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Cryptonym: AMPHODARCH

Definition:
A net of agents providing coverage of political activities at the University of Havana led by case officer Ross Crozier who used the pseudonym Arthur G. Vaivada.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10115-10070: Memo re #112569

A net of agents providing coverage of Communist, leftist, revolutionary and other political activities at the University of Havana, and the student-youth circles in general in Havana.

104-10114-10016: NOTE RE MISUSE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS

A document from May 9, 1957 regards a matter of misused government funds by CIA Agent Ross Lester Crozier while prior using the pseudonym Vaivada. Crozier subsequently will be the case officer for the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE) in the United States.

104-10215-10000: OPERATIONAL ARTHUR G. VAIVADA

The document states, "Following Subject's arrival in Habana on 19 March 1957, he first contacted AMPHODARCH-3 (on 20 March) and set up fresh contact arrangements between AMPHODARCH-3 and cutout AMANTELOPE to be initiated following Vaivada's departure for PBPRIME." This would identify the leading Agent Arthur G. Vaivada (Ross Crozier) contacting his supporting agents inside Cuba. The remainder of the document further details Vaivada contacting a family member of AMPHODARCH-10, the niece of AMPHODARCH-1 and making a back salary payment to the family.

104-10112-10256 MEMO: COVERT SECURITY APPROVAL

7/20/60 memo from Fred Hall re #112569 (104-10114-10013 reveals #112569 as RLC - Ross L. Crozier): "WH Division requested an amended covert security approval to cover (Crozier's) PCS from Mexico to Headquarters and to permit his utilization as a translator of documents pertaining to Cuba. He will also assist the Division by making suggestions pertaining to PP and FI matters. In connection with his use, it is understood (Crozier) will work under a cover established by CCD/NC, and engage in no collection information in the USA and will have no access to official Agency buildings or installations."

104-10271-10266: CABLE: ON 19 AUG AMCALL-1 REVEALED FOLL DETAILS RE ANTI-CASTRO

On 8/19/60, AMCALL-1 revealed makeup of new group Accion Democratica Revolucionaria (ADR): "A. National Directorate: Humberto Perez, Sammy Diaz, Amalio Fiallo, Hector Ravelo, Antonio Fernandez Nueva and AMCALL-1. B. National Coordinator: AMCALL-1 and others hope to persuade Manolo Ray assume this position. Action arms: Roberto Jiminez, FEU pres at Univ of Las Villas who claims to have 1000 men ready to take the hills and fight at proper time. Sammy Diaz and Sergio Gutierrez at Univ of Havana. Mary Habach at Univ of Villanueva. D. Sabotage team: Palomares FNU, former assistance to Odon de la Campa when latter was with Civic Resistance Movement. Carlos Matos who has twenty men in Agrupacion Catolico Universitar who now spotting targets. 2. AMCALL-1 provided Biniaris with letter to AMWAIL in which he argues with FRD concept of sending able bodied men out of Cuba for invasion preparations without first having established a solid internal resistance organization here...The ADR was going to meet with David Salvador...(but they) rejected Salvador..(ODACID/State Dept) crazy and shortsighted (if working with him)...Station of opinion AMCALL-1 and ADR should be given serious consideration in total JMARC program. Have requested he provide radio operator candidate to be trained by AMPHODARCH-11...(Chief of Station) comment: HAVA reported AMCALL-1 developing clandestine action arm of AMCALL." Also see 104-10271-10144, ADR file, 9/16/60, handwritten memo describing above and a little more - Amalio Fiallo - AMWAIL...Elena Mederos (mother of AMCOAX-1), Jorge Beruff, (Octavio?) Barroso and Chibas described as "Ray men"...Jose Duarte linked to AMPAN; Diaz Masvidal linked to AMULAR... 104-10192-10238: 9/7/60, AMCALL-1, trying to have ADR admitted into AMCIGAR/FRD, stating that ADR will change its name to MRP, changed at insistence of Manolo Ray: "Substance this message hand carried MASH (Havana CIA station) by station courier Nelson L. Raynock (Henry Hecksher)."

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