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Cryptonym: CLEOPATRA

Definition:
Sabotage operation involving anti-Castro Cubans in December of 1963, in the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A cable on December 4, 1963, stated that five members of the AMADDER team were due to take part as infiltrees in Operation CLEOPATRA: AMSUGAR-2, AMSUGAR-3, AMSUGAR-5, AMSUGAR-9 and AMSONIC-1. Also, a cable on CLEOPATRA on December 5, 1963, was possibly signed by William K. Harvey as the Coordinating Officer (Harvey's former deputy, Bruce B. Cheever, was Acting Chief, Special Affairs Staff, at this time, and was the Releasing Officer for this cable). In addition, a cable on December 6, 1963, mentioned that AMSONIC-1 and AMSUGAR-3 were radio operators for the CLEOPATRA team (a Damage Report in 1968 on AMSTALK-1 - Miguel Angel Diaz Isalgue - named AMSUGAR-3 as one of the indigenous agent personnel exposed by alias to Diaz). Furthermore, a cable the same day mentioned that CLEOPATRA, AMHICK and AMTRUNK were short-term infiltration-exfiltration sabotage operations. A cable on December 7, 1963, mentioned that the target for CLEOPATRA was a bridge in Las Villas Province. Moreover, a cable on December 15, 1963, stated that on 10 December a successful emergency exfiltration operation of the CLEOPATRA team took place, due to Cuban security force activity, and a fire fight with Cuban security on the mainland.
Sources:

104-10076-10027: JMWAVE CABLE LISTING CARGO THAT HAS BEEN DEALYED

12/04/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE CLEOPATRA: REF UFGA 12738: A. AMADDER. B. Infiltrees: Five. AMSUGAR-2, AMSUGAR-3, AMSUGAR-5, AMSUGAR-9, AMSONIC-1. Cargo: 1,000 lbs weapons, ammunition, demolitions, rucksacks, W/T set. C. Parent craft: Neptune, 54 foot equity water taxi, dark green hull, light green superstructure. Intermediate craft: RB-12 with 18 HP silence outboard motor...K. For KOLA: Point D is located 32 miles from Cuban coast."

104-10076-10042: JMWAVE CABLE RE REPORT IN MIAMI HERALD OF CUBAN WATER SHORTAGE HAS PROMPTED CASTRO TO SEND SECRET ENVOY TO US TO BUY SPARE PARTS FOR TWO DIESEL PLANTS

12/04/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE: SITREP 4 DECEMBER 1963: Page 3: ..."E. IS: Presented Intel briefing for ops AMBEACH and CLEOPATRA...A. Training: AMADDER team received refresher training in live fire weapons instruction 4 December 1963."

104-10075-10016: DIRECTOR CABLE RE LACK OF ARRANGEMENTS WITH BRITISH

12/05/63: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: Withheld, Unit: SAS/MOB/PM): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE CLEOPATRA: REF: WAVE 8489 (IN 73610)* "Ref op approved. (Handwritten note: View lack firm arrangements with SMOOTHERS (British) must stay minimum ten miles from SMOOTHER territory). SAS Comment: *Maritime plan forwarded for Hqs. approval." Releasing Officer: Bruce B. Cheever, AC/SAS. Coordinating Officer: SAS/INTEL: (Looks like it is possibly the signature of William K. Harvey? Note the "v" written in below what is possibly Harney?). Authenticating Officer: Arthur A. Maloney, C/SAS/MOB (It looks like C. W. Matt possibly signed his name above Maloney's). Matt was probably a pseudonym for CIA officer Robert S. Moore. The withheld originator of this cable may have been C. W. Matt/Robert S. Moore. In February 1964, Matt signed a cable as MOB/PM: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=24853&relPageId=2

104-10076-10115: CABLE - ASSIGNMENTS TO NEPTUNE FOR OPERATION CLEOPATRA

12/06/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline OOLONG ZRPERUSAL PBRUMEN CLEOPATRA: "FOLL assigned Neptune for Operation CLEOPATRA: A. Signal plans Floater/282 (7226) and AJIROP/142. B. Crypto: Base encode K/9723. Decode K/9722. ZIKAHI reporting code 81. C. AMSONIC-1 and AMSUGAR-3, radops for CLEOPATRA team issued sigplan KASAL-1."

1993.08.04.16:38:02:870028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8600 - 8699.

12/06/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline TYPIC LOSS COMO: ..."2. Equipment required for ops AMWARM, AMTURVY, AMCOVE, AMWEE, and for RS501 packages used support short-term infil/exfil and sab ops such as CLEOPATRA, AMHICK and AMTRUNK."

104-10076-10176: JMWAVE CABLE - SITREP 7 DEC 63

12/07/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE: SITREP 7 DEC 63: Page 3: ..."D. PM: 1. AMADDER team departed WAVE area night 6 Dec for Op CLEOPATRA. Will arrive DRP night 7 Dec and place charges target 11 Dec...Weekly summary PM/Maritime Ops:...(2) 7 Dec: CLEOPATRA sab op infil phases reroute...(2) 11 Dec: CLEOPATRA sab op against RR bridge north Las Villas by five-man ADDER team. Will exfil 13 Dec."

104-10076-10267: JMWAVE CABLE RE ASSIGNMENT FOR MV/NEPTUNE FOR OPERATION CLEOPATRA RECOVERY

12/10/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline OOLONG ZRPERUSAL PBRUMEN CLEOPATRA: "FOLL assigned MV/Neptune for Operation CLEOPATRA recovery: A. Signal plans FLOATER/287 (7230). B. Crypto: Base encode K/9723. Decode K/9722. ZIMAHI reporting code 88."

1993.08.04.16:43:44:840028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 8801 - 8899.

12/11/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE CLEOPATRA RECOVERY: REF WAVE 8791 (IN 77391): "1. Neptune was moving early morning 10 Dec from lower Matecumbe key to Marquesas keys area to join Rex and twilight for purpose of running Cobra XI if twilight not seaworthy. Neptune was advised while enroute that emergency pick up of CLEOPATRA team necessary night 10 Dec. Neptune joined Rex 1015 hours local, refueled and departed for CLEOPATRA DRP at 1145 hours. 2. Due location Neptune, time and distance factors involved it was necessary to route Neptune south of Cay Sal bank in order reach DRP at 22-48 N, 29-33 W by 0200 hours 11 Dec. This latest time believe safe attempt exfil. Neptune ordered not go closer than 10 miles to any British territory and to return via Santaren channel to north of dog rocks to lower Matacumbe key. 3. Regret unable give 36 hours notice this exfil."

1993.08.04.16:50:14:750028: JMWAVE CABLES, WAVE 9000 - 9096.

12/15/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE: SITREP 14 DECEMBER 1963: Page 3: "(B) 7 Dec: CLEOPATRA sab op infil phase successful. (C) 10 Dec: Successful emergency exfil CLEOPATRA team due enemy activity and fire fight with team on mainland..."

104-10225-10009: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5.

03/08/68: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH Division: Subject: TYPIC/Operational/Termination of AMSTALK-1: Damage Report of AMSTALK-1 (formerly AMICE-14): "Indigenous Agent Personnel Exposed...AMSUGAR-3 by alias..."

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