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Cryptonym: AMFAST-112

Definition:
Unknown identity. According to an undated CIA document, AMFAST-112's 201 number was 201-288214.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Very close to AMFAST-112's 201 number was Jose Pujals Mederos (201-288220) and Rene Azcarreta Falcon (201-288219). In addition, Alfredo Mir Viana's 201 number was 201-288192, which was close to AMFAST-112's.
Sources:

104-10164-10061: MEMO: CANCELLATION OF OPERATIONAL CLEARANCES

Undated, Memo for Chief, CI/OA: "Please cancel the following operational clearances on the individuals cited as they are no longer of operational interest to this branch: ....C-Number: C-87658. Name: AMFAST-112. 201-Number: 201-288214..."

104-10218-10138: CABLE: REQUEST RENEWAL POAS ON FOLLOWING MEMBERS TEJANA CREW

02/01/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "Request renewal POAS on following members Tejana crew: ...G. Alfredo Mir Viana: 201-288192..."

124-90107-10311:

03/31/63, CIA Information Report: SUBJECT: Further Information of the L-66 Raid on Caibarien on 27 March. COUNTRY: Cuba. PLACE & DATE ACQ.: United States (29 March 1963): Page 4: ..."7. (Field Comment: It is believed that 'Tony' is Antonio Cuesta del Valle, AKA Tony; 'Andrew' is probably Andrew St. George; 'Alfredo' is possibly Alfredo Mir Viana; 'Ramon' is probably Ramon Font Saumell; 'Lino' cannot be further identified; 'Antonico' is probably Antonio 'Antonico' Perez Quesada (Note: AMHELM-1)..."

124-90107-10185:

04/08/63, FBI report from San Juan by John A. Norris: Title of Case: Comandos L 66, Incorporated, Aka: Pages 37-38: ..."ALFREDO MIR: SJ T-2 on January 22, 1963, advised that one Alfredo Mir was a member of the combat group of the dissident element of Alpha 66. Glen Asmussen, mentioned above, on October 29, 1962 advised that one Alfredo Mir Villana was among members of Alpha 66 picked up by the Coast Guard at Cay Sal, Bahamas during October, 1962..."

124-90107-10001:

04/13/63, FBI report from Miami by George E. Davis, Jr. Titled: Comandos L, aka Comandos L-66... Pages 62-66: Interview of Alfredo Luciano Mir Viana by Special Agents William Mayo Drew, Jr. and Peter J. Nero: Born in January, 1923, at Bahia Honda, Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Last entered the U.S. as political refugee on October 29, 1962. Employed in Cuba as a professional seamen aboard private yachts. Fled Cuba after Castro's takeover of power. Worked as sailor on a FRD boat. Delivered arms, guns to Cuba prior to Bay of Pigs invasion. Mir took part in October, 1962, raid on Cuba by Alpha-66, under Tony Cuesta. Also took part in the attack in the Caibarien in March, 1963, as member of the Comandos L-66.

104-10312-10178: CABLE: WHEN CRC MADE ITS INVASION ANNOUNCEMENT 20 JUNE WAVE

06/28/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE TILT: Page 4: ..."UFG 02592 dated 25 March 63 identifies one Alfredo Mir Viana as active member L-66. Suggest this Mir I/W SUBJ para 2G."

104-10217-10285: MEMORANDUM: MEETING PLACE OF MEMBERS OF THE II FRONT OF THE ESCAMBRAY

06/28/63, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: "The attached memorandum has been forwarded locally to the FBI. The source of this information is AMOT-53, who received it from sub-source Francisco Blanco Fernandez, a member of the DRE, who recently completed his training in the U.S. Army. It has been requested that the name of the sub-source not be divulged to the FBI. Quesada has 201-321168 and Azcarreta has 201-288219." - - Pages 3-4: ..."2. At the request of source he was taken by subsource on the evening of 11 June 1963 to the home of Rene Ascarreta, who resides with his wife Ada and daughter, also called Ada, at 820 NW 23rd Avenue, Miami, Florida. Members of the II Front visit this home daily and subsource is of the opinion that Ascarreta is the treasurer of the II Front. Ten or twelve persons were gathered on 11 June 1963 at the Ascarreta home, including five or six members of the II Front. 3. One of the individuals present was Mr. Ramon Quesada, aka 'Ramonin.' Queseda usually resides at 820 NW 23rd Avenue, the home of Mr. Ascarreta. Quesada was an insurgent in the Escambray Mountains during the Batista regime with the Students' Directorate and rose to the rank of Major. In 1962, after the Bay of Pigs invasion, he again was an insurgent in the Escambray and later sought asylum in the Venezuelan Embassy. Quesada is a member of the II Front and has taken part in various actions, such as the one at Isabela and the recent one at Tarara...6. The files of this office indicate the Rene Ascarreta is identical with Rene Ascarreta Falcon, who is well documented in your Washington Bureau..."

