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Cryptonym: AMHICK

Definition:
A paramilitary operation based on infiltrating individuals into Cuba and exfiltrating other individuals from Cuba.
Status:
Unknown
Sources:

104-10247-10301: CABLE: AMICE-14 INFILTRATED SUCCESSFULLY 12 SEPT

09/13/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline OOLONG PBRUMEN AMTRUNK: "1. AMICE-14 infiltrated successfully 12 Sept. RR44 listed ref returned JMRIM stock. Cipher pad AP1118 destroyed. Signal plan MELEZ EILL remain active as deception and be reissued AMHICK/1 and AMHICK/2 for short term infil/exfil op scheduled week 16 Sept. 2. A/14 stated RR44 performance far superior any receiver thus far used AMTRUNK Ops. C/S Comment: *AMICE/14 briefed 8 Sept and issued commo material."

104-10075-10150: JMWAVE CABLE RE ARRIVAL AT SAFEHOUSE IN MIAMI

11/22/63 cable WAVE 8027 from JMWAVE to Director: "AMWEE-2 and AMFAUNA-14 arrived Miami 1430 hours 22 Nov. Both appear in good health. Being safehoused separately and will start debriefings as soon as rested...Preliminary debriefing (of) AMHICK team indicates (that) pickup up (of) AMWEE-2 and AMFAUNA-14 went like clock work and there no indications (of) any hostile surveillance of pickup etc. Believe AMHICK ratline remains secure."

104-10075-10172: JMWAVE CABLE RE IAPA DELEGATES SAID U.S. MUST OVERTHROW CASTRO BECAUSE THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE OF INTERNAL REVOLT

11/23/63 cable 8057 from JMWAVE to Director, Immediate Action: "SITREP 22 November 1963: Intelligence Highlights, A. KUJUMP intel. Nothing to report. B. WAVE intel. Nothing to report. C. KOLA/KUTUBE-D intel. Nothing to report. D. Press and Radio. 1. Miami Herald 22 Nov reported: IAPA delegates said US must overthrow Castro because there is little chance (of) internal revolt...2) Lawyer Charles Ashmann, who frequently acts as spokesman of anti-Castro exile groups, was jailed 21 Nov on bad check charges. 2. On WMIE, 21 Nov, Alfredo Perez Barreiro interviewed Brigade 2506 members to whom President spoke at airport on 18 Nov. They reported President said following: To Jose Perullero, 'I am not forgetting you.'; To Bernardo Torres, 'I have not forgotten Cuba.'; and to Antonio Paz, 'Do not become desperate, everything will come.' III. Operational Developments: A. FI 1. AMWEE-2 and AMFAUNA-14 successfully exfiltrated from Cuba by AMHICK team and arrived Miami 22 Nov; 2. SW msg received from AMDAMP-3; 3. OWVL msg sent AMGUARD-1; 4. Henry J. Sloman departed WAVE for MEXI to meet wife AMHALF-2. B. CI 1. See WAVE 7945 re location ZRKNICK personality; 2. See WAVE 7978 re identification re alleged (CIA) infiltrator; 3. See WAVE 8007 re interrogation Duarte. C. PW. Nothing to report. D. (Extensive comments on AMBANTY)..."

104-10075-10000: JMWAVE CABLE RE SOLEDAD

11/23/63 cable WAVE 8100, from JMWAVE to Director, slugline RYBAT TYPIC MODOR AMWEE AMHICK COMMO: "...Begin agent msg: (Igor and Soledad X) are safe with us now and in good health. Igor sends greetings to Victor and says he will write Magoo soon but until then requests you not indicate to anyone you know that he is here or has even left Cuba yet. Victor CMA (?) in our talks with Igor we can see that you managed our things very well in these difficult days. We will have a good long talk in Mexico and agree on plans for the careful resumption of our work under security advantages which have been gained by the infiltration of Igor and Soledad X in meantime agree with your plan work alone for awhile and suggest you hold off on putting to work new employee Alfa Bravo. When you come out day two nine urgent you bring with you map grid locations and drawings or photographs two new Alcantapilla dead drop sites and two new kilometer stone or bench cache sites. More tomorrow. Your friend Luis." "For Director only: Igor is AMWEE-2. Soledad is AMFAUNA-14. Magoo is AMWEE (Czech) ambassador. Alfa Bravo are initials of Aldo Baroni, Italian hired locally to replaced AMWEE-4..."

