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Cryptonym: AMOT-120

Definition:
Unknown identity. There are several possibilities. Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo, involved in anti-Castro activities and owner of a small boat. Another is Eduardo Garcia, the shipping magnate, and owner of Garcia Lines.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
AMOT-120 was a source of reports for JMWAVE from 1962 until at least the end of 1965. He was a Cuban exile in Miami who was described as being well known in his community, and who had international shipping interests in the Caribbean. Owner of the vessel, "Regla Segundo" in 1962.
Sources:

1994.03.08.14:28:49:690007: MEMO:

05/08/61, Memo: "One day last week I went down to see Rosalba and her boy friend's new shipping company. Boy friend is Armando de Peralta. Just a few minutes before I walked into the little offices Armando has had (17 Battery Place) while he has been re-organizing, a young Cuban had just walked out after having told Rosalba and a few others in great detail about the invasion. The young man is Eduardo Garcia. (Eduardo Garcia, I believe). Anyway, his family are the Garcias of the Garcia Shipping Line. They had provided the ships that carried the invasion forces to Cuba, Rosalba told me. She said he had been in Puerto Rico after the invasion failed. She said he declared that he was going to get right busy getting new invasion forces together but that this time it would be different because they would have many thousands of marines begins them. According to Rosalba, the money (quote from Rosalba), that the Americans provided (handwritten note: mention of CIA) was passed along via Garcia and that the checks were written out there in that office (the Garcia Shipping Line were sharing offices with Rosalba and Armando's clerical personnel). I should think you might like to suggest somebody instruct this young man to talk less freely. I get the impression he had kept them all informed before the invasion.."

104-10226-10418: CABLE: DISCUSSION OF MARITIME OPERATIONS

05/31/62, Cable from JMWAVE-DIR: "1. Discussions 29 May with AMOT-120 reveal he willing charter his converted LCI "Regla Segundo' (British flag) on bare boat bases for three thousand dollars per month. Crew, food, fuel costs will be additional eight thousand per month. Total cost per month will thus be eleven thousand dollars. 2. 'Regla Segundo' has 300 ton capacity. Main match 30 ft. long 20 ft. wide and 8 ft, clearance below decks. Performance characteristics similar Villaro. Vessel currently engaged Caribbean freight trade and due arrive Miami 30 May where will be available Mr. Smith's inspection. Request Mr. Smith arrive Miami 1 June. 3. AMOTH-120 willing furnish or front for hiring crew for vessel. This connection AMOT-120 states current crew all Cubans who anti-Castro. We collecting PRQ data re crew to see if they meet our security standards, etc. If they don't WAVE will crew vessel from existing maritime assets... 6. View AMOT-120 natural cover for involvement shipping activities plus availability and apparent suitability his vessel for balloon ops request authority leave 'Regla Segundo' as wedge to get closer AMOT-120 and thus assess his full potential as cover mechanism for our maritime activities"....

104-10264-10017: CABLE: FYI AMDENIM 1 ADVISES EDUARDO GARCIA (SHIPPING MAGNATE)

09/29/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines GYROSE AMDENIM: "1. FYI AMDENIM-1 advises Eduardo Garcia (shipping magnate) was in Washington D.C. 31 Aug with FNU Martinez of 30 Nov Group to raise funds and setup new AMBUD type org with Guillermo Belt, former Havana Mayor, as leader. Garcia also saw CIA Deputy Director at this time. 2. Have no info to confirm above. Pls provide any supporting info."

104-10179-10314: RUMORED PLANS OF MANUEL RAY RIVERO OF JURE AND CONSPIRING CUBAN MILITARY OFFICERS TO ASSASSINATE FIDEL CASTRO RUZ

04/30/64, Field Information Report: "SOURCE: A Cuban well known in the Miami exile community who has international shipping interests in the Caribbean" (AMOT-120).

124-10281-10090: INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE: DEPARTURE OF THE M/V SUSAN ANN, OPERATED BY THE DIRECTORIO REVOLUCIONARIO ESTUDIANTIL

06/13/64, Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq: United States, Miami (12 June 1964): Handwritten note: "Mr. Austin Horn, CIA advised this is not a CIA operation. 6/17/64." "1. Source for paras 2-7: a Cuban well known in the Miami exile community who has international shipping interests in the Caribbean. This information was obtained from Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo. 2. According to Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo, the M/V Susan Ann, an 85-foot torpedo boat owned by Leslie Nobregas Heria and Jorge 'Coco' Nobregas Heria, left Miami on 1 June and was heading toward Santo Domingo with a crew of 15 to 20 men"...

104-10170-10093: ACTIVITIES OF AMBARB-90

06/19/64, CIA Report Cover Sheet: "TYPIC Source: AMOT-120. The Field Comment was based on UFG-5356. RID: Index."

