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Cryptonym: AMCROAK-1

Definition:
Bernardo Milanes Lopez, Castro’s mother’s doctor, recruited by Tony Sforza in Madrid in 1963. Part of Operation Raphael, a plot to assassinate Fidel, Raul, and Che.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
AMCROAK-1 was also part of the AMTURVY net. Later, Tony Sforza learned from Cubela’s father that Milanes ended up in the La Cabana prison where he and Cubela were the principal medical doctors for the prisoners there, 7/29/69. His bio file number was 201-738660. For further research, examine these documents together: 104-10308-10020, 104-10308-10021; 104-10308-10325; 104-10308-10326; 104-10506-10031; 104-10076-10042; 104-10216-10027.
Sources:

104-10103-10128: CONTACT REPORT ON AUGUST 5/60 AT 7 A.M. BRAND MADE CONTACT WITH

October 1960: "Through Bernita Fernandez, Brand (AMPANIC-7) made contact with a very well-known physician, Dr. Bernardo Milanes. Though Brand had decided to discontinue operations, he recruited Dr. Milanes, who was willing to bring a group of about 30 of his fellow physicians to work with Cuba Libre."

104-10076-10042: JMWAVE CABLE RE REPORT IN MIAMI HERALD OF CUBAN WATER SHORTAGE HAS PROMPTED CASTRO TO SEND SECRET ENVOY TO US TO BUY SPARE PARTS FOR TWO DIESEL PLANTS

12/04/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Trained by Henry J. Sloman (pseudo for Tony Sforza).

104-10308-10325: CABLE RE AMCROAK

12/05/63, Cable from Madrid to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC COMMO AMCROAK: "1. Following from Sloman: A. Basis discussions WAVE CO with AMCROAK-1 and review debriefing AMOT-2, CO satisfied AMCROAK-1's ardent desire assist in overthrow AMTHUG-1 and sincere enthusiasm to assist CIA. AMCROAK-1 expressed necessity collect intelligence before any action be mounted and wishes dedicate his activities exclusively to intelligence collection. B. AMCROAK-1 proposed forming a net of 4 doctors and his wife. He and other doctors know disgruntled rebel army officers and/or wives though feel obligated to doctors. Wishes use wife, whom he describes as most courageous and having fought 4 years in Spanish Civil War, to copy OWVL. CO will obtain complete data on doctors and security review on all proposed individuals including AMCROAK-1. C. AMCROAK-1 expressed eagerness be trained all phases intelligence collection, reporting and commo. Stated best time receive OWVL between 8 and 9:30 AM. Only possible transmission hours between 9 and 11 PM. Indicated could transmit from his home in Nuevo Vedado or his consulting office. Claims in both sites has numerous places hide set, such as numerous pieces of large medical equipment, some of which are hollow. D. Since AMCROAK-1 stated he may only transmit in evenings, request HQs coordinate with NYXIS Div for release FSS-7 whose output necessary for evening transmissions. E. CO will continue debriefings and, thereafter commence training, which should be completed by evening 7 Dec. Suggest commo instructor arrived Madrid AM 7 Dec. Station will arrange passage through customs. F. AMCROAK-1 discussed op plan, mentioned previous cables, with AMOT-2. Plan consisted of elimination high GOC personalities. AMCROAK-1 has not mentioned plan to CO."

104-10308-10326: CABLE

12/11/63, Cable from Madrid to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMCROAK: "1. Plan mentioned para 1 F Reference B concerns physical elimination AMTHUG/1, AMLOUT/1 and AMQUACK/1 although last two not considered important by planners. AMCROAK/1 stated there are 7 persons involved in plan and they have studied plan for past 8 months. Planners claim have one .30 cal machine gun, 2 M-1's, and 2 other rifles with ammo for all. They claim have 3 sites available which overlook places visited by 3 mentioned. Require 35,000 pesos to obtain one truck, two cars and places to hide after attempt. 2. CO advised AMCROAK/1 that ODYOKE does not look with approval upon these activities but that they would be passed on. A/1 would possibly be advised of the decision after his return to Cuba."

104-10309-10007: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/TYPIC/MHAPRON/AMCROAK VIEWS OF BERNARDO MILANES LOPEZ (201-738660)

1/27/64 memo: Dr. Milanes gives his observations of Fidel Castro and the other members of Fidel's family

http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/NARA-Oct2017/2018/104-10308-10022.pdf

09/01/65, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH:

104-10216-10027: TELEPOUCH:OPERATIONAL/AMOT AMLASH-1

1969: Ended up in Cuban prison with Cubela (AMLASH-1).

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John Newman • Bill Simpich

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