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Cryptonym: AMOT-84

Definition:
Possibly Jose Caragol Aragon. Described as a Cuban businessman in a August 1962 CIA document. He was also a former classmate of Elio Mas in the Belen School.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
124-10225-10152, Pedro Entenza attended the Belen School, as did Jose Rasco (AMPALM-5). Jose Caragol Aragon was a contact and source of AMOT-84's in 1962. Other sources used by AMOT-84 included Abelardo Garcia Berry, Vidal Guillermo Morales Rodriguez, Hector Fortun Fargas, AMTAUP-2 (probably Armando Alanis Angulo), and AMLINT-1 (probably Jose Gomez Rodriguez). See FBI 105-82555 Oswald HQ File, Section 130, p. 20: Another possible identity for AMOT-84, is Jorge Antonio Martinez Soto, aka George Martinez, who attended the Belen School. He was also the one who went to the Parrot Jungle, and thought he might have made a reference to Castro that was "misinterpreted" by an employee at being directed at JFK. See article in Spanish about Caragol and other FRD-Mexico members: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55225&relPageId=172&search=mas_and%20caragol
Sources:

104-10217-10055: CABLE: AMOT-84 OBTAINED FOLL REACTIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE LIBERATION ARMY OVER CHARGES THAT MIRO CARDONA ASKED FOR RELEASE OF ELOY GUTIERREZ MENOYO

06/21/61, cable from JMWAVE to BELL - note marginalia for 201-269349 - Eloy Guiterrez Menoyo) 1. AMOT-84 obtained FOLL reactions of members of the liberation army over charges that Miro Cardona asked for release of Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo and had interview with latter: A. Guillermo Fernandez Mascaro Ybarra, PM trainee, said this was last straw. If persons like Gutierrez are now involved in the Cuban affair, only thing left to do is get job and go elsewhere as he unwilling work with commies and traitors such as Gutierrez. B. Enrique Casares Blanco, member of AMFAST, said he would tear apart anyone who told him to go to Cuba with Miro or Gutierrez. C. Rogelio Antonio Fernandez Ichaso, trainee 3629, said Cuban liberation now in hands of commies if Miro and Gutierrez take part in it. If Miro is not commie then he is puppet of reds if he is connected with Gutierrez and helped him get released from confinement by American authorities. D. Jose Ramon Carrazana Trimino, trainee 3756, said it incredible that U.S. Govt had let Gutierrez go free and this would contribute to destruction of attempts to achieve unity of the groups, especially since it now known that Gutierrez will join the front. E. Jaime Torano Rodriugez, J.R., member of AMFAST, said that after the interview between Miro and Gutierrez, solution of Cuban problem seemed further away than ever. 2. WAVE unaware Miro Cardona sponsored or was responsible for getting Gutierrez released. Whether true or not the story is inciting strong local reaction. Can HQs provide any details?"

104-10171-10306: DISPATCH: REPORT OF INTERVIEW BETWEEN AMOT-84 AND ELIO MAS, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DIRECTORIO REVOLUCIONARIO ESTUDIANTIL (DRE)

12/05/61, dispatch from COS, WAVE to Chief, WH Division: "1. On 8 November 1961, AMOT-84 interviewed Elio MAS in the DRE offices located on 3rd Avenue SW, Miami, Florida. MAS, who now represents the DRE in the Revolutionary Council, was a former classmate of AMOT-84 in the Belen School. 2. According to AMOT-84's memorandum, dated 10 November 1961, the two men discussed a variety of topics, including the Cuban problem in general, the DRE, the MRP, and the 30 of November Movement. MAS' comments, as reported by AMOT-84, are set forth below: A. The Cuban Problem: MAS believes that nothing decisive will occur before the end of 1961, but that the Cuban problem will be solved by the United States within the first six months of 1962. MAS emphasized that all Cubans in exile should enlist in the US Army, Navy or Air Force since they will, in the future, constitute the Armed Forces of Cuba and will participate in the war against the Castro-Communist regime. B. The Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE): MAS explained that the sole objective of the DRE was to take the war to Cuba and he admitted that they (the DRE) had organized a new training camp where approximately 12 persons were receiving training. He pointed out that the DRE had entered the Revolutionary Council with the aim of waging war against CASTRO; however, they have discovered that the Council members are more concerned with politics and quarreling among themselves, even to the extent of creating internal problems within their own organizations - for example, the case of RESCATE and the Cuban Revolutionary Workers Front (FORD), and the Independent Triple A and Mr. COBOS rather than in preparing for war and discussing plans for the underground." AMOT-84's 11/10/61 memo with Mas is 104-10233-10304 - it will take careful reading to make out much of this faint document.

1994.06.24.13:50:01:280005 Reel 69, Folder G - AMBUD MILITARY ACTIVITIES.

Circa May 1962: Memo to John Hugh Crimmins, Coordinator for Cuban Affairs/Miami: Re Proposed Tour by Brigade 2506 Members Throughout Latin America: "Jose Francisco Caragol Aragon aka Javier Cortes, aka Francisco Aragon. Former legal adviser to Castro government. Subject was on the FRD payroll and was a member of the executive committee of the MRR as of May 1962. Our records do not indicate that Subject was a member of Brigade 2506."

