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Cryptonym: AMLIKE-1

Definition:
Erasmo Espinosa Hernandez. The proposed AMLIKE operation in Ecuador itself appears to have run into problems and probably did not get established.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10236-10406: OP ASSIGNED CRYPTONYM AMLIKE

07/21/62, Cable from Director to JMWAVE: "1. Op assigned cryptonym AMLIKE. 2. In view # loss team members and need for Adanis start from scratch desire phase op as follows: 3. Phase 1: GAYA spot team candidates, cable biog including Adanis for POA processing. QUIT likewise if feasible. Meanwhile GAYA QUIT pouch priority all available bio Cuban exiles for HQs screening. 4. Phase 2: When team member cleared WAVE to ascertain acceptability go CRC, obtain letters. HQs to forward selected list exiles to GAYA, QUIT for contact. 5. Phase #3: Teams using letter to contact selected exiles. Determine access using form sent GAYA this purpose, if feasible. Forward results HQs for tailored RQMTS. 6. Appreciate GAYA QUIT aggressive response Cuban target. Though expect low yield intel this op on basis experience elsewhere, feel low cost justifies and op may well surface potential ops into Cuba through relatives friends of exiles. Latter should therefore be given at least equal emphasis with intel debriefing aspect. 7. In view above Ref D rescinded. 8. For GAYA WAVE 5511 requested Ref A be sent WAVE."

104-10231-10270: CABLE: REQUEST POA IDEN A AND IDEN B FOR

07/27/62: Cable from GAYA to Director: REF DIR 24880: CITE GAYA 2079: "1. Request POA IDEN A and IDEN B for AMLIKE op GAYA. No field traces. Unwitting ODYOKE (U.S. Government). 2. Spotting additional team member since Adanis no longer available for this work. May use AMBARB-28 if feasible."

104-10236-10405: IDEN A TOMAS GOMEZ ESTAFAN

07/27/62, Cable from GAYA to Director: REF GAYA 2970: CITE GAYA 2080: "IDEN A Tomas Gomez Estafan. DPOB 15 Nov 38 Santiago de Cuba. University student. Single. Resides Avenida Luis Urdaneta, GAYA. Was member of action and sabotage unit of 30 of Nov Movement. IDEN B Waldo Noel Morales Diaz. DPOB 16 Oct 28 VFGA Alta, Las Villas, Cuba. Was (portion missing will forward) 6 July Movement. Later fought Castro regime as municipal coordinator of the Democratic Christian movement in Matanzas."

104-10231-10269: CABLE: MISSING PORTION READS: "LAS VILLAS, CUBA. MARRIED. WAS

07/28/62, Cable to Service: REF GAYA 2080: "Missing portion reads: 'Las Villas, Cuba. Married. Was chief action and sabotage for 26 July Movement.'"

104-10236-10403: REQUEST POA IDEN FOR AMLIKE OP

08/08/62, Cable from GAYA to Director: "1. Request POA IDEN for AMLIKE op. Unwitting U.S. Government. No field traces. 2. Advise if IDEN and SUBJS GAYA 2080 acceptable CRC for letters. SIGCEN note: Date this message 6 Aug 62."

104-10236-10404: IDEN ERASMO ESPINOZA HERNANDEZ

08/08/62, Cable from GAYA to Director: REF GAYA 2085: "IDEN Erasmo Espinosa Hernandez. DPOB 4 Dec 28 Santiago de Cuba. Delegate in Ecuador of MDSC. Former member Cuban national revolutionary police. SIGCEN note: Date this message 6 Aug 62."

104-10231-10262: CABLE: POA GRANTED SUBJ REFS 23 AUG 62

09/01/62, Cable to GAYA: REF A: GAYA 2085. B: GAYA 2086: "POA granted AMLIKE-1 SUBJ Refs 23 Aug 62. 201-330969."

104-10236-10402: EXILES REFUSE ANSWER QUESTIONS UNTIL AMLIKES HAVE PROPER CREDENTIALS FROM CRC

09/08/62, Cable from GAYA to Director: "Exiles refuse answer questions until AMLIKES have proper credentials from CRC. Advise."

104-10236-10401: REGRET DELAY IN SOLVING REF PROBLEMS

09/24/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director (Orig: PW/Caponong): "1. Regret delay in solving ref problem. Have attempted get letters from AMBUD-1 who unfortunately opposed to issuance such letters with his signature for this purpose since will create hard feelings with AMBUD delegation. AMBUD-1 of opinion that since three-man AMBUD delegation exists Ecuador, Station program of collection of intell on Cuba should give consideration to use these delegates and their assets. AMBUD-1 also suggests that if number or calibre AMBUD delegates insufficient this task, he willing make necessary changes. 2. Based on U.S. Government policy, WAVE attempting give AMBUD all possible support make AMBUD meaningful and popular organization around which exiles can unite. Under these circumstances AMBUD-1 feels GAYA request working against/and undercutting AMBUD, especially since Cubans GAYA apparently willing provide info if under impression it is for use AMBUD. 3. Therefore suggest GAYA consider coordinating this program with AMBUD delegation and utilizing AMBUD assets already your area for purpose this program. 4. FYI: WAVE has already devised intell collection program for AMBUD to be undertaken WAVE and other areas and AMBUD delegations which not now undertaking this activity have been advised by AMBUD-1 to do so."

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