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Cryptonym: AMCOO

Definition:
Delia Failde, the “Dragon Lady”, operator of commercial boats including the Veramar used in CIA exfiltrations.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Delia Failde, the “Dragon Lady” (see 104-10162-10197); identity compromised in marginalia (see 104-10240-10042); operator of commercial boats including the Veramar used in CIA exfiltrations (see 104-10110-10259).

In the book Where Angels Tread Lightly, the case for identifying Delia Failde as a pseudonym for Katherine Taaffe (which might also be a pseudonym) was examined in Chapter 19.
Sources:

104-10240-10042: CABLE: ARTIME REPORTS WHEN HE AND VARONA INTERVIEWED BY ODURGE PRESENCE

1/12/60: Name mentioned in Robert Reynolds' marginalia on CIA cable. "Cuban consul DECHAID asked AMCOO for names of exfiltrees. She ducked, denied knowledge. D went to INS. They stalled. D said he'd write regional director. So far - hasn't."

104-10110-10259: MEMO:REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE CASES OF MANUEL FRANCIS ARTIME BUESA AND MANUEL ANTONIO VARONA

1/19/60 CIA memo on the impounding of the Veramar owned by AMCOO, which led to the end of AMCOO exfiltration services for the CIA.

104-10162-10197: OPS NOTES ON AMBIDDY

Circa 1960: See marginalia on page 4 of 7 for Delia Failde name next to AMCOO.

Contributors:
John Newman

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