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Cryptonym: AMTURVY-1

Definition:
Arturo Maria Jesus Varona Alonso, brother of AMCONCERT-1 (Francisco Wilfredo Varona Alonso). AMTURVY-1 was described as "a minor Cuban Government official and member of the militia who travels frequently in western Cuba." Also known as Cuquito.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
In the cable on December 10, 1963, there was a reference to Enrique Vincente Socarras. Was this a relation of Carlos Prio Socarras? He worked with the AMRIPE network, and was known as Cuqito: See, e.g. the cryptonym analysis for AMRIPE-4. Also see 104-10267-10104, 11/6/61, which refers to AMTURVY-1 as Cuquito.
Sources:

104-10506-10031: MARIO SALABARRIA AGUTAR (AMTURVY-13) 201-738504

Marginalia reveals AMTURVY-1's true name. (Note: He is the brother of AMCONCERT-1/"Pancho" Varona.)

104-10226-10123: DISPATCH: ASSET REPORTS - CACHES

04/04/62: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: "1. The following is all of the information available at JMWAVE concerning cached radio sets in Cuba: a. AMCONCERT-1 cached a radio believed to be an RS-1, on the farm of Pablo Yabre near the town of Colon, Province of Matanzas. AMCONCERT-1 told his brother AMTURVY-1, who also knows Yabre, of the existence of this cache. AMTURVY-1 has been notified through AMWREN-1 to contact and deliver the radio to AMGLEN-9. AMGLEN-9, inactive W/T operator, is being contacted through AMRIPE-1 via SW. 2. Jose Raul Arango Cidre, a contact of AMOT-34, arrived in the JMWAVE area from Cuba o/a 22 December 1961. Arango told Henry J. Sloman on 9 January 1962 that he had placed AMOT-34 in contact with a Mr. Lorena who knows where four radio sets are cached in Cuba. AMOT-34 reported in various SW messages that he is attempting to locate a radio to which supposedly Mr. Lorena has access. Sufficient information is not available to the Station to determine whether or nor the above radio sets are part of a previous KUBARK (CIA) cache..."

104-10506-10208: http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/NARA-Oct2017/NARA-Nov9-2017/104-10506-10028.pdf

AMTURVY-1 (Arturo Maria de Jesus Verona Alonso): As of 11/17/63 there were rumors that Fidel Castro had left Cuba for the USSR or China.

104-10075-10298: JMWAVE CABLE RE TRANSMISSION SKEDS

11/29/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMTURVY SAGTEL: REF WAVE 8274 (IN 69736): "FOLL translation ref: 13. Received your WT MSG Nr 2. We understand. MSG 12 sent 25 Nov and received a WSL. Answer if you received MSG 12. We will start with AMTURVY-10's new skeds. When do we start with the new transmission skeds. AMGLEN-9 delivered the new crystals and new signal plan. AMTURVY-1."

104-10076-10091: CABLE RE TRANSLATION

12/06/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMTURVY SAGTEL: REF WAVE 8532 (IN 94491): "Following translation ref: 14. Received message 3 and 4. You can continue. AMTURVY-10 expects you to repeat message Nr 5. AMTURVY-1."

104-10076-10217: JMWAVE CABLE REQUESTING THAT POUCHING OF SUPPLIES BEGIN.

12/09/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMTURVY SAGTEL: REF WAVE 8694 (IN 76046). "Following translation Ref. 15. received message number 5. Start sending things via Enrique (REDACTION) and the (REDACTION) Embassy. We expect you to advise when you start pouching things so we can wait for them. Today received the magnum pistols but no bullets. Also received the radios. Advise the distance over which you can hear them. Send the filters for pistols soon. AMTURVY-1."

104-10076-10229: JMWAVE CABLE RE AGENT MESSAGE

12/10/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC AMTURVY-1 COMMO SAGTEL: ..."2. For DIR only: Seven. Received all through one six. Good work. Also received SW nr. Info was good. Will send spare parts through Enrique Vincente Socarras this week. No necessary use Jorge (REDACTION) now. Is he named (REDACTION) perhaps we can use him later. Will try to send him money anyway for the future. Bullets will arrive soon. Filters too. Advise if you received pouch nr. One zero through AMGLEN-9. Russian ship Krasnoye Znamya will arrive soon Habana. Send info on cargo and destination and descriptions of Russian on board who disembark. Advise if you know someone who owns a boat near Bahia Honda."

104-10076-10310: JMWAVE CABLE - ARRIVAL OF SOVIET VESSEL SLUTSK IN MARIEL WITH AN ARMS CARGO

12/11/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline INTEL TYPIC: "SUPDATA: AMTURVY-1 WT 17. Please note this corrects WAVE 8750 (IN 76973) which based TURVY WY 16 from Luis Gonzalez...Source: A minor Cuban Government official and member of the militia who travels frequently in western Cuba." Luis Gonzalez was also a reporter for the cable on November 22, 1963: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=191002&relPageId=2

104-10506-10031 MARIO SALABARRIA AGUTAR (AMTURVY-13) 201-738504

AMTURVY-1 defected to the United States during October 1964.

104-10308-10021: MEMO FOR: ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF CASTRO JUNE 1965

August 1965: AMTURVY-1 had the background of a minor Cuban government official.

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