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Cryptonym: AMREEF-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. AMREEF-1 acted as a liaison between the CIA Havana Station and Manuel Ray Rivero in the latter part of 1960. AMREEF-1 was in contact with Woodrow Olien (probably James Noel) and Paula Thyfault of the Havana Station.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A dispatch in December, 1960, stated that AMREEF-1 had two investigators, AMPAIN-4 and 5, working for him/her.
Sources:

104-10179-10413: CABLE: AMREEF-1 HAS REQUESTED STATION ASSISTANCE IN SENDING SEVERAL BONDS

10/21/60, Cable from Havana to Director: "1. AMREEF-1 has requested Station assistance in sending several thousand dollars worth bonds printed by Manolo Ray Rivero group to Miami. Proceeds of sale will be used to purchase arms and other items to equip men in the field. Does HQs have any objections to Station assisting Ray group this manner."

104-10179-10373: CABLE: MANOLO RAY SENT OLIEN MSG VIA AMREEF-1 TO PAUL F. STRETT

11/30/60, Cable from Havana to Director: Slugline JMNET: "1. Manolo Ray sent Olien message via AMREEF-1 to Paul F. Sirett who returned HAVA from MASH on 28 Nov that he anxious see Olien or 'someone designated by him' at earliest possible moment. No indication received as to reason for requested meeting. Message stated Manolo could be located 1938 N.W. 3rd Street, Miami or meeting could be arranged by calling 'Ramiro' (Handwritten: Estevez Beniz (?) at Franklin 3-5813, Miami. 2. Above for info HQs and MASH and any action they may deem appropriate."

104-10193-10341: CABLE: AMREEF-1 RETURNED HAVA FORM MIAMI EVE 29 NOV. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE HAD LONG TALK WITH RAY

12/02/60, Cable from Havana to Director: Slugline JMNET: "1. AMREEF-1 returned HAVA from Miami eve 29 Nov. Prior to departure had long talk with Ray. Ray asked AMREEF-1 pass message to Olien to effect he would like very much see him next time he comes to Miami. Said he would prefer talk Olien personally rather than a designate. Gave AMREEF-1 no clue as to reasons behind request but Olien agrees with ref that Ray undoubtedly wishes discuss 'problems' he has run into in endeavoring gain support for his movement. 2. Olien sees no objection FOLL thru with suggestion contained para 4 ref in view willingness expressed initially to talk with a designate if Olien not able come personally. 3. Olien obviously defers to HQs judgement manner in which Ray group should be handled but nonetheless is constrained to comment that by forcing this important movement into an unwanted marriage or other onerous arrangement we may run real risk of alienating a group of now pro-American Cubans who, whether we like it or not, will probably play an important part in the political life of Cuba during the post-Castro era."

104-10073-10116: SPANISH EXILE ACTIVITIES IN CUBA

12/22/60, Dispatch from Acting Chief of Station, Habana to Chief, WHD (Info: Chief, WE): "1. On 15 December 1960 AMREEF-1 through investigators AMPAIN-4 and 5, furnished the following information on Espaha Errante: This organization is part of the Movement for Spanish Liberation (Movimiento de Liberacion Espanol), which also includes the Spanish Republican Movement (Movimiento Republicano Espanol). The national co-ordinator of the movement in Cuba is Rodrigo Diaz Altuna. The head of the 'military' part of the movement or group is Rebel Army Major Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo. The co-ordinator for the Province of Habana is Manuel Barrenas, a Jai-Alai player who at the present time is not in Cuba. During his absence he is being replaced by his brother Jose Barrenas, also a Jai-Alai player. The Barrenas brothers are both Spaniards. There are also provincial co-ordinators in the different provinces, and some of the municipalities also have co-ordinators. The offices of the movement are located on Calle Paseo, between Calle 15 and Calle 17, in Vedado, Habana. The exact number of the location has not yet been determined, since there are no signs to indicate in which building it is. This matter is being investigated further...One of the AMPAIN investigators has been asked to be the co-ordinator of the movement at the Municipality of Marianao, Habana. He will accept this position unless he receives orders to the contrary..." (CONTINUED BELOW)

104-10073-10116: SPANISH EXILE ACTIVITIES IN CUBA

12/22/60, Dispatch from Acting Chief of Station, Habana to Chief, WHD (Info: Chief, WE): Page 2: "...3. AMREEF-1 furnished the following information on 21 December: On Fridays, over Channel-4 of TV-Revolucion, between 10:00 and 10:30 p.m., there is a program called 'Espana al Dia.' TV personality involved in Spanish exile activities Cuba, Eugenio Rodriguez Casas, is in charge of the program which is related to events in connection with the Cuban Government's campaign against the Franco regime. On 16 December Dr. Alfredo Guevara Valdes, the director of Cine Cubano, was mentioned on the program as having called a meeting of all Spanish organizations to ask for the release of political prisoners in Spain...(Signed) Paula Thyfault."

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Gavin McDonald

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