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Cryptonym: AMHINT-12

Definition:
Jose Antonio Gonzalez-Lanuza Mena. Referred to in CIA memo on 11/22/63 as "Jose Llanusa Gobel" - accidental or purposeful?
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A man with this name appears to have had two 201 numbers. It probably refers to two different men. 1994.05.06.08:55:20:620005, p. 116 identifies Jose Antonio Gonzalez-Lanuza Mena as 201-291746 https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55195&relPageId=116 104-10065-10155, p. 4 identifies Jose Antonio Lanuza as 201-339258. "Only information in the file is that Subject is a Cuban citizen who in 1962 was living at 1705 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami. He is the subject of inter-source registry no. 9518. According to a document dated 1 November 1968, SD 10658 is terminated without prejudice by the Department of the Army, and any additional information should be referred to the Army Source Registry." https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=32143&search=lanusa_AND+LANUZA#relPageId=4&tab=page 104-10428-10002, p. 9 identified Jose Antonio Lanusa as 201-339258. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=6495&relPageId=9&search=lanusa_llanusa Jose Llanusa Gobel is invoked in WAVE-8133 on 11/24/63. 104-10132-10184 states on 11/25/63, WAVE 8136 states that WAVE-8133 should be amended to state that the 11/22/63 CABLE needs to amend name of "JOSE LLANUSA GOBEL TO ANTONIO GONZALEZ-LANUZA MENA". Jose Carlos Llanusa Gobel, Castro's Minister of Education, was born 8/11/25 in Havana, Cuba. See 124-10321-10014, p. 5; 104-10180-10060, p. 96.
Sources:

104-10171-10334: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/AMSPELL PROGRESS REPORT - JULY 1962

08/14/62, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Attachment A: BACKGROUND AND STATUS OF INTERNAL AND EXILE ELEMENTS: Page 2:...."6. By the advent of the April 17 abortive assault, the DRE had infiltrated AMHINT-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21...."

1994.05.10.14:32:42:100007: Reel 27, Folder P - MRP, PART II

11/19/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: DIR CITE WAVE 1448: "(REDACTION) reported 16 Nov that basis telegram from 'Jose Antonio' national coordinator MRP underground requesting funds Joaquin Godoy asked Antonio Veciana for $1,200 via phone call to New York. Veciana who promised to wire $200 commented on (REDACTION) split only with words 'don't worry - everything will be all right.'"

180-10142-10247: No Title

On 11/22/63, when Lanusa heard Oswald's name it jogged his memory. He went home and found his notes with Carlos Bringuier. They contacted their CIA officer who said wait for an hour while he got instructions. Lanusa was excited that Oswald was pro-Castro that he couldn't wait and released the DRE's background on Oswald. Lanusa said that neither Luce or Pawley ever gave them money for a motorboat, contradicting Luce (her statement at p. 4). At page 33: Luce and Colby agreed they would try to get McCarthy to turn over the Oswald evidence to her and she would give it to Senator Richard Schweiker. "Efforts to contact Luce and McCarthy were unsuccessful." Lanusa also came up with the Daniel Harker quote from Castro in Brazil giving JFK a warning right after 11/22: Lanusa got it from Paul Bethel: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=54829&search=Lanusa#relPageId=2&tab=page. This memo is different, saying Lanusa told Bethel on 11/22: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10407&relPageId=443&search=Lanusa In Fidel Castro's speech of 11/25/63 he names Lanusa as admitting that he wouldn't let Oswald join the DRE because he was afraid that Oswald was FBI or CIA - and how that is ignored by the mass media: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=11857&search=llanusa#relPageId=184&tab=page Claire Boothe Luce allegedly stated that Lanusa "knew" Oswald before 11/22/63, but Lanusa denied it and said his only source was Bringuier's report to him: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=9966&relPageId=33

