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Cryptonym: AMDOG-1

Definition:
Jose Puente Blanco, the coordinator of JURE's youth wing.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
Jose Puente Blanco was Ray's "national chief JURE youth" coordinator also known as "secretary of student youth". AMDOG-1 appears to be a derisive description of Ray's aide-de-camp. JMWAVE chiefs were also derisive of Manuel Ray - he became "AMBANG-1" in a reference to RFK's "boom and bang" manner of conducting the raids on Cuba. The references to AMDOG-1 often refer to knowing what Ray was doing, or knowing what the crew was doing - the perfect job for an aide such as Jose Puente Blanco. It is probable some of AMDOG-1's information appears to have been obtained from Alberado Dominguez. Also, and probably more importantly, on an Report Cover Sheet in August 1965, it was requested that Dominguez's name was not to be used in the source line. However, in a CIA Information Report in August 1965, he does not appear to have been aboard the VENUS, which was the case with AMDOG-1. On the other hand, a January 1965 CIA Information Report stated that Dominguez was a crew member of the VENUS. It is possible his name was omitted from the August 1965 report to protect his identity as an agent/operative.
Sources:

1994.08.11.15:58:18:160028 Reel 62, Folder K - CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL (CRC) - POLICY.

Meeting with Dr. Miro Cardona 15 Sept 1961: "...there is the Montecristi organization with Carrillo. These are fine people. They are small in number but very capable. Now here is the list they sent me recently. It is a petition for arms. I showed it at the White House. These arms are needed for this group in the Escambray. REDACTED brought me this. This is one of the groups with which I am in contact...Captain Leslie Nobregas, Arturo Morales, Julian Vinas, Gustavo Fernandez, Luis Torres, Manuel Gallegas, Agustin Gonzalez, Abelardo Dominguez, Dorrego, Jorge Nobregas/AMOT-34, Victor Zayas...as to the groups here in the States, they are in a state of confusion and they are manipulated by Carlos Prio, who is trying to get a government in exile and is having a demonstration here tonight or tomorrow. This position is in direct conflict with the U.S. (Recounts some of his difficulties with the press; discusses at great length his position versus that of Carlos Prio; denounces Alonso Pujol/AMECRU-1's comments in the press against him."

104-10271-10136: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL REPORT NO. 336: CONFIDENTIAL REPORT ONMRP ACTIVITIES IN PUERTO RICO

6/18/62 report from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, TFW with request that the attached memo be brought directly to the attention of Daniel Presland (Bill Harvey). At page 8, a report on how the Governor Luis Munoz Martin of Puerto Rico was working with the MRP. Page 10 describes how the magazine Bohemia is being used as a mouthpiece by the Governor, the MRP, and "all the members" of the Governor's "international group". The principal people in Puerto Rico working with MRP include Manolo Ray, Felipe Bazos, Col Barquin, engineer Juan Melendez (MRP delegate), Gelavert (architects' president), Rodolfo Nodal (lawyers' president), J. Miguel Pordela (secretary to the lawyers), Dr. Portela (VP of doctors), Claudio Carmona (accountant), Jermonio Estevez (merchant), Dr. Bergnus, engineer Gabriel Alvarez, and Sara Portela (female director of the lawyers).

104-10180-10066: BIOGRAPHY SHEET ON JOSE PUENTE BLANCO

Circa 1963: Biography of Jose Puente Blanco: "During his university days, Jose, who is now RAY's secretary for student youth, was a well known Cuban student leader, who was later to become the first student president of FEU after Castro came to power...after nine months in prison (after the Bay of Pigs) Jose and his brother were released by Castro as the result of direct intervention by Thelma King/HYSAGE-1, deputy to the Panamanian assembly and extraordinarily pro-Castro...there is no conclusive evidence pointing towards Jose's involvement, past or present, with Castro's security apparat." Also see 180-10145-10269, p. 35: A meeting is described with Rogelio Cisneros/AMBANG-4, attended by "Armando Alanis Angulo/possible AMTAUP-2, Dunney Perez Alamo/AMLUNT-2, Jose Puente Blanco, national chief JURE youth and member of JURE national executive, and AMTAUP-2...(Venezuelan president) Romulo Betancourt promised to arrange urgent meeting with US officials in Washington to get promise from them that CIA would not sabotage any of JURE's planned operations."

104-10178-10066: CABLE RE: POSTPONEMENT OF AN INFILTRATION ATTEMPT BY MANUEL RAY RIVERO

01/26/65, Cable from JMWAVE to WH/SA 8: "SUPDATA: AMDOG-1 based open letter dated 13 Jan, mailed soon 15 Jan arrived Miami 20 Jan via New York...SOURCE: A young Cuban exile. This information was obtained from a person who is with Manuel Ray Rivero, but whose reliability is undetermined." Page 3: Field Information Report: ..."3. As of 13 January the following men were crew members assigned to the M/V VENUS:...Abelardo Dominquez..."

