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Cryptonym: AMOT-5

Definition:
Pedro Diaz Lanz, also known as QDBIAS and Oscar Diaz. David Morales helped exfiltrate him from Cuba in 1959, and used him as a source thereafter. Diaz had been head of the Cuban Air Force.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
Other indicators are that the focus here is on naval intelligence. AMOT-6 is almost certainly Marcos Diaz Lanz, the young brother, also focused on naval intelligence. It stands to reason the older brother would be given the earlier number. See 124-10294-10141, p. 2: correlation summary for Pedro Diaz Lanz states, "Also searched as Oscar Diaz".
Sources:

124-10294-10141: No Title

Correlation of FBI records: Pedro Diaz Lanz was among Frank Fiorini and a group of eleven Cubans total who were arrested on 11/23/58 in an attempt to send arms to Cuban rebels of Fidel Castro from Mexico; p. 10: in 1958-59 was active with CRAC (Crusade of Revolutionaries Against Communism) with Francisco Rodriguez Tamayo and his attorney cousin Francisco Maria Rodriguez Couciero and defected in mid-1959; p. 19: Tamayo was captain of Castro's Revolutionary Army until 6/3/59, p. 30; Fiorini defected from Cuba following Diaz Lanz's defection and is described as Diaz Lanz's assistant until 1961, when they went separate ways. Howard Davis, MM-639-S, was a close associate of Fiorini and in periodic contact with Diaz Lanz during this period, p. 50. See 124-90130-10027, p. 3: Note that "Turquito" Fayat (see 124-10206-10180, pp 36-37, aka Jose Ramon Fayat aka Maceria; Carlos de Torres - brother of Bernardo de Torres - claimed "Maceria" was one of the killers of Albert Anastasia) gave Tamayo an OESA (Secret Anti-Communist Army Organization) card in 1962 and that he thereafter recruited four friends to fill out his cell. By 1964 Tamayo took his friends to another group and considered OESA a dead organization.

124-90076-10162: No Title

7/18/60 memo from SAC/WFO to Director, FBI: In the midst of many redactions, it looks like Pedro Diaz Lanz and his brother Marcos were involved at one point in selling Bell helicopters to the Castro government. After a reference to Pedro's financial plight, "REDACTED was a possibility that PEDRO DIAZ LANZ could be of service to the US government...REDACTED the State Department, one William Wieland, made a flat refusal to see DIAZ LANZ. REDACTED CIA showed a definite lack of interest in DIAZ LANZ. REDACTED of whether DIAZ LANZ was ultimately contacted by CIA on this occasion...the day could conceivably come when Bell Aircraft would again be dealing with PEDRO DIAZ LANZ in the sale of their aircraft."

104-10235-10223: DISPATCH-CUBAN EXILE NAVAL MATTERS

6/20/61 memo from Stanley Zamka, Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD. On the same day that AMOT-6 was providing reports about Cuban exile naval personnel, AMOT-5 reported that "former naval captain Manuel Martinez Illas, a graduate of the Cuban Naval Academy, furnished information...concerning the union of members of the pre-revolutionary Cuban navy now exiled in Miami...(meetings) are being held by other former officers and enlisted men of the Cuban navy in exile, in the Navy offices located at 1649 Northeast Ninth Avenue, Miami. The object of these meetings is to create a true unity among all former members of the Cuban Navy." They would then choose a provisional chief of the Navy and report to AMBUD or whatever future leadership organization was created. Also in Zamka's memo: 6/20/61 memo from Stanley Zamka, Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD. "On 27 May 1961 AMOT-6 reported that the Cuban Navy in Exile has been very active recently and it is rumored that there is a cayo (key) where a base is being put into operation. Taking part in this operation are Renato Diaz Blanco and Nino Diaz. (AMNORM-1)...1313 Northeast 8th Avenue, Miami, Florida...is the location of Nino Diaz's personnel...persistent rumors in Naval circles that engineer Carlos Hevia of AMBUD will assume full naval control...naval personnel feel he is not a cheap politician like AMDIP-1 and other members of AMBUD... (AMOT-6 was told that meetings) are being held b the new offices of Naval Intelligence are going to be moved to 128th Street and 77th Avenue, the house used for the training of the AMFASTS."

FBI Cuba 109-12-210 - Volume 63 - Serials 3162-3190

7/13/61 FBI memo, re 7/10/61 interview with REDACTED (see: 124-90102-10153, p. 13, description similar to that of Cuban veteran association and American Legion member Colonel Oscar Diaz): Cuban citizen involved with office being offered by Post 286 of American Legion, Congress Building, Miami comes to Miami FBI and informs of two plans: Plan No. 1 is to assassinate Fidel Castro. To prepare his group plans to sabotage the Fin de Sieglo department store in Havana (second in size to the El Encanto, destroyed earlier this year) and to assassinate Communist leader Dr. Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, one of Castro's closest advisors. Castro frequents the Carmelo restaurant, the Potin restaurant, and the home of a close advisor, all in Havana. The plan is to kill Castro with a car bomb, and to deliver a coup de grace if he survives the bomb. Plan 2 is to drop leaflets by a B-25 airplane all over Havana on 7/26/61.

104-10221-10282: CABLE: FRANK ANTHONY STURGIS, ALSO KNOWN AS FRANK FIORINI

7/23/62 cable OUT 57734 from TFW/CI Richard Tansing x 5874 to Director of FBI, DIA, Dept. of State Security, ACSI, ONI, OSI...reference is made to OUT 55026, dated 7/16/62, "reference reported that subject, according to a fairly reliable source who has been involved in previous leaflet operations against Cuba has scheduled his next overflight for 26 July 1962. This same source has reported additional information as follows on subject's recent activities. (Marginalia then states "CARDED". On 6/21/62 subject delivered to Pedro Diaz Lanz an quantity of weapons including 57 mm recoilless rifles several automatic weapons and a considerable amount of ammunition." Authenticating officer CI/LIA Cal Tenney; Releasing officer William Harvey.

1104-10130-10054: CIA INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE: FIORINI, FRANK

CIA cable states "on 1/12/64 Frank Fiorini said he had been informed by Eduardo (Johnny) Diaz that his half-brother Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz was working with Felipe Vidal Santiago on a projected raid which was to originate from the Miami area. (Field comment: Vidal Santiago has been reported to be a leading official in the FULN - United Front of National Liberation).

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