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Cryptonym: AMOT-20

Definition:
Orestes Puig Rios. A cable in 1965 stated that Puig was AMOT-20, with the 201 number of 201-311333.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
AMOT-20 was an AMICE (FORDC, Frente Obrero Revolucionario Democratico Cubano) official. In addition, a cable in September of 1963 stated that AMOT-20 knew Herminio Diaz Garcia in Cuba.
Sources:

104-10172-10061: CABLE TEJANA DEPARTED KEY WEST RUN REF OPN WICH SUCCESSFUL

03/13/61: Cable from WAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP/JEAN II: REF WAVE 4354 (IN 2782): "1. Tejana departed Key West (unintelligible) run ref (unintelligible) which successful. FOLL individuals infiltrated: Trainees 1625 (REDACTION) alias Rafael Alvarez Hernandez; (unintelligible) (REDACTION) alias Javier Sanchez Rodriguez and (unintelligible) (REDACTION) alias Lorenzo Ruiz Berney to join Camaguey team. For Labor Team: AMICE-1 and AMOT-20 (Orestes Puig Rios) for Havana (REDACTION) to coordinate and attempt further unite various group. 2. Infiltrated approx 50 percent 5 ton cargo which composed FOLL: 120-man pack plus 50 M-1 rifles, 50 SMG M-5 with ammo for each and 500 pounds demolitions. 3. Nine persons exfiltrated. Will advise names. C/S Comment: *Requested approval to run OPN JEAN II per format WAVE 2174 (IN 15595)."

104-10233-10199: ORGANIZATION AND CONTROL OF A WAVE UNILATERAL ASSET

02/28/62: Memorandum for the Record by Harold Noemayr: "On 27 February 1962, this case officer held a long meeting with AMICE-1 and AMPANIC-1 concerning the organization and control of the WAVE unilateral asset, FORD...FORD was created by WAVE, not by a spontaneous or determined effort by Cuban labor exiles to form an organization...FORD admittedly does not possess the best of Cuban labor experience and leadership, and if anything, has some rather dubious and controversial characters in their midst...there were only three so-called "Independents" on the "Executive Committee" that WAVE could count on for guidance and control: AMICE-1, 3, and AMOT-20."

104-10227-10424: CABLE: AMICE-1 AND AMOT-20 REPORTED 25 OCT THAT CN FACE RUMORS FULL SCALE INVASION WITHIN 72 HOURS

10/26/62: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline GYROSE KUWOLF: "AMICE-1 and AMOT-20 reported 25 Oct that on face (of) rumors that full scale invasion within 72 hours Consejo leaders busily conferring with individuals being considered to staff new Cuban government. This causing consternation among those not chosen or consulted. AMICE-1 and AMOT-20 feel they being passed over in labor slots because AMDIP-1 held long confidential discussions with Angel Cofino and Marcos Hirigoyen 24 Oct."

104-10227-10270: CABLE RE: AMOT/20 REPORTED 1 MAR THAT MAVERICK GROUP CRC LABOR LEADERS INCLUDING MARCOS HIRIGOYEN

03/05/63: JMWAVE to Director: AMOT-20 reported that a maverick group was breaking from FORDC and was promised support by George Meany and AFL-CIO reps. This would disrupt the KUWOLF purpose for forming FORDC. Author suggests to tell this to their "cleared contacts" within AFL-CIO.

104-10231-10204: MFR: MISSION TO RIO AND POLITICAL INTERFERENCE

03/27/63: Memorandum for the Record by C/PW, Subject: AMICE Mission to Rio and Political Interference: "On 26 April (error, should be March) AMOT-20 was instructed to assign two AMICERS to go to Rio soonest and report to the ORIT representative there...He suggested Antonio Collada and Pedro Aponte both because of their high qualifications and because they had valid passports and renewable visas...the Cofino group of AMICE...had been working with the labor representatives of the AMBUD groups to wrest control of AMICE from the Secretary General." (Marginalia reveals the Secretary General as AMICE-1)...In spite of AMOT-20's assurances that the Rio mission was not political (of the two, Collada was on the Cofino side and Aponte was of the loyalists), Cofino and his group told Collada that he should not go to Rio unless assurances were received through AMBUD-1's man "Juanito" that the mission was OK. AMOT-20's promise of a truce in the AMICE feuding until these two returned (in about five days) was also of no avail. AMOT-20 resorted to threats of reprisal for Collada's putting exile politics above an opportunity to fight Commies in Brazil, and Collada relented, went home to pack..."