Commission Document 49 - FBI Graham Report of 02 Dec 1963 re: Oswald/Russia

11/22/63, Daniel James of the right-wing Citizens Committee for a Free Cuba interviewed by FBI. Lanusa discussed how Oswald tried to "infiltrate a student anti-Castro group last July in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lanusa also described Oswald definitely a communist and a supporter of Fidel Castro...Lanusa also advised him that Fidel Castro, in early September at a function at the Brazilian Embassy in Havana, remarked that if the United States causes him difficulty he has facilities to 'knock off' United States leaders...James further advised that on November 22, 1963, in a telephone conversation with Andrew St. George, a 'Life' magazine photographer, St. George told him that Jose Pardo Llada, of Cali, Columbia, South America knows of a plan of Castro to kill United States ambassadors in various countries. James advised that he did not know when this information was received by St. George, however, he believes it was some time ago since St. George has not visited South America recently."

104-10015-10086: CABLE CONCERNING STATEMENT MADE BY DRE LEADER JOSE LLANUSA GOBEL THAT FIDEL CASTRO HAS THREATENED LIVES OF US LEADERS IN THE EVENT OF US AGGRESSION AGAINST CUBA.

11/24/63, WAVE 8133:11/24/63 WAVE 8133 cable from JMWAVE to Director: "FYI local (FBI) contacted WAVE 23 Nov to advise they received teletype their HQs requesting local office determine veracity to include sources, of statement made by DRE leader Jose Llanusa Gobel (erroneous name - see below) to effect (that) Fidel Castro had threatened lives US leaders in event (of) US aggression against Cuba. Llanusa claimed possession this info in recent telecon with Paul Bethel, acting executive secretary Citizens Committee for Free Cuba in Washington, and attributed above threats to Fidel Castro during reception early Sept at Brazilian Embassy (in Havana)...WAVE checked with Llanusa and Luis Fernandez (AMHINT-53) and determined...DRE sources for above info were articles which appeared (in) Miami Herald and Voice of Cuba (Informes Sobre Cuba) 9 and 13 Sept respectively. It later determined Voice of Cuba had taken its info from Miami Herald article. DRE somewhat amateurishly attempted dodge local (FBI) query (in) order (to) protect fact their info stemmed from newspaper article...Having obtained media attention DRE trying (to) capitalize on this by making dramatic statements which imply tie-in between Oswald and (Government of Cuba). WAVE has instructed DRE not dramatize facts or attempt (to) slant news but DRE continues pursue course of action which in their judgment best suited propagandize US re Cuban issue. Hope (FBI) query may inhibit future DRE spokesmen from making slanted or dramatic statements." See WAVE 8136, 104-10300-10234, correcting the name from Jose Llanusa Gobel to "Jose Antonio Gonzalez-Lanuza Mena".

Commission Document 49 - FBI Graham Report of 02 Dec 1963 re: Oswald/Russia

On 11/26/63, Guillermo Belt, the Cuban Ambassador to the US from 1945-1947, advised SA Donald Hoeting he had received info from Jose Lanuza (aka Jose Lanusa, intel chief of DRE) about Oswald on 11/25. Lanuza told him that Oswald was in Miami 1-2 months ago and tried to infiltrate the DRE ranks. Oswald said he could train DRE members in guerrilla tactics to use against Castro. He added that Oswald was then in New Orleans passing out communist literature, and the DRE wanted nothing to do with him. Lanusa corrected Belt's recollection in a subsequent discussion, saying to his knowledge that the attempted infiltration occurred in New Orleans and that Oswald was never in Miami: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10672#relPageId=772&tab=page On 1/23/64, Lanusa also reported that Jack Ruby was in Cuba with a man named Pratkins from two sources: The anticommunist group ARAC and from an exiled Cuban attorney Carlos Valdes Fauli who gave the info to Manuel Salvat/AMHINT-2.

104-10170-10089: CABLE: IDENS

02/10/64, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines...CITE WAVE 1449: DYVOUR PBRUMEN AMSPELL: REF: WAVE 1448 (IN 11660): "IDENS: (REDACTION). (REDACTION). REDACTION). (REDACTION). 201-291746 (Note: AMHINT-12 201 number). SIGCEN Note: Date this message 03 Feb 1964."

