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Cryptonym: AMTHRILL-1

Definition:
Julio Kouri Barreto, diplomat and brother-in-law of Cuban foreign minister Raul Roa Garcia.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
His brother-in-law was Porfiro Pendas Carra. Julio's sister was Ada Kouri Barreto - the wife of Raul Roa Garcia and the mother of Raul Roa Kouri. Julio also had a sister named Marta Alicia. AMTHRILL-1's Martha's husband - his brother-in-law - was Gustavo Torroella. Torroella was also the brother-in-law of Raul Roa Garcia. He had a number of relatives and in-laws in influential positions in Cuba, with Torroella the most susceptible to recruitment.
Sources:

https://docs.wto.org/gattdocs/q/GG/COMIII/INF4.PDF

9/26/60: Julio Kouri Barreto worked as a counsellor at the European office of the United Nations, within the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The Canadian representative was W. Frank Stone, probably the brother of C. Frank Stone who had "plans" for de Mohrenschildt in 1963: See 180-10141-10454 - https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=111975#relPageId=3. Also see David Kaiser, Road to Dallas, p. 187.

124-90137-10274: No Title

11/7/62 FBI memo from S.J. Papich to D.J. Brennan: "Both (the FBI) and CIA have sources who contact Roa. FBI's source Rene Diego Pelleja and CIA's source Julio Kouri Barreto, are well known to each other and related to Roa's wife.

104-10171-10002: SUPDATA: AMTHRILL-1 BY TELEPHONE TO CO.

5/11/63 cable: AMTHRILL-1 is described as a "former Cuban diplomat", relaying to his case officer his 5/10/63 conversation with Luis Botifoll, public relations director for the CRC.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Kouri_Barreto

Ada Kouri Barreto was the wife of the Foreign Minister of Cuba, ministry official Raul Roa Garcia, and the mother of Cuban diplomat Raul Roa Kouri (aka AMRIPE-3). Her father was Dr. Juan Bautista Kouri Esmeja, a prominent surgeon and professor of medicine at the University of Havana. Her siblings were Josefina, Marta Alicia, Silvia Margarita, Juan, Julio and Nejhie Kouri-Barreto.

104-10075-10410: JMWAVE CABLE RE ARRIVAL IN MEXICO FOR PSYCHOLOGY CONGRESS

12/3/63 JMWAVE to Director,cable 8425: AMTHRILL-1 "received a call from his brother-in-law (Porfirio (Pendas) Carra) advising that Subject's sister (Martha Alicia (Kouri) Barreto) and her husband Gustavo (Torroella) Gonzalez-Mora) arrived Mexi 1 or 2 Dec for Psychology Congress." Would like ANTHRILL-1 to debrief, assess and if possible recruit him, he is in prof psychology at University of Havana and adviser to Rebel Army on personnel assessment, as well as brother-in-law to Raul Roa Kouri. AMTHRILL-1 considers Torroella to be an opportunist who will pursue his career under whatever Cuban government is in power. He also mentions that of all his relatives and in-laws in influential positions in Cuba, Torroela was the most susceptible to recruitment." Would like AMTHRILL-1 to debrief, assess and if possible recruit him, he is in prof psychology at University of Havana and adviser to rebel army on personnel assessment. Also see 104-10076-10254, p. 4: Douglas Nisley C. and AMTHRILL-1 departed WAVE to try to recruit "IDEN C" - Gustavo Torroella.

