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Cryptonym: AMLAW-1

Definition:
Armando Hart, Cuban Minister of Education under Castro.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
There is a 8/16/62 cable from Alfonso Rodriguez indicating that AMBANG-1/Manolo Ray was attempting to get his close acquaintance AMLAW-1 to defect, due in part to contact with Mexican consular officials in Miami - "Juan Cortes and Rafael Reyes Spindola". Bill Harvey was authenticating officer. 104-10171-10090. See the referenced DIR 23674, AMLAW-1 may have been ARMANDO HART. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=23895#relPageId=2&tab=page
Sources:

104-10171-10090: CABLE RE TRAVEL CENTRAL AMERICA AND EFFORT RECRUIT OR DEFECT

8/16/62 memo from Alfonso Rodriguez about Manolo Ray trying to recruit AMLAW-1.due in part to contact with Mexican consular officials in Miami - "Juan Cortes and Rafael Reyes Spindola". Bill Harvey was authenticating officer. See referenced DIR 26374, below.

104-10171-10100: CABLE RE ARMANDO HART

7/28/62, Alfonso Rodriguez to several Latin American stations, DIR 26374: "Armando Hart believed by AMBANG-1 (Manolo Ray) to be possible defector...A-1 contact (with CIA) most sensitive. Not to be revealed (to) any indigenous agent, liaison or even staff not needing (to) know...emergency need contact Fernandez." William Harvey authenticating officer on memo. Defection attempt was to include Hart's wife Haydee.

104-10103-10347: EFFORTS TO SPLIT THE REGIME: MARCH - JUNE 1962 - STUDY OF THE LOCI OF POWER CONCLUDED

1962 memo, probably written by Bill Harvey, on splitting the Castro regime listed Hart with Carlos Lechuga, Rolando Cubela and others as "Important Men not Clearly Aligned with 26th of July or Communist Power".

Warren Commission Documents/ pdf PDF version: 20672K Commission Document 1135 - State Meeker Letter of 20 Jun 1964 with Attachments

"Education minister and PURSC national leader Armando Hart Davalos delivered the keynote speech at a mass meeting tonight in Cadenas Square of Havana University on the occasion of the termination of the second worldwide week of solidarity with the people of Venezuela."

104-10074-10188: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION/DATA ON ARMANDO HART AND HIS FAMILY

8/2/62, CIA author of memo unknown. The report was developed by a Navy representative stationed at the Caribbean Action Center at Opa-locka. (The crypt for the center is JMFIG.) The source is described as a Cuban national who spent 18 months in prison during the Batista regime who served as the secretary to Armando Hart, Minister of Education. Quintin Pino is referred to as the "Cuban ambassador to Hungary". Marginalia refers to Quintin Pino, with the phrase "both sides". Pino may have been a double or triple agent, or there may have been an attempt to "double" him.

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Bill Simpich

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