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Cryptonym: AMOT-28

Definition:
AMOT-28 was Andres Eugenio Venegas Garcia, a heavy equipment operator in Cuba. A memo in January, 1963, stated that AMOT-28's 201 number was 201-314932. A dispatch in January of 1967 stated Venegas 201 number was 201-314932.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A report in June, 1962, included Private Andres Venegas in a list of Rebel Army personnel familiar with the terrain and characteristics of the northern portion of Oriente. His leader was Eduardo Bayo (AMDENIM-11). Several other Rebel Army personnel resided with him at 776 NW 3rd Street, Miami. Venegas was a source for a report on AMTRIGON-1 (Argimino Fonseca Fernandez) in late 1962. His report was used by Richard Helms to brief J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director, in early 1963. Venegas was involved in the failed Operation TILT, Red Cross/Bayo-Pawley raid in June, 1963. AMOT-28 reported on inflammatory rhetoric that was used by Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz about President Kennedy in early November, 1963, in New York City. A December, 1963, cable from JMWAVE reported that AMOT-28 was in contact with AMOT-163. The former used the cover of the UR in all his dealings with the latter. A January, 1964, dispatch used AMOT-28 as a source on the allegations in regards Miguel Casas Saez in Dallas. He seems to have had the same birthday as AMTRIGON-1, 12/25/23 or 12/28/23. Venegas attempted to take part in Rolando Masferrer's planned uprising in Haiti, but was arrested by U.S. Customs in early January, 1967.
Sources:

1994.04.28.15:13:57:160005: Reel 8, Folder I - ALBERTO HERNANDEZ HECHEVARRIA.

06/26/62: Report by CIA's Domestic Contact Division: Andres Venegas is included in a list of Rebel Army personnel familiar with the terrain and characteristics of the northern portion of Oriente: Andres Venegas - his leader was Eduardo Bayo. Several other Rebel Army personnel resided with him at 776 NW 3rd St., Miami - the same address he had when he reported information to the CIA on 8/28/63 about Bayo surviving his June 1963 trip to Cuba - see below.

104-10172-10017: DISPATCH: REPORTED NEW ANTI-CASTRO ORGANIZATION IN MIAMI WHICH INCLUDES SOME AMERICANS

10/04/62: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: "1. On 26 September 1962 AMOT-28 reported in AA-793 information given him by the brother of AMTORRID-1 about AMTRIGON-1 (Argimiro Fonseca Fernandez, aka Argimino Fonseca Fernandez), as reported below: a. AMTRIGON-1 is organizing a group or association called the Hermandad Cubana (Cuban Brotherhood), which includes about seven or eight Americans. b. AMTRIGON-1 lives with two Americans at 220 N.W. 8th Avenue, top floor, Miami. In the upper room #5 of this house the group has arms and equipment. The group is selling fund-raising bonds and about 20 to 30 individuals are engaged in selling them. c. Among the Americans who go around with AMTRIGON-1 there is one called 'Larry.' He and another American in this group were instructors of Fidel Castro's troops during the early part of the Castro regime. AMTRIGON-1 doesn't attempt to hide his anti-American feelings, and he says he doesn't want to have anything to do with KUBARK (CIA) personnel"...

104-10172-10372: MEMO: ARGIMINO FONSECA FERNANDEZ AND THE HERMANDAD CUBANA - A NEW ANTI-CASTRO ORGANIZATION IN MIAMI

01/28/63: Memo from Deputy Director (Plans) to the Director of the FBI (Attention: S. J. Papich): Page 2: "Based on: UFGA 6059, 4 Oct 62, Source: AMOT-28, File: 201-314932"... (Note: the post above)

104-10075-10357: CABLE: RE ANGEL GARCI LUGO

12/01/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: ...."2. UFGA 4158 (Cable) AMOT-28 reports possibility Communist agitation in Dominican Republic if United States recognizes Dominican triumvirate."

104-10076-10307: CABLE: RE ONLY INDIVIDUAL USED AS KUTUBE SOURCE.

12/11/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMOT-163: "1. In addition AMTAUP-10 (Juan Bautista Perez Luis), only other individual who of WAVE interest YOACRE (Guantanamo Naval Base) is AMOT-163, who being utilized as KUTUBE (Foreign Intelligence - FI - division of CIA) source as reported Ref D. AMOT-163 in contact only with AMOT-28 who used cover of Cuban exile group Unidad Revolucionario in all dealings with AMOT-163. AMOT-163 has been given no indication ODYOKE (U.S. Government) interest in his current reporting assignment. 2. AMOT-163 communicates with AMOT-28 at local accommodation address. Commo to and from AMOT-163 by means scorch S/W..."

