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Cryptonym: AMDOFF-1

Definition:
Juan Orta, Director of the Office of the Prime Minister from 1959-1961. Described as Fidel Castro's private secretary.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10175-10221: MEMORANDUM: AMDOFF/1

3/29/61 - WH/4/FI Jean Pierson writes a note addressed to "Chief FI/D, Bill Harvey" about items of info about Guerra, "former Intelligence Chief in the Prime Minister's office under Juan Orta". She writes that "this file contains the entire AMDOFF/1 operation to date." The information came from June Cobb, as June was planning to be in Cambridge, Mass, as shown in this next post.

104-10175-10222 MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: COBB WAS CONTACTED TELEPHONICALLY AT 1750PM ON 27 MARCH 1961

Cobb is identified as going to Cambridge next Saturday. Her new mailing address is "Technical Publishers Service" in NYC. The memo adds that "Barnes, Godoy and Cobb" will be the initial working group for the Latin American branch of the UN, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Economic Commission of Latin America based in Santiago, Chile.

104-10175-10231: BIO NOTE: ALFREDO GUERRA AQUTAR

Cobb's notes on Alfredo Guerra referred to in the opening post above: She identifies him as Orta's interpreter who aided Orta with his various intelligence projects.

104-10175-10257: MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD: IN VIEW OF THE RECENT LIFTING OF THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE ATTEMPTED INDUCED

February 1961: Efforts made to help AMDOFF-1 defect, spearheaded by June Pierson while working with AMUPAS-1/Cobb.

104-10102-10153: JUAN AGUSTIN DE LA CARIDAD ORTA Y CORDOVA

Undated and incomplete CIA document describes Orta as Director of the Office of the Prime Minister from 1959-1961, known as Fidel Castro's private secretary. "Orta (redacted) was used as a penetration of the top-level Castro government circles for the purpose of collecting information of government policies and attitudes." He was paid $400 a month, and was laid off during 1966 when he had no more to offer. Orta sought asylum in the Venezuelan embaasy on 4/11/61, and became the responsibility of the Mexican embassy when Venezuela broke relations with Cuba during November 1961. Only 1964 was Orta able to get safe conduct out of Cuba.

1993.07.19.18:38:03:930390 NEW CIA CONSIDERATIONS ON SYNDICATE OPERATION AGAINST CASTRO

CIA document, unsigned, 3/31/77: Frank Sturgis claimed that he recruited Orta to work in Castro's office. Analyst uncertain whether not this was true, concluded Sturgis probably did know Orta in Cuba. Orta was used in assassination attempts on Castro before his departure. At page 6 of 9, the document states that following collapse of the Orta channel, Roselli turned to Tony Varona.

104-10174-10132: BIOGRAPHIC DATA: COBB, JUNE

This bio states that Celia Sanchez (Fidel's compatriot and mistress) told AMDOFF-1 to employ June Cobb in the press section of Fidel's office.

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Bill Simpich

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