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Cryptonym: AMPUG-1

Definition:
Alfredo Izaguirre Revoi aka Alfredo Izaguirre de la Riva, Alfredo Izaguirre Rivas. Also used the alias "Luis". 201-273550.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Note that "AMPUG-1...was trained in sabotage techniques in the US and was later assigned to (AMPANIC-7), was listed by A-7 as an asset, who could be channeled into more specific operations, once available materiel was forthcoming." https://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=49238&search=RODRIGUEZ_AND+PROPAGANDA#relPageId=5&tab=page Jesue Arboleya, The Cuban Counterrevolutionaries (Ohio University, 2000), pp. 94-95: "(In June, 1961, General Maxwell) Taylor met with Iazguirre for) 45 minutes. Taylor explored the situation of counterrevolutionary groups within the country..Taylor gave assurances that the Cuban question would have an adequate solution and he would do all in his power to achieve it." Iazguirre met with other groups upon his return and said his plan was to assassinate the Castro brothers on July 26, attack the Santiago oil refinery, sabotage throughout the country, and a staged attack on Guantanamo Naval Base."
Sources:

104-10103-10120: INTERVIEW WITH MR. JAMES S. PEKICH

Jim Pekich was the CIA officer who organized nets of agents prior to their infiltration into Cuba. There was an AMPUG net. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=108404&relPageId=2 AMPUG-1 is identified in this memo as Alfredo Izaguirre Revoi

104-10103-10360: COMMENTS ON BOOK V, SSC FINAL REPORT, THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY: PERFORMANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

AMPUG-1 was recruited and infiltrated in Sept 1960, returned in May 1961 after the Bay of Pigs. He was re-infiltrated into Cuba on 6/29/61, with the mission to organize resistance groups and sabotage operations. He was arrested during July 1961, and was sentenced to a 30 year term.

Bill Simpich, "The Hidden Castro Plots", Op-Ed News, 6/10/15, http://www.opednews.com/populum/printer_friendly.php?content=a&id=191905

Cuban intelligence chief Fabian Escalante describes Alfredo Izaguirre de la Riva as the leader of Operation Patty. Operation Patty was a plan to assassinate Fidel and Raul Castro on July 26, 1961, the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Alfredo Izaguirre was taking direction not from the CIA, but rather a Navy lieutenant commander. This lieutenant commander was undoubtedly Hal Feeney. Base commander Feeney was working with Lieutenant Jack Modesett. Both men were working closely with the Castro rebels during this time period. CIA documents show that Izaguirre was arrested on July 22, four days before the planned attack.

104-10103-10151: CABLE:11. YOUR MESSAGE 15. BRAND, CHACHO AND LUIS/ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE CASTRO AND SABOTAGE ELECTRIC COMPANY

Brand (AMPANIC-7), Chacho (AMCOAX-1) and Luis (AMPUG-1) only have arms for 50 men. Blowing up of central electric plant and possibly attempt on Fidel will be decidedly carried out 9 April. Once this is achieved impossible to maintain clandestine organization in Cuba.

104-10226-10052: AMPUG-1 WILL ARRIVE HQS AREA VIA EAL FLT 852 NIGHT 19 MAY

5/20/61: JMWAVE recommends that HQ provide AMPUG-1 with all assistance possible. AMPUG-1 is arriving from Cuba for a short stay in the USA. Cecil Cartwright served as his escort officer. In Feb. 1963 Cartwright used the alias "Clarence" when working with Manuel Artime: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2iGk_38NIIHd0hHZ3BxTnU4dEk

1994.04.26.09:46:28:100005: Reel 52, Folder J - REINOL GONZALES

"Alfredo Izaguirre Rivas": 201-273550. For some reason, there had been confusion about that number in at least one instance, see http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=48279#relPageId=4

104-10226-10174: SUBJECT: MEETING WITH AMPUG-1 ON 20 AND 21 MAY 1961

5/20-5/21/61: WH/4/FI Robert Wiecha's memo for the record: AMPUG-1 was the emissary for the UR, due to his command of English and contacts with media sources. UR in Cuba cannot accept leadership from the "Consejo" (CRC) because its leaders Jose Miro Cardona and Tony Varona have sons held prisoner by the Cuban government. He felt KUBARK trained him and others and is now compromsing their security in various ways. "He said...(he had a group of 1000 men) which may be exaggerated somewhat. He said that he has not received any money from KUBARK...it was his group which burned the Hershey Sugar Mill and the garage of the Hilton Hotel...his men have destroyed three to four million arrobas of sugar cane."

