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Cryptonym: AMWORM-1

Definition:
Miguel Angel Leon, aka Miguel de Leon Rojas, aka "Cuco", former Cuban senator and aide to Manuel Artime. Used the alias of Domingo Beltard when he helped Tony Sforza and other CIA officers escape from Cuba in the wake of the Bay of Pigs
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10216-10356: CABLE: 1 MAR AMWAX/1 REPORTED FOLL RELATED TO REFS

3/3/65 cable from JMWAVE to DC/WH/C3: Marginalia indicates that AMWORM-1 is Miguel Leon.

104-10216-10350: CABLE RE MIGUEL ANGEL (LEON) AKA CUCO

3/14/65 cable from JMWAVE to DC/WH/C3: His full name is Miguel Angel Leon, aka "Cuco". At this time, he lived in Coral Gables, Florida.

104-1067-10099: Dispatch: Operational/GYROSE/AMCONCERT-1 report on Jofge Nobregas Heria

1/10/63 dispatch from JMWAVE chief Ted Shackley to TFW chief Bill Harvey: Cuco is also known as Domingo Beltard. In 1961 he helped Tony Sforza/AMRYE-1 and other CIA officers escape Cuba after the Bay of Pigs. Jorge Nobregas presented AMCONCERT-1 to Cuco. AMCONCERT-1 noticed that Cuzco had contacts with local fishermen, including the local Nunez brothers (Alicio, Angel and Jose). Was Jose the same man as AMLEO-3? -

Warren Commission Document 770 - FBI O'Connor Report of 30 Mar 1964 re: Oswald/Cuba

3/30/64 report of FBI agent James J. O'Connor: "Dr. Fernando Penabez (of Miami)...is currently active in preparation of radio programs broadcast over 110 stations in eleven Latin American countries. He said these programs are directed against the Castro regime...he was invited to speak at the national anti-communist leadership school, sponsored by the Christian Crusade, in Shreveport. He was speaking with Billy Jean Hargis and Edwin Walker. He said he heard from Artime's aide Miguel de Leon Rojas that Oswald allegedly went to Cuba and returned with Quintin Pino, who was supposed to rescue Oswald after the assassination, but Oswald wasn't wearing clothes of the proper color and then got caught up in the Tippit shooting and missed being picked up by Pino. De Leon said Pino was a strongman in the diplomatic corps, and was sent to Nicaragua in 1959 to organize anti-government guerrillas and to teach sabotage. De Leon said he learned the story about Pino and Oswald about a week after 11/22/63 at the home of Sixto Mesa. Dr. Adolfo Vilabubo took credit as the source of the story, and said it was common rumor among the Cuban exile colony in Miami.

104-10216-10422: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL MADRID CONTACTS OF CUBAN REFUGEE MIGUEL DE LEON ROJAS

5/10/65 dispatch from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Chief of Station, Madrid: "...The following information was contained in a letter dated 13 April 1965 from AMOT-3's friend in Madrid, Manuel Lopez Lourido" Lopez said that the assassination plan against Castro - a commando action between AMLASH's group and AMBIDDY-1's group - was foiled because Castro was out cutting sugar cane). Lopez advised that Cuco Leon was the permanent contact and was in Spain about 11 April 1965. When Leon returned to Miami from Europe, he contacted AMCRAG-1 and told him that Cuban officials in Europe don't want to work with Wallace Growery (true name Earl Williamson) and would prefer to work with "the Miami Group". "FYI, AMCRAG-1 is not known as being connected with (CIA) and has mainly dedicated himself to private business. He has maintained close friendship with AMBIDDY-1 and AMBIDDY-1's followers." Signed by Andrew Reuterman, the pseudonym for Theodore Shackley.

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