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Cryptonym: AMOT-2

Definition:
Jose Joaquin Sanjenis Perdomo, also known as Joaquin Sanjenis, titular head of the AMOT organization circa 1961 prior to the Bay of Pigs landings and into 1962. His pseudonym was Carlos Blanco.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

"Jose Joaquin SANJENIS Perdomo (201-266348)" is described as "AMOT-2". See 124-90137-10079, p. 11: "From August 1959 to January 1960, I was the Director General of Fiscal Security for the Department of Treasury in the Cuban government. I came to the US in January 1960 and resigned my work with the Cuban government." Also see 104-10193-10063: 11/30/60 memo from MASH to Director: "AMOT-11 reported to AMOT-2 that night 26 Nov he received info that Rebel Army officer Padilla (FNU), who reportedly Chief of Isle of Pines Prison, wants contact with AMHAWK's (Tony Varona's) rep Habana in order work out final details escape of Huber Matos from Isle Pines Prison."

1993.08.05.10:15:50:750052: Various Materials on Frank Sturgis Aka Frank Fiorini

Frank Sturgis' resume lists "Sam Jeni" as his CIA control officer for 1961-1970.

104-10271-10269: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/MOVIMIENTO REVOLUCIONARIO DEL PUEBLO (MRP)

1/13/61 dispatch from Stanley R. Zamka (David Morales) to Chief, WHD: "AMOT-2 reported that the...MRP had established a military training camp on a farm which is located at Bauer Drive, Homestead, Florida, and about four blocks from a farm owned by (probable typo) Nato Vasquez."

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

5/4/61 memo recommended taking "appropriate action" to obtain court order to seal files...this will serve to protect against future visits by "former JMHARP detainees to AMOT bldg and protect AMBUD-1 interests". Report of "eviction of AMBUD-1 & AMDIP-1 henchmen" from bldg and suggested "AMOT files" be protected.

104-10168-10162: DISPATCH: ON 11 MAY 1961 AMOT-2 MADE THE FOLLOWING REPORT ABOUT HIS INTERVIEW WITH AMBUD-1

5/11/61 cable from Stanley Zamka/David Morales, Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD, on AMOT-2's report: "(AMBUD-1/Miro Cardona) said that after the events of the week of 17 April (Note: the Bay of Pigs)...(AMDIP-1/Tony Varona requested that AMOT-2 be replaced because) I had not told AMBUD/CRC the day, hour and place of landing of the Army of Liberation, and therefore AMBUD should withdraw its confidence in me."

http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/Operation40-CIA.pdf

5/19/61 memo by R.W. Herbert for Chief, WH J. C. King to Director, Central Intelligence: "(Manuel Ray said) that his own people, the MRP, were afraid that if the invasion was successful, they, too, would be executed by the invading forces or the succeeding government...he and his people had learned about 'Operation Forty' as a 'mopping-up' operation, which was to have eliminated his followers in Cuba. He said that 'Operation Forty' was composed of followers of former President Fulgencio Batista who were to follow behind the invading troops and 'purge' the captured cities and towns. He said that the operation was planned by SANJENIS and GUTIERREZ, and that one of the members was CALVINOS (fnu), a 'war criminal' who was captured in the invasion...the subject said that it was his representatives, members of the MRP, who were responsible for successful sabotage in Cuba, and said that they destroyed El Encanto, the Habana department store, and the Habana aqueduct."

1993.08.05.15:01:22:810028: SECURITY FILE ON MANUEL ANTONIO DE VARONA Y LOREDO

5/24/61 Memorandum to the Director from Stanley Grogar, Assistant to the Director: "Sam Halper (of Time magazine) alleged that Captain Luis Sanjenis was fired from his job as director of intelligence for the Revolutionary Council by Tony Varona and replaced by Capt. Luis Despaigne in March of this year. After this, thugs of Sanjenis raided the office, extracted the files and stole a considerable amount of money (several hundred dollars) that had been designated for deposit for utility companies supplying the Council's electricity, telephone, etc. Then Despaigne went to 'Jimmy', a CIA agent who had been supplying aid to the Council...Operation 40 was, according to Mr. Halper, an organization being trained by CIA to perform police functions in Cuba after Castro's fall." Also see 104-10236-10324, a 3/20/63 memo by Juan Paula/AMTIKI-1 who relates to Charles Banks how he got the files back from Capt. Ernesto Despaigne, that they will be returned to Sanjenis/AMOT-2, and that these files had been the subject of "bitter discussions and controversies". Note at bottom: "Check ILLEGIBLE Tony S." "Charles Banks" could be an alias for Tony Sforza, but more likely for "Carlos Blanco"/AMOT-2/Jose Joaquin Sanjenis.

