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Cryptonym: AMSKIF-6

Definition:
Unknown identity. According to a dispatch in December of 1960, AMSKIF-6 was allegedly in contact with legendary Cuban guerrilla and peasant leader, Osvaldo Ramirez. AMSKIF-6 was apparently attempting to initiate a maritime operation on the south coast of Las Villas.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
AMSKIF-6 was unable to obtain photographs of Cayo Breton that had been requested by the CIA. From later documents on Osvaldo Ramirez and contacts between him and anti-Castro Cubans, it appears as if elements of the Montecristi Group, particularly Arturo Morales Casais, had contacts with Ramirez. Morales at one time was part of the crew of the Susie/Susan Ann, captained by Leslie Nobregas. A document in April of 1962, appeared to indicate that Mayor Augusto Ruisanchez (AMDIP-3) and other associates were also in contact with Ramirez. However, AMSKIF-6 was probably more likely to have been a figure based in Cuba, in particular, one who had access to the Escambray Mountains from 1960 or so onwards.
Sources:

104-10193-10307: DISPATCH:ARREST OF AMYUM MEMBERS

12/21/60: Dispatch from Acting COS, Habana to Chief, WHD: Page 2: ..."I. We were given a contact by Habana Station with AMSKIF-6 who said that he was working with Oswaldo Ramirez, and that he was attempting to run a maritime operation on the south coast of Las Villas. AMSKIF-6 said that Oswaldo Ramirez's forces were dispersed and in hiding and that for the moment he could not arrange a maritime delivery. AMSKIF-6 was also unable to produce Cayo Breton photographs which were requested. Asked if he would be able to receive them on the key (Cayo Breton) and from there have the arms transferred to the mainland, he (AMSKIF-6) indicated that he was not able to do so at the present..."

104-10226-10278: SIGNING OF DOCUMENTS OF UNIDAD REVOLUCIONARIA

01/28/61: Cable from WAVE to BELL: "1. AMGLAD/1 reports he was informed 25 Jan that leaders in Escambray, Duque, Bembibre, and Lina had signed declaration of Unidad Revolucionaria. Info brought to AMGLAD/1 by Celestino Borron Carreras, member AMGLAD/1 intel net Havana. 2. AMGLAD/1 says four copies document sent Escambray late Dec or early Jan. Says Borron reports signed copies brought Havana few days ago by officer from Escambray and left with Wilfredo Brito another member AMGLAD/1 group."

104-10267-10107: DISPATCH: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION/TRANSMITTAL OF PRQ PART I-M/V SUSAN ANN CREW

10/27/61: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: "Attached herewith are PRQ Part I's on the following crew members of the M/V Susan Ann: Leslie Nobregas Heria, Nilo Luis Alonso Morejon, Abelardo Dominguez Hernandez, Alejandro Fajardo Casas, Gustavo Fernandez Ravelo, Placido Fernandez Ravelo, Manuel Gallego Lopez, Agustin Gonzalez Marquez, Victor Gonzalez Cruz, Jose Manuel Labrada Gonzalez, Arturo Morales Casais, Jorge Angel Nobregas Heria, Alicio Nunez Paez, Rodolfo Oropesa Marcelo, Francisco Andres Queralta, Manuel Rivas Reyna, Luis Torres Riverol, Julian Vinas Abascal."

104-10232-10142: MEMO FOR RECORD: PLAN FOR AID TO A DISSIDENT GROUP IN CUBA

11/20/61: Memorandum for Record, No. 42: Subject: Plan for Aid to Oswaldo Ramirez in Escambray, Submitted by Arturo Morales Casais: "1. At our meeting this date Dr. Miro gave me the attached letter to him from Arturo Morales Casais, and the plan for sending aid to Oswaldo Ramirez in the Escambray which accomplishes the letter. 2. Morales is the man who brought out the letter from Ramirez in August seeking out aid in arms. However, Morales, then a part of the crew of Susie Ann under Nobregas, did not deliver the letter but passed it to Hermida of Montecristi who gave it to Dr. Miro. 3. Morales has now quit the crew of Susie Ann, alleging to Miro that he couldn't get along with Nobregas who is very dictatorial, etc. 4. Morales' plan looks very sound and I recommend it be given favorable consideration and that steps be taken to begin its implementation, working with Morales and others as appropriate. It will be noted that Morales refers to a house on the shore. This is his own house."

