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Cryptonym: AMQUAR-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. AMQUAR-1 worked with the CASAILOR network in 1963. According to a cable on November 6, 1963, CIA officer Nestor Sanchez was known to AMQUAR-1 as "David Salas."
Status:
Unknown
Sources:

104-10528-10440: IDEN TRYING TO HAVE RESIDENT VISAS ISSUED IN MEXICO

10/24/63: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig. N. Sanchez, Unit: SAS/EOB): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMQUAR: "1. AMQUAR-1 (IDEN) is in Mexico City on non-KUBARK (CIA) business. During visit to Mexico with family he trying get family's resident visas issued in Mexico which means transferring the files from Santo Domingo which he originally applied. State on 23 Aug 63 ONV (?)-32 authorized Santo Domingo to issue the visas. This info has been sent to AMQUAR-1. 2. Above FYI: No contact is required with AMQUAR-1 but appreciate if Station can securely help expedite matter with consul."

104-10308-10267: MEMORANDUM: AMQUAR

10/30/63: Memorandum for the record from LAD/JFK Task Force: Subject: AMQUAR: "1. Description: A PA/Prop operation. 2. Findings: HAMB 3879 (IN 50361) 30 Oct 63: (HAMB 3880 (IN 50478) Idens. Concerns debriefing of CASAILOR-25 on 24 and 25 Oct 63. He reported that Faustino Perez, born ca. 1923, commander in Castro's army in Havana Hqs., Granma veteran and former minister in Castro's Government, told C-25 in August 1963 that Castro must be killed and all resistance groups organized. C-25 described Perez as an opportunist who would need promise of advantage in return for help."

104-10100-10357: PASS MESSAGE TO SUBJECT AND PROVIDE HIM SECURE COMMO

11/06/63: Cable from Director to Mexico City: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMQUAR MHAPRON: "Please pass following message to AMQUAR-1 at ref address and provide him secure commo channel for any message he desires send to his HQs contact Matthew H. Ontrich known to AMQUAR-1 as 'David Salas.' 1. Be assured nothing will be done in regard contacting Davies until cleared with you. Request you also do nothing until coordinated with us. Best solution would be for you try arrange three to six months leave of absence which you can extend if necessary. 2. Have established contact with (REDACTION) who sailing on Cuban ship. Next time (REDACTION) available for contact in port outside Cuba desire you be prepared travel to that location for personal contact with him. 3. Person who delivers this message will also provide a secure commo channel to Mr. David.'"

104-10101-10023: ADVISE ON DELIVERY OF MESSAGE

11/15/63: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: N. Sanchez, Unit: SAS/EOB: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMQUAR MHAPRON: REF: DIR 81033: "Please advise if ref message delivered to AMQUAR/1." 201 number looks like 201-270338 at top of cable.

104-10097-10339: CABLE: AMQUAR-1 NO LONGER LIVES

11/20/63: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMQUAR MHAPRON: "1. AMQUAR-1 no longer lives address cited DIR 81033. However Station located telephonically morning 20 Nov and meeting is set for same evening. 2. Will deliver all messages and advise. C/S Comment: *Message for AMQUAR/1."

104-10527-10224: CABLE: AMQUAR-1 MET BY STATION 20 NOV

11/21/63: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMQUAR MHAPRON: "1. AMQUAR-1 met by Station 20 Nov. He given ref messages and offered opportunity reply. Stated however that letter now en route to 'David' explains his feelings adequately and that Station if fine for president. 2. FYI: Station contact with AMQUAR-1 is 'Mr. Davidson.'"

104-10100-10024: AGENT DISTURBED AT NOT HAVING HEARD FROM CASE OFFICER

11/27/63: Cable from Director to Mexico City: Slugline TYPIC AMQUAR MHAPRON: "1. Letter dated 19 Nov 63 received from AMQUAR-1 in which he rather disturbed not having heard from his HQs contact. Advise date AMQUAR-1 moved to new address. Request MEXI case officer assure AMQUAR-1 delay in no way related lack of confidence in him or his proposals. Please reemphasize our concern his personal situation and our hope for an early meeting with Luis Casas in order proceed with plans on solid ground. 2. Request Station query AMQUAR-1 re background and significance reported appointment of Onelio Pino Izquierdo as chief of new Ministry of Merchant Marine. 3. Pass AMQUAR-1 dollars 500.00 for December expenses. T A to HQs. Handwritten: Account 4132-5455-5101. 4. Advise when message and money passed."

104-10103-10236: CABLE: AMLASH/1 WAS MET IN PARIS FOR LAST TIME ON 22 NOV 63

12/03/63: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: N. Sanchez, Unit: SAS/EOB): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMTRUNK AMLASH MHAPRON: Page 5: ..."8. The navy group being developed through the CASAILOR complex and AMQUAR/1 will be the subject of a separate cable..."

CABLE: THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING THE

12/05/63: Cable from Director to JMWAVE: RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE CASAILOR MHAPRON AMQUAR: "1. The following is a summary of developments concerning the CASAILOR and AMQUAR/1 contacts and efforts at developing channels of communication with disaffected elements in the PBRUMEN military especially navy and merchant marine...B. Present plans are for AMQUAR/1 and CASAILOR/24 to work together in developing their leads. A meeting for AMQUAR/1 will be arranged next time C-24 calls at a western port. Following are AMQUAR/1 leads: 1. CASAILOR/24 (reason for above decision). 2. Jose Gelasio Lopez Garcia, supervisor dock facilities port of Havana. 3. Isidro Contreras Perez (also a CASAILOR/25 lead). 4. Alberto Herrera Abat, second in command Casablanca arsenal. 5. Joel Ramon Ishra, professor Naval Academy Mariel. 6. Cmdte Jorge Cainas Sierra, coordinating officers Naval Academy Mariel. 7. Jose Ramon Martinez Diaz, harbor pilot port of Matanzas. 8. Antonio Santa Cruz Suarez, former chief naval ops presently Captain cruiser Cuba. 9. Cmdte Enrique Borbonet Gomez, deputy chief training Rebel Army, presently recuperating from burns resulting gas stove mishap. 10. AMLEG/20..."

104-10077-10420: DIRECTOR CABLE RE OPERATIONS

12/11/63: Cable from Director to Hamburg: Slugline ZRWAGON MHAPRON CASAILOR-24: ..."2. Also request assessment and present standing, without contact, following inside leads of AMQUAR/1 from C-24: A. Jose Gelasio Lopez Garcia. B. Isidro Contreras Perez. C. Arnaldo Gil Lopez. D. Alberto Herrera Abat. E. Joel Ramon Ishra. F. Jorge Cainas Sierra. G. Jose Ramon Martinez Diaz. H. Antonio Santa Cruz Suarez. I. Enrique Borbonet Gomez..."

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