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Cryptonym: AMOT-20

Definition:
Mario Fontela Alfonso, a member of FORDC and the AMBUD Executive Committee during 1962-63.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
Gerry Hemming is shown as working closely with AMOT-20 during April 1963 in a document below. Elsewhere, Hemming included Mario Fontela in his list of 25 individuals with whom he had a "liaison": https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=107864&relPageId=2&search=fontela_AND%20secretary
Sources:

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

2/28/62, 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." 124-10281-10083, p. 11: Fontela was Secretary of Press and Propaganda as of 10/63.

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, slugline GYROSE KUWOLF, from JMWAVE to Director: "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

3/5/63, 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

3/27/63 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

4/12/63 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

4/24/63 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.

124-10350-10081: No Title

4/26/63 field information report UFG-2735: On 18 April...Ken Agnew, Miami TV Channel 4 representative in Marathon, Florida, received a phone call from Joe Gorman, 1925 SW 4th St. Miami, who requested that Agnew cover a meeting which was to be held at 11 P.M. that night at 14th Ave. and 5th ST S.W., Apt. 2, Miami, for the purpose of organizing a demonstration to be held in Miami on 1 May with the hope of having spread nationwide in protest of U.S. Government action against exile raids in Cuba; during the call Gorman was heard to be receiving some prompting in Spanish, presumably from a Cuban. Gorman told Agnew he (Agnew) would meet with Mario Fontela Alfonso, Chief of Press and Propaganda for the Frente Obrero Revolucionario Democratico Cubano (FORDC, Cuban Revolutionary Democratic Workers' Front), and others who would be present at the meeting to draft the protest... ...Gerald Patrick Hemming and Howard K. Davis arrived at the apartment to pick up Gorman, the three of who were to see Charles R. Ashman, Attorney, about the release of Gorman's car which had been seized 4 December when Hemming's group was apprehended by U.S. Customs agents. Hemming and Davis said they had just left Fontela, who, angered, had "jumped all over them" because it seemed that everyone knew of the meeting the night before. Fontela said the information had leaked out... ...According to Gorman, Fontela was the instigator and leader of the protest plans: "If any Cuban has the contacts and can get the groups to respond, it is Fontela." (Field Comment: Objective evaluation of Fontela's performance as FORDC Press and Propaganda Chief is very low; it is also considered unlikely that he has influence as claimed even within his own organization). 6. Field dissem: Miami representatives FBI, I&NS, State.

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

9/19/63 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.

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