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Cryptonym: AMCHITTER

Definition:
Unknown identity. AMCHITTER reported on comments made by Eusebio Azcue, the former Cuban Consul in Mexico City, in December of 1959. AMCHITTER was described as a "person with good contacts in the Cuban Government."
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
One of those mentioned in AMCHITTER related documents was Pablo Agustin Aldama Lopez (Acosta), an attache to the Cuban Embassy in Mexico, had been alleged by an untested source to be the head of Cuban intelligence operations in Mexico. A FBI memo in October of 1960 stated that the CIA was then in the process of attempting to recruit Aldama. In addition, a cable in December of 1963 stated that AMCHITTER-1 was previously LIMASK-1.
Sources:

104-10069-10243: OPERATION AND SOURCE COVER SHEET - "CUBA'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE

12/11/59: Operational and Source Cover Sheet from Habana: Report No.: HKH-2351. Report made by: Edward D. Knapman. Report Approved by: Woodrow C. Olien. "Source Cryptonym: AMCHITTER. Source, Operational Data and Comments: Subject: Cuba's International Trade. Comment: Eusebio Azcue (See HKH-2347) told source the substance of the attached report on Soviet satellite trade with Cuba. Dec 59. RI please index: Eusebio Azcue."

104-10069-10236: OPERATIONAL AND SOURCE COVER SHEET - CUBAN ACTIVITIES IN MEXICO RE EUSEBIO AZCUE LOPEZ.

12/11/59: Operational and Source Cover Sheet from Habana: Report No.: HKH-2347. Report made by: Edward D. Knapman. Report approved by: Woodrow C. Olien. "Source Cryptonym: AMCHITTER. Source, Operational Data and Comments: Subject: Cuban Activities in Mexico. The Field Comment was based on MEXI-4340 and MEXI-4386. RI please index: Eusebio Azcue Lopez, Pablo Agustin Aldama Lopez."

104-10069-10237: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: CUBAN ACTIVITIES IN MEXICO RE EUSEBIO AZCUE LOPEZ.

12/11/59: Field Information Report: Country: Cuba/Mexico. Report No.: HKH-2347. Subject: Cuban Activities in Mexico. References: HMMA-13035. Date of Info: Early December 1959. Place & Date Acq.: Cuba, Habana (8 December 1959): "Source: Person with Cuban Government contacts (B)...1. Eusebio Azcue Lopez, former director of the Cuban peasant housing program, left Habana for Mexico City on 7 December 1959. (1). 2. Azcue says that Agustin Aldama is the chief of Cuban Intelligence in Mexico City and that he operates on a budget of 1,500 dollars a month. (2). (1) Source Comment: The purpose of Azcue's trip is not known. Azcue, who was the former Cuban Consul in Mexico City, has always had an anti-American streak, and is now blindly antagonistic to the United States. He said that the Cuban Government's program is anti-capitalist and that one of its principal aims is to discredit both the United States and its economic system throughout Latin America. Azcue said that the economic goal of the Castro regime is to socialize Cuba completely. He termed the revolutionary system 'Cuban Communism.' (2) Field Comment: Pablo Agustin Aldama Acosta, an attache to the Cuban Embassy in Mexico, has previously been alleged by an untested source in Mexico to be the head of Cuban intelligence operations in Mexico. Another untested source in Mexico reported in September 1959 that Aldama, Hector Garcia Vidal, and Gil Lino Suarez Hernandez, all of whom the source identified as Military Attaches to the Cuban Embassy, were in constant touch with both the Soviet and Czech diplomatic installations in Mexico."

104-10163-10332: CUBAN ACTIVITIES IN MEXICO

01/06/60: Field Information Report: Subject: Cuban Activities in Mexico. Place & Date Acq.: Cuba, Habana (8 December 1959). Field Report No.: MKH-2347. "Source: Person with good contacts in the Cuban Government (B)...1. Eusebio Azcue Lopez, former director of the Cuban peasant housing program, left Habana for Mexico City on 7 December 1959. 2. According to Azcue, the chief of Cuban intelligence in Mexico City is Agustin Aldama who operates on a budget of $1,500 a month. 1. Source Comment: The purpose of Azcue's trip is not known. Azcue, who was formerly Cuban Consul in Mexico City, has always been somewhat anti-American and is now blindly antagonistic to the United States. He believes that the Cuban Government's program is anti-Capitalist and that one of its principal aims is to discredit both the United States and its economic system throughout Latin America. According to Azcue, the economic goal of the Castro regime is to socialize Cuba completely, and he described the revolutionary system as 'Cuban Communism.' Headquarters Comment: OS-3/407,923 reported that Azcue, Cuban Consul in Mexico City, had been in touch with leftist Nicaraguan exiles in Mexico. 2. Field Comment: TDCS-3/410,843 from an untested source in Mexico, reported Pablo Agustin Aldama Acosta, Hector Garcia Vidal, and Gil Lino Suarez Hernandez, all identified by the source as Military Attaches at the Cuban Embassy, were in continual touch with both the Soviet and Czech diplomatic installations in Mexico. Headquarters Comment: Cf. CSCI-3/758,049, which erroneously referred to Hector Aldama Acosta as Cuban Intelligence Chief in Mexico. The reference should have been to Pablo Agustin Aldama. Hector Aldama, as indicated in the Headquarters Comment to CSCI-3/758,049, is reported to be Inspector-general of the Cuban Revolutionary National Police."

124-90137-10071:

10/17/60: Memo from S. J. Papich to Mr. L'Allister: Subject: Pablo Agustin Aldama Acosta, Internal Security - Cuba: "Reference is made to the enclosed CIA communication concerning the subject, who has been serving as an Attache at the Cuban Embassy, Mexico City. He is described as the head of Cuban intelligence in Mexico and Central America. According to the CIA report, the subject apparently had been encountering some difficulties with his own government after another Cuban government official had accused Aldama of being anticommunist. One CIA source reported that the subject had been accused of profiteering in liquor he had received at a special price at the Embassy; that he had been squandering his money on extravagant living quarters; and that he had killed a women. On October 14, 1960, S. H. Horton, CIA, advised the Liaison Agent on a strictly confidential basis that CIA was now in the process of endeavoring to recruit Aldama. He stated that preliminary steps already had been taken in Mexico and it appeared that a CIA undercover agent very likely will be in a position to confer with the subject. ACTION: The above information is being directed to the attention of the Nationalities Intelligence Section."

104-10101-10217: CABLE:REQUEST WAVE CONTACT AMCHITTER-1 - INVOLVEMENT IN REPORTED PLAN TO SABOTAGE YUGOSLAV SHIP

12/16/63: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Info: Mexico City) (Orig: A. A. Maloney, Unit: C/SAS/MOB): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC LIMASK: "1. Request WAVE contact AMCHITTER-1 (previously LIMASK-1) ASAP and determine his involvement, if any, in reported plan to sabotage Yugoslav ship 'Bar' Vera Cruz or any other planned SAB of Vera Cruz. 2. If determined AMCHITTER-1 involved request STA direct him to cease all participation and forward HQs details AMCHITTER-1 role. 3. Request above info be cabled PRITY." Releasing Officer: Desmond FitzGerald, C/SAS. Authenticating Officer: A. A. Maloney, C/SAS/MOB.

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