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Cryptonym: AMSEED-3

Definition:
Unknown identity. Cuban exile who worked with Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria (AMDENIM-1) in 1964. Worked for the U.S. Army and had previously worked with Unidad Revolucionaria members.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A CIA document in November of 1964 described AMSEED-3 as "a prominent exile activist who formerly participated in yachting activities in the Habana area." This was the exact same description of AMTOBY-13 (see AMTOBY-13 crypt) in a cable in November of 1963 as "a prominent exile activist who formerly participated in yachting activities in the Habana area..." A cable in November of 1965 also described AMTOBY-13 as "a prominent emigre activist who was formerly a Havana yachtsman." Moreover, AMSEED-3 worked with UR members such as Manolo Berard and Manolo Villamanache. AMSEED-3 was put in charge of the AMSPARK Team in 1964.
Sources:

104-10166-10226: UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIA:

04/16/63, CIA document: Attachment C: Page 54: ...."33. BERARD, Manolo: AMSEED-3 stated he used subj as cutout ca. Jun 61 for delivery of intel reports to Manolo VILLAMANACHE of UR resistance in Cuba. (56)...."

104-10172-10118: INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE AND SUPDATA CABLE: INFILTRATION ATTEMPT BY CUBAN EXILES

02/11/64, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "SUPDATA: AMDENIM-1 on 10 Feb 64 as received from AMSEED-3 whose informant is a relative of one of the infiltrees....SUBJ: Infiltration attempt by Cuban exiles sponsored by Carlos Prio Socarras....SOURCE: A prominent Cuban exile leader, formerly of ministerial rank, source has demonstrated the ability to report and evaluate accurately information on economic matters and on exile affairs. This information was obtained from a Cuban exile who is a trained reporter, from a relative of one of the infiltrees."

104-10172-10086: DISPATCH: PROGRESS REPORT ON AMDENIM-1 - PERIOD 1 OCT 63 - 31 MAY 1964

06/30/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: ..."2....The results of the effort were reported as successful by Subject himself wherein he relayed letters he had received from contacts who advised that customers of the U.S. company were actually stopping orders. A further indication of his continued involvement on a full-time basis was his suggestion that AMSEED-3 be contacted at his duty post with ODIBEX (U.S. Army) and advised of our desirability of putting him into the target area as soon as possible. This was done and upon his separation AMSEED-3 was put in charge of the AMSPARK Team. Page 3: ..."9. With the AMSPARK area now fully alerted it became necessary to locate a guide for a different entry point in Oriente. Subject was provided with a number of leads among fishermen refugees and quickly sorted them out and came up with AMBIG-3 who had previously been cleared and then not used due to the press of other business. the new guide was quickly recleared and put with AMSEED-3 and for the most part kept busy with training and other preparations...."

104-10173-10196: DISPATCH: AMDENIM-1 PROGRESS REPORT 1-31 JULY 1964

08/17/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 2: "b....His efforts to keep track of the IGNITE Team's plans and retain some semblance of control over the Team have been further disrupted by the presence of the three MDC (Movimiento Democracia Cristiano) members who were exfiltrated with the IGNITE Team. It has been agreed that it would not be advisable for them to be aware of his association with the 'company' thus he has been cut out of debriefing where they were present and now is unable to see AMSEED/3 in his Safehouse because one of the MDC people has been recruited and developed to accompany AMSEED/3 on the next IGNITE operation as guide."

104-10173-10195: DISPATCH: AMDENIM-1 PROGRESS REPORT THROUGH 15 SEPTEMBER 1964

09/24/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 2: ...."The irony of the situation was that the infiltree team leader, AMSEED-3, had requested AMDENIM-1 be cut out because he was 'primarily interested in his own welfare and not Cuba.' The Case Officer didn't particularly agree with AMSEED-3 and recognized the old Cuban game of stick your buddy if it will help yourself, but saw an opportunity to make the handling of both AMDENIM-1 and the people he recruited much easier after the Case Officer's departure....3....Responsibility for not having him at the final briefing for the IGNITE Team was taken completely by the Case Officer, with no mention of AMSEED-3's sentiments, which should remain the case. This shove in a direction he was unwilling to go voluntarily, along with no word about his claim, was undoubtedly the low spot in the month..."

104-10180-10342: REPORT COVER SHEET: SOURCE: AMSEED-3 FROM AMBIG-3 WHO IS THE EXILE MENTIONED IN

11/10/64, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Charles W. Gneiting, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, and Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "Source: AMSEED-3 from AMBIG-3 who is the exile mentioned in the report. Please protect AMBIG-3..." Page 3: CIA Information Report: Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq.: United States, Miami (6 November 1964): SOURCE: A prominent exile activist who formerly participated in yachting activities in the Habana area. This information was obtained from close associates of members of JURE. As of 30 October 1964 Manuel Ray Rivero, leader of the Junta Revolucionaria Cubana (JURE, Cuban Revolutionary Junta), had requested a meeting with a well known exile who has been active in illegal forays against Cuba which were mounted from Miami. Ray is reported to have paid the exile's fare from New York to Puerto Rico and return in order to talk with him. The exile is very knowledgeable on the environs of Nicaro, on the north coast of Oriente Province."

104-10247-10132: CABLE: FOLL SUMMARY DEVELOPMENTS SUBJ AFFAIR 11-14 MARCH

03/15/66, Cable from JMWAVE: Page 2:..."B. AMBASS-1 noted various inaccuracies in AMHAM-1 statements. Example AMHAM-1 said knew of assassination plot against Castro for two and one half months: Actually AMBASS-1 mentioned matter to AMHAM-1 in January 1965. AMHAM-1 stated AMSEED-3 involved in CIA op in Baracoa area of Oriente: AMBASS-1 stated AMHAM-1 knew target area of this op was Sagua de Tanamo area not Baracoa..."

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