104-10260-10104: CABLE: AMBUD-1 COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMOT-2 COME AS SURPRISE TO

6/15/61 cable from WAVE to BELL: "WAVE aware AMDIP-1 (Tony Varona) has been planting...stories for some time in an attempt to undermine AMOT-2 (Joaquin Sanjenis)...AMOT-2 is most discreet and WAVE has never received info, except those emanating from AMDIP-1 and AMJAG, that AMOT-2 brags about (CIA) support. WAVE believes this probe on part of AMDIP-1 and AMJAG to ascertain extent of present (CIA) involvement. Re allegation 'Operation Forty' (AMFAST) designed eliminate AMBUD organization this story preposterous...AMOT-2/Jose Sanjenis is most discreet and WAVE had never received info, except that emanating from AMDIP-1/Miro Cardona and AMJAG/Justo Carrillo that AMOT-2 brags about KUBARK/CIA support. WAVE believes this probe on part of AMDIP-1 and AMJAG to ascertain extent of present KUBARK involvement. Re allegation 'Operation Forty' (AMFAST) designed eliminate AMBUD/CRC organization this story preposterous...AMOT-2 and his loyal followers have made such an outstanding contribution to date in terms of positive and counter intelligence and many other tasks that to plant any doubt in the mind of AMOT-2 at this time would be to destroy an extremely valuable asset."

104-10229-10273: Memorandum: Reunion of the Economic Corporation

12/30/61 memo from Carlos Blanco to Felix. Marginalia identifies "Carlos" as AMOT-2. Felix is probably his second-in-command Felix Gutierrez/AMOT-31. "Since a few days ago, Mr. Jose Alvarez Diaz And Mr. Federico Fernandez Casas have been visiting the different members of the Economic Corporations with the objective of obtaining the support of these economic corporations for Dr. Miro Cardona and the Council...The Economic Corporations...is the organism representing the live classes of Cuba, and which is presided by Mr. Gregorio ESCAGEDO and its secretary being Mr. Tulio DIAZ Ribera...Escagedo and...Rodriguez met...it seemed the thesis maintained by Escabedo and Rodriguez...consisted of not supporting the Council and Mr. Cardona was going to win... (Fernandez and Diaz)...used all kinds of arguments such as the following...(Diaz said)...Miro had a handwritten letter (written personally) from the President of the United States, Mr. KENNEDY, which said, among other things, 'You were, are, and will be, the representative of the Cuban People; and you will be the President of Cuba after the overthrow of Castro.'... (Fernandez said) that the Council needed the support of all the Cuban Economic Corporations in order to feel strong and supported to demand in Washington the cessation of CIA interference in the Cuban case. That Dr. Miro, as a patriot, had asked for this support from us in order to avoid the criminal infiltrations of Cubans that were being conducted by the CIA in Cuba...In spite of all these arguments of coercion and deceit, the result of the voting of giving or not giving support to the Council was a tie (7 x 7), and a new meeting was scheduled for Thursday, 4 January 1962."

104-10217-10044: HENRY J SLOMAN IN DISCUSSIONS WITH AMOT-2, AMSTRUT-2 AND AMCONCERT-1

10/27/62, from JMWAVE to Director: Henry J. Sloman (Tony Sforza) was meeting with AMOT-2, AMSTRUT-2 (Fidel's sister Juanita Castro) and AMCONCERT-1 (Pancho Varona). On 10/8/62 AMOT-2 had told Sloman that Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo and 29 others were planning to hit someplace in Las Villas province.

104-10269-10109: JURE/NBC PROPAGANDA EFFORT TO DISCREDIT CIA

9/24/63 dispatch from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Chief of Station, SAS: "Forwarded herewith, for your information, are the following reports, primarily from AMTAUP-2, on the JURE/NBC propaganda effort to discredit the CIA through presented statements made by selected personnel connected with the Bay of Pigs invasion." These reports were generally provided from AMTAUP-2 to "Carlos Blanco" aka AMOT-2, and attached to this dispatch.

104-10308-10325: CABLE RE AMCROAK

12/05/63, Cable from Madrid to Director: Slugline IMMEDIATE WAVE INFO IMMEDIATE DIR CITE MADR 9866: RYBAT TYPIC COMMO AMCROAK: REF DIR 86638 (Handwritten note: Don't need): Page 2: ..."F. AMCROAK-1 discussed op plan, mentioned previous cables, with AMOT-2. Plan consisted of elimination high GOC personalities. AMCROAK-1 has not mentioned plan to CO. Also see 104-10308-10020, "Undated CIA document from Withheld Researcher: Titled: AMCROAK Operation:..."2. Findings: a. MADR 9866 (IN 74333) 5 Dec 63: AMCROAK-1 discussed an op plan with AMOT-2, which consisted of elimination of high GOC personalities. A-1 had not mentioned the plan to the case officer. (A-1 was recruited by CIA in Madrid Dec 63. At the time of recruitment he was involved with a group planning to kill Castro, a completely extra-CIA affiliation)..."

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