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Cryptonym: AMRUSTY

Definition:
Unknown identity. In a cable on January 27, 1965, AMRUSTY was referred to as "the conservative element." AMRUSTY was some type of CIA anti-Castro propaganda organization/asset/program.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A cable in late November 1963, mentioned that AMRUSTY had been among the propaganda assets used during the recent IAPA conference (along with AMSCROLL/UR, AMCROW, AMBASAL-1, AMRAZOR-1 and AMHIM). "All participated by literature distribution and personal contacts in alerting delegates to (the) danger (of) Castro hemisphere penetration." These activities were undertaken in connection with the JMGIN Program. In addition, a cable in June of 1964 contained the JMWAVE Chief of Station's (COS) comment that the station was planning a special AMRUSTY radio tape for Latin American radio contacts, which would include more coverage of the defection of AMSTRUT-2 (Juanita Castro). A dispatch in June of 1966 stated that AMRUSTY had been terminated on December 31, 1965. It was described as a "marginal project."
Sources:

104-10079-10313: WAVE ATTEMPT TO LOCATE CUBA GUERRILLA TRAINING CAMPS

11/28/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline JMGIN PBRUMEN: Page 3: ..."2. Prop activities undertaken in connection JMGIN program: A. During recent IAPA conference AMSCROLL, AMCROW, AMRUSTY, AMBASAL-1, AMRAZOR-1 and AMHIM all participated by literature distribution and personal contacts in alerting delegates to danger Castro hemisphere penetration..."

104-10076-10036: CABLE RE BIOGRAPHIC DATA ON SUBJECT

12/04/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: DIR CITE WAVE 8502: "1. Request priority POA Isable Marina (Romero) Thurston, DPOB 2 June 24, Camaguey, Cuba. Husband Urbano (Anton) Quesada, resides 1350 N.W. 86.5 54335, Miami, FLA. Five children born Camaguey, Cuba as follows: Guillermo 23 Jan 45; Ediardo 1 Nov 47; Roberto 17 Nov 50; Isabel 19 Apr 55; Jorge Alberto 3 Apr 60. Parents Pedro (Romero) Lapido (deceased) and Concepcion (Thurston) Gutierrez, resides Ave de la Libertad 212, Camaguey, Cuba. 2. WAVE and ODENVY (FBI) traces negative."

1993.08.04.16:35:00:87002: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8500 - 8599.

12/04/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: REF WAVE 8502 (IN 73689): "SUBJ ref anticipated use for AMRUSTY AMBASE prog."

1993.08.04.16:38:02:870028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8600 - 8699.

12/06/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: DIR CITE WAVE 8602: Slugline TYPIC SECUR: "1. Request PCSA by 13 Dec for (REDACTION). FOLL by CSA SUBJ will be used for AMRUSTY general office work and printed prop production. 2. Bio: DPOB: 10 Apr 44, Camaguey, Cuba. U.S. citizen. Residence: (REDACTION) Flagler St, Apt 2, Miami. Spouse: (REDACTION) (201-306962). Daughter of WAVE agent (REDACTION). 3. WAVE and local FBI negative. Show no U.S. Gov interest."

104-10234-10173; CABLE: MIAMI HERALD 30 JUN HEADLINE "FIDEL'S SISTER FLEES CUBA, DENOUNCES HIM".

06/30/64: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE: Page 3: ..."C/S Comment: *Planning special AMRUSTY radio tape for Latin American radio contacts to include fuller treatment with more details."

104-10217-10249: CABLE: AS A WHOLE, EXILE COMMUNITY SADDENED BY ANNOUNCED CAPTURE

01/27/65: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "1. As a whole, exile community saddened by announced capture Gutierrez Menoyo and three followers in Oriente Province. Exiles feel this blow to Cuban liberation, and demonstrates Castro military effectiveness and security controls, particularly since Gutierrez locally regarded as 'seasoned guerrilla fighter.' 2. Outside of blow to overall cause of Cuban liberation, exiles have diverse feelings of Gutierrez capture, opinion depending mainly upon political orientation of each exile segment. For example, AMLYRIC-1 of 'betrayed revolution school' is saddened and credits Gutierrez as 'guerrilla fighter who actually went into Cuba and thus deserves exile recognition.' AMRUSTY (the conservative element) reports some exiles pleased with capture because Gutierrez was high level Castro official with bloody hands. This reflective too of Batista partisan supporters. Thus sentiment and reaction range from sadness to gladness..."

104-10217-10164: EXILE REACTIONS GUTIERREZ MENOYO CAPTURE CONTINUE FOLLOW PATTERN OUTLINED REF

01/28/65: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: ..."2. Unpredictable Juan Amador Rodriguez, Batistiano radio commentator, expressed sympathy to SFNE officials and offered put his program at their disposal. Other Batistianos polled by AMRUSTY group not so forgiving, talk mostly of Menoyo's past treachery to anti-Castroites and cynically take up mock collection to keep Menoyo in Cuba if released by Castro..."

104-10226-10024: UNIDAD REVOLUTIONARIA (AMSCROLL)

06/20/66: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH: Subject: TYPIC/MHSPAWN Status Report re JMWAVE Psych Projects: ..."One marginal project, AMRUSTY, has been terminated and two projects, AMSPELL and AMCROW, are being sharply curtailed due to marginal performance...19. AMRUSTY. Terminated 31 December 1965. See Reference B...25. AMNON...AMNON is also station's main asset for AMBASE program and has taken over AMBASE personnel from terminated AMRUSTY project."

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