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Cryptonym: AMOT-3

Definition:
Vincente Rafael Zorrilla Zorrilla
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10216-10422: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL MADRID CONTACTS OF CUBAN REFUGEE MIGUEL DE LEON ROJAS

April 1965: AMOT-3's friend in Madrid, Manuel Lopez Lourido, said that the defection of Odon Alvarez had AMLASH-2 and AMLASH-3 confused.

104-10260-10085: DISPATCH: MEETING OF MEMBERS OF LIBERATION ARMY WITH AMBUD AND AMIRON

8/3/61 memo from Chief of Base, JMWAVE "Paula K. Thybault" to Chief, Western Hemisphere: AMOT-3 in discussion with Al Tarabochia, deputy sheriff in Miami sheriff's office - deputy sheriff in Miami (and friend of Senator Eastland's SISS) - who is mixing it up with FRD's Intelligence and Security team. Tarabochia directed the police to arrest those criticizing AMDIP-1/Varona and AMIRON/FRD - the members of the FORDC group.

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

AMOT-3 is identified as Vicente Rafael Zorrilla Zorrilla in a list of pseudonyms provided to the HSCA by the CIA.

104-10122-10145: FRANCISCO VARONA ALONSO, AKA PANCHO VARONA

12/9/68 memo from I-1 to Arco Iris: "Francisco Varona...visited Julio Aton Costanzo in the hospital. Varona told Costanzo that the masterminds that tried to kill him were Joaquin Sanjenis (AMOT-2), Vicente Zorrilla and Manuel Villafana. The ones who actually tried to kill him were Ricardo Morales Navarrete, Francisco Tamayo aka El Mejicano, and El Gallego. The planners were advised by "Enrique from Argentina" - this is a common pseudonym for CIA officer Tony Sforza.

Nestor Carbonell, And the Russians Stayed (William Morrow and Company, Inc.: New York, 1989) p. 157

In the days before the Bay of Pigs: "(A) development that disturbed me was that Operation Forty had been split, and I was no longer assigned to the affable Colonel Leon, with whom I had built a close relationship, but to the stout and boisterous Captain Zorilla. This puzzled me, since Leon had just appointed me as one of his aides. When I inquired about the change, the colonel assured me taht the separation - decreed for logistical reasons - would only be temporary and that all of the members of Operation Forty would gather as a group on the beachhead. I never saw Leon again. Some say he died in combat along with several of my friends; others affirm that he shot himself at the Bay of Pigs before running out of ammunition and falling into the hands of Castro. All I know is that he was not captured; he did not surrender."

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