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Cryptonym: AMOT-53

Definition:
Julio Jane Argudia. An AMOT source used by the CIA Miami Station. Also seen recruiting Cubans in New Orleans in 1961.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10193-10194: DISPATCH: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN AN EXECUTIVE OF AMBANG AND AMBUD 1

08/14/61, dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: "1. On 9 August 1961 AMOT-53 reported the following about a telephone conversation between ADLER (fnu), an executive of AMBANG, and AMBUD-1: On 9 August 1961 ADLER visited the house at 350 Southwest Tenth Street and during his visit there he made a telephone call to AMBUD-1, talking first with AMBUD-1's secretary and then with AMBUD-1. ADLER informed AMBUD-1 that the crisis which had arisen in the AMBANG organization, due to the dismissal of AMBANG-1, was already in the process of solution and that he expects to have news from Cuba in the next few days with regard to accepting the solution. He said that Dr. Ignacio MENDOZA, the envoy from Cuba, had already presented his resignation in order to facilitate unity, and that possibly a three-man commission or a sort of directorate would be formed to handle the affairs in exile. ADLER also told AMBUD-1 that they were already convinced in the AMBANG organization of the need to re-enter AMBUD. This matter, therefore, was now in the hands of AMBUD-1, so that he could make the arrangements to solve this matter. ADLER further said that MENDOZA was very pleased with the solution of the problem."

104-10074-10380: CABLE RE WAVE PLANS

9/5/61: Memo that identifies Julio Jane Argudia, 201-292176, (father Julio, mother Marina) as AMOT-53. Memo also identifies Manuel del Valle Canal as AMOT-57. Training with AMHINT-26 (John Koch Gene), AMHINT-27 (Manuel Baro Esteva), AMFAST-13 Vicente Vasquez Dominguez...AMHINT-28 Angel A. Fontanills y Miguel...Luis Cowan Fernandez...AMHINT-21, request POAs subjects A thru G and assignment AMHINT crypto upon completion training...(as matters progress) AMHINTs will require materiel support consisting agit/prop materials, small amounts demo and time devices, portable presses, commo equip, docs and funding..."

124-90139-10121: No Title

10/16/61, FBI memo that tips off Jane Roman and REDACTED at the CIA warns that Julio Jane Argudia and Manuel del Valle Caral are running afoul of the impersonation statutes while recruiting Cubans in New Orleans.

104-10171-10248: REPORT COVER SHEET: IN DD-99 OF 1 MAY AND DD-106 OF 3 MAY 1963

05/15/63, from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "TYPIC: Source: AMOT-53 in DD-99 of 1 May and DD-106 of 3 May 1963. A-53 believes DRE members frequently visit their mooring sites in the morning because he understands that, in addition to the JUANIN, they have another smaller and faster boat. He said they usually use Borjas' 1962 beige 4-door station wagon for these visits. The field comment was taken from UFG-2726. RID: Please index."

104-10171-10248: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: BACKGROUND ON AN ATTEMPTED RAID ON CUBA BY THE DIRECTORIO REVOLUCIONARIO ESTUDIANTIL (DRE)

05/15/63, Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq.: United States (1 and 3 May 1963): "SOURCE: Former Cuban university student (F) with excellent contacts in the DRE. Appraisal of Content: 3). 1. On 1 May 1963 a conversation was overheard in the offices of the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE, Students' Revolutionary Directorate) concerning an attempted raid on Cuba by the DRE on 27 April. The target was to have been a building on the Malecon Habanero, the site of what had been the Eighth Police Station during the presidency of Fulgencio Batista. (1) 2. On 3 May Luis Camps Saura, aka 'Disco', a member of the military section of the DRE, said that his organization had attempted a raid on Cuba on 27 April. According to Camps, 'they' left from an unspecified location in Florida and reached a point about 30 miles from Cuba when the vessel almost capsized because of rough seas. Camps said they had to return because they did not have enough gasoline. Almost all the members of the military section, especially those who had made the trip, were subsequently visited by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 3. According to a statement of expenses observed on 3 May in the offices of the DRE, which had been presented for accounting by Isidro Borjas, aka 'Chilo', chief of the military section, an unspecified quantity of gasoline was purchased from the Plantation Key Service which is on the road to Key West. (2) Field Comment: 1. An untested source recently reported that the former Eighth Police Station in Habana is now known as Punto A del Occidente and is the combat control center for the Cuban Air Force and Cuban Antiaircraft Defense. Source Comment: 2. It is believed that members of the raid probably left from the Florida Keys."

104-10217-10285: DISPATCH: MEETING PLACE OF II FRONT OF THE ESCAMBRAY MEMBERS

06/28/63, dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: "The attached memorandum has been forwarded locally to the FBI. The source of this information is AMOT-53, who received it from sub-source Francisco BLANCO Fernandez, a member of the DRE, who recently completed his training in the U.S. Army. It has been requested that the name of the sub-source not be divulged to the FBI. QUESADA has 201-321168 and AZCARRETA has 201-288219." The memo only refers to these four individuals. The subject of the memo is 201-269349.

104-10217-10285: MEMORANDUM: MEETING PLACE OF MEMBERS OF THE II FRONT OF THE ESCAMBRAY

06/28/63, Memo: "1. The following information was submitted by a reliable source, who attended a meeting with a friend (sub-source), at which were present members of the II Front of the Escambray. 2. At the request of source he was taken by sub-source on the evening of 11 June 1963 to the home of Rene ASCARRETTA...and sub-source is of the opinion that ASCARRETTA is the treasurer of the II Front...3. One of the individuals present was Mr. Ramon QUESADA, aka 'Ramonin', QUESADA usually resides at 820 NW 23rd Avenue, the home of Mr. ASCARRETA......Page 2: Source: AMOT-53 (Rept #DD-202, 13 June 1963). Para 6 - AMOT Report #EE-48, 22 Jan 1963). Distribution:...AMOT/53 Production".... By June 1963, a sub-source and friend of AMOT-53 was the DRE member Francisco Blanco Fernandez (AMHINT-56), who had recently completed his training in the U.S. Army. They both attended a meeting of the Second Front of the Escambray in Miami on June 11, 1963. The file refers to Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, who is the 201-269349 referred to below. None of their four 201 numbers matches the 201 number seen in 104-10074-10380, the late 1961 memo seen above.

104-10217-10178: CARD FILES: GUTIERREZ, MENOYO ELOY

The card files make it clear that Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo is 201-269349.

104-10215-10394: REQUEST FOR RE-INSTATEMENT POA FOR JUAN F. BLANCO FERNANDEZ

June 1964: Under "close associations", Juan Francisco Blanco (201-332676) has listed: "Israel Castellanos, Julio Jane, Carlos Pascual, Manuel Salvat, Secretario of the DRE, Jorge Sarria."

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