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Cryptonym: AMGUN-1

Definition:
Unknown identity.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Harry Williams was the case officer for Paulino Sierra. We only have a few files on Harry Williams. AMGUN-1 met Paulino Sierra in early 1964. They only had a minor acquaintance, and AMGUN-1 was ordered to stay away from Sierra.
Sources:

104-10506-10040: MEMORANDUM: PAULINO ALBERTO SIERRA MARTINEZ

The AMCANOE files show that Paulino Sierra Martinez met with 43 exile groups in Miami on 5/7/63 claiming he had $30 million to overthrow Castro. Allegedly received money pledge from businessman William Trull. Lansky and Trafficante interests part of this group. Attached 2/12/64 memo from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, SAS: AMGUN-1 reports Sierra "said nothing constructive and appeared to want to take an active role in the Mambises organization...Sierra wanted to purchase arms from one (fnu) Lauchli, and on his return to Miami contacted Steve Wilson to bring the arms from Illinois to Florida...AMGUN-1 has been instructed to avoid contact with subject." AMGUN-1 continued to work with case officer to "add to the further confusion of the Castro government as different outlets are used for propagandizing 'Mambises' actions." (A June 77 cover memo identifies Sierra as 201-739652 and President of the Illinois Bar Association). AMGUN-1 is identified as 201-728838.

Associated Press article - May 10, 1963

The May 10, 1963, Associated Press article: A new all-out drive to unify Cuban refugees into a single, powerful organization to topple the Fidel Castro regime was disclosed today by exile sources. The plan calls for formation of a junta in exile to mount a three-cornered thrust consisting of sabotage, infiltration, and ultimately invasion. The exile sources said the plan had been discussed with Cuban leaders by US Central Intelligence agents. Seeking to put together the junta was Enrique Ruiz Williams, a Bay of Pigs invasion veteran and friend of US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Cuban leaders said intensive sabotage and guerrilla activities inside Cuba might start in a in a month to spark a possible uprising. Hundreds of exiles, reported itching for action and resentful of US-imposed curbs against the anti-Castro raids will be recruited to infiltrate Cuba..." Reprinted by Lamar Waldron, Ultimate Sacrifice, p. 36.

198-10004-10092: ICCCA: U.S. POSITION ON EFFORTS BY CUBAN EXILES TO ACHIEVE UNITY

6/19/63 memo to the ICCOCA (Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Cuban Affairs). Members included Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Captain Earle Wheeler (JCS), Major General W. B. Rosson, Rear Admiral W. Wendt, USN, Major General J. W. Carpenter, III, USAF, Brigadier General H. M. Elwood, Marines, re US position on Cuban exiles efforts to achieve unity. At page 6: Harry Ruiz-Williams formed a Unity Committee and claims the personal support of RFK. At p. 9: Concluded that the US government for now should take a hands-off attitude towards unity efforts.

104-10075-10173: JMWAVE CABLE RE EXILED DENTIST

"13 Nov (1963) AMRAZZ-1, Eloy (Gutierrez) Menoyo, (exiled dentist, Dr. Luis) Duany and Esteban (Zorrilla) Jr. met at (Enrique Ruiz Williams') home...Ruiz said (he) had no doubt GPIDEAL/JFK would resolve problem (re Cuba' future) before elections...Ruiz said he coordinator between offices of this country and (Cuban) groups. Had dedicated himself (to) smoothing things over after GPFOCUS and AMBIDDY-1 had strong discussions following prisoner release. After Ruiz talked with GPFOCUS twice, the latter received AMBIDDY-1/Artime again in ZRMETAL/Washington DC...Ruiz was asked whether AMBIDDY-1 affair could be (US) maneuver to put AMBIDDY-1 out of the way by submerging him in Nicaragua...Ruiz replied anything possible...(also said) it would be difficult for anybody to stop AMBIDDY-1."

104-10076-10042: JMWAVE CABLE RE REPORT IN MIAMI HERALD OF CUBAN WATER SHORTAGE HAS PROMPTED CASTRO TO SEND SECRET ENVOY TO US TO BUY SPARE PARTS FOR TWO DIESEL PLANTS

12/4/63 memo: "PM (Paramilitary): AMGUN-1 departed WAVE area for Guatemala City morning 4 December after undergoing briefing and debriefing. A-1 also assisted by station in procuring updated documents to assist him in traveling in Central America when on missions."

104-10506-10040: MEMORANDUM: PAULINO ALBERTO SIERRA MARTINEZ Document View

2/12/64 memo from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Chief, SAS, re AMGUN-1 Progress Report for January 1964: AMGUN-1 (201-728388) went to Guatemala on 1/5/64, then met with Jose 'Pepe' Dutriz in El Salvador on 1/8/64, then Ricardo Castro in Costa Rica on 1/10/64. AMGUN-1 was debriefed by his case officer in New Orleans on 1/27/64. During debriefing AMGUN-1 asked for a check on Luis Aguilar DeLeon, who is currently assigned to secretary to Guatemalan president Enrique Peralta. AMGUN-1 also informed that one Paulino A. Sierra, believed to be identical with Paulino A. Sierra (201-739652) had been introduced to him (AMGUN-1) by Dr. Nicomedes Viejo Llorente. According to AMGUN-1, Sierra was very talkative, said nothing constructive and appeared to want to take an active part in the (Commando Mambises) organization...reported (as) head of an anti-Castro organization known as a 'Junta' of a government of Cuba in exile. Sierra wanted to purchase arms from one (Rich Lauchli)...AMGUN-1 has been instructed to avoid contact with subject. See https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=48696&relPageId=20&search=%22paulino_sierra%22 - Peter Dale Scott found that Sierra's case officer was Harry Ruiz-Williams, and recounts the story of RFK telling Ruiz Williams "one of your boys did it" on 11/22/63. The CIA suspected Sierra of recruiting exiles they mistrusted for an operation sponsored by Robert Kennedy.

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