104-10193-10301: INFORMATION REPORT: POSSIBLE INFILTRATION OF LAS VILLAS PROVINCE BY CUBAN REFUGEES

11/27/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "SUPDATA: AMTOBY-13 from AMHICK-2 from a crew member on the shrimp boat....SOURCE: A prominent exile activist who formerly participated in yachting activities in the Habana area, from a close associate of a person involved." Pages 3-4: "1. During the night of 20 November 1963, a 20 to 22 foot speed boat departed from the north side of Key Biscayne (Florida). It was headed for a rendezvous off Key Largo with a Cuban (sic) fishing boat and was then to proceed to an infiltration point on the north coast of Las Villas, Cuba. The fishing boat was based in a shrimp fishery located on the southern coast of Key Largo. 2. The people involved in this operation were Manuel Pedro (Gutierrez) Cardenas (Faint handwriting: 201-320034), Emilio (Perez) Fernandez (Faint handwriting: 201-200269) and Luis (Aguilar) Perez (Faint handwriting). The latter two presumably were to be infiltrees. Two crew members, known only by nickname, were Comacho and Vascoy. 3. Field Comment: Vascoy could possibly be Jose (Bascoy) Barrios...."

104-10076-10149: JMWAVE CABLE RE REPORTED ARRIVAL OF METALLURG BAYKOV WITH MILITARY CARGO IN HABANA.

12/07/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Page 2: ...."D. PM: 1. AMTOBY-16 injury prevents his use in Dec. Attempting reorg Op AMHICK-V without him..."

104-10077-10000: JMWAVE CABLE RE EQUIPMENT AND INFORMATION ON A VESSEL

12/13/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMHICK: "A. AMHICK. B. Infiltrees: Three: AMHICK-1, AMHICK-2, AMDITTO-17. AMTOBY-13 will remain aboard parent craft. Cargo: 250 lbs radio equipment, survival equipment, weapons and ammunition. C. Parent Craft: Neptune, 54 foot equity water taxi, dark green hull, light green superstructure. Intermediate craft 16 foot Boston Whaler, dark green with 75 HP commercial outboard motor..."

104-10078-10021: DIRECTOR CABLE RE REINSTATEMENT

12/14/63, Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: M. Gallagher, Unit: SAS/IOS): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMHICK COMMO: Ref A. WAVE 8995 (IN 79639)* B. UFGA 11152 ** "1. POA not OA reinstated AMDITTO-17, 14 Dec 63. SUBJ authorized participate AMHICK V Op as radop. 2. As OA granted SUBJ 27 Jun 62 and his activities unknown HQs during termination date and present, an up to date PRQ II on SUBJ is requested ASAP. 3. Would also like to know reason why SUBJ refused be infiltrated AMGLOSSY IV Op per Ref B. SAS/Comment: *Ref RYBAT. **Revision AMGLOSSY IV Ops plan."

1993.08.04.16:51:38:340028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 9101 - 9148.

12/15/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMHICK COMMO: Ref A. DIR 89317. B. (REDACTION). "1. Re Ref A SUBJ refused join AMGLOSSY IV Op for reasons given Ref B which considered at time to be primarily emotional resulting from then recent frustrating August aborts of his original team. He was close to team members and apparently did not wish even appear to dessert them. Per Ref B possibility his being available later on was noted at time. Recommendation for reuse was based on lack any suggestion other team failures were his fault. 2. Will provide revised PRQ II ASAP."

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