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Cryptonym: AMYUM-14

Definition:
Probably Laureano Batista Falla. The documents state that "a brother of AMYUM-14" was a member of the Miami delegation of the Movimiento Democratica Cristiano (MDC, Christian Democratic Movement) in May 1965 - probably a reference to Victor Paneque Batista (AMRUG-5).
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
THE Miami delegation of the MDC was listed in Feb. 1965: The group's members included MDC intelligence chief Marcos Rodriguez and five others - see https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=124001&search=%22miami_delegation%22+and+mdc#relPageId=3&tab=page At the time of elections in Sept 65, its members included Marcos Rodriguez and Victor Paneque Batista - see https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=99270&search=mdc_AND+%22MIAMI+DELEGATION%22#relPageId=193&tab=page Other documents show that Laureano Batista Falla was a prep school student of unknown reliability. Batista was identified as AMPALM-2 and AMTOD-1 where this description is repeated numerous times. Did Batista Falla have a brother on the MDC? Paneque Batista has been identified as his nephew and his brother-in-law.
Sources:

104-10192-10082: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: SUBJECT - 1. INFILTRATION OF NORTHERN ORIENTE PROVINCE BY MDC. 2. PLANNED INFILTRATION BY DRE

03/14/64, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Clarence E. Smeryage, Reports Officer: Dallas C. Taterka, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman. "Source: AMYUM-14 who obtained the information from (REDACTION) Marcos Rodriguez Menendez, who attended the meeting of DRE-MDC representatives. The information was contained in an unnumbered report dated 2 March 1964. Note new source description. For other reporting on the subject meeting, see UFG-4760 (cable) based on information provided by the same subsource." Page 3: Field Information Report: Country: Cuba, Date & Place Acq.: United States, Miami (2 March 1964). "SOURCE: A young Cuban exile with a United States high school and prep-school education. He is thoroughly trained in intelligence collection. His past reporting has been accurate but lacks depth. Source obtained the information from Marcos Rodriguez Menendez of the Christian Democratic Movement. 1. During January 1964, Dr. Laureano Batista Falla of the Movimiento Democrata Cristiano (MDC, Christian Democratic Movement) made a trip to the north coast of Oriente Province. Three individuals were landed with the mission to make contact with groups hiding in the Sierra Cristal zone. The boat used for the infiltration was a SIGMA, a type of craft made in Cuba. The infiltrees carried with them among other things, explosives, two 20mm recoillees rifles, two P-44 German submachine guns, two Russian-made rifles, one Johnson semi-automatic rifle, and one British rifle with telescopic sight. Another trip to resupply the group is being planned by Batista for March. He already has collected 1,500 pounds of explosives. 2. The Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE, Students Revolutionary Directorate) was planning to land a group of six men during March in the 'Sierra Moa' zone in Oriente Province. The group was to be led by ex-captain Emilo Vera Leyva, who fought in the mountains against Fulgencio Batista."

104-10192-10222: CIA FILE ON MDC

05/17/65, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Alexander D. Ratwick, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman. "Source: AMYUM-14 from his brother who is a member of the Miami delegation of the MDC." Page 41: Field Information Report: Country: Cuba/Chile, Place & Date Acq.: United States, Miami (12 April 1965). Subject: Comments of Otto Boyer, Foreign Relations Secretary of the Chilean Christian Democratic Party, to the National Executive of the MDC on the Solidarity of Christian Democracy. SOURCE: A young Cuban exile who has been trained in information collection. His past reporting has been accurate but lacks depth. This information was obtained from a member of the MDC."

104-10192-10111: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON THE ABORTIVE RAID OF THE MOVIMIENTO DEMOCRATA CRISTIANO (MDC) ON THE DISTILLERY AT SANTA CRUZ DEL NORTE, HAVANA PROVINCE

08/17/65, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard. "Source: AMOT-245 in AMOT report EE-3876, dated 5 August 1965. Field Comment #2 was based on information that AMYUM-14 submitted; he received it directly from AMCRUMP-7 (now terminated)."

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