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Cryptonym: AMHOSE-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. A CIA cable in October of 1960 noted that AMHOSE-1 had been given repeated warnings over his apparent advertising of his connections to the U.S Government for his "own political/operational aggrandizement."
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
Like AMESCORT-1, AMHOSE-1 was an acquaintance of Jorge Beruff, the former president of the Desarrollo Economico de Cuba (BANDES). In addition, AMHOSE-1 reported that Frank Fiorini (Sturgis) was assisting Victor Paneque in a raid on the north coast of Oriente Province in early 1961.
Sources:

104-10271-10195: CABLE: IN TALK WITH AMCLATTER-1 ON 18 OCT, DR. MANUEL DE JESUS MENCIA

10/20/60, Cable from MASH to Director: "1. In talk with AMCLATTER-1, 18 October, Dr. Manuel de Jesus Mencia stated that he had contact with Ray/Chibas circle including Miami reps Pilin Estevez and Jorge Beruff, latter two of whom held recent conversations with American names 'Jimmy' and 'Clarence' and that Beruff said that the Americans would supply them with arms. Beruff added that so long as the Americans were 'flirting' with his group, his group could remain politically independent of AMRASP. 2. Mencia was concerned about the radical leanings of the Ray/Chibas group and although he and his nephew Gonzalo de Varona Jr. had maintained relations with them during the anti-Batista fight they now treated them with reserve because of their leftist orientation. 3. MASH Comment: Enzel and Windecker have not met either Pilin Estevez or Jorge Beruff. However, AMHOSE-1 has been in close contact Beruff both before and after latter's trip to Washington week 10 October 'to meet ODACID-KUBARK (U.S. State Department-CIA) officials.' (Beruff's language). AMHOSE-1 has also been in contact with De Jesus Mencia at least during week 17 October. Following according AMHOSE-1: Beruff in U.S. in capacity 'Chairman Finance Committee MRP' attempting line up funds. Although not intending undercut Chibas in any way, is also trying expedite arms deliveries to MRP groups. In particular interested obtaining arms and demo for his own segment of MRP which is Padre Bastarica's Juventud Catolico. AMHOSE-1 and Beruff engaged in 'ops planning' (with Enzel approval) as regards arms delivery possibilities. MASH notes AMHOSE-1 very probably advertising rather than concealing ODYOKE connections for purposes his own political/operational aggrandizement: This despite repeated warnings."

104-10177-10196: RE KARNLEY TELECON QUERY TO WAVE ON ANY CONFIRMATION 3000 MAN LANDING

02/17/61, Cable from WAVE to BELL: "Re Karnley telecon query to WAVE 14 February on any confirmation 3000 man landing, reported press: A. AMHOSE-1 reported that Victor Paneque (201-286382) landed north coast Oriente Province O/A 13 February with approximately 30 men. AMHOSE-1 had no further details. B. Possible correlation of press report with (REDACTION) KOLA 2099 and (REDACTION) KOLA 2169. C. All other WAVE queries negative. C/S Comment: *HQs requested present whereabouts Victor Paneque, and date last contact."

104-10267-10063: CABLE- INFORMED C/O PANEQUE STILL ENROUTE TO NORTH COAST ORIENTE WITH 43 MEN BUT HAD NOT LANDED AS ADVISED

02/20/61, Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP ZRPERUSAL: "1. On 18 February AMHOSE-1 informed C/O Paneque (201-286382) still enroute to north coast Oriente with 43 men but had not landed as advised Ref B. A Max Villa under command Paneque is enroute Pinar del Rio with an unspecified number of men. AMHOSE-1 claims that Frank Fiorini is assisting this operation. 2. Will continue to advise. CS Comment: *Requested advise present whereabouts Victor Paneque."

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