104-10228-10360: CABLE: FROM PEDRO LEVYA AND RENALDO PICO ON 10 APRIL 1963

04/12/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: The source of the data was "AMOT-20 from Pedro Leyva and Reinaldo Pico on 10 April 1963. The original version of this report received the night of 10 April mentioned that Rivero and his group would go on TV early on the morning of 11 April..."The subject under discussion was "movement within Brigade 2506 to request flag from President John F. Kennedy". This was the flag that the group had bestowed on JFK in the Orange Bowl four months earlier - doubtlessly they were mad by his decision to order the Cuban exiles to stop launching raids from American soil at the end of March, 1963.

104-10227-10397: : SUPDAT: AMOT-20 FROM J.A. HERNANDEZ, VICE DELEGATE OF FORDC TO THE CRC

04/24/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Cable from the "residue to the Cuban Council" was to be issued in the aftermath of AMBUD-1's departure from the CRC. AMOT-20 was described as an "officer with fiduciary responsibilities in an anti-Castro organization in exile". He obtained his information from Jose Antonio Hernandez, the vice delegate of FORDC.

104-10215-10316: CABLE: IN CONNECTION WAVE KUDESK PROGRAM AIMED AT SPOTTING REFUGEES

09/19/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "AMOT-20 who knew (Herminio Diaz Garcia)...reported...: (Diaz) former member Union Insurrectional Revolucionaria, an alleged gangster org (in) Havana in 50s of which Fidel Castro also member." Diaz was a member of the KUDESK(CI)-JMWAVE program to spot refugees that could be used for counterintelligence purposes known as AMLEPTON. Diaz reportedly part of group that assassinated 2nd Chief Cuban Secret Police "Cucu" Hernandez Vega in Cuban Embassy in Mexico in 1948. Diaz escaped Mexico with assistance from Diego Rivera, "Mexi muralist and Commie". Diaz evaluated as "fond of gambling and capable committing any crime for money." Ameijeiras leader of group that will work with anyone not a Batistiano. Group includes Rolando Cubela, Juan Almeida, Samuel Rodiles Planes, Raul Diaz Arguelles.

104-10076-10396: JMWAVE CABLE RE SUBJECT AVAILABILITY FOR RIO ASSIGNMENT

12/12/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline DYVOUR PBRUMEN: "1. AMBUD-7 (Note: Pedro Aponte Mendez) active member AMICE but not directly contacted by Station. Relations with him handled through AMOT-20 and AMICE-3 (Note: Mario Fontela Alfonso). Cancelled POA being renewed. 2. A-7 available for Rio assignment and probably amenable, but recall no discussion of WAVE 3737 proposal. A-7 desired keep family WAVE area and estimated cost separate maintenance total $300 monthly plus ops expenses. Current salary $225 per month. 3. WAVE funds not available for AMICE reps abroad. Past exception for A-7 BOGO tour based special AMBUD status which no longer possible. Therefore suggest AMSTORM-1 correspondence include financial commitment RIOD willing undertake. Will advise A-7 reactions when A-1 offer received by AMICE."

104-10178-10334: CIA FILE ON REINALDO PICO.

01/25 or 06/25/65: Cable from JMWAVE to Director Info Withheld: Slugline QRSNIPE PBRUMEN: "1. Details AMICE-31 recruitment and PRQ data being forwarded UFGA 19590. Assessment favorable and subj responsive per op. 2. Plan handle A-31 initial period primarily through AMICE-3 (Handwritten note: 201-288243, Mario Fontela) and AMOT-20 (201-311333, Orestes Puig Rios), AMICE officials"....

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