104-10298-10025: CABLE: ON 4 MAY AMOT-84 PROVIDED FOLL INFO FROM DR. JOSE CARAGOL

05/04/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines RYBAT GYROSE YOBITE: "1. On 4 May AMOT-84 provided FOLL info from Dr. Jose Caragol Aragon, Executive of MRR: Plan AMBUD-1 intended take up while Washington D. C. is that no type aid be given Cuba revolutionary exile groups unless through AMBUD. AMBUD-1 also planned point out interference by CIA with AMBUD and U.S. State Department by suggestions made to organizations that they abandon AMBUD. 2. May 4 PASSAVOY phoned AMBUD-1 who now New York. During conversation AMBUD-1 told him FOLL: On 1 May AMBUD-1 had meeting with Oliver G. Galbond (J.C. King) and Mr. Richard Goodwin which was arranged during 30 Apr Nicaraguan Embassy reception for Vice Pres. Johnson. AMBUD-1 said Galbond and Goodwin mostly interested AMBUD-1's views on WH area in general. C/S Comment: *AMBUD-1 informed PASSAVOY he accompanied by Varone and Carbonell, leaving 29 Apr for Washington D.C."

104-10226-10410: REPORT COVER SHEET: MANIFESTO OF THE UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIA, CHINESE SECTOR

06/15/62, from JMWAVE, Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: Oliver K. Papock, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "SOURCE: AMOT-84, who is not mentioned in the by-line, intercepted a pouch brought to the WAVE area by AVCELT-1 on 18 May for Andreas Zayas, secretary of intelligence and security for the Unidad Revolucionaria. The originator of the pouch is unknown. AMCLEMENT-1 translated the manifesto."

104-10271-10124: REPORT COVER SHEET: REPORT ON MRP AND OTHER ANTI-CASTRO GROUPS

08/13/62, from JMWAVE, Reporting Officer: Clarence E. Smeryage/Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: Frances W. Lueders/Henry P. Rebholtz: "Sources:...Paras. 2 & 3: AMOT-84 from Jose Caragol Aragon"... Page 3: Field Information Report: Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq.: U.S. (early May & 15 June 1962): "SOURCE:...Paras 2 & 3: Cuban businessman (F) from a member of an anti-Castro group"...

104-10179-10301: CABLE: AMOT-84 SAID HE LEARNED FROM NEWSPAPERMAN ABELARDO (GARCIA) BERRY THAT AMBANG-1 MADE SPECIFIC TRIP TO PARIS

01/08/64, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMOT AMWORLD AMBANG: "1. AMOT-84 in 31 Dec report DD-572 said he learned from newspaperman Abelardo (Garcia) Berry that AMBANG-1 made specific trip Paris to interview Carlos (Franqui) Mesa and propose that Franqui join AMBANG-1 organization, that is, sector of 'betrayed revolution.' Garcia claimed he had reliable information from source he would not identify, that meeting did take place. In Garcia's opinion A-1, in his efforts to achieve Franqui's defection, told him about alleged plans of ODYOKE to overthrow AMTHUG-1 in which AMBANG-1 to play key role. 2. Garica pointed out that he absolutely certain alleged 'falling into disgrace' of Franqui in Cuba was nothing but maneuver or trick of AMTHUG-1 and Franqui himself. Garcia had recently received news from Cuba that Franqui enjoyed very good standing with Cuban Government."

104-10182-10203: REPORT COVER SHEET:

04/05/65, from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Edward F. Ruseby; Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall; Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "Source:...Paras. 5-7: AMOT-84 (DD-1256) from Vidal Guillermo MORALES Rodriguez who spoke with Carlos ZARRAGA Martinez on 13 January 1965."

104-10216-10067: CABLE: JULIO ATON CONSTANZO PALAM TOLD AMLABEL-1 THAT I. IRVING DAVIDSON STILL CONNECTED WITH CUBAN EXILES BEING RECRUITED GO FLOW AS PART OAS FORCE

07/22/65, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines TYPIC AMLABEL AMOT: Page 3: .."7. AMOT-84 reported following in AMOT report DD-1513 dated 16 July 65, based on conversations with Hector Fortun Fargas. 8. According to Facundo Hernandez Hernandez, Secretary of Committee for Pro-Government of Cuba in Exile, Guillermo Belt allegedly told Hernandez that he had talk with "Secretary (sic) of GPLOGIC.' Secretary told Belt about different points he might have raised by OAS. Belt also said that GPLOGIC had sent word to him that all was well but that he should 'leave matter of Cubans' joining Interamerican Forces' for consideration when foreign minister's conference held in Rio. 9. Hernandez told Fortun that if suggestion about participation of Cubans in Interamerican Forces is accepted, it possible that Cuban chosen to head Cuban contingent might be Napoleon Vilaboa de Llerna, who officer ODIBEX. (WAVE Comment: Refer TDCSDB-315/02246-65, dated 1 July 65, for previous mention Vilaboa)."

104-10182-10026: CABLE: POSSIBLE USE BY THE CUBAN REPRESENTATION IN EXILE (RECE) OF THE MOTOR VESSEL FL-8477-F IN ACTIVITY AGAINST CUBA

08/12/65, cable from JMWAVE to IW: "SUPDATA: AMOT-84 in AMOT Report DD-1550, dated 5 Aug 65, from AMLINT-1 who visited docks"...

104-10192-10013: CABLE:

11/16/65, Cable from JMWAVE to IW: "SUPDATA:....Para 12 AMOT-84 from AMTAUP-2 on 15 Nov..."

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