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Cryptonym: AMOT-34

Definition:
George Nobregas aka Jorge Nobregas, in his role as contact with members of the Staybehind Net in Cuba, particularly AMIRE-1 (Emilio Americo Rodriguez), AMRYE-1 (Tony Sforza), and AMCONCERT-1 (Francisco Wilfredo Varona).
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
AMOT-34 was a source of operational intelligence in Havana, being assisted by AMOT-106, 107 and 108 in this role. Described as producing excellent reports in a May 1961 JMWAVE cable. Jose Arango Cidre was a contact of AMOT-34, and the former probably had either personal or family links to the Montecristi Group. See 1993.08.11.14:08:32:620006: 08/30/64, AM, Agrupacion Montecristi, Montecristi Group:..."Members:...Raul ARANGO Cidre".. Arango told Tony Sforza in January 1962 that he had put AMOT-34 in touch with a Mr. Lorena in Cuba, in regards to the alleged location of four radio sets.
Sources:

104-10180-10164: CABLE: SW MESSAGE FROM AMOT-34 SAID HE TALKED TO ==== AND TOLD HIM RE HIS PLIGHT OF HAVING TO CACHE HIS W/T SET.

05/17/61, cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines JMZIP AMOT COMMO: "1. SW message from AMOT-34 said he talked to 'Eugenio' (AMIRE-1) and told him re his plight of having to cache his W/T set (AJOLAS) on AMOT-106's farm which now guarded by militia. G-2 searched farm five times without locating set. Set cached in well. A-1 told A-34 he had extra set. In view Ref A instruction that A-1 leave PBRUMEN ASAP suggest A-1 be immediately notified turn over any surplus set to A-34. A-34 will remain PBRUMEN. 2. A-34 now providing excellent intel reports via SW. Base WAVE believes providing A-34 with another W/T set at this time would double his value to overall KUTUBE/KUDESK objectives PBRUMEN. C/S Comment: *Stated only WT sets cached HAVA were thru KUTUBE Staybehind assets."

104-10310-10020: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL JMATE/AMOT STATUS REPORT

05/22/61, dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WH Division: "1. Following is a brief summary of JMWAVE/KUDESK current assets in the Target Area (Cuba): a. AMOT-34: Subject is a source of operational intelligence in Habana. We are maintaining contact via SW. Subject had a W/T set, cached it and no longer has access to it. AMRYE-1 (Tony Sforza) has been instructed to deliver another one to him....c. AMOT-106, 107 and 108: These three subjects are (REDACTION). They provide AMOT-34 with operational intelligence in Habana."

104-10177-10000: OPERATIONAL SECURITY THREATS POSED BY ARREST OF AMCONCERT-1

August 1961: Memorandum to C/WH/4/FI-CI re abandonment of AMCONCERT-1 by Jorge Nobregas during August: AMCONCERT-1's code name was Poco. He was a Cuban national, a printer by trade, and a member of Carlos Prio's Autentico movement. He made plans with Jorge Nobregas (aka Coco) to leave Cuba by boat from Varadero Beach, only to find that Nobregas and companions had already left with no intention to bring him with them. AMCONCERT-1 turned to "Cuco" to assist him in escaping, only to be captured during his attempt to leave the beach in early October. He was held by G-2 at their headquarters in Matanzas.

104-10267-10105: DISPATCH: MORAL CHARACTER OF BOAT CREW MEMBER

9/6/61 dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to CIA: "On 5 September 1961, JMWAVE Security requested the Chief of the JMWAVE Maritime Section to instruct Leslie Nobregas to sever all relations that his brother Jorge 'Coco" Nobregas has with JMWAVE supported activities."

104-10227-10153: MEMORANDUM: REPORT ON CUBAN OPERATIONS FOR PERIOD 1-15 SEPTEMBER 61

9/26/61, Memorandum for Deputy Director (Plans): "AMOT-34, the principal agent/WT operator, using signal plan OGAKIK, returned to Cuba via legal means on 6 September and was once more in radio communication with us as of 10 September. He is in contact with AMWARM-1, the principal agent of what remains of our intelligence net in Cuba."

