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Cryptonym: AMCLUCK

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AMCLUCK was the cryptonym for Miguel Nadal Conte. A cable in April of 1959 stated that Ref B was assigned the cryptonym of AMCLUCK. The name Miguel Nadal Conte was handwritten in alongside Ref B.
Ref A was assigned the cryptonym of AMCLATTER (Bernard L. Baker). In addition, a cable in July, 1959, stated that AMCLUCK had attended a 30 July meeting at the home of William Morgan, of the Segundo Frente Nacional de Escambray (SFNE). Reinaldo Blanco, former army captain, and others were allegedly conspiring against the regime of Fidel Castro Ruz. William Morgan was not at this meeting. AMCLUCK was the source for this cable.


04/09/59: Cable from Havana to Director: "REF A. HAVA 1154...(Handwritten: Bernard L. Barker). B. HAVA 1151...(Handwritten: for Miguel Nadal Conte). "SUBJ Ref A assigned crypto AMCLATTER; SUBJ Ref B assigned AMCLUCK. CS Comment: *No record in cable secretariat as of 2215, 8 Apr 59."


04/20/59: Cable from Havana to Director: Slugline INTEL JMPLOW: SUPDATA SOURCE AMCHITTER: UNTESTED SOURCE IN FIELD COMMENT AMCLUCK...SOURCE WITH GOOD NICARAGUAN CONTACTS (B): "1. Cesar Roca and eleven members of his Legion Cubana arrested on orders Major Ernesto Guevara Serna, commander La Cabana fortress, and being held in fortress (Field Comment: Legion Cubana has been reported as one of the Cuban organizations which might participate in the invasion of Nicaragua. Press sources indicate 30 additional men recently discharged from Cuban army and who had volunteered their services to fight Somoza arrested and held in La Cabana. Laurence Holt, who claims to be a former U.S. marine, told members of a commie-influenced Nicaraguan exile group in Havana that the Cubans are the only effective fighters already in Central America and that they have been going there in small expeditions for sometime in preparation for the fight against Somoza. When Holt accused Nicaraguans in Havana of cowardice fight ensued. Source says Holt now under arrest on unknown charges. Nicaraguan exiles believe he American agent. Accuracy Holt statement cannot be judged, but quite possible small expeditions have been leaving Cuba. Reports of this type have been persistent. As recent example untested source (note: AMCLUCK) reported on 16 April that two small yachts had left north Pinar del Rio in past week to contribute gradual build-up of force in Central America for Nicaraguan invasion. Latter source had no additional details)."


07/30/59: Cable from Havana to Director: Slugline INTEL: "SUPDATA Source AMCLUCK who attended the 30 July meeting mentioned in text...Source member of the counterrevolutionary movement (F): 1. Under the leadership of Major William Alexander Morgan of the Second National Front of the Escambray (SFNE, Segundo Frente Nacional de Escambray), many officers of the latter organization have joined the conspiracy against the govt of Fidel Castro Ruz and are using as HQs an intervened house which the Cuban Govt has assigned Morgan. These officers are collaborating with former military officers who were discharged after Castro assumed power. Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, head of the SFNE, knows of the conspiracy but has not yet given it his open support. 2. At a 30 July meeting at Morgan's house, SFNE officers discussed a strategic plan to cut Cuba in half by gaining control of Las Villas Province. Reinaldo Blanco, former army captain and a leader of a group of former military officers who are conspiring against Castro, attended the meeting. Morgan himself was not there. (Field Comment: SFNE battle experience during this fight against Batista was almost entirely in Las Villas Province. Thus its officers know the province well and could probably renew many sympathetic contacts made while fighting the last regime)..."

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