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Cryptonym: AMSTOW-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. Referred to in one CIA document as "Filipe." Was the principal agent of the AMRYE-1 (Tony Sforza) stay behind net in Cuba in 1961.
Status:
Unknown
Sources:

104-10267-10104: DISPATCH: JMZIP JORGE NOBREGAS' RELATIONS WITH AMCONCERT-1

11/07/61, dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief of Base, JMWAVE: "2. In substance all three reports appear to confirm the following where NOBREGAS is concerned. NOBREGAS was initially advanced 2,000 pesos by FILIPE (AMSTOW-1) to work out arrangements for exfiltrating AMCONCERT-1 to the United States. After several postponements on the part of NOBREGAS, he subsequently met AMCONCERT-1 on the afternoon of 4 August to inform him that all necessary arrangements had been made for him to depart that weekend. When AMCONCERT-1 arrived at the designated rendezvous site near Varadero Beach where he was to meet NOBREGAS, he was met by an indivudual known as 'Cuco,' who informed AMCONCERT-1 that NOBREGAS and three other indivduals (who were not members of the KUTUBE net) had already taken off in a fishing vessel. It appears that 'Cuco' has assisted NOBREGAS in chartering the fishing boat, with the obvious intent of leaving AMCONCERT-1 behind."

104-10177-10000: MEMO: OPERATIONAL SECURITY THREATS POSED BY ARREST OF AMCONCERT-1

11/08/61, memo for Chief, WH/4/FI-CI: "1. Problem: To attempt to determine extent and nature of possible compromise of the Staybehind Net resulting from the arrest of AMCONCERT-1 by Cuban G-2. Circumstances.... The events which led to AMCONCERT-1's subsequent apprehension by G-2 appears to be as follows: a. After taking asylum at the Brazilian Embassy sometime in July, it is apparent that AMCONCERT-1 had made up his mind to effect an escape to Miami via channels used by other members in the Staybehind Net previously.....It appears that NOBREGAS was serving in a cut-out capacity between AMCONCERT-1 and the Staybehind Net, and was reporedly given 2,000 pesos by AMSTOW-1 to grease the skids for AMCONCERT-1's escape"...

104-10267-10099: DISPATCH: AMCONCERT-1 REPORT ON JORGE NOBREGAS HERIA

01/14/63, dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Page 3: "4. Jorge wished to maintain closer contact with AMCONCERT-1 when he learned that DI GERVENO was leaving Cuba. AMCONCERT-1 saw Jorge on one occasion before AMCONCERT-1 entered the Brazilian Embassy as an asylee in late June 1961. While AMCONCERT-1 was in asylum in the Brazilian Embassy, AMSTOW-1 (then Principal Agent in the AMRYE-1 net) sent word to AMCONCERT-1 in the Embassy that AMSTOW-1 had been visited by Jorge and Ester SOMEILLAN Gonzalez (not code name, Lola). They asked AMSTOW-1 for 2000 Cuban pesos to purchase a motor for Alicio NUNEZ' boat which was to be used in the exfiltration of Jorge and AMCONCERT-1. AMSTOW-1 gave Jorge the money. AMCONCERT-1 later learned from Emilio CADENAS, owner of the motor, that Jorge had only paid him $500.00 pesos."

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John Newman • MFF

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