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Cryptonym: AMOT

Definition:
Team of some 40 Cubans trained by David Morales to be a new Cuban intelligence service once Castro had been ousted.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Prior to the Bay of Pigs landing the AMOTS were used to perform surveillance and collect information in Miami, targeting potential Castro intelligence agents or collaborators. Following the abortive landing, members of the team were organized into a new Cuban intelligence service, once again conducting surveillance and counter intelligence activities in the United States and in Mexico City.

Reportedly they took all the files they had collected in their initial work and maintained an extensive and continually updated collection on the overall Cuban community within the United States. AMOT may have been an abbreviation for "Anonymous Organization Team". See 104-10102-10220 below.
Sources:

Ultimate Sacrifice (paperback), by Lamar Waldron, p. 629

from the book: research confirms that David Morales was in charge of this operation. The AMOT program involved more than two dozen people and lasted for several years...

NEXUS, by Larry Hancock, p. 61

from the book: A memo of April 20, 1961 specifies that the AMOT organization (developed and trained by David Morales) was to be developed into an "Intelligence and Security" service based in Miami.

104-10308-10209: MEMORANDUM ON AMOT PROJECT

This 1976 memo describes AMOT this way: "AMOT's were Cubans in Miami (outside group) controlled by JMWAVE station who gathered information on Cubans, primarily from debriefing of Cuban refugees."

104-10308-10214: MEMORANDUM: AMOT PROJECT

This memo describes AMOT: "This project funded a support group for JMWAVE Station that spotted and recruited potential assets primarily in the PM field and maritime areas, but also for the FI, CI and PW areas of operation. They handled debriefings, investigations, surveillances and acquired intelligence through AMOT penetrations of Cuban exile groups.

104-10235-10109: NOTE: ATTACHED ARE AMOT REPORTS ON EXILE GROUPS RECRUITING CUBANS FOR SERVICES

This document contains a handful of AMOT reports on Cuban exile groups.

104-10102-10220: CIA OPERATIONS AGAINST CUBA PRIOR TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY ON 23 NOVEMBER 1963

"Anonymous Organization Group: During 1960-63, this group consisted of between 50 to 100 Cuban exiles who constituted a structured intelligence support group for the (JMWAVE) station. It performed a variety of functions for the station, and it was the station's prime source of information on Cuban exile activities. It is considered the single most valuable operational activity undertaken by the station."

104-10167-10062: PER REF AND ZAMKA-2LOCKENBRINK TELECON EVENING 3 MAY AGREE APPROPRIATE ACTION PER PARA THREE REF WOULD BE TO GET COURT ORDER TO SEAL FILES

5/5/61, from JMBELL to JMWAVE: "Reported eviction of AMBUD-1/AMDIP-1 (Carona and Varona) henchmen by court order from AMOT building, arrest of two henchmen for refusal (to) obey court order, and suggested AMOT files be protected."

104-10310-10020: FILE:DDCI DOCUMENTS

4/20/61 Chief, WH/4/CI to Chief, WH/4, CI Program for JMATE project: "...AMOT Security Service: The AMOT complex is made up of 97 staff and clerical personnel, 34 AMFASTs (security/counterintelligence teams) located in the Miami area, and 43 AMCHEERS (senior Cuban citizens drawn from banking, commercial and ranching circles in Cuba), also located in Miami...Problems and Resolution: AMOT-KUBARK relationship: The Agency must recognize the possibility of strained feelings because of the failure of the invasion. It is believed that the Agency representative in Miami will be able, because of his excellent personal relationship with the Chief of the AMOT service, to maintain a satisfactory working relationship...Compromised Agent Assets Inside Cuba: The Agency must assume that the paramilitary assets inside Cuba have probably been compromised by Castro security countermeasures taken at the time of the invasion. Each of these assets or net must be examined to determine their continued usefulness. The inclusion of trained CI officers, such as the AMOTS or AMFASTS, in various teams infiltrated into Cuba can serve to ferret out and neutralize identified penetrations."

104-10310-10020: FILE:DDCI DOCUMENTS

6/5/61, R.D. Shea's memorandum for the record re interview with C/WH/4/CI (Clark Simmons): "Subsequent to the invasion the AMOTS have been substantially changed by Cardona (AMBUD-1). He has replaced the top AMOTS by political appointees who have no skill in tradecraft. The top men thus fired had anticipated such a move, and in addition to microfilming 120,000 cards, they removed all cryptonyms and all memoranda of conversation between them and (David) Morales with the result that the new service doesn't know the identity of the AMOTS that are presently in Cuba."

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Contributors:
Dr. Juan B. Giusti • Larry Hancock • Bill Simpich

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