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Cryptonym: AMVANG-1

Definition:
Unknown identity. A cable on March 25, 1964 described AMVANG-1 as apparently acting as an "unofficial Manuel Ray representative" in Caracas.
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
In addition, a cable in May 1962 implied that AMVANG-1 was involved in the Bohemia Libre magazine, and that the former's character weaknesses meant he/she was less than ideal to be unofficial cover for the proposed balloon ops.
Sources:

104-10226-10418: CABLE: DISCUSSION OF MARITIME OPERATIONS

05/31/62, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Pages 2 and 3: ..."7. While wholeheartedly support concept there should be nonofficial cover for balloon ops. Do not believe it advisable use Bohemia Libre. This opinion based belief AMVANG-1 character weaknesses make him less than ideal instrument through which to handle balloon ops. In addition MRP appears exert undue influence lower levels Bohemia Libre and gives publication left of center tinge which could be further left than is compatible with our understanding long term U.S. objectives Cuba. Also doubt Bohemia Libre personnel able maintain ops security re active sponsorship balloon ops...However we considering AMPLAN-4, AMRAZOR-1, selected individuals within UR and others..."

104-10179-10199: CABLE RE: CONTACTED 21 MARCH BY AMVANG/1 IN CARA AND INVITED ON BEHALF AMBANG/1 TO ATTEND

03/23/64, Cable from Caracas to Director: "1. CIRAKE-3 contacted 21 March by AMVANG/1 in CARA and invited on behalf AMBANG/1 to attend AMBANG organization meeting in Puerto Rico this week. Round trip expenses to be paid by AMBANG organization. CIRASH/6 (IDEN A) apparently included in same invitation. Alleged purpose to provide opportunity AMBANG/1 to discuss Cuban affairs and his personal relationships with CIRAKE/3. CIRAKE/3 instructed await cable for further details. 2. CIRAKE/3 received cable on 23 March from AMVANG/1 who now in Puerto Rico advising as fols: A. Meeting all AMBANG LA delegates and reps commenced 23 March in Ponce. Meeting to last 4 or 5 days. B. AMVANG/1 broke with AMBANG/1 who desirous meet with both CIRAKE/3 and CIRASH/6. CIRAKE/3 to notify CIRASH/6 and await final cable from AMVANG/1 naming most propitious moment for CIRAKE/3 and CIRASH/6 to travel to Ponce. 3. AMBANG/1 invitation to CIRAKE/3 unusual in view current feud between them. During recent months CIRAKE/3 has published letters in local press and (unintelligible) attacking political ideology AMBANG organization (unintelligible). 4. Request HDQTs comments re advisability CIRAKE/3 accept AMBANG/1 invitation plus any requirements. Although no date yet set CIRAKE/3 departure, it probable he would leave within next three days. 5. For SJAN: Station may wish investigate arrival other non-AMBANG Cubans in Ponce through Puerto Rico Cuban assets. CITUTOR/1 (IDEN B), CARA AMSPELL rep, left CARA for WAVE 21 March with AMHINT/2 ostensible to discuss overall AMSPELL ops. Request any info indicating CITUTOR/1 in SJAN or Ponce. 6. For WAVE: If feasible, request confirm CITUTOR/1 arrival WAVE and notify CARA."

104-10179-10198: CABLE RE: AT LAST MOMENT DECIDED TO POSTPONE WAVE TRIP, STILL IN CARA

03/24/64, Cable from Caracas to Director: "1. At last moment CITUTOR-1 decided postpone WAVE trip, still in CARA. 2. Info forwarded Ref A based initial CIRAKE-3 report. Follow-up report 23 March contains following additional info: A. Prior his departure for SJAN, AMVANG-1 reneged somewhat his agreement pay CIRAKE-3 and CIRASH-6 travel in advance. AMVANG-1 fearful any publicity, wants PACY CIRAKE-3 and CIRASH-6 after trip. B. At 20 March meeting, AMVANG-1 told CIRAKE-3 letters from the 'Comite de Desfidelizacion del Exilo Cubano' being sent from various LA countries to CARA advertising agencies requesting halt all advertising in Bohemia Libre since Bohemia Libre supporting AMBANG-1. AMVANG-1 undoubtedly considers CIRAKE-3 responsible for these letters although CIRAKE-3 denies it. C. Neither CIRAKE-3 nor CIRASH-6 desire travel SJAN without assurance either AMBANG-1 or AMVANG-1 will cover expenses."

104-10179-10197: CABLE RE: AMVANG-1 APPARENTLY FUNCTIONING IN CARA AS UNOFFICIAL AMBANG-1 REP

03/25/64, Cable from Caracas to Director: "1. AMVANG-1 apparently functioning in Caracas unofficial AMBANG-1 rep. Although CIRAKE-3 and AMVANG-1 formerly on friendly terms, recent CIRAKE-3 prop campaign against AMBANG-1 resulted cool relations. Consequently AMVANG-1 contacted CIRASH-6 on 20 March and requested him arrange meeting of CIRAKE-3, CIRASH-6 and AMVANG-1 to discuss broad subject of AMBANG organization. No mention made originally of invitations. 2. On basis AMVANG-1 probe, CIRAKE-3 and CIRASH-6 lunched with AMVANG-1 on 20 March. During lunch AMVANG-1 told CIRAKE-3 and CIRASH-6 that AMBANG-1 anxious meet with both of them in Puerto Rico. CIRAKE-3 states CIRASH-6, who highly regarded Caracas Cuban exile community, is hostile AMBANG organization. Inclusion CIRASH-6 in AMBANG-1 invitation probably made for this reason. 3. To date CIRAKE-3 has received no further communications from AMVANG-1. According CIRAKE-3 CIRASH-6 not planning travel Puerto Rico. CS Comment: *No objection CIRAKE-3 visiting AMBANG-1 Puerto Rico."

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