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Cryptonym: AMCOAX-1

Definition:
Jose Pujals Mederos. His patronymic is also seen as Pujol and Pujols. Aliases included Chacho and Ernesto.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

1994.04.26.09:46:28:100005 Reel 52, Folder J - REINOL GONZALES

Reinol Gonzales/AMCALL-1 states in a CIA debriefing that "Pujals" was also known as "Ernesto". Previous page describes this as the Debriefing of Reinol Gonzales by Carl Jenkins, May 28, 1979. At page 16, it states: "Jose Pujol Mederos, (possibly Pujals)" is described by Reinol Gonzales/AMCALL-1 at the CIA debriefing described above as "an agent trained by the Agency in the U.S., who worked with the MRP and the small UR group".

104-10103-10151: CABLE:11. YOUR MESSAGE 15. BRAND, CHACHO AND LUIS/ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE CASTRO AND SABOTAGE ELECTRIC COMPANY

Brand (AMPANIC-7), Chacho (AMCOAX-1) and Luis (AMPUG-1) only have arms for 50 men. Blowing up of central electric plant and possibly attempt on Fidel will be decidedly carried out 9 April. Once this is achieved impossible to maintain clandestine organization in Cuba.

180-10090-10232: No Title

"Castro's Black Book", given to Senator George McGovern in 1975, states that at a 1961 meeting Jose Pujals Mederos took the place of Alfredo Izaguirre (AMPUG-1) as head of the CIA agents in Cuba after Izaguirre's arrest. Pujals met with Jim Bender aka Jim Boulding; Harold Bischop; and Carl Hitch. This meeting was held at Guantanamo Naval Base. Former base chief - "Captain Carl E. Schenweias" - was one of the most aggressive organizers at this meeting.

104-10193-10173: CABLE: FOLL INFO OBTAINED CARLOS BANDIN AKA LAZARO DURING DEBRIEFING

AMCOAX-1 was known as Chacho and Ernesto.

104-10103-10360: COMMENTS ON BOOK V, SSC FINAL REPORT, THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY: PERFORMANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

AMBRONC-5 was told to contact AMCOAX-1 for his general plan for April 1961. AMCOAX-1 obtained his POA on 1/5/61 to organize paramilitary activities in Cuba. He infiltrated in Feb. 1961, and exfiltrated in July 1961. Reinfiltrated on July 29, 1961, with the same organizing mission, and was arrested on August 17,1961. As seen in this redacted document with a POA date identical to AMCOAX-1, the CIA claims that there is "nothing in the files" showing that he was involved in assassination efforts against Castro. Received a 30 year prison term. His name appears in Castro's Black Book, given to Senator McGovern. Pages 76-79 describe how AMCOAX-1 was identified as one of the four agents who planned to sabotage the Havana electric company during April 1961, along with AMBRONC-5, AMPUG-1 and AMPANIC-7.

104-10193-10180: DISPATCH: JMZIP/PM - CONTACT REPORT OF MEETINGS

AMBRONC-5 is described in this memo as AMCOAX-1's deputy.

HSCA Report, Volume X Current Section: III. Antonio Veciana Blanch

Veciana/AMSHALE-1 was the chief of MRP's sabotage division during the time that AMCOAX-1 was engaged in sabotage efforts in Cuba with MRP in 1961. Veciana was also closely working with David Phillips throughout this period.

104-10243-10080: CABLE: ACCORDING INFO RECD HERE FROM AMCOAX-ONE, MEETING WAS HELD IN HAVA 7 JUL BY MRR,MRP, 30 NOV1 RESCATE, DR, MDC AND UP FOR PURPOSE UNIFYING UNDERGROUND AT WHICH IT WAS DECIDED MENDOZA WOULD BE SE

7/20/61 memo from Martha Tharpe, WH/4/PA-PROP: AMCOAX-1 reported that a number of the anti-Castro organizations met to unify the underground, decided that "Mendoza" would be the external coordinator and be sent to Miami. "It is conceivable Mendoza considered AMCOAX-1 or AMPUG-1 as representing (CIA)."

1993.07.24.08:58:48:530470: MATERIAL REVIEWED AT CIA HQS BY HSCA STAFF MEMBERS RE PIERRE OWEN DIEZ

This CIA memo quotes the magazine Prensa Latina as adopting the findings from the "Castro's Black Book" item in some respects, as it states that Pujals was involved in attempts on Castro's life, and cites some of the same CIA officers as his "handlers".

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