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Cryptonym: AMSCREAM-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. AMSCREAM-1 was probably involved in the CIA's propaganda effort against the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
AMSCREAM-1 reported on the Cuban Television appearance of Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo in February 1965 after the latter's capture inside Cuba. In addition, a cable in 1967 stated that AMSCREAM-1's 201 number was 201-324631. Furthermore, a CIA document in 1963 on the Unidad Revolucionaria (UR) stated that the 201 number of Emilio Alfonso Vera Leyva was 201-324634, which is very close to AMSCREAM-1's. Moreover, a cable in July, 1968, stated that William Wibalda (probably Robert Wall) was planning to pretend to be a PR counselor in Coral Gables the following month. He would be joined by AMSCREAM-1 as an associate. The cable mentioned that Wibalda's home town was St. Louis. Wibalda and AMSCREAM-1 would then attempt to develop real business in Latin America.
Sources:

104-10163-10218: LUIS BALBUENA

5/29/62, Index card with cross-reference to UFGA-04196, and 201-324634. Note that the main reference is to Luis Babluena, stating "contact subject of 201-324634".

104-10166-10226: UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIA

04/16/63, CIA document: Page 119: ..."280. Vera Leyva, Emilio Alfonso (Handwritten: 201-324634): Subj joined resistance against Batista Feb 58 as member 26 July Movement; source doc relates numerous details of subj insurgent activity; Jan 59 appointed head of Preventive Penitentiary, Guantanamo; held position to Feb 61, a month after he joined the resistance against the present regime; became member MRR under Nino Diaz; claims to have organized Police and part of Rebel Army, Guantanamo area to take part in a revolt, Feb 61; group infiltrated by G-2; fled to hills Feb 61; participated in attacks against Militia; sought asylum Brazilian Embassy 2 May 61 where remained to 14 May 62; arrived U.S. 19 May 62 via Brazil and Mexico; asylum granted through intercession Garcia Oller and Juan Medina, then at Emb also; desires join U.S. Government armed forces to fight Communism anywhere in the world. (26; 72)..."

104-10217-10185: MATERIAL ON ELOY GUTIERREZ MENOYO

02/04/65, Cable from JMWAVE: "1. AMSCREAM-1 reports Key West jammed by exiles night 2 February to watch Havana TV appearance Gutierrez Menoyo, Domingo Ortega, Noel Salas and Ramon Quesada. AMSCREAM-1, UPI's Mike Alonso, AMOTS, and AMSHADY-1 (Pepita Riera) subsources who watched TV at Key West say prisoners looked better groomed and dressed, more relaxed than G-2 interrogators, showing no visible evidence torture or 'brain washing.' Alonso observed Menoyo looked and sounded cold and calculating, unemotional, in contrast with previous Castro captives shown TV who seemed weary, tired, hopeless prisoners. AMSHADY-1 says SFNE people do not believe Menoyo was drugged or tortured, but plan say so for propaganda purposes..."

104-10165-10195: CABLE: AMSCREAM-1 BEING INSTRUCTED WRITE AMHIGH TO EFFECT THAT HE HAS BEEN ADVISED BY ALL SPONSORS OTHER THATN AMSTRUT-2 THAT THEY CANCELLING THEIR PROGRAMS ON AMTHIGH EFFECTIVE 1 MAY 1967

03/11/67, Cable: Slugline TYPIC AMTHIGH: "1. AMSCREAM-1 (324631) being instructed write AMTHIGH to effect that he has been advised by all sponsors other than AMSTRUT-2's (Juanita Castro) that they cancelling their programs on AMTHIGH effective 1 May 1967. He will point out that AMSTRUT-2's business manager AMLYRIC-1 (C-95135)/Manuel Brana will arrange to send tapes to New York after that date and that all line facilities between AMSCREAM-1's studio and AMTHIGH (the Mormon NYC station WRUL) will be discontinued. 2. Local mechanisms sponsoring broadcasts on AMTHIGH being instructed to cancel their contracts effective 1 May 1967. Only exception is AMCORE-2 (C-91333) whose funding mechanism is HQs controlled. Request HQs made appropriate arrangements have that mechanism cancel its contract with AMTHIGH 1 May 1967. Salary payments through AMTHIGH to AMCORE-2 would, of course, be continued through 30 April 1967. 3. Please advise AMTHIGH by phone per ref."

104-10165-10190:

06/15/68, Cable: Slugline DIRECTOR INFO JMCOBRA: "1. JMWAVE is not directly involved in arrangements but would like to make following comments for HQs and JMCOBRA consideration: A. YOYARD attorney would be required to hold approximately $18,000 in cash or run money through his books and bank account with possibility of tax difficulties. This would also prolong YOYARD corporate which we thought all agreed was undesirable. Doubt furthermore if this acceptable under JMCOBRA guidelines since this attorney already an agreed asset to be turned over to JMCOBRA for other uses. B. Assume money held by YOYARD attorney would have to be treated as an advance and expensed month by month as given to AMCORE-2 (Luis Conte Aguero). Expenses would thus be charged to FY 69 even though advanced in FY 68. 2. JMWAVE suggests that alternative to reference plan could be payrolling of AMPALM-4 (Angel Fernandez Varela), AMSCREAM-1 and contract payments to AMCORE-2 (Luis Conte Aguero) by WOGAME devised payroll facilities. One month's termination to Wibalda represents no problem."

104-10165-10187: CABLE: CURRENT COVER AND FUNDING REQUIRMENTS FOR JMCOBRA MHSPAWN ACTIVITIES FOLLOW

07/10/68, Cable: "1. Current cover and funding requirements for JMCOBRA MHSPAWN activities follow. A. AMSTAY. In early August Wibalda will hang out shingle as a public relations counselor in modest office in Coral Gables. During August he will hire secretary and be joined by AMSCREAM-1 (Handwritten: 324631) as associate. He will therefore require $5,000 nest egg by 5 August to cover office rent, incorporation costs, and first month's payroll. Suggest cashiers check drawn on St. Louis bank (his home town) which Wibalda can explain as personally negotiated loan..." Mention of AMCORE-2, AMPALM-4, AMRAZOR-1. "Those doing business in Latin America as Wibalda will represent company as having an international capability to handle public relations, promotional campaigns, and marketing surveys. Wibalda and AMSCREAM-1 will meanwhile attempt to develop real business in Latin America. The persons involved are competent to live the cover and would be in just this kind of business without our support. This enterprise will be launched without splash and its operations will be low key. The flap potential seems minimal, but it is only fair to warn any subscriber that the persons involved because of their long association (and hence loyalty and proven discretion) are vulnerable to the cluckings and graffiti about WOFIRM ties. Our purposes would be served by a notional client providing the major sum required as a retailer together with real clients who give one time or tentative developmental contracts..."

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