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5

A memorandum recounts the arrangements made with AMCHALK-5 (Miguel Isalgue) in order to facilitate a meeting with a Communist official assigned the cryptonym AMWOLF-1. Officials state they instructed AMCHALK-5 he could promise asylum if the defection pitch was accepted, but they did not give him specifics about financial inducements he could offer for recruitment.

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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