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Cryptonym: AMGUN-1

Definition:
Unknown identity.
Status:
Unknown
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.

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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Bill Simpich

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