104-10312-10172: MAGAZINE ARTICLE:"THE BAYO-PAWLEY AFFAIR

Undated CIA document: Article by Miguel Acoca and Robert K. Brown: Titled: The Bayo-Pawley Affair: A Plot To Destroy JFK And Invade Cuba: Page 3: John Martino, an American anti-Castro activist was described as a "minor Mafia figure." - - Page 4: Photograph of "Operation Red Cross" strike team: Alfredo Mir is in the front row, fourth from the left (second from the right). - - Page 6: Photograph of John Martino on the top left hand side: Captioned: "John Martino, Mafia figure, served as the go-between for Bayo and Pawley. He died recently." Third photograph down on the left hand side: "Luis Cantin, Alfredo Mir and Bayo disembark PBY into rubber raft. Note PBY identification numbers on fuselage which are difficult to identify from negative or contact proof."

180-10090-10232:

01/01/77, Castro document to HSCA: Page 18: ..."For this purpose, the counterrevolutionary Jose Pujals Mederos made an undercover visit to the United States, in order to coordinate this action. There, he met CIA officers Jim Bender, known as Jim Boulding, Harold Bishop and Carl Hitch. During this meeting, Mederos was appointed chief of the CIA officers, who operated in Cuba, substituting Aldredo Izaguirre, known as Tito, was was arrested. The conspiratory meeting were carried out at the Guantanamo Naval Base, and its authorities (Captain Schenweias) supplied a lot of warlike material and equipment for the accomplishment of these plans. The mentioned Captain Carl E. Schenweias, former chief of the Naval Base, was one of the most active organizers of the aggressions. When all the indicated were arrested, a great number of warlike material and equipment was was taken from them. It is worth noticing that all these subversive plans were denounced opportunely, by Commander Ernesto Guevara, at Punta del Este."

104-10217-10336: DEBRIEFING REPORT: 17 -24 MAY 1979 SUBJECT: REINOL GONZALEZ (WAR NAME: ANTONIO")

Debriefing report by Carl Jenkins: Page 2: ..."Subject also knew Jose Pujol Mederos (possibly Pujals) as an agent trained by the Agency in the U.S., who worked with the MRP and the small UR group..."

104-10217-10081: CABLE RE: BELOW IS A STATUS REPORT ON CONTACT WITH EX-PRISONERS BEING CONTACTED

02/21/80, Cable from Director to LA/Miami: Page 2: ..."Jose Pujals Mederos (in Cuba) 201-288220..."

Transcript of Fonzi-Escalante Interview, Part 1

12/9-10/95, Gaeton Fonzi interview of Fabian Escalante: Page 25: ..."Another anecdote: I don't know what Antonio Veciana has told you but I'm going to tell you what I know. The case, as we call it, From The North Terrace of the Palace. To us it was a puzzle. First of all we arrest on August 8, 1961, a CIA agent named Jose Pujals Madero (?) (note: Jose Pujols Mederos/AMCOAX-1). This man had been a very old informant of the CIA in Havana. And after the Bay of Pigs he was enrolled by another CIA agent, Isedro Izzajidre (???) (note: Alfredo Izaguirre/AMPUG-1) on a plot to kill Fidel and Raul Castro...But they both had some differences, and about middle of June, Pujals leaves for the United States. The actions against Izzajere (Izaguirre/AMPUG-1), if I don't recall wrong, was on July 22. We arrested the main people in the plot...the CIA radio man Jorge Garcia Rubio...And the main thing was that plot was organized. This plan was also linked with a provocation at the Navy base in Guantanamo. But that's another story...It looked like the end of July...let me give you another detail that I didn't give you before - according to what Pujal Madero said, that he gets to Miami and has a meeting with Howard Hunt and he travels to Washington and has an interview with someone called Harold Bishop...and he was the person who told him to contact Veciana and Reynold Gonzalez...We don't even have a description of him...but that is a detail so you can bear it in mind...The interesting thing is Bishop and that its not Maurice, it's Harold...And then he (Pujols) comes back to Cuba at the end of July and contacts Veciana and Gonzales and we captured him on August 8th...From August 8th we already know that it was a new plot to kill Fidel, but we didn't know where it was going to be or when or how big it was..."

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