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Cryptonym: AMCUTLER-2

Definition:
AMCUTLER-2 was a courier, and wife of AMCUTLER-1. AMCUTLER-2 was known as Carmina.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable in July, 1967, stated that AMCUTLER-2 was the primary asset of the AMFAUNA net until arrested in December, 1963. She was in prison in Cuba as of October of 1966.
Sources:

104-10073-10101: DEBRIEFING OF AMFAUNA-14

AMCUTLER-2 referred to as "Carmina". On following page, it states that "AMCUTLER-2 told AMFAUNA-14 to tell the DSE that AMCUTLER-1 was not a close friend of Gutierrez Menoyo. She said to add that she was very angry with AMCUTLER-1 and thinking of divorcing him...(at page 18 of 19) AMFAUNA-14 knows that messages sent previously by AMCOG-3 TO AMCUTLER-2 reached (her)...it does not surprise AMFAUNA-14 that AMCUTLER-2 did not follow the orders. AMCUTLER-2, she says, plays her own game with little consideration for others...AMFAUNA-14 believes that AMCUTLER-2 may be working for the Second Front of the Escambray, because her very close friend Lolin Correoso is the fiancee of Hipolito REDACTED who was a collector for this organization."

104-10073-10074: DISPATCH:AMCUTLER/1 PROGRESS REPORT FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1962.

01/09/63: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: ..."Once a month a pouch passes between the (REDACTION) Consulate in Miami and the Embassy in Havana, and AMCUTLER-1 has made use of it to send letters for posting in Havana to AMCUTLER-2. The two (REDACTION) brothers are personal friends of AMCUTLER-1 and AMCUTLER-2, but AMCUTLER-1 does not believe that they would yet be willing to carry or send any obvious espionage material. He does believe that they would be willing to carry canned good to AMCUTLER-2, and this is being explored, with the idea of concealing money, maps, etc. in the tin cans..."

104-10308-10119: TRANSLATION OF AMFAUNA-1 MESSAGE DATED 15 JULY 1963

07/15/63: CIA document: "Message no. 134...Distribution: AMFAUNA-7, AMFAUNA-8, AMCUTLER-2: 3. I have never dropped contact with AMFAUNA-7 and AMFAUNA-8, although I see them as little as possible. AMCUTLER-2 frequents the places where they spend hours and hours talking with their friends, some of whom like Comandan Efigenio Almejeiras who is an intimate friend of AMFAUNA-7, belong to the regime. I keep away from them because they are drunks and G-2 bait..."

104-10308-10018: CABLE: WHILE BELIEVE HAVE REASONABLY ACCURATE PICTURE OF SPECIFIC

11/10/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "1. While believe have reasonable accurate picture of specific security threats 9 Nov facing several WAVE KUTUBE (Foreign Intelligence -FI- division of CIA) assets in PBRUMEN (Cuba), wish point out it difficult make realistic estimate at this time which assets will survive current PBRUMEN security crackdown. Reason for this is, given variety of factors and often complicated ops situation, there no way determining in advance whether DSE will be able translate what we recognize as security weaknesses or threats info effective neutralization of agents by means doubling or arrest. Our ability effect exfiltration such assets as AMWEE-2, AMCANOE-3, and AMCUTLER-2 who in position compromise other agents will have decided influence on extent possible further losses. 2. WAVE confident large majority assets listed inventory mentioned ref will survive current security situation. FOLL assets endangered or compromised as FOLL...B. AMWEE-2. DSE apparently knows AMWEE-2 was in contact with AMFAUNA-14 but may not know true extent his involvement clandestine ops. If AMWEE-2 arrested, interrogated, and tells everything he knows, AMWEE-1, AMWEE-3, and AMGERM-1 would be endangered. WAVE plans exfil AMWEE-2 if possible..."

104-10075-10150" JMWAVE CABLE RE ARRIVAL AT SAFEHOUSE IN MIAMI Document View

11/22/63 JMWAVE to Director, WAVE 8027: "AMWEE-2 and AMFAUNA-14 arrived Miami 1430 hours 22 November...AMFAUNA-14 indicates she believes AMCUTLER-2, although in hiding, was given exfiltration instructions by AMCOG-3. However, AMFAUNA-14 believes AMCUTLER-2 chose not (to) leave Cuba since her mother seriously ill with cancer...believe AMHICK ratline remains secure."

104-10076-10145: JMWAVE CABLE RE LIST OF SUBJECTS AND THEIR PLANS TO STAY OR RETURN TO CUBA

12/07/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMFAUNA-25: REF DIR 86396: "1. FOLL are possible contingencies and WAVE plans meet them: A. AMFAUNA-25 bona fide, but either declines return Cuba or bought (?) not do so due AMCUTLER-2 situation. Resettle AMFAUNA-25 WAVE area. B. AMFAUNA-25 bona fide, ought not return Cuba due AMCUTLER-2 situation, but insists doing so because wife still there. Brief AMFAUNA-25 how best protect self from DSE investigation, and agree on preparatory plans for maritime exfil self and wife..."

104-10308-10127: DISPATCH: AMFAUNA PROGRESS REPORT FOR OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1963.

01/09/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: ..."2. A continuing effort was made during the period to activate AMFAUNA-26's OWVL and medium speed radio systems. OWVL transmissions were begun on 16 October with message no. 1 warning AMFAUNA-26 of the arrest of AMFAUNA-14 the week before (see AMFAUNA-1 Progress Report for October, November and December 1963) and the fact that AMCUTLER-2 was under surveillance...c. AMCUTLER-2 was very worried by the fact that AMFAUNA-14 had been telephoning her frequently, and was afraid that AMFAUNA-14 was betraying her to the DSE...8. On 12 October 1963, AMFAUNA-26 was in Havana where she saw AMCUTLER-2. About 23 or 24 October she was again in Havana and again saw AMCUTLER-2. On both occasions the problems posed by the arrest of AMFAUNA-14 were prime topic of discussion...10. When the arrest of AMCUTLER-2 became known to JMWAVE...the son of AMFAUNA-32 was asked to phone his mother in Cienfuegos and instruct her to tell AMFAUNA-26 to go into hiding. On 3 January the son reported completion of the call and said that his mother had told him that AMFAUNA-26 had bene arrested on 29 December and taken to the Santa Clara prison. 11. The reason for AMFAUNA-26's arrest remains obscure...She could have been denounced by AMCUTLER-2 who was herself arrested two or three days before AMFAUNA-26's arrest; this seems unlikely in view of the fact that AMCUTLER-2 and AMFAUNA-26 are friends..." The dispatch noted that AMCUTLER-2 was not friends with AMFAUNA-25, and was under surveillance between October 12-24, 1963.

104-10176-10005: LIRING-3

07/27/67: Cable: AMCUTLER-2 became primary asset of AMFAUNA net until arrested during December 1963. She was in prison in Cuba as of Oct 1966.

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Bill Simpich

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