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Cryptonym: AMTICK-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. A cable from JMWAVE on December 5, 1963, stated that AMTICK-1 was to be passenger on a AMBANTY operation.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
The cable also mentioned that AMBANTY-6 was to be an infiltree, while four persons were to be exfiltrated. The Leda and Bee vessels were to be used. A cable on December 6, 1963, stated that "AMTICK-1 assigned SUBJ refs. Request priority reinstatement POA for use P/A AMBANTY ops. PRQ Part II will follow." A cable on June 6, 1964, quoted AMTICK-1 as saying on Manuel Ray Rivero's (AMBANG-1) failed raid on Cuba in May, 1964, that "most feel this publicity stunt. If serious, Ray would not have taken photographers and girl."
Sources:

104-10076-10085: CABLE RE INFILTREES AND EXFILTREES

12/05/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE COBRA XIV: REF UFGA 12705: "A. AMBANTY. B. Infiltree: AMBANTY-6. Exfiltree: Four. Passenger: AMTICK-1. Cargo: 1,500 pounds of special equipment. C. Parent craft: Leda, 174 foot P.C., green hull, buff superstructure. Bee, 34 foot prowler, dark green hull, light gray superstructure...L. Immediately following COBRA XIV Leda and Bee will proceed on Operations DUCK and CONTACT. Details forwarded separately."

104-10076-10093: CABLE - REQUESTED PRIORITY REINSTATEMENT OF AMTICK-1'S POA

12/06/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: TYPIC AMBANTY: "AMTICK-1 assigned SUBJ refs. Request priority reinstatement POA for use P/A AMBANTY ops. PRQ Part II will follow."

104-10274-10283: CABLE: HAVE UNDERTAKEN SYSTEMATIC CANVASS EXILE

06/06/64: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: "A. systematic canvass (of exiles)" was conducted after Manolo Ray's failed raid on Cuba on 5/20/64, which resulted only in his arrest at the beginning of June. Those canvassed for reactions included in this order: "A. UDCL, COJCE, FORDC, DRE: ...Publicity stunt which went wrong...B. Dr. Enrique Huertas: ...Harbingers bleak and hopeless period perhaps equal post-Giron...C. AMOTs: ...He perpetrated comedy of errors for propaganda purposes...D. AMPEARL-1...Most exiles claim Ray wanted to get caught...E. Dr. Antonio Maceo:...Many have lost faith in Ray...F. AMBUCKLE-1...Most people reluctant talk, but were not surprised at Ray failure as two weeks had passed since 20 May without action...G. AMTICK-1: Most feel this publicity stunt. If serious, Ray would not have taken photographers and girl. H. AMSHRUG-1: Ray has lost much sympathy and support. He and Gutierrez Menoyo being blamed for Cuban military alert and flurry (of) executions and imprisonments. No reaction against U.S. and British, but this may follow. I. AMPAN-18...People say Ray must have wanted to be caught, otherwise would have avoided Anguilla Key. J. AMPAID-4: Ray has lost support. K. AMTOBY-13: Ray is laughingstock. L. AMARGO-1: Ray's stock low. M. Zig Zag Libre editors: Bronx cheer. N. AMHIM-1: Ray butt of new jokes. O. Dr. Espinosa, head of exile teachers: Ray has lost 80% of his former popularity. P. AMSCROLL-3...believe Ray wanted it that way to save face..."

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Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich

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