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Cryptonym: AMSEVER-2

Definition:
Double agent in Mexico City. Referred to as a "contract agent" and a "marginal agent".
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
An AMWORLD cable in March of 1964 stated that AMSEVER-2 had heard from a friend, recently arrived from Cuba, about rumors rife in Cuba, including a plot to assassinate Cuban premier, Fidel Castro, "after April."
Sources:

104-10092-10290: POTENTIAL SOURCE IN MEXICAN EMBASSY HAVANA

10/5/63 cable MEXI 6404 from Mexico City to Director: "In recent meetings AMSEVER-2 has reiterated belief that despite adverse info received from several sources subject really not pro-Communist or pro-Castro. Says recent letter from subject show he not satisfied with things in Cuba. A-2 believes would have good chance recruit subj when he comes Mexi on vacation in November. A-2 would do softening up and make initial pitch...in view (of) desirability (of having) asset inside MEX EMB HAVANA who also in constant touch GOC (Government of Cuba) officials, request HQS grant POA as originally requested..."

104-10529-10060: CABLE: REQUESTING 6-MONTH EXTENSION ON POA

10/29/63, Cable from Director to Mexico City: "1. Subj ref was granted POA 7 May 1963, 201-356959. Requesting 6 months extension of POA. 2. FYI: POA was requested when HQs attempted recruitment of Subj through (REDACTION), CIA agent and close friend of Subj who now residing in U.S. Recruitment pitch was made in letter written to Subj by (REDACTION) at HQs direction. (REDACTION) gave letter to his friend QUANTUM-55 in February 1963 for ultimate (unintelligible) delivery to Subj in Cuba. We do not know at this time whether QUANTUM-55 even delivered the letter to Subj. In any event no reply from Subj has been delivered by (REDACTION) to date. (REDACTION) has assessed Subj as probably being in opposition to the regime in Cuba, and as probably willing to cooperate in a clandestine reporting operation. 3. In view fact MEXI has successfully established contact with Subj through AMSEVER-2, HQs defers to Mexico City Station for further operational development of Subj. 4. HQs traces on Subj indicate PDOB Havana, 24 Aug 1929; that he attended St. Bernard College, Alabama, 1946; that he attended Georgia Tech in 1948; and that on 2 Jan 1949 he was excluded from admission to USA at Miami because he did not have a valid visa. 5. Since Subj has access high level Cuban officials as well as SOVS and he apparently has agreed furnish info, request MEXI proceed to develop this op on priority basis. Please Cable developments. WH Comment: *Requested traces and POA for Jorge Antonio Abasolo Garcia, Cuban, Chief of a Division in Ministry of Industries."

104-10527-10144: CABLE: PLS ADVISE SOONEST ON STATUS REF REQUEST FOR POA

11/19/63, MEXI 6965: "Please advise soonest on status ref request for POA. AMSEVER-2 reported 19 Nov that subject arriving MEXI on home leave 21 Nov, will probably remain MEXI two months except for ten day trip PBPRIME (United States). A-2 feels excellent chance (to) recruit subject as reporting agent inside (Cuba) and strong probability (to) arrange access to Mexican diplomatic pouch for commo."

104-10527-10147: CABLE: AMSEVER-2 REPORTS SUBJ HAS REPLIED TO LATEST LETTER FROM BROTHER MEXI

11/19/63 cable MEXI 6967 from Mexico City to Director, ref DIR 80825: "AMSEVER-2 reports subject has replied to latest letter from brother MEXI indicating willing remain in (Cuba), willing supply any info to which has normal access, able use REDACTED pouch for commo, refuses to have contact with 'any (CIA or FBI) people' inside (Cuba). Letter states, 'You have no idea what things are like here. People shot every day. I am sure I am being watched.'...(Case officer), AMSEVER-2, and brother of subject will meet for lunch on 20 November at which time bio data on subject and extent (of) access on intel info will (be) obtained..."

104-10527-10115: CABLE: IN VIEW UNRESOLVED DEROGATORY INFORMATION

11/20/63, DIR 84082: "Exercising due caution because of AMLEO-3 case and subject (201-726614?)'s alleged collaboration with Ambassador Bosques, suggest AMSEVER-2 attempt (to) solicit subject cooperation without revealing (US government) interest." 201-726614 arriving MC 11/21. MC wants to recruit. SAS/EOB D. Ronis.

104-10097-10360: CABLE: CUBAN ENGINEER-CONTACT OF CHE GUEVARA

11/21/63, Cable from Mexico City to Director: Sluglines KAPOK PBRUMEN: "1. PRQ data on LICRAFT-1 as furnished by brother 20 Nov being pouched. 2. Brother feels Subj willing remain inside foreseeable future. Is sending Subj another letter for definite decision and will indicate interested party behind AMSEVER-2 willing establish two hundred dollar monthly ESCROW account. 3. Contact will be maintained using present channel through (REDACTION). Station feels Subj should be trained through this channel ASAP in SW system to enhance commo security. 4. Subj has access to all plans activities Ministry Industries. Is frequently consulted by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and sits in on all high level planning sessions at ministry, while known as not favoring regime, is considered as highly qualified and capable engineer who will not hesitate evaluate Sov Bloc machinery as superior to available Western items if thus convinced. 5. CIA control will be coordinated (unintelligible) 'clear' Subj of involvement with regime after Castro (unintelligible) brother says Subj strongly pro-U.S. and foresaw advent Communist regime as early as 1959 when brother himself was not yet convinced Castro Communist. 6. Subj looks like excellent direct line into 'Che' (unintelligible) be used only for info to which (unintelligible). Brother emphasized repeatedly that Subj should never be used for contact with others inside no matter how well such persons trusted by ODYOKE. 7. Index 201-356959. C/S Comment: *(Unintelligible) whether Subject will (unintelligible) Cuba, how contact will be (unintelligible), (unintelligible) of CIA control. (Unintelligible).

104-10308-10014: CABLE: NEW SPATE RUMORS AMONG CUBANS

03/31/64: Cable from Mexico City to Director 8832: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMWORLD: "New spate rumors among Cubans indicating important anti-Castro action expected May 1964. AMSEVER-2 heard from friend recently arrived from Cuba that such rumors rife in Cuba including plot to assassinate Castro 'after April.' LICRAFT-1 heard from contact inside Cuba that 'big things' expected in May, also heard from friends in Chicago who close to AMBIDDY-1 that four-pronged military action scheduled for May. C/S Comment: *Dissemination applicable to RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE cables. (Handwritten note: Passed to Reports for dissem, 31 Mar 64 H.)"

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