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Cryptonym: AMSNAP-2

Definition:
Unknown identity. AMSNAP-3 was Eugenio Rolando Martinez Careaga (1922-2021), influential anti-Castro Cuban and future Watergate burglar. Was AMSNAP-2 personally connected to Martinez in any way, i.e. was he an associate?
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
A dispatch in February of 1961 mentioned that memorandums and sketches were received from AMRUNG-1 (Rogelio Gonzalez y Corso) via a letter through AMSNAP-2. In addition, a cable on March 1, 1961, stated that AMSNAP-2 had telephoned his case officer from Key West to report that Operation SANDRA II was a complete success. AMSNAP-2 also named Jose Francisco Landa and Jorge Garcia Villalta, both from Havana, as the two exfiltrees. They were exfiltrated apparently because their activities were too well known in Havana and they desired to go to camp immediately (in preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion). Jorge Garcia Villalta died during the Bay of Pigs invasion in April, 1961. Jose Francisco Landa Gutierrez was captured at the Bay of Pigs and was probably released at the end of 1962. Landa became a doctor and had a distinguished career. Dr. Jose Landa died on September 25, 2018, aged 81. Furthermore, a dispatch on March 7, 1961, stated that in Cuba AMSNAP-2 received a chart of the AMYUM (MRR - Revolutionary Recovery Movement) organization and inside assets, while on Operation SANDRA II, on the night of February 28, 1961. The dispatch mentioned the AMYUM chart was being forwarded to Headquarters. Moreover, in respect to AMSNAP-4, a dispatch in April of 1964 mentioned that AMSNAP-4's 201 number was 201-289939.
Sources:

104-10226-10268: MEMORANDUM REPORT FROM AN ASSET

02/07/61: Dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: Subject: Operational/Memorandum from AMRUNG-1 (Handwritten: Unidad Revolucionaria): "Attached please find two copies of the following memorandums and sketches received from AMRUNG-1 via letter through AMSNAP-2 per ref: A. Sketch DZ 'Cachurra.' B. Memo regarding Operation 'Corralillo.' C. Financial report for period 3 December 1960 through 3 January 1961. D. Military expenses for Las Villas. E. Report on Unidad Revolucionaria."

104-10172-10065: CABLE RETURNED KEY WEST 011045Z

03/01/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP/SANDRA II: "1. (REDACTION)ASP returned Key West 011045Z. AMSNAP/2 telephoned C/O from Key West to report Operation SANDRA II complete success and names following two exfiltrees: A. Jose Francisco Landa, PDOB: 28 Jan 37, Havana. B. Jorge Garcia Villalta, PDOB: 7 March 28, Havana. 2. Above individuals exfiltrated because activities too well known Havana. They desire to go camp immediately. C/S Comment: (REDACTION)ASP would depart Key West 281500Z run Operation SANDRA II. Forwarded list pax would infil."

104-10296-10075: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL FORWARDING OF ORGANIZATION CHART

03/07/61: Dispatch from Chief of Base, JMWAVE to Chief, WHD: Subject: Operational Forwarding of AMYUM Organization Chart: "Forwarded herewith for Headquarters information is a chart of AMYUM (MRR - Revolutionary Recovery Movement) organization and assets inside Cuba. This chart was received from Cuba via AMSNAP-2 on Operation SANDRA II, the night of 28 February 1961."

104-10163-10062: TRANSMITTAL OF LCFLUTTER RESULTS.

04/24/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, KUSODA (Info: Chief, Special Affairs Staff): Subject: FJDUST/LCFLUTTER/PBRUMEN Transmittal of LCFLUTTER Results: "1. Forwarded herewith (RYBAT) for the following LCFLUTTER reports with below list of IRD numbers and, if available, 201 numbers with cryptonyms: "...IRD NUMBER: 66817. 201 NUMBER: 201-289939. CRYPT: AMSNAP/4...2. Identities of the above reports are forwarded as a separate cover attachment."

https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=134738

The Historical Marker Database: The Bay of Pigs Monument: Miami, Florida: Jorge Garcia Villalta's name is on the monument.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/miami-fl/jose-landa-8004766

dignitymemorial.com website: Obituary of Dr. Jose Landa (28 January, 1937 - 25 September, 2018): "Dr. Jose Francisco Landa Gutierrez...We celebrate the incredibly rich life of our dearest Jose Francisco Landa Gutierrez. Jose was born in Havana, Cuba on January 28th, 1937. His life started with a celebration, as he was the first baby born on Jose Marti Day, and his humble family was awarded a full 'canastilla' of baby gifts...When the Castro regime began to grab hold of Havana, Jose enthusiastically joined the Cuban 'Brigada' and underwent training in Coconut Grove, Florida for the valiant U.S based mission at the Bay of Pigs. Unfortunately, his ship was bombed and captured. Jose bravely fought and assisted his fellow brigadeers to safety, though hundreds did not survive in the dangerous Cuban waters. He and his fellow brigadeers were captured and imprisoned for many months, but thankfully survived the dismal conditions of Cuba’s jails. On December 22, 1962, prayers were answered when James Donovan mediated the release of 1,163 Cuban exiles who had been held captive since the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. Jose and his fellow compatriots arrived in South Florida and were barely recognizable due to their thin and emaciated conditions, but they were filled with excitement and were greeted with love and support from their fellow Cuban exiles and families in Miami. Jose started working as an orderly at Saint Francis Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida. He soon met his future wife, Maria Teresa Rodriguez, who had started working at the hospital as a phlebotomist. She too had left everything behind in Cuba, with similar roots in Asturias, Spain. Maria and Jose were soon married, and with their savings moved to Madrid, Spain where Jose studied Medicine at the Universidad de Madrid. After completing his medical education, Jose returned to Miami Beach to complete his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center." (CONTINUED BELOW)

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/miami-fl/jose-landa-8004766

"...Dr. Landa became an outstanding pulmonologist... completing specialized training at Temple University to become the first South Florida pulmonologist trained in the art of bronchoscopy. Dr. Landa was passionate about research and teaching, and trained many of Miami’s most respected pulmonologists. Amazingly, during his limited free time he loved engaging in hobbies...proudly growing mango, lime and avocado trees...He loved reading, and his favorites were Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and The Holy Bible. He loved war movies...especially enjoyed ...Where Eagles Dare. Jose loved listening to music, and was a great fan of Andy Williams and Edie Gorme. He never forgot his Cuban heritage... After years of working in academics, Dr. Landa ventured into private practice. For the remainder of his life he worked tirelessly to care for patients...He was committed to critical care and saving lives, and worked tirelessly days and nights to assure his patients had the best care possible. He viewed his patients as family, and his patients loved him. Similarly, he cared for all of his coworkers, his fellow physicians, nurses and therapists, and individuals who maintained the hospital- all were dear to him and part of his extended family. He dearly loved his wife until his very last breath, and had special eyes and tears of love for her. Doctors worked tirelessly to save his fragile life, but in the end, it was his time to rest. He was a wonderful husband, father, and loving grandfather. He leaves behind his lovely and devoted wife Maria Teresa, his five children, ten beautiful grandchildren who are especially proud of him and will love him forever, and his devoted brother Manuel Antonio, aerospace engineer...fellow participant in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and fellow proud 'Man for Others' trained in the Jesuit spirit. We will never forget our passionate, loving, and devoted Dr. Jose Francisco Landa, an incredible human being and man of God."

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