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Cryptonym: AMRANGE

Definition:
A foreign intelligence project targeting Fidel Castro and other high-level officials in the Ministry of Industry.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The planned attack involving Cecchi and the kitchen may have been the model for the RFK assassination.
Sources:

104-10308-10271: Memorandum: AMRANGE Project

Summary of three memos about Vasco Cecchi and his restaurant in Havana, ending with his imprisonment in 1964 for plotting against the life of Fidel Castro - who had been visiting his restaurant once a month. He received a 30-year sentence. (The Latin American Division officer reviewing the file speculates whether Lt. Ramos - Fidel's contact - could possibly the same person as Jose Menendez Ramos, a defector from the USA to Cuba that was allegedly involved in an alleged pro-Castro plan to kill JFK in 1962.)

104-10308-10272: WITHHELD

8/28/62, Memo from DC/FI/TFW William Tyng to C/TFW William Harvey: Cecchi's Montecatini restaurant in the Vedado quarter of Havana. Cecchi comes from Italy, and his entire family still lives there. Fidel Castro's friend Lt. Ramos lives in the neighborhood. Castro's 20 bodyguards usually arrive 10-15 minutes before he does. Closet partly under the stairs, but a man could be hidden under there comfortably. Last page shows a map of the restaurant and even the closet. A Lt. Ramos lives above the restaurant and he is an "intimate" of Fidel Castro. Fidel comes to visit the lieutenant and have a dinner.

104-10308-10274: CABLE: FOLLOWING FROM [ ]GRIP WITH ACCOMPANYING REMARK YOU CAN DRAW OWN CONCLUSIONS ON POSSIBILITIES

11/18/63, MEXI 6844: Handwriting shows this is one of "()GRIP ops". Castro "arrives with only one escort car...always enters with two companions who eat with him. Escort remains outside. AMTHUG visits kitchen alone, chats with employees. Other patrons are not ejected or disturbed. While inside, AMTHUG is a "sitting duck". ()GRIP comments, "You can draw own conclusions on possibilities."

124-90154-10041: No Title

Gangsters had liked this restaurant for a long time, the Montecatini is listed among a notorious crowd in 1959.

104-10308-10235: CABLE: REF AND B PLUS ADDITIONAL INFO AVAILABLE HQS FROM OTHER SOURCES DISSEMED AS RED C TO SPECIAL GROUP AND OTHER KEY OFFICIALS

6/25/64, Austin Horn to Director, cites three different plots to kill Castro or other Cuban leaders. Cechhi's Italian citizenship is documented on this card: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16168&relPageId=2

104-10308-10285: INDEX CARDS:SUBJ OWNS MONTECATINI RESTAURANT, CALLE 15

11/1/64 shows Cecchi is in military prison.

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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