104-10177-10342: DISPATCH: FJDUST/LCFLUTTER/ TRANSMITTAL OF LCFLUTTER RESULTS

02/17/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE: "1. Forwarded herewith (RYBAT) are the following LCFLUTTER reports with below list of IRD numbers and, if available, 201 numbers with cryptonyms: ....IRD Number: 64634, 201 Number: 291746, Crypt: AMHINT/12...."

1994.05.06.09:37:09:680005: Reel 25, Folder V - DRE [[CRYPT]] OPERATIONS.

03/17/64, Cable from Director to Withheld: REFS: A. WAVE 1448 (IN 11660). B. WAVE 1449 (IN 11662). C. (REDACTION) 6577 (NOT SENT) (IN 39231). "1. (REDACTION) reported two mans (REDACTION) exhibit team (first and third names Ref B) left for LAPA 16 March. Intended be there about one week. Other (REDACTION) staying SAGO to continue work on Peruvian visas. 2. Second on list of Ref B requested permission thru (REDACTION) to attempt kidnap (REDACTION) (who still in SAGO) within one day or two and hold as hostage to exchange for freedom Cuban student opposition leader Alberto Muller presumably still in Castro prison. (REDACTION) considered plan ill conceived in general, detrimental other (REDACTION) op interest (REDACTION) and rejected request."

104-10170-10064: DISPATCH: AMSPELL TOUR OF LATIN AMERICA

07/23/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: REFS: A. WAVE 1448..."1. SUMMARY: The Reference A. AMSPELL exhibit toured six Latin American countries during a five-month period, February - June 1964. With the exception of Guayaquil and La Paz - where excellent results were achieved - the tour was only moderately successful, and must be classified a failure in Quito, Santiago and Montevideo. According to AMSPELL, the total number of persons who viewed the exhibit was 6,720. Another 2,792 persons reportedly attended conferences at which the AMSPELL team gave talks on the Reference A. exhibit and the dangers and weaknesses of Castro-Communism. Publicity was given the exhibit by 34 newspapers (47 items), 30 radio stations, and six television stations. AMSPELL estimated the TV audience at 1,300,000. Sample clippings are enclosed under separate cover. Reports from WH stations and the WAVE debriefing of the AMSPELL team lead us to conclude that the tour was a moderate success that could have been much better if if had been better organized and if the AMSPELL team had had more experience. (On balance) we believe the tour was well worth the approximately $12,000.00 KUBARK (CIA) paid out. We do not, however, believe it should be repeated in the foreseeable future in view of the relative inexperience shown by the AMSPELL team on the recent tour and the many difficulties encountered in trying to organize the exhibit in the various cities."

124-10369-10025: ADMIN FOLDER-I9: HSCA ADMINISTRATIVE FOLDER, LEE HARVEY OSWALD VOLUME XXII

6/19/67 FBI letterhead memo: In an interview with Carlos Quiroga, Quiroga reported that Carlos Bringuier told him about a meeting he had with Jose Lanusa, leader of the delegation of the DRE in 1963. Garrison investigator Jim Alcock said that Jose Lanusa was fingered by Claire Boothe Luce as knowing Oswald before 11/22/63. Lanusa is one of the principals listed on the Garrison chart shown at 104-10172-10135.

1994.05.06.08:55:20:620005: CABLE:

07/09/68, Cable (Orig: Nancye Gratz, Unit: WH/COG/SA): "1. Request traces Jose Antonio Lanusa who involved Garrison investigation. 2. Lanusa believed to be IDEN. HQs files reflect IDEN travelled LA on DRE mission early 1964. Please advise details this op, IDEN's activities during 1963, date and reason for termination, present whereabouts. 3. May be queried provided reason for interest not revealed." "Ref - Director 14737. IDEN - Jose Antonio Gonzalez-LANUZA Mena (201-291746)."

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