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Cryptonym: AMISLE-2

Definition:
Unknown identity. AMISLE-2 was described as "a veteran Communist, well versed in economics, and employed by the Cuban Government" in a December 1963 Information Field Report.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
AMISLE-2 obtained the information in the field report from the brother of Pelegrin Torras (probably Jacinto Torras) and Carlos Rafael Rodriguez. In a November 1964 cable it was requested that AMISLE-2 report on recently rumored conspiracies to assassinate the Castro brothers, among other things.
Sources:

104-10226-10099: CABLE RE: NOT ABLE PROVIDE USEFUL VULNERABILITY DATA ON TORRAS

06/13/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline GYROSE NIEXIT-1: "NIEXIT-1 not able provide useful vulnerability data on Torras. 12 June he told AMBLEAK-1 that Pelegrin Torras reputed be seasoned Marxist-Leninist and brother of Communist Jacinto Torras, who may have been influential in landing him Foreign Ministry job. N-1 commented Western diplomatic community hoped for better relation with FOMIN under Torras and said things could not become worse than they were under Olivares. C/S Comment: *Requested debrief Subj (unidentified) for vulnerability data on Pelegin Torras."

104-10172-10160: INFORMATION REPORT BACKGROUND INFORMATIN ON PELEGRIN TORRAS, UNDERSECRETARY IN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

06/19/62, Field Information Report: Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq.: Mexico, Mexico City, 10 June 1962. "SOURCE: Cuban (C) with many contacts among high-level government officials. Appraisal of Content: 3. Pelegrin Torras, who has been appointed political undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a long-time Communist but is a quiet, conciliatory man, whose personal manner is anything but that of the 'typical comrade' and who is always 'buried in his books.' He is a former university professor. He is the brother of Jacinto Torras, undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, who has acted as a sort of special secretary and aide to Raul Roa, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Source Comment. Pelegrin Torras' appointment was probably supported by Roa, who first brought him into the Ministry. It is not known whether this means that Roa had to take an old Communist, friend or not, as his deputy."

104-10308-10156: MOVIMIENTO DE RECUPERACION REVOLUCIONARIO (REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY MOVEMENT)

07/18/62, UFGA 4948, 18 July 1962: Report No. AA 134: "One Juan Falcon Tamar, alleged National coordinator of the MRR in Cuba was interviewed on Cuban 'Radio Rebelde' Station 17 July 1962. He said he planned the assassination of Carlos Rafael Rodriguez. He also talked about a plot to assassinate Raul Castro on 26 July 61, a plot he attributed to the CIA. He also mentioned the assassination of Fidel at the same time. He claimed that the plot against Raul was invented by the CIA, and that the CIA provided financial support to MRR activities."

FBI Cuba 109-12-210 - Volume 73 - Serials 3673-3764: FBI REPORT

08/24/62, FBI report from Miami: Subject: FOREIGN POLITICAL MATTERS - CUBA, INTERNAL SECURITY - CUBA. "A Cuban exile in the Miami area who is acquainted with certain officials of the present Socialist Revolutionary Government under Fidel Castro, and who has furnished reliable information in the past, advised as follows: At 2:00 A.M., on August 24, 1962, the Cuban Government controlled radio station 'Rebelde', Havana, Cuba, announced the appointment of Pelegrin Torras de la Luz as First Vice Prime Minister of Cuba. This appointment places Pelegrin Torras as second in command of the Government of Cuba under Fidel Castro, Prime Minister. Pelegrin Torras de la Luz continues to hold the position of Political Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Cuban Ministry of State. This source advised that Pelegrin Torras is an active member of the Partido Socialista Popular (PSP) (Communist Party of Cuba). (REDACTION) also in Cuba, is an old-line member of the PSP. The source further advised that the announcement of the appointment at 2:00 A.M. was unusual, and the creation of such a position has not previously occurred in the Cuban Government."

202-10002-10039: CUBAN CONTROL AND ACTION CAPABILITIES

05/23/63, Report from James Angleton, Counterintelligence Chief to Deputy Director (Plans): Page 28: ..."The ORI structure, showing Castro's definite control, consists of the following:...b. The ORI National Directorate of twenty-four members, headed by Fidel Castro as first secretary, Raul Castro as second secretary, Emilio Aragones as secretary of organization, Osvaldo Dorticos, 'Che' Guevara, Blas Roca, and Carlos Rafael Rodriguez. c. Economic Commission of the ORI (the top body in the Cuban government), with four members: Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, 'Che' Guevara, and Carlos Rafael Rodriguez. The commission has an Investigation Section, headed by Rafael Francia Mestre, reportedly with authority to investigate anything anywhere in Cuba."