104-10267-10104: DISPATCH: JMZIP JORGE NOBREGAS' RELATIONS WITH AMCONCERT-1

11/6/61 dispatch from Chief, WH Division to Chief of Base, JMWAVE: 11/07/61, Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to Chief of Base, JMWAVE: "1. In the course of Headquarters security analysis to determine the extent and nature of possible compromise of the KUTUBE Staybehind Net resulting from the arrest of AMCONCERT-1 on 6 October 1961 by Cuban Security, several significant reports were turned up which may have some direct bearing on AMCONCERT-1's subsequent apprehension. Three of these reports from Cuba were from the following individuals: Three of these reports from PBRUMEN were from the following individuals: (a) CUQUITO (Handwritten note: AMTURVY), brother of AMCONCERT-1, dated 15 August 1961; (b) AMCONCERT-1, dated 7 September 1961; and, AMSTUFF-1's report, which reached Headquarters 25 October. It is significant to note that all three reports accuse Jorge NOBREGAS (COCO) (aka AMOT-34) of treachery and double-dealing in his relations with AMCONCERT-1...all three reports accuse Jorge Nobregas (Coco) of treachery and double-dealing in his relations with AMCONCERT-1...Headquarters feels that had Nobregas lived up to his commitments, AMCONCERT-1's subsequent apprehension by (Cuban) security could have been avoided. It is requested that the AMOTs question Nobregas or any of his three companions who exfiltrated with him in regard to the above assumption and a report be submitted to Headquarters as to the results."

104-10226-10123: DISPATCH: JMWAVE ASSET REPORTS - CACHES

04/04/62, dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: "1. The following is all of the information available at JMWAVE concerning cached radio sets in Cuba: a. AMCONCERT-1 cached a radio...on the farm of Pablo Yabre near the town of Colon, province of Matanzas. AMCONCERT-1 told his brother AMTURVY-1, who also knows Yabre, of the existence of this cache. AMTURVY-1 has been notified through AMWREN-1 to contact and deliver the radio to AMGLEN-9. AMGLEN-9, inactive W/T operator, is being contacted through AMRIPE-1 via SW. ...b. Jose Raul ARANGO Cidre, a contact of AMOT-34, arrived in the JMWAVE area from Cuba o/a 22 December 1961. ARANGO told Henry J. SLOMAN on 9 January 1962 that he had placed AMOT-34 in contact with a Mr. LORENA who knows where four radio sets are cached in Cuba. AMOT-34 reported in various SW messages that he is attempting to locate a radio to which supposedly Mr. LORENA has access. Sufficient information is not available to the Station to determine whether or not the above radio sets are part of a previous CIA cache"....

124-10205-10490: No Title

CIA ended any operational interest in George (Jorge) Nobregas and his brother Leslie after their joint participation in the Blanquita raid in Havana with the DRE in August 1962.

124-10205-10490: No Title

George Nobregas advised that there are several thousand Cuban citizens presently undergoing 22 weeks of military training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Among these are approximately 35 individuals who were members of the AM (Agrupacion Montecristi) Student Section before their induction...he has heard, from the Cubans serving in the US Armed Forces, many anti-Castro plans and proposals which these individuals have conceived since their induction into the Army which he regards as nothing more than foolish conversation...it is his personal opinion that if it is the policy of the United States to co-exist with Cuba, he believes the AM will leave the CRC and operate independently in efforts to bring about the downfall of the Castro government...the first of these inductees are scheduled for release from the US Army on April 12, 1963...the CRC has asked US government officials to extend their period of training...to discharge these individuals without some future plans or policy with regard to Cuba could cause problems. He explained that many of these (men made great sacrifices) and their feelings have been that they would eventually participate in some successful activity directed against the Castro government in Cuba."

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