104-10075-10411: JMWAVE CABLE RE IDENTITIES

12/3/63, JMWAVE to Director, cable 8426: Iden A Porfirio (Pendas) Carra (brother-in-law of AMTHRILL-1) Iden B Martha Alicia (Kouri) Barreto (sister of AMTHRILL-1) Iden C Gustavo (Torroella) Gonzalez-Mora (husband of sister). Iden D, Raul Roa (member of Cuban ministry, father of Raul Roa Kouri)

104-10093-10446 TRAVEL OF PARTICIPANTS IN CONGRESS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY AT MEDICAL CENTER IN MEXICO

12/3/63 cable MEXI 7217, ref WAVE 8425, Mexico City to DIRECTOR, slugline IMMEDIATE WAVE INFO IMMEDIATE DIR RYBAT TYPIC AMTHRILL MHAPRON:"Mexi concurs (with the previous letter received). Martha Alicia Kouri and Gustavo Torroella arrived 2 December staying Hotel Metropole per Cubana manifest. Excelsior notes (they are) attending Congress of Psychotherapy opening 3 December at Medical Center. Torroella having discussions with Emilio Portunado Nunez."

104-10290-10045: IDEN CABLE

12/3/63 cable DIR 86493 from O. Williams x 7646 to JMWAVE, slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMTHRILL MHAPRON: "IDEN B (Martha Alicia Kouri Barreto, sister of AMTHRILL-1) ...11 Sept 62 reported subject prominent Cuban medical doctor; ...21 May 63 advised subject left (illegible) for Havana accompanied by her two children. Address Cuba listed as Calle 3. No. 22, Marianao, Havana. IDEN C (Gustavo Toroella - brother-in-law of AMTHRILL-1) FBI report dated 18 Dec 1961 indicated both subject and wife passionately pro-Fidel (citation); request AMTHRILL-1 obtain bio data on IDEN C (Gustavo Torella) ASAP in order (to) process POA."

124-10287-10185: No Title

FBI 12/4/63 memo from William Sullivan to Alan Belmont: In late October 1963 "one of our sources, who has the confidence of Cuban foreign minister Raul Roa Garcia and the Foreign Minister's son, Raul Roa Kouri, was sent to Brazil to meet with Raul Roa Kouri. Vital information concerning the extent of Castro's influence in South America and future plans of the Cuban government were obtained." This memo contains "side lights" of interest in the JFK case. This item may be just one of them.

104-10076-10165: JMWAVE CABLE - AMTHRILL'S SISTER RETURNING WAVE AREA FROM MEXICO

12/7/63 cable 8656 from JMWAVE to Director, slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMTHRILL MHAPRON: "AMTHRILL-1's sister, who (is the) wife of AMRIPE-3, returned to WAVE area from MEXI 5 Dec saying IDENS B and C of (WAVE 8425) plan remain in MEXI about two weeks. If IDEN C of (WAVE 8425) turns down recruitment pitch and reports same to his brother-in-law IDEN D of (WAVE 8425) and if IDEN D chooses make issue of same with MEXI govt, flap potential exists..."

104-10290-10140: DIRECTOR CABLE RE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO SUBJECTS

12/13/63 cable DIR 89035, Director to Mexico City: "According reliable source, AMWORRY-1 (Iden A), who being assessed with view for recruitment, has high regard for his uncle (Iden B) with whom AMTHRILL-1 in touch per (MEXI-7333). Therefore, would appreciate AMTHRILL-1 obtain all pertinent info re Iden B relationship with AMWORRY-1, including degree influence over him, frequency of correspondence, feasibility of possible visit with AMWORRY-1. FYI, if AMTHRILL-1's report favorable, would plan cut him out of picture, and, with MEXI consent, consider recruiting IDEN B for activity against AMWORRY-1...Suggest this task levied (on) AMTHRILL-1 after resolution AMTHRILL-1 effort against Torroella." MEXI 7333 difficult to read, no sign yet of unredacted version: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=99897&relPageId=239&search=MARRIED_AND%20REFUGEES Nothing in Nov-Dec releases: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10101-10201.pdf

104-10074-10417: CABLE: AMTHRILL-1 ADVISES GUSTAVO TORROELLA

1/4/64 cable WAVE 9944, RYBAT TYPIC ops indicator REDACTED: "AMTHRILL-1 advises Gustavo Torroella wife never discussed embassy personnel with him." Note at top of the page states "Proenza" - a reference to Theresa Proenza, who was a target of the CIA in the AMROD program.

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