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Cryptonym: AMDENIM-14

Definition:
Antonio ("Tony") Cuesta Vallee, aka Lobanillo, military operations officer for Alpha-66 and other militant anti-Castro organizations.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
CIA general counsel Lawrence Houston claimed that Cuesta himself was known as Commando L, and that his organization Alpha-66 was of no operational interest to the Agency.
Sources:

180-10143-10175: 180-10143-10175

This document is a listing of documents related to Antonio Cuesta Valle. On page 13 there is an entry for a 1961 request for approval, and the associated note is "Crypt assigned: AMDENIM-14."

104-10244-10126: ANTONIO CUESTA VALLE

This is the March 17, 1961 request for approval listed in the above document, and it includes the AMDENIM-14 crypt. JS Piccolo is listed as the case officer, and Jacob Esterline as branch chief.

104-10244-10077: MEMORANDUM; SUBJECT - CUESTA VALLE, ANTONIO

This memo records some of Antonio Cuesta Valle's history with the MRR.

124-90107-10242: No Title

1/4/63 memo from CIA General Counsel Lawrence Houston to Assistant AG Walter Yeagley: "This agency has no operational or contact with Alpha 66, which at present has no psychological exploitation value because of its serious discrediting in the Cuban exile community by the disclosing of its secret alliance of its leader, VECIANA, and Eloy GUTIERREZ Menoyo, head of the SFNE...the dissident element of Alpha 66 is referred to at different times as Command L, meaning Commando Liberty or Lobanillo, the nickname for Antonio CUESTA del Valle, the Alpha 66 military operations officer; Commando Ponce, the place where Alpha 66 was founded; and L 66, presumably Lobanilla 66...this Agency has no current or pending operational interest in (Alpha-66)...and has no objection to investigation...by the Federal Bureau of Investigation." The source for this info appears to have been an FBI informant. Another source used by the FBI was SAC Ray Stephens of ONI in San Juan: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=90071#relPageId=9&tab=page

180-10118-10069: 180-10118-10069

Cuesta was active in Comandos L, and these men were as well: Lawrence LaBorde, Luis Balbuena, Santiago Alvarez Fernandez, Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez.

104-10069-10185: OPERATIONAL: AGREED ACTIVITIES W/ACSI

7/3/62 memo from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, TFW re agreed activities between JMWAVE and ACSI. Colonel Carlos Causes asked about Tony Cuesta: "ACSI was interested in Cuesta and wanted to use him in an infiltration operation...(ACSI) had...previously...received a reply that (CIA) had been in touch with the individual but had terminated him because he was unreliable. In view of this response Lt. Col. Causes wanted to know whether we would recommend the reuse of Cuesta by ACSI." The decision was to let ACSI know in a few days.

104-10244-10085: DOCUMENT TRANSFER AND CROSS REFERENCE: SUBJECT INFORMATION RE ALPHA-66, - L-66 AND MR. JOHN I. LAVAGER Document View

1/28/63, Document Transfer Form, "According to Cuesta, Alpha-66 grew out of the action groups of UR. Most of the members became disgruntled when it appeared to them that UR action was impeded and hamstrung by the US government, mainly the CIA, and the separate organization, Alpha-66, was founded. The original founders were Antonio Veciana and Roberto Vale."

Contributors:
Peter Dale Scott

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