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Fernando Otero Espino
He was 201-824860.


08/05/69: Memorandum from Howard G. Figalan to Chief of Base: Subject: (REDACTION) Operations Western Hemisphere Targets, Group II: Cuba Monthly Activities Report, July 1969: "1. During July 1969 the writer continued in contact with AMBEDEW/3. No Intelligence Information Report disseminations sourced to AMBEDEW/1 were received from Headquarters during July, nor were any operational information squibs received. Results of the photos sent for identification by AMBEDEW/1 vin (REDACTION) 26 June, were not received by the end of July...5. (REDACTION) 3 July, transmitted a current listing of (REDACTION) to WH (REDACTION) for use in debriefing AMCARD/1 as to any knowledge or acquaintanceship with any of them. The writer and (REDACTION) of WH (REDACTION) discussed (REDACTION) on 1 July the possible move of AMCARD/1 to (REDACTION)..." - - - 2022 release, page 49-50: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10180-10050.pdf

104-10183-10366: NONRELATED AMMUG-1.

02/26/71: Dispatch from Acting COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: TYPIC/Cuban Mugbook: "1. Request permission to show AMCARD-1 and AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) Cuban Mugbooks, Volume I and II. 2. We have noted that on a number of occasions in the past, photographs of Cuban officials which have been obtained by our various Stations abroad, are generally sent only to Headquarters. We request that when Headquarters does receive such photographs that WH/Miami be provided with a copy. It should be borne in mind that barring over-riding security considerations, it is our intention to show such photographs to AMCARD-1 and AMMUG-1 for possible identification. (Signed) Eustace D. Kloock." Cross reference to 201-831373. - - - 2022 release, page 109: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10183-10366.pdf

104-10183-10366: NONRELATED AMMUG-1.

03/19/71: Dispatch from Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to COS, WH/Miami: Subject: TYPIC/Cuban Mugbook: "1. Your request to show the Cuban Mugbooks, Volumes I and II, to AMCARD-1 and AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) is approved. 2. Per Reference, paragraph 2, Headquarters will forward such photographs of Cuban officials to WH/Miami. 3. We are planning a slight change in the new Cuban Mugbook (Volume III). This Mugbook will be distributed earlier (i.e., after 100 photos have been collected rather than after 500 as was the case with Volume II) and in looseleaf binders. As new sections of the Volume III are compiled, probably in groups of 100 photos, they will be sent to the Stations concerned to be added to Volume III. Incidentally, as a result of your comment on the most recent Mugbook, we are sending an alphabetical listing for Volume II to the Stations which received this Mugbook. Thornton V. Caruana." Cross reference to 201-831373. Originating Officer: W. J. Devine, WH/COG/OPS. Releasing Officer: (Unintelligible), AC/WH/COG. - - - 2022 release, page 106: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10183-10366.pdf


10/04/71: Cable from WH/Miami to Headquarters: Slugline RYBAT MHCURB MHCHAOS: REF: HEADQUARTERS 5365: "1. Re para 4 ref, Station has no objections to querying AMBEDEW-1 (probably Orlando Castro Hidalgo). We plan forward photos of eight suspect DSE agents in Miami area for review by AMBEDEW-1. We are showing these to AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) and AMCARD-1. These were shown to AMGAME-1, who could not identify. 2. Two points in ref are worthy of comment in that we are taking word of person like HYSAGE-1 (Thelma King) in this matter. First, just because she called Cuban an 'illegal' does not necessarily mean that such is case. She might be saying this to throw us off or on other hand she might have been told this by Cubans. Thus, do not believe we can dismiss completely possibility that Cuban in question is diplomat. Secondly, question of scar should not be accepted as gospel, since it could be contrived mark or even subterfuge on part of HYSAGE-1. 3. Since traffic this matter now MHCHAOS (program from 1966-74 to gather intelligence on possible foreign connections of US protest organizations), please advise if we can communicate laterally with Mexico City and Caracas through this channel." - - - 2022 release: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10063-10334.pdf

104-10183-10366: NONRELATED AMMUG-1.

10/06/71: Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: TYPIC Cuban Officials in Madrid: "1. AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) did not recognize the photograph of Manuel Ignacio Quesada Santiago (201-327266), which is contained in Volume 1 of the Cuban Mugbook...3. AMCARD-1 information on the subjects if any, will be forwarded in the immediate future. Eustace D. Kloock." Cross reference to 201-327266 and 201-618437. - - - 2022 release, page 80: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10183-10366.pdf

104-10183-10366: NONRELATED AMMUG-1.

01/10/72: Memorandum from COS, WH/Miami to COS, Mexico City (Info: Chief, Western Hemisphere Division): Subject: PBRUMEN/Fernando Otero Espino (201-824860): "AMMUG-1 (Vladimir Lahera Rodriguez) did not recognize the photograph of Fernando Otero Espino which was forwarded by Reference. The photograph will be shown to AMDAUB-1, (Unintelligible), AMGAME-1 and AMCARD-1 at the first opportunity." 201-749651, 201-824860. - - - 2022 release, page 64: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10183-10366.pdf

104-10183-10366: NONRELATED AMMUG-1.

01/21/72: Memorandum from COS, WH/Miami to COS, Mexico City (Info: Chief, Western Hemisphere Division): Subject: TYPIC/Fernando Otero Espino (201-824860): "1. If after reviewing this report, Mexico City has any additional requirements for AMGAME-1, we will be glad to service them." 201-831373, 201-802332, 201-749651, 201-816552, 201-824860 (difficult type to read). - - - 2022 release, page 62: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2022/104-10183-10366.pdf

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