104-10232-10141: MFR: MEETING WITH DR. MIRO AND FRANCISCO CARILLO

11/21/61: Memorandum for Record, No. 47: Subject: Meeting with Dr. Miro and Francisco Carillo, delegate in CRC of Montecristi Group: Page 3: "b. Tito Hermida, formerly coordinator of Montecristi Underground came out of Cuba in August, and brought information of what was still uncollected of funds of Cuban Civil pilots turned over to Americans for safe keeping, and also brought to Montecristi the paper from Oswaldo Ramirez, guerrilla leader in Escambray, requesting arms and other help. (It appears that the one who brought request from Ramirez was Morales, who has been a crew member on Susie Ann. Presumably he gave it to Hermida. Morales has just given Dr. Miro a plan for sending aid to Ramirez, which Miro gave me; this went to WAVE with covering memorandum, 20 Nov.). Hermida went back to Cuba but was tailed and picked up by Castro police and was imprisoned. Also picked up were several other Montecristi people. c. The 15 men or more, ready to train and operate from here, are from different provinces but mostly from Oriente, Habana and Matanza, some from Las Villas..."

104-10235-10120: ROUTING SHEET AND INFORMATION REPORT: RECRUITING CUBANS FOR GUERRILLA WAR

04/02/62: CIA document: Page 4: "Mayor Augusto Ruisanchez and Efrein Hernandez...On 25 February, Augusto and Efrein had a meeting with Mr. Rabel and the members of the War Commission of this Delegation, in which they made a list of the principle weapons, ammunition and explosives they needed, claiming they were the only group who was really operating with connections in Cuba, showing some photographs of two boats, radio equipment and some weapons (Springfield and M-1 rifles, BARs and a Recoitless). They also show some receipts saying were signed by Osvaldo Ramirez at the Escambray Mountains, receiving different amounts of money..."

104-10226-10094: BACKGROUND ON THE DEATH OF OSWALDO RAMIREZ; SETBACKS AND SUCCESSES OF ANTI-CASTRO GROUPS IN CUBA

05/22/62: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline INTEL GYROSE: "SUPDATA: Harold R. Noemayr (P) on 18 May 62 from Rafael Angel Quevedo of the DRE in exile by letter from Miriam Gonzalez, DRE in Cuba. There is no information as to the date of the letter. The case officer and Quevedo have been left out of the byline..." - - - Pages 3-4: Field Information Report: "1. The death of Oswaldo Ramirez appears to have been confirmed by an officer who was the chief of the operation: Arnaldo Martinez and a group of eleven were trapped in an encirclement of government forces, and were spotted from a helicopter. Among the insurgents were two women, one of whom was a sister of Martinez and a fourteen year old mother of Martinez (?). It is said that it was he who led the government troops to the insurgents. The fighting was very fierce and the officer in charge of the government troops called on Ramirez to surrender. Ramirez was killed because of a heavy attack in mortar fire..."

1994.06.24.14:24:01:600005: Reel 70, Folder E - AMBUD INTEL PRODUCTION

03/08/63: Letter from Cesar to Rogelio: ..."There are many losses in Escambray due to the bombing. Apparently that concerning Tomasito San Gil is true. Here is some data on him. Tomas San Gil Diaz, native of Los Ciegos de Ponciano, municipal township of Trinidad, son of Pedro and Benilde, an insurgent with Oswaldo Ramirez since August 1960, has participated in more than one hundred combats and skirmishes, very brave, the first in everything, 25 years old, although it has not been verified apparently a bombing was the cause of death..."

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