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Cryptonym: CARROT

Definition:
Exfiltration operation in 1961, designed to rescue members of the Escambray Libre (EL) forces in the Sierra Maestra after the capture of their leader Plinio Prieto.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10262-10027 CABLE: REF OPERATION CHANGED DUE RESTRICTIONS HAVA AGAINST ALL BUT

3/2/61: The plan for Operation Carrot is for a six man team to exfiltrate Adele Montiel, Rodolfo Ramirez, and Juan Consuegra Valdez from Cuba to the US. AMDIP-3 is involved with this request. That is probably Evilio Duque, whose last name is written on the top right hand corner. An earlier version of this op can be found here: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=37894&search=%22wave_3945%22#relPageId=2&tab=page His father was Juan Consuegra Valdes, born 1907 and chief of the Cuban national police in 1952. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=103910&relPageId=10& search=consuegra - also see https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55601&search=consuegra#relPageId=9&tab=page https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=55601&search=consuegra#relPageId=10&tab=page The father was the Col. Consuegra of Rescate who answered to Tony Varona. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=112925&relPageId=2&search=consuegra

104-10262-10026: CABLE: REQUEST ODURGE SP TREATMENT FOR 3 CUBANS TO BE EXFILTRATED DURING OPERATION

3/5/61: Operation Carrot memo, requesting special ODURGE/INS treatment for the three above-described exfiltrees. "All three will be trained WAVE area and returned to Cuba ASAP."

1993.07.15.16:46:40:870280: MEMORANDUM OF VISIT TO TULIO PRIETO RUIZ

2/25/61 memo from Justin Gleichauf, Chief, Miami CIA field office to Chief, Contact Division, Support: Re meeting with Tulio Prieto Ruiz: Tulio had been fighting with his brother Plinio Prieto in the mountains against the Castro regime. "Subject returned to the US in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain assistance for the remaining of Plinio's group still in the mountains."

104-10103-10128: CONTACT REPORT ON AUGUST 5/60 AT 7 A.M. BRAND MADE CONTACT WITH

8/5/60 report by AMPANIC-7/Brand: "Brand had been asking to see Plinio (Prieto). Plinio had also been asking to see Brand. Amparo (Plinio's wife) knew about one of Brand's safehouses. She came one day and told him that Plinio needed to see him. Next day, Brand went to see Plinio. At Plinio's safe house, Brand also met a man named Juan Mendez, also known as George the Pilot or Jose (illegible) Casanova. Mendez was a member of a group named MAR (Movimento Anticomunista Revolucionario) Plinio told Brand of his efforts and how pleased he was with the way things were going on. Plinio also talked about his plans for the immediate future and the meetings he was expecting to have in the days to come..."

104-10267-10058: DISPATCH-HAVANA STATION'S ATTENTION IS INVITED TO TELEGRAM 1604, DEALING WITH MAJOR VICTOR PANEQUE

10/19/60 dispatch from Lowell Lunger, JMASH Base to Chief, Havana Base: "According to AMPANIC-1, (AMRUG-5/Victor Paneque, aka Commandante Diego) had been in contact with the anti-Castro forces in the Escambray area. (Paneque) stated that these guerrilla forces were broken down as follows: Frente Camilio Cienfuegos, whose chief was the late Captain Sinecio Watts...Second Front of the Escambray, led by Alfredo Pena and Commander fnu Antola. Another group, known as the Escambray Libre (EL), was preparing to go to the hills to join the Second Front. (Paneque) stated that Plinio Prieto was with the Second Front..."

104-10165-10350: REPORT ON THE ACT HELD AT THE BAYFRONT PARK

3/26/61 report: "Background: Agents C-43, C-49, C-61, C-62, C-63, C-66, C-67, and C-71 were commissioned to mix with the crowd which attended the (demonstration) held this afternoon at the Bayfront Park Auditorium. Report:...The newspaper man known as JOALO introduced Norman Diaz, also a newspaperman, who was the sole speaker and organizer of the (demonstration)...among others, the following persons attended...Panchio Batista, Rolando Masferrer Rojo, Dr. Jose I. Rivero, Dr. Jose Ignacio Rasco, Dr. Jose Manuel Hernandez, Dr. Luis Conte Aguero, Dr. Arsenio Gonzalez, Dr. and Mrs. Radio Cremata, Dr. Gustavo Cuervo Rubio, Dr. Amadeo Lopez Castro, and Dr. Rafael Guas Inclan...approximately 5 to 7,000 persons attended the (demonstration)...(a photograph of Plinio Prieto Ruiz, murdered leader of the Escambray, was distributed to the participants)."

104-10262-10027: CABLE: REF OPERATION CHANGED DUE RESTRICTIONS HAVA AGAINST ALL BUT

3/1/61: Operation CARROT used a "demo and weapons man from JMMOVE".

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