104-10260-10179: MEMO: ACCUSATIONS MADE BY PEDRO LUIS DIAZ LANZ

01/17/64: Memo from Deputy Director for Plans to the Director of the FBI (Attention: S. J. Papich): "1. A representative of this Agency on 11 November 1963 received information from an untested source which concerns a meeting which the FORDC held in New York City on 3 November 1963 during which Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz made the following impromptu remarks:...b. Diaz then directly accused President Kennedy of being a Communist. He said that at the time of the overthrow of Janio Quadros, Kennedy had told the military that if Goulart did not take office as President of Brazil, the United States Government would not recognize the government. The United States Government only helped Communist governments, and as proof the United States was giving 300 million dollars in aid to Brazil. Diaz accused Kennedy of embracing the Communist leaders and related that he had received Tito and Ben Bella with a 21-gun salute as if they were his best allies... "Source: Para 1a thru if AMOT-28, Para 2 AMCORE-2 (Luis Ernesto Conte Aguero)..."

104-10438-10137: DISPATCH: MIGUEL CASAS SAEZ-CUBAN IN DALLAS, TEXAS

01/27/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: ..."2. Station traces on Casas reveal the following information contained in AMOT reports: A. AMOT-Report CC-409, dated 5 November 1963, Source AMOT-28, Sub-Source Jose Matias Blanco Hernandez, A 12 895 935, who received the information in a letter from Emma Bilbao (mat, unk.), resident of Remedios, Las Villas, former President of the Remedios Board of Education. The letter stated that Miguel Angel Casas, resident of Remedios, Las Villas, left Cuba on 26 September 1963 by small boat. Casas was caught by hurricane Flora and ended up in Puerto Rico. Blanco stated that Casas was a member of the Militias in Remedios and Caibarien, Las Villas Province, and speaks Russian quite well. As soon as Casas arrived in Miami he tried to buy a boat for unknown purposes. Blanco saw Casas' parole card and noticed that Casas entered the U.S., under the fictitious name of Angel Dominquez Martinez, from Vueltas, Las Villas Province for this reason, Blanco believes that Casas is up to no good in the U.S. B. AMOT Report CC-421, dated 15 November 1963, Source AMOT-28, Sub-Source Jose Matias Blanco Hernandez, A 12 895 935, who received the information in a letter from (REDACTION) (mat. unk.), resident of Remedios, Las Villas, a truck driver..."

104-10312-10176: DISPATCH: STATUS REPORT ON OPERATION TILT

03/02/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 3: ..."The information obtained from Martino, while not hard intelligence, does indicate that if the letter from (Victor) Garcia to Venegas is bona fide and not a fabrication by Martino, then there is an indication that Eduardo Perez aka Bayo was still alive and active in Cuba since 28 August 1963...AMOT Report DD-368, 26 August 1963, states that according to Mr. Venegas, (Angel Luis Castillo Cabrera, ACSI Source #670, witting informant of AMJAGER-1) was the person who put Perez Gonzalez (head of the group of exiles who left Miami for Cuba on a clandestine operation) in contact with John Martino, the man who helped them. When Subject was a Rebel officer in Cuba, he gave very good treatment to Martino when the latter was in prison. Subject disappeared from Miami and Venegas claims that he has gone to Cuba through the same via as Perez Gonzalez and his men...(c). Andres Venegas, JMWAVE Personality File, A 12 143 273, DPOB: 25 December 1923, Caimanera, Cuba; Address: 776 NW 3rd Street, Miami; Occupation: Mechanic, operator of trailers, tractors. Subject was a stowaway on SS TRANSCARIBBEAN from YOACRE (Guantanamo Naval Base) to Charleston, South Carolina; supplied information regarding Communists working at YOACRE. AMSPRAG Memorandum, 3 May 1962 recommended Subject for infiltration into region of Montanosa of Oriente Province. Both of the above traces were found under the name Andres Eugenio Venegas Garcia)..."

104-10192-10114: REPORT COVER SHEET:

02/25/65: Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman (probably Tony Sforza). Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall. Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman (Theodore Shackley): SOURCE: AMOT-28 in EE-2567, dated 27 January 1965 and DD-1279 dated 17 February based on (REDACTION) SW #2 mailed in San Juan on 20 January and SW #3 mailed in San Juan on 15 February respectively, to Regino Mesina, 3909 NW 19th Ave., Miami. REDACTION (please protect) is to be the skipper of the 25-foot craft mentioned in paragraph 2."

1993.08.09.17:41:03:460031: DISPATCH: LIST OF CUBAN/HAITIAN EXILES ARRESTED BY CUSTOMS ON 2 JANUARY 1967

01/09/67: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH Division: Page 4: ..."48. Andreas Eugenio Venegas Garcia. A12 143 273. DPOB 25 Dec 1923, Caimanera, Cuba. See file 201-314932 - Heavy equipment operator in Cuba"...

104-10332-10013: ARRB-CIA ISSUES: WILLIAM PAWLEY

06/22/93: CIA document: Page 28: ..."Venegas Garcia, Andres Eugenio: Cuban, part of Red Cross."

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