104-10226-10127: JMWAVE PM PAID TO JUAN HUARTE Y TELLECHEA 7,300 U.S. DOLLARS IN EXCHANGE FOR 36,500 CUBAN PESOS WHICH HE MADE AVAILABLE IN HAVANA TO MRR

10/31/61: $7300 was paid by JMWAVE PM to Juan Huarte, who in turn passed the money to AMPUG-1...JMRIM (sic: should be RIMM or JMRIMM) is convinced that the code groups reproduced by GOC (Government of Cuba) were SADTIZ messages and not messages passed from the SADTIZ pad passed by him to PEKLOK."

104-10192-10285: CABLE:FOLL INFO OBTAINED CARLOS BANDIN AKA LAZARO DURING DEBRIEFING 17

10/20/61 cable from JMWAVE to Director: Carlos Bandin aka Lazaro is the present leader of MRR. AMBRONC-5 will be national military coordinator upon his return to Cuba. Main six groups now are MRR, MRP, Rescate, Nov 30, DRE and MDC. Lazaro arrested due to Saborit who worked in the AMPUG net. AMPUG-1 introduced Lazaro to Saborit at the time MRR was using the PEKLOK channel. Lazaro said AMPUG-1 talked too much and confided in Saborit.

104-10226-10140: SUBJECT: ALFREDO IZAGUIREZ RIVE

Biography of Izaguirre/AMPUG-1: Former manager of Havana daily newspaper. In September 1960 received training in sabotage from CIA at base known as ISOLATION. Traveled to US on 5/15/61 representing Cuban resistance groups on the island seeking US support. Independent - cooperating with UR.

Fabian Escalante, The Cuba Project (Ocean Press, 2004), pp. 88-90

"...(The counterrevolutionaries) decided to send an emissary to Miami. They selected Alfredo Izaguirre de la Riva, a journalist and descendent from one of the wealthiest and most powerful Havana families. He had been recruited by the CIA to organize the internal front on the eve of the invasion, and only by coincidence had escaped being arrested along with (Humberto) Sori Marin and company (on March 18, 1961), having missed the meeting because he was not at home when the messenger came to tell him about it...(he) left for Miami, where he met with various case officers, among them David Phillips and Jake Esterline. He found, according to later statements, a generalized demoralization. 'Everyone damned the Kennedy brothers, while bitterly lamenting the luck of Brigade 2506.' After several meetings in Miami, he decided to travel to Washington to meet with a CIA agent in charge of the case. There he was received by Frank Bender who...informed him...of the Taylor Commission, charged by President Kennedy with investigating the Bay of Pigs disaster. Days later, he was taken to the Pentagon, to an office with General Maxwell Taylor's name on it. Inside were several people, in addition to the general...'What chance is there of promoting a general uprising on the island?' he was asked. 'Such an action would justify our intervention in the eyes of the world. Another justification might be if the Cuban government - or somebody - attacked the Guantanamo naval base.'...Even one of the CIA agents with whom he worked, Jose Pujals Mederos, was maneuvering behind his back for support among the conspirators to go to the United States and have Izaguirre removed from the position given him by the Agency." A newly created coordinating group offered leadership to Carlos Bandin of the MRR, with other positions divided among the November 30th Movement, MDC, MRP, UR and several others. Izaguirre and Pujols reserved for themselves the jobs of serving as CIA contacts."

Fabian Escalante, The Cuba Project (Ocean Press, 2004), pp. 91-92

"The (Patty) project contemplated actions throughout the country for the purpose of a propagating a conflict and encouraging the general uprising that Washington had ordered. The main activities were supposed to take place in the cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, where simultaneous celebrations were being held on July 26." The plan was to shoot Raul Castro in the Santiago area; mortar attacks on the oil refinery, the Guantanamo naval base itself, and the nearby Cuban military installation - so that both sides would believe they were under attack - and a mortar aimed at the podium in Havana where Fidel Castro was scheduled to speak. Also planned were actions at bridges and major public services. "Within a few hours of launching Operation Patty, the chaos and destabilization generated would create the proper conditions for a US military invasion...on July 22, Cuban State Security forces detained Operation Patty's principal plotters and confiscated their weapons and military supplies."

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