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Cryptonym: AMOT-31

Definition:
Felix Gutierrez Fernandez, deputy to AMOT leader Joaquin Sanjenis.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10168-10194: CABLE: REQUEST HQS SUGGEST AMBUD-1 START THINKING ABOUT ORGANIZING THROUGH AMOT-2 SMALL SECURITY GROUP TO ESCORT REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME

4/10/61 memo from JMWAVE to Director: "Request HQS suggest AMBUD-1/(Carona) start thinking about organizing through AMOT-2/(Sanjenis) small security group to escort Revolutionary Council at appropriate time. Either AMOTs or AMFASTs can be used. This matter discussed with (AMOT-2) who said wants to go in at same time as council. AMOT-31 would take over AMOT duties WAVE area during interim. Thirty AMOTS have completed small arms tng (training) JMFIG. Those selected as security group would be given further tng. Advise."

104-10168-10167 CABLE: OWNER OF BLDG WHICH HOUSED AMOT HQS REGISTERED COMPLAINT RE USE OF BLDG BY PERSONS OTHER THAN LESSEE

5/3/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL: "Owner of building which housed AMOT registered complaint re use of building by persons other than lessee. Owner estimated damages to building at approximately $2500 and wants it reinstated (in) same condition (as) when leased. In order (to) avoid complications of legal suit AMOT-31 who is lessee was instructed to get together with owner and lawyer in order (to) terminate contract (in) view new AMBUD intel service refuses to pay rent and/or order take over contract. In view this attitude by new group they being forced to vacate and move from building by local court order. This action will undoubtedly irritate local AMBUD members, especially AMDIP-1, AMJAG, and AMBANG who have placed their men (in) this new set-up. However, they will probably renew charges that AMOT-2 and AMOT-31 sabotaging AMBUD-1 and explain true reasons why building actually had to be vacated...Building now vacated by new intel service and files remain in building unguarded. Advise whether WAVE should leave files there pending AMBUD decision or take appropriate action and/or have AMOTS retrieve them."

104-10296-10104: ALLEGED BATISTIANOS SIGNED UP FOR THE CAMPS

2/27/61, Letter from REDACTED to CIA: Information obtained from Manolo Ray. "Felix Gutierrez - used to work for Fidel during Batista regime - now 2nd man to Sanjenis."

124-90131-10022: No Title

8/3/61, FBI memo: Gutierrez - well known as "El Gordo" - used to work for the SIM (Service of Military Intelligence) under Batista, and continued under Castro, until April 1959, when Communist ABELARDO COLOME IBARRA was named the new chief and Ramiro Valdes became the new Director of Intelligence for the Rebel Army. He was arrested for ten days, and then fled to the Brazilian embassy until he obtained safe conduct to proceed to the United States. "He became an investigator to keep CASTRO agents out of the Frente Revolucionario Democratico (FRD)... Captured by Castro forces in that (Bay of Pigs) invasion was DOMINGO ECHEMENDIA. Gutierrez said that he had known Echemendia for some years. Echemendia never was an actual agent of the police, but he liked to have police agents around. From the casino-cabaret of his father, Cabaret Tropicana, Havana, Cuba, Echemendia furnished the police constantly with information concerning various activities, from vice to politics, at the casino. Echemendia reported to Gutierrez in late 1960 or early 1961 that there was a plan by Castro agents to kidnap Masferrer (Rolando Masferrer), former Cuban Senator residing in exile in Miami. Echemendia was to receive his orders from a man called "Cuba" or "El Cubano" and Joseph Manuel Paula, the Communist who formerly owned the restaurant opposite the Post Office in Miami until he was frightened out by anti-Castro forces...Gutierrez bragged about selling out Batista, and gave $20,000 to the 26th of July movement in Cuba...However, he was recognized by too many people he had mistreated while working for BATISTA and had to flee..."

104-10168-10194: CABLE: REQUEST HQS SUGGEST AMBUD-1 START THINKING ABOUT ORGANIZING THROUGH AMOT-2 SMALL SECURITY GROUP TO ESCORT REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME

4/10/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL: "Request HQs suggest AMBUD-1 start thinking about organizing through AMOT-2 small security group to escort Revolutionary Group at the appropriate time. Either AMOTS or AMFASTS can be used. This matter discussed with A-2 who said wants to go in at same time as Council. AMOT-31 would take over AMOT duties WAVE area during interim. Thirty AMOTS have completed small arms training (at) JMFIG."

157-10005-10125: TESTIMONY OF FRANK STURGIS

Deposition of Frank Sturgis, 4/3/75, pp. 111-112: "Operation Forty was a CIA top secret operation. They were to train, I believe, approximately 200 Cubans who were in the (American) Army...who went and received training in the American Army as officers. Their main job was intelligence. These men were going to be used to infiltrate Cuba to make contact with the underground...Sam Jennis (Sanjenis) was the head of Operation Forty. The second chief of Operation Forty was Felipe Gutierrez."

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