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Cryptonym: AMARROR-1

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AMARROR-1 was probably either Rolando Matheu Paz or brothers Francisco and Manuel Marrero Castillo. This would also apply to the identities of AMARROR-2 and -3.
A FBI memo on August 19, 1963, stated that the media had reported that Rolando Matheu Paz and the brothers Francisco and Manuel Marrero Castillo were executed on August 16, 1963, in Cuba, after being captured on July 22, 1963. The memo added that "on August 19, 1963, Richard Tansey, CIA (Typo: Obvious reference to Richard Tansing) advised the Liaison Agent that the above three individuals were under the control and in the employ of CIA at the time of their arrest by Cuban security forces."

A memo on 30 August, 1963, from Bruce B. Cheever, Acting Chief of Special Affairs Staff, on a meeting of the Special Group, stated that three members of the DOGGO team had been executed (presumably in Cuba).

A dispatch in June of 1963 stated that AMARROR-1, 2, and 3 received $725 in OOA for two months. AMDENIM-1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria) was working on Operation DOGGO I and preparing for DOGGO II in July. In addition, the dispatch mentioned above stated that the AMARRORs were three fishermen, and AMTOBY-12 was also working on the DOGGO operation, and was scheduled for infiltration in July of 1963. AMDENIM-1 was also using AMDENIM-13 (Joaquin Powell Rubio) as a helper.

A dispatch in October of 1963 mentioned that AMARROR-1, 2, and 3 had been lost on DOGGO II, after an apparent equipment failure led to their capture by Cuban helicopter(s). The dispatch added that this was a serious blow to AMDENIM-1.

A dispatch in December, 1964, stated that the cost of medicine and medicine treatment for relatives of AMARROR-1 in Cuba, requested by AMDENIM-1, was $200.

104-10172-10122: DISPATCH: AMDENIM-1. PROGRESS REPORT 31 MAY 1963

06/28/63: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 4: ..."4. The group of agents which AMDENIM/1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria) manages and or has provided to WAVE was adjusted considerably in the reporting period. AMDENIM/13 (Joaquin Powell Rubio) was put on the payroll after having contributed his services gratis for over six months. Radop AMTOBY/12 was definitely placed in the DOGGO operation with three fishermen (the AMARROR/s) and is scheduled for infiltration in July..." - - - Page 6: ..."8. Costs:...G. AMARROR/1, 2 and 3 OOA for two months: $725.00...9. Plans: AMDENIM/1 is currently occupied with Operation DOGGO Phase I and will be further occupied with the debriefing of the agents on their return and their relaunching back into the target area with a radop AMTOBY/12 on DOGGO II in July. He is using AMDENIM/13 as a helper in this activity..."

124-10325-10316: 124-10325-10316

08/19/63: FBI memo from W. C. Sullivan to D. J. Brennan: Subject: CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA) RELATIONS: "United Press International wire service report dated August 17, 1963, advised that 'three U. S. trained spies' were executed on August 16, 1963, in Cuba. The official Cuban account reported that the three were identified as 'Rolando Matheu Paz and brothers Francisco and Manuel Marrero Castillo.' They were reportedly caught on July 22, 1963, trying to slip into Cuba with arms, material for secret writing, and 'instructions from CIA to organize spy nets and sabotage against the national economy.' On August 19, 1963, Mr. Richard Tansey, CIA, advised the Liaison Agent that the above three individuals were under the control and in the employ of CIA at the time of their arrest by Cuban security forces. ACTION: For information."

104-10306-10003: SPECIAL GROUP

08/30/63: Memo for the record from Bruce B. Cheever, Acting Chief of Special Affairs Staff: Subject: Meeting of the Special Group 29 August 1963: Page 2: ..."5. The after-action report on the Casilda/Santa Lucia operations was briefly discussed. Mr. Johnson questioned the motives for the amount of material abandoned on the scene. Mr. Cheever commented that while it was unfortunate that the material had been left, it was explainable in terms of the reaction of soldiers under fire and especially those in their first fire fight. The Guatemala press release on 'Commando Mambises' was favorably commented on by Mr. Johnson (note: U. Alexis Johnson). Mr. Bundy asked about the comment in the after-action report that 'One cannot predict what Castro's ultimate reaction or reprisal will be.' Mr. Cheever stated some of the people who closely study Castro believed that he would be personally furious over the attacks and that one could expect more reaction than had appeared to date. In response to Mr. Bundy's question whether there would be additional operations of this type next month, Mr. Cheever advised that several were in the planning stage, but that until he talked to our people coming up from Miami this weekend, he could not be certain but that he doubted we would ask to mount any the next moon period. Mr. Cheever mentioned the cancellation of the scheduled South Coast Caching operation due to the Cuban alert, the execution of the three members of the DOGGO team, and the probable doubling of the ATHENA team. Mr. Bundy asked if the Attorney General had been briefed on Casilda/Santa Lucia. When advised to the contrary, he asked that this be done when the Attorney General returns to Washington next week (week of 3 September)."


10/14/63: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: ..."2. Operational Developments: 2. Operations DOGGO I and II occupied the majority of A-1's time during June and July 1963. These efforts to develop a concept for utilizing fishermen refugees to obtain internal assets with 'legal status were worthwhile, despite the eventual loss of AMARROR's-1, 2, and 3 on DOGGO II. The confirmation that internal fishermen are willing and anxious to work against Communism, despite the known loss of friends engaged in the same activities, forms a foundation for proceeding. Actually the loss of these men thru an equipment failure, which led to their eventual capture by helicopter, represented a serious blow to A-1 who is basically a sentimentalist. Following a thorough review of the operation, he was asked point blank if he preferred to cease activities, to which he replied, 'no, that would represent bad faith to the AMARROR's.'"


12/01/64: Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Deputy Chief, WH/SA: Page 2: ..."Operational Expenses: 4. Cost of medicine and medicine treatment for relatives of AMARROR-1 in Cuba requested by AMDENIM-1 (Alberto Fernandez Hechevarria): $200.00..."

Gavin McDonald

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