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Cryptonym: AMECRU-1

Definition:
Guillermo Alonso Pujol, who was Vice-President of Cuba from 1948 to 1952 in the government of Carlos Prio. His son was among the exiles captured at the Bay of Pigs. Served as negotiator to rescue anti-Castro exiles from prison - CIA later identified him as a Cuban intelligence service agent.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
See 104-10217-10350, p. 3 - AMECRU-1 was 201-061063.
Sources:

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

This crypt listing equates AMECRU-1 with the name "Guillermo ALONSO Pujol." See 104-10232-10297, 1/5/62 - PASSAVOY report #172 describes Alonso Pujol as spending time with his son who was captured at the Bay of Pigs, indicating he would remain in Cuba for some time, and urging funds to be donated to the prisoner-tractor exchange, all of which alarmed the other prisoner families. He was described as someone who had enriched himself through all kinds of graft, was capable of anything, and might even make a deal with Castro.

104-10059-10364: INFO FROM CIA FILES ON ALONSO-PUJOL, BERMUDEZ, JORGE

March 1962: One of Guillermo Alonso Pujol's sons, Jorge Alonso-Pujol Bermudez, was ransomed by father prior to December 1962. He went to Panama City on March 1, returned to Miami area. About three days later again went to Panama City, then Mexico, then from there to Cuba. At the time of the ransom it was rumored there was no ransom but that son would undertake pro-Castro propaganda in Latin America. He was 201-294335. He the subject of a report by AMPAID-4, who may have been 201-269689. According to SLIPSTREAM-1, a Cuban intelligence agent who defected in 1971, Guillermo Alonso Pujol was himself a Cuban intelligence agent.

104-10233-10423: DECLARATION BY GUILLERMO ALONSO PUJOL TO THE PRISONERS OF BAY OF PIGS AND THEIR RELATIVES

This is an English-language copy of a declaration made by Guillermo Alonso Pujol to the Bay of Pigs prisoners and their relatives.

104-10167-10372 ON 15 APRIL 1962: A GROUP OF NEO-COMMUNISTS HAD LUNCH WITH DR. GUILLERMO ALONSO PUJOL AT VICTOR BORDON'S HOME

Telegram Information Report, 4/62: "The luncheon was also attended by the two sons of Alonso Pujol, one of whom was a Playa Giron prisoner being ransomed by the father. During the course of the luncheon Alonso Pujol attacked the "Yanquis", saying they were responsible for embroiling the boys in the absurd invasion in Playa Giron."

104-10231-10213: MEMO: ENRIQUE LLACA, JR

1/30/63 memo EE-64 from C-3 to Carlos Blanco, subject Enrique Llaca, Jr., Luis Fernandez Rocha/AMHINT-53 reported in a conversation with Rafael Arango, a member of the US Air Force: "The movement initiated by Enrique Llaca has been sponsored by Guillermo Alonso Pujol/AMECRU-1." The memo describes Llaca as an extreme right winger with an office in Miami, a staff, and a budget of $200,000; while Alonso Pujol is described as an old friend of the communist leader Blas Roca Calderio. "Alonso Pujol has a son in Cuba who hasn't been molested and who lives there in spite of the Communism established in the Island. This son is named Guillermo Pujol Bermudez and he was Undersecretary of Defense in the 'Autentico' Administrations. It is also understood that Alfonso Pujol's son who belonged to Brigade 2506, was allowed to leave prison for full days and visited clubs and night clubs when his father went to Cuba to obtain his release from prison, and also that he went around with women. That when he returned to prison he used to brag about all this in the presence of the other fellow prisoners, which caused unrest among all of them."

104-10217-10337: REYNAL GONZALEZ GONZALEZ

Memo from Christine Hopkins, Latin American division: In 1970, Gonzalez' wife negotiated with Pujols in an unsuccessful attempt to have her husband released from prison. Pujols "turned out to be Cuban agent".

104-10217-10136: CABLE RE: IDENTITIES FOLLOW ON CRYPTS USED IN REF B

4/30/71 memo from WH/Miami to WITHHELD: "Identities follow in (following cable): B. AMECRU-1 (Chief negotiator of ransom cases who has mildly unsavory reputation and who deals with high ranking (Cuban) officials)." Marginalia adds "DGI per ()ipstream-1". SLIPSTREAM-1 was a Cuban defector in 1971.

104-10308-10085: MEMO: AMWORLD

Nov. 1971: Agency learned from DGI defector SLIPSTREAM that Guillermo Alonso Pujol was a Cuban intelligence agent. Back on 5/21/63, Alonso Pujol had been active with the Cuban Committee for Liberation (CCL).

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