104-10404-10230: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: SUBJECT - 1. AGREEMENTS BETWEEN FIDEL CASTRO AND RAUL ROA Y GARCIA. 2. PROBABLE FUTURE PLAN OF ACTION FOR CARLOS RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ

12/19/63, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Victor T. Suchara, Reports Officer: Oliver T. Papock, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman. "SOURCE: AMISLE-2 SW 34 of 30 November. Received 12 December. See also UFG-4222, 4235, 4242. RID: Please Index." Information Field Report: Date of Info: 30 November 1963, Place & Date Acq.: United States, Miami (12 December 1963). "SOURCE: An educated Cuban whose reliability has not yet been established, source is a veteran Communist, well versed in economics, and employed by the Cuban Government. Within both Communist and Government circles source has numerous acquaintances, a few of whom are influential. The information in paragraph 1 was obtained from the brother of Pelegrin Torras, during the course of a conversation between the brothers, that in paragraph 2 from Carlos Rafael Rodriguez Rodriguez. 1. Fidel Castro Ruz was highly critical of the note which Raul Roa y Garcia sent on 26 November 1963 to the Mexican Embassy in Habana protesting the arrest by Mexican police of a Cuban Consulate employee in Mexico. Despite the fact that the employee, Silvia Duran, was a Mexican citizen, Fidel Castro felt that the note was worded too strongly and would not contribute to harmonious Cuban-Mexican relations. 2. As of 30 November, Carlos Rafael Rodriguez Rodriguez expressed the opinion that he would not remain for much longer in the Instituto Nacional de la Reforma Agraria (INRA, National Institute of Agrarian Reform), but would leave his present assignment and devote himself to working with the Commission for the Economic Directorate of the Partido Unido de la Revolucion Socialista (PURS, United Party of the Socialist Revolution). Rodriguez has been having difficulties with various officials of INRA, and has met little cooperation. Rodriguez is also of the opinion that present Cuban politics seem to indicate an attempt by Fidel Castro to remove Communists from executive positions in the Cuban Government."

124-10290-10090: FBI REPORT: FOREIGN POLITICAL MATTERS - CUBA (HUMBOLDT #7 INCIDENT)

04/06/64, FBI report from Miami: Page 4: ...."AIP (Agencia de Informaciones Periodisticas - Agency of Newspaper Reporters) for March 16, 1964, noted that there had been considerable discussion about the difficulties between Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, Minister of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA) and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Minister of Industries. AIP noted that on March 6, 1964, at a meeting in the Palace, Castro stated 'Che' deserved the very high title of 'Worker of the Vanguard', a statement interpreted to mean a pat on the back for the Argentine communist and an indication of which side Fidel Castro favors. AIP furhter noted that the creation of the Ministry of Industries, and the appointment of 'Che' to direct it, took away some of the power of INRA, headed by Carlos Rafael Rodriguez..." Page 6: "MM T-2 concluded that Ordoqui may now be reduced greatly in importance. Fidel Castro may use the trial as a springboard to show that other people guessed wrong and that the 'old guard' of the CP, including Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, made some serious mistakes, since the informer, Marcos Rodriguez, admittedly was a member of the Cuban Communist Youth Movement for many years and even enjoyed a position of confidence among old Cuban Communist leaders. MM T-2 stated Carlos Rafael Rodriguez may again be reduced in importance, as well as Edith Ruchaca, also a Communist Party leader, former wife of Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, who is presently married to communist leader Joaquin Ordoqui..."

104-10315-10054: CABLE: REQUIREMENTS FOR AMISLE-2 ON RUMORED CONSPIRACIES TO KILL CASTRO BROTHERS

11/13/64, Cable from Director to JMWAVE: Slugline TYPIC AMISLE-2: "Please query AMISLE-2 soonest on following requirements: 1. Report on recently rumored conspiracies to kill the Castro brothers. 2. Was Marcos Rodriguez really executed? When? 3. What is new in the struggle between Chomon and Ordoqui? 4. What is Anibal Escalante's new job? 5. Report on the schism in the CTC which is said to have developed at the September 1964 meeting. 6. What is the current situation in the struggle between the old and new communists in Cuba? Who leads each side? Who is winning? 7. Report on the military officers executed in October 1964. Who were they or how many were there? What was the charge? Where were they located? Who tried them?"

104-10266-10138: FOLDER ON LIRING-3

11/28/66, CIA Intelligence Information Cable: COUNTRY: Cuba. ACQ.: Mexico, Mexico City (25 November 1966). SUBJECT: Reported Ouster of Cuban Vice-Foreign Minister Carrillo. SOURCE: A Mexican intellectual who is a new unwitting reporting asset. Source is in close contact and on friendly terms with Cuban officials travelling to Mexico City. "1. Antonio Carrillo Carreras, who was appointed Cuban Vice-Foreign Minister in June 1966, was ousted from this position by Fidel Castro Ruz on 24 November 1966. 2. At the time of his appointment as Vice-Foreign Minister, he was ambassador to France. In his new capacity, he replaced two Vice-Ministers, Pelegrin Torras de la Luz and Arnol Rodriguez Camps. Carrillo had been appointed to this position with the specific mission or reorganizing and revitalizing Cuban diplomatic installations abroad. However, Castro had become dissatisfied with Carrillo's performance and lack of action. (REDACTION) Comment: It is not known who has been appointed as Carrillo's replacement). 3. (REDACTION) Dissem: CINCLANT, CINCSO."

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