157-10002-10214: AIRTEL: PLANS OF CUBAN EXIELS TO ASSASSINATE SELECTED CUBAN LEADERS

07/15/64, Airtel from SAC, New York to Director: ..."Both JULIO LOBO and EDUARDO GARCIA advised that they had thoroughly discussed this matter with their respective CIA contacts....EDUARDO GARCIA, on 7/13/64, had advised that he had thoroughly discussed this matter with his CIA representative but would be willing to discuss the matter with the NYO. Arrangements were made to interview GARCIA on 7/14/64 but interviewing agent was uanble to keep this appointment, and GARCIA did not want to discuss it with any other NYO representative. Another appointment was made to interview GARCIA on 7/15/64, but because of personal reasons, GARCIA was unable to keep this appointment. GARCIA, on 7/15/64, stated that business matters make it impossible for interview on 7/16/64, but a scheduled interview with GARCIA has been arranged for 1:00 PM on 7/17/64. Results of interview with GARCIA on 7/17/64 will be submitted in summary teletype and LHM."

1994.05.10.08:49:15:600007: INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE: REPAIR OF A 28-FOOT CATAMARAN BY CUBAN EXILES ASSOCIATED WITH THE JUNTA REVOLUCIONARIA CUBANA (JURE)

Unknown date: "2. On 11 February 1965, Orlando Costa Suarez, aka 'Bego', and Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo were observed at the International Boat and Yacht Builders, Inc., 280 SW North River Drive, Miami, repairing a 28-foot catamaran. William Ricardo Chus Alvarez, member of the Junta Revolucionaria Cubana (JURE, Cuban Revolutionary Junta), and Julian Vinas Abascal are believed to be cooperating in the repair of the boat"...

124-10283-10119: INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE: PLAN OF NESTOR GONZALEZ (OR GARCIA) TO REENTER CUBA TO SABOTAGE A CUBAN TRAIN

07/10/65, Country: Cuba, Place & date Acq: United States, Miami (9 July 1965): "Field Comment:....Another source who is regarded as reliable reported on 1 July that Sierra Lopez and Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo were preparing to make a trip to Cay Sal to meet someone who was coming out of Cuba to discuss money matters with him. Fernandez is believed to have access to a 24-foot boat equipped with one 225 horsepower inboard engine and twin 20-horsepower mercury outboards this craft carries Florida registration FL-6630-F and on 25 June was seen at the Prieto Auto Service, 732 NW 7th Ave., Miami)"....

124-10218-10444: TELETYPE: LUIS SIERRA LOPEZ; ANTONIO VARELA RODRIGUEZ; GUSTAVO FERNANDEZ RAVELO. NEUTRALITY MATTERS

07/11/65, Teletype from Miami to the Director: "Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo is owner of 25 foot boat with Fla. registration F L 6630 F. He is identical with subject of BUFILE 100378541. According to Yarbrough none of subjects are anxious to go on mission but members of RECE (Cuban Representation in Exile) who have joined with MIRR (Revolutionary Recovery Insurrectional Movement) are urging subjects to action"....

104-10182-10025: CABLE: PARA 2 REF, CHECK SHOWS AMOT 120 OBTAINED THIS INFO FROM

10/30/65, Cable from JMWAVE: "1...Check shows AMOT-120 obtained this info from Ricardo Rivas Madan 201-(Unintelligible), who allegedly was approached by Jorge Diaz concerning purchase of weapons. Diaz said that weapons were to be used to help Wessin regain power. Madan added that Diaz also tried get weapons from Carlos Zarraga Martinez 201-757654, formerly of JURE. Madan also claimed Diaz recently made trip to DOMREP to deliver two personal letters from Wessin to unknown parties. 2. AMOT-120 states that Jorge Diaz, Cuban national, was in oil well drilling business DOMREP during Juan Bosch regime and (unintelligible) approached Bosch thru Sergio Gomez, allegedly a Bosch friend, in search of drilling concessions"....This version is better despite the redactions for reading: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55081&search=RICARDO_MADAN#relPageId=20&tab=page

104-10192-10028: CABLE: PLANS FOR RAIDS ON CUBA BY EMIGRE ELEMENTS

11/19/65, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "SUPDATA: No project. AMOT-120, report NC 57/65, 18 November 1965. Comment para 1 based on UFG 7735; para 2 on UFG 7737 (pouch). RI Index Jimenez. Filed 192117Z.. SUBJ: Plans for Raids on Cuba by Comandos L and Insurrectional Movement for Revolutionary Recover (MIRR)... SOURCE: A Cuban well known in the Miami emigre community who has international shipping interests. Source's reporting on maritime activities in the Caribbean has been timely and reliable. As of about June 1965 his reporting on other topics has improved in depth and significance."

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