104-10192-10132: INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE: SUBJECT - PLOT OF JOSE RICARDO RABEL NUNEZ TO USE JURE'S M/V VENUS IN A POSSIBLE RAID AGAINST CUBA

As of 2/2/65, Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez (201-249386), Captain of the M/V Venus, was still plotting against Manuel Ray Rivero...he is believed to be planning to exfiltrate his wife from Cuba and/or planning to use the Venus in a commando raid against an unidentified Cuban target. He will then proceed to an unidentified key known to Ricardo Adelis Cobos (see See CD 1085, p. 157 & 162 of 225 - a colleague of Osvaldo Pino Pino who worked in the El Chico Restaurant, 171 Howell, Dallas) where the weapons will be cached...On 2 February, the following crew members left JURE's Dominican base for Puerto Rico aboard the Shark V, a craft owned by Enrique Casados, a Cuban exile who fishes near Beata Island in the Dominican Republic (Note: The second page of this document is missing - it can be found at 104-10180-10090, p. 5) The document has the marginalia 201-731777 at the bottom - the bio identifier for AMBIG-3, Santiago Alvarez Rodriguez, Sr.

104-10180-10060: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF THE M/V VENUS

04/01/65, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/Cuba (Info: COS, Withheld, Chief, WHD): "1. AMTOD-1 reported on 29 March 1965 that AMDOG-1 has been going to JURE's Miami office every day and on several occasions has talked to Jose Puente Blanco. Each time Puente has told him to be patient, that Manuel Ray Rivero is solving the problems so that JURE can start fighting again. 2. The last time AMDOG-1 talked to Puente, on 27 March, Puente said that the M/V VENUS has been transporting cargoes of fruit between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. 3. Ray is expected in Miami during the first week of April."

104-10192-10216: REPORT COVER SHEET: AMTOD-1 FROM AMDOG-1 WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING

05/26/65, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE. Reporting Officer: Alexander J. Ratwick, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Offficer: Andrew K. Reuteman. "Source: AMTOD-1 from AMDOG-1 who attended the meeting." Page 3: Field Information Report: Source: A young Cuban exile who has been trained in information collection. His past reporting has been accurate but lacks depth. This information was obtained from a person who attended the lecture..." It is apparent that AMDOG-1 was one of the members of JURE's delegations from various cities in Florida that attended what was described as part of "a cycle of orientation talks".

104-10192-10211: REPORT COVER SHEET: AMTOD-1 INFORMATION FROM ABELARDO DOMINGUEZ

08/10/65, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE. Reporting Officer: Alexander J. Ratwick, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard. "Source: AMTOD-1 from AMDOG-1, 21 July 1965. AMDOG-1 obtained the information from Abelardo Dominguez. Do not use Dominguez name in source line." Page 3: Field Information Report: Source: A young Cuban exile who has been trained in information collection. His past reporting has been accurate but lacks depth. The information in this report was received from another Cuban exile who is in touch with members of the JURE."

104-10192-10210: REPORT COVER SHEET: AMDOG-1 RECEIVED THE INFORMATION FROM MANUEL RAY RIVERO AND JOSE RICARDO RABEL NUNEZ; AMDOG WAS ABOARD THE VENUS

08/13/65, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE. Reporting Officer: Alexander J. Ratwick, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard. "Source: AMTOD-1 from AMDOG-1, 11 July 1965. AMDOG-1 received the information from Manuel Ray Rivero and Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez; AMDOG-1 was aboard the VENUS..." Page 3: Field Information Report: "Source:...The information in this report was received from another Cuban emigre who is in touch with members of the JURE. He spoke with Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez and with Manuel Ray Rivero..."

104-10192-10208: REPORT COVER SHEET: SOURCE AMTOD-1 FROM AMDOG-1 RECEIVED THE INFORMATION FROM JOSE RICARDO RABEL NUNEZ

08/18/65, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE. Reporting Officer: Alexander D. Ratwick, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard. "Source: AMTOD-1 from AMDOG-1 in reports dated 13 and 16 August 1965. AMDOG-1 received the information from Jose Ricardo Rabel Nunez...Field Comment 1 is from AMDOG-1, verbally, on 14 August." See 104-10192-10209, 8/20/65, very similar.

124-10283-10129: No Title

8/26/63 FBI report: The AMDOG-1 personality is described as "another Cuban emigre who is in touch with members of the JURE...the same source reported in CSDB-312/02066-65 that the VENUS, a 110-foot which belongs to JURE, with two Boston Whalers aboard, arrived in Miami from the Dominican Republic on 9 August 1965...(intelligence reports) dated 27 January and 16 February, both from the same source, reported Rabel's plans to commandeer the Venus and the two Whalers."

104-10271-10321: REPORT COVER SHEET:

11/23/65, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE. Reporting Officer: Alexander D. Ratwick, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard. "Source: AMTOD-1 from AMDOG-1, 17 November 1965. AMDOG-1 received the information from Abelardo Dominguez, a member of JURE..." Page 3: Field Information Report: "Source: A young Cuban emigre who has been trained in information collection. His past reporting has been accurate but lacks depth..."

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