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Cryptonym: AMLAKA

Definition:
Pre-Bay of Pigs infiltration operation into Cuba.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10172-10449: CABLE: OPS SANDRA II AND JEAN DELAYED DUE WEATHER

2/25/61 cable from JMWAVE to JMBELL, slugline OPIM BELL RIMM KOLA JMZIP SANDRA JEAN: "Ops SANDRA II and JEAN delayed due weather. Will advise new departure times." "(Chief of Station) comment: Stated infiltrees for Operation Sandra II now changed to include AMLAKA Team Two composed (of the) following members: 2643, 2765, 2504, 2713 and 2667." To see a more redacted version in a chrono file, see HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Reel 8, Folder H, page 88.

104-10240-10281: CABLE: SWASP AND REEFER II DEPARTED KEY WEST 231700Z. SUCCESSFULLY

3/24/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL, slugline BELL KOLA RIMM JMZIP SANDRA III: "SWASP and REEFER II departed Key West 231700Z. Successfully infiltrated 4 men...and approximately 4 tons (of) cargo. 14 men exfiltrated including Jose Bembribre Vazquez and several of his men and AMLAKA-2 team leader Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia. Bembribre wishes to meet AMBIDDY-1 before making definite future plans. Rodriguez has come out for consultation. WAVE will debrief both men and advise results." 124-10277-10380: Bembribre is also referred to in the documents as "Membribe".

104-10262-10021: CABLE: REQUEST SP FOR FOLLOWING 11 INDIVIDUALS WHO ENTERED AT KEY

3/27/61 memo from JMWAVE to JMBELL: On the entry of 11 individuals into Key West on March 24..."Pedro Garcia Chaviano, Hector Careno Alfonso, Felide Leon Leon, Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia, Domingo Morales Arencivia, Vincente Mendez Fernandez, Andres Perez Guerra, Drosdado Mesa Becerra, Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, Manuel del Hierro Urdamdidel." Reference on following page to Jose Bembribre is also referred to in the documents as "Membribe".

104-10172-10441: CABLE: TEJANA DEPARTED KEY WEST 290104Z

3/29/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL: "Tejana departed Key West...Felix Rodriguez who infiltrated via Operation Sandra III will infiltrate with cargo. Cargo consisted of following: 300 M-1 rifles, 100 carbines, 100 pistols, 4 recoilless rifles, 5 RARs, 5 long caliber 38 and 5 mortar 60 mm with basic load ammo; 200 pounds (of) demolition and equipment; 400 fragmentation grenades, 100 incendiary grenades..."

104-10172-10438: CABLE: TEJANA RETURNED KEY WEST

3/31/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL: "Tejana returned Key West...AMDENIM-1 reported that a small boat met Tejana instead of large one as planned. Took only small portion (of) cargo due (to) large number fishing craft in area of operation during holiday. Reception committee requested Tejana return after 3 April with up to 15 tons cargo. A-1 reported rendezvous point ideal. Felix Rodriguez infiltrated with 25 pistol and small portion incendiary devices." Chief of Station comment: "Requested approval to run Operation Megano". To see a more redacted version in a chrono file, see HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Reel 8, Folder H, page 67.

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