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Cryptonym: AMLEG

Definition:
An FI (foreign intelligence) operation using Cuban merchant seamen.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10308-10037: AMELG OPERATION

An FI (foreign intelligence) operation using Cuban merchant seamen. "About 12 Apr 1963 an attempt was made by HQS to use AMLEG sources to carry out sabotage operations against the Cuban merchant fleet."

104-10308-10050: AMLEGS 7,8,11,24,25, AND 28 PROBABLY WILLING AND ABLE PERFORM SABOTAGE ON SHIPS IF REQUESTED

4/18/63 memo from WITHHELD to Director: "If sabotage program only part of overall harassing action against Cuban economy, suggest non-officer personnel become targets for recruitment for task as they have good access and are probably less likely consider consequences if they do job and jump ship."

104-10308-10052: SABOTAGE PROGRAM AGAINST CUBAN SHIPPING IS OF SUFFICIENTLY HIGH PRIORITY TO REQUIRE UTILIZATION ANY APPROPRIATE

4/20/63: "SAS Comment: Approval has been granted for sabotage of Cuban ships. REDACTED views on use of AMLEGS for sabotage."

104-10506-10028: http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/NARA-Oct2017/NARA-Nov9-2017/104-10506-10028.pdf

66-67 of 158: 4/22/63 memo proposed that AMLEG-29 place a four hour delay explosive on a drum to be loaded on the deck of the HAVANA. A 5/11/63 memo states that no State personnel are to be informed of sabotage actions without HQ approval. A 5/21/63 memo states: "Sabotage operation failed for reasons yet unclear. Prohibition on use (of) explosives or incendiary devices has been removed. All addressees now urged consider utilization full range sabotage and harassment techniques against Cuban ships and cargoes. Now appears AMLEG agents generally unsuited for violent sabotage."

104-10308-10049: ONLY AMLEG WITH KUBARK CONTACT EXCLUSIVELY ARE 31 AND 32

4/16/63 cable from Brussels to Director: "Only AMLEGS with (CIA) contract exclusively (are AMLEGS) 31 and 32. Both hope either individually become captains or defect. If HQs approves will feel out 31 re sabotage when Cienfuegos in REDACTED late April defer to Hamburg re other AMLEGS with whom station in contact. Station received via NIBANK-24 Rabien and Stadtlander ships schedules which give about ten days advance notice of ship arrivals...large ships from Cuba usually unload sugar staying from 6 to 12 days. Smaller ships spend from 3 to 6 days. Feel eventual ship sabotage would fall in four categories: Machine, electronics, fuel and deep tanks used to carry petroleum on Maestra, Cienfuegos, and lines. Assume tanks make these ships priority targets."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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