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Cryptonym: AMSTET-1

Definition:
Jose Antonio "Nico" Garcia Lara, commercial attache in the Cuban embassy during 1962-63. A source of great value on the defection and recruitment front regarding Cubans.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The third to last document shows that 201-328388 is AMSTET-1. The second to last document shows that 201-328388 is Antonio Garcia Lara. Previous documents also show that Nico Garcia is 201-328388. No current evidence of any link between Antonio Garcia and Manolo Garcia.
Sources:

104-10276-10067: EXCERPT: FOL RE CUENCA: CUENCA CHIEF G-2 MEXI

MEXI 1108, 6/18/62, The background to AMROD and the role of Sinobas is that AMSTET-1 reported in June 1962 that Cuenca was the chief of G-2 in Mexico and that Manuel Vega Perez was his number two in G-2. "Both lately in charge (to) keep AMSTOKE-1 under surveillance and AMSTOKE-1 escaped."

104-10276-10060 EXCERPT: THUS FAR ( ) NO EVIDENCE ANDRES ARMONA RAMO HAS

MEXI 2360, 10/29/62, GYROSE AMSTET slugline: "AM-1 has no evidence Andres Armona Ramos (note: referred to as the red-haired Negro in Alvarado's story about Oswald at the Cuban embassy) has replaced Cuenca as Chief G-2 Mexi. Armona highly intellectual has no understanding (of) commercial activities...AM-1 said his opinion that Manuel Vega Perez (AMPOON-1) is number two man G-2 Mexi."

104-10276-10059 EXCERPT: MET FOR TWO HOUR HALF SESSION AFTERNOON

11/11/62: Meeting with case officer, LIMASK-1 and AMSTET-1. Learned that Azcue told Vega (AMPOON-1) that Lechuga said "Vega was to handle such cases as (Elio Moreno Perez), i.e., passport problems, exfiltrations."

104-10276-10068: CABLE: ON 15 JUNE 62

6/16/62: "On 15 June 1962, AMSTET-1 told LIMASK-1 that embassy very upset (about) AMSTOKE-1 defection. Said Ramon Cuenca particularly worried and that Manuel Vega Perez (AMPOON-1) who in charge (of) security also on spot."

104-10239-10060: DISPATCH: LIST OF DEBRIEFING REPORTS

Identifies AMSTET as "Nico Garcia Laura"

NARA Record Number: 1993.08.03.20:19:48:180033: MEMBERS OF THE CUBAN EMBASSY IN MEXICO CITY

Identifies Jose Antonio "Nico" Garcia Lara as working in the commercial section of the Cuban embassy in Mexico City.

NARA Record Number: 1994.04.21.09:06:29:280005 Reel 21, Folder D - AMMUG-1 DISSEMS WORKING FILE.

8/64: AMMUG-1 identifies Jose Antonio Garcia Lara as a DGI (Cuban intelligence) officer (also known as G-2) working as a commercial attache at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City. 201-328388. He belonged to the Juventad Autentico. He arrived in Mexico with specific instructions from Osmani Cienfuegos to recruit Mexican technicians and to provide them with necessary funds. "It seems probable that this is only a guise and that the men are being taken to Cuba solely to be trained as agitators." He was also to study the purchase of automobile parts with American money - this could be a reference to the case of the Dallas Cuban.

NARA Record Number: 1994.05.09.10:19:34:940005 Reel 17, Folder B - ORESTES RUIZ-PEREZ, VOL I.

9/9/63: Eusebio Azcue reported that Garcia was remaining in Mexico City in the midst of a major turnover of personnel at the Cuban embassy.

NARA Record Number: 104-10101-10212 CABLE:CONCUR MEXI POSITION

12/14/63: Joseph Piccolo, SAS/CI, reports that MEXI is not interested in assuming direct control of AMSTET-1 upon return Mexi. Discussion is about 201-328388.

104-10276-10009 CABLE: DID NOT APPEAR 1000. WIFE ADVISED BY PHONE 1100 HE AT

7/1/64: "AMSTET-1 called LANGOSCH (C/WH/SA/CI)...saying now has constant companion...Celia Sanchez had called (Cuban ambassador to Mexico) Hernandez Armas this morning to discuss Juanita Castro revelations, and that certain cases in the Embassy should be studied. Including AMSTET."

104-10307-10002 DISPATCH: TRANSMITTAL OF CUBAN DIPLOMATIC TRAVEL REPORTS

11/63: "NP" (probably Neill Prew) of SAS/CI wrote "FYI, AMSTET hiding in here!" Garcia's name and 201 can be found on page 26: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=18046&relPageId=26&search=ANTONIO "NP", the initials for Neill Prew, are also seen here: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=72519&relPageId=2&search=maristany

104-10103-10075 PROGRESS REPORT ON DEFECTION AND RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES

Circa 1962: "The Station's best chance of getting worthwhile information from REDACTED in the near future seems to be from AMSTET-1, who works in the same REDACTED that AMSTOKE-1 did formerly. While assessments of AMSTET-1 have not yet indicated that a proper pitch can be made to him, he is for all practical purposes already furnishing much information of value to LIMASK-1, a veteran KUBARK agent who is in intimate contact with him."

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