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Luis Alberto Crespo del Valle (Luis Crespo). AMTABBY-64 was assigned the cryptonym, and 201-738537, in early December 1963.
AMTABBY-64 was probably not Ramon Orozco Crespo (201-282573), or his brother, Miguel Angel Orozco Crespo. Therefore, AMTABBY-64 was almost certainly another Cuban exile with the surname Crespo. A book by Carlos G. Ordonez mentioned that allegedly Luis Crespo worked for the CIA in 1963-64 in land and naval missions to Cuba. He was alleged to have belonged to the Montecristi and 30 November Movements, and in November of 1962, joined the U.S. Army at Fort Knox.

104-10077-10213: DIRECTOR CABLE - POA GRANTED.

12/03/63, Cable from Director to JMWAVE: Slugline TYPIC AMTABBY: "POA granted Crespo SUBJ para 1 A Ref 20 Nov 63. Assigned 201-738537. SAS/Comment: *Requested POA's on three subj's."


12/06/63, Cable from JMWAVE to Director: REFS: A. DIR 86374* B. DIR 86375** "SUBJ Ref A. 201-337090 assigned AMTYKE-10. SUBJ Ref B. 201-738537 assigned AMTABBY-64. C/S Comment: *POA reinstated Dobal until 22 Feb 64. **POA granted Crespo."


04/02/74, Article in the Miami News by Hilda Inclan: Headlined: Latins give $12,000 to exile bomb makers: "The Latin community has donated more than $12,300, most of it in $1 and $5 gifts, to the families of the two Cuban exiles severely injured March 20 when a bomb they were making exploded...In response to pleas over Spanish-speaking radio stations, people have been walking into the fund headquarters from $1 to $100. Others have pledged donations by phone. Sunday's 13-hour fund drive - marked at one point by an angry confrontation between a Miami police officer and Cubans collecting from passing cars - raised $12,258.61. Meanwhile, Humberto Lopez, listed in fair condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, was scheduled for further operations on his left hand today. He lost two fingers in the blast and his throat was perforated by bomb fragments. Luis Crespo, still critical, can barely talk through a jaw that has been wired. Both, say police, are members of the militant anti-Castro National Cuban Liberation Front (FLNC). Sunday's fund drive, headquartered at 137 SW 22nd Ave., was organized by an anti-Castro youth group, Abdala. At the close of the drive, Police Officer John Ferguson, 30, arrested one of 14 Abdala members who were collecting from passing cars outside the headquarters. An angry crowd had gathered round him when he charged Armando Sotolong of 2318 Biscayne Blvd., with obstructing traffic. Ferguson suffered cuts on the left thumb and chin...Today, contributions continue to pour into fund headquarters. One woman factory worker turned over her entire weekly pay check of $54.47 to the fund, accompanied by a note saying she regretted she could not give more. Abdala president Leonardo Vito said, "We are getting checks and we also have to collect phone-in pledges." While Sunday's fund drive was going on, Lopez, who cannot talk because of his injured throat, sent a message, written on a black-board, to the exile community. It was also signed by Crespo."


04/05/74, Article in the Miami News: Headlined: Wounded pair sends 'combat' message: "Humberto Lopez, Jr. and Luis Crespo, the two Miami Cubans severely wounded in a March 20 bomb explosion in Little Havana, have sent the exile community a 'combat' message from their hospital beds. The brief text says: 'We send you our message of combat: the promise that we will return to the people (of Cuba) who have placed their trust on us, and the promise that we will not fail our I brothers in this struggle (against Castro.) We call upon you to close ranks to continue fighting until we cross the last foxhole.' Police have linked the two men with the militant National Cuban Liberation Front which is under a federal grand jury investigation here."


07/06/74, Article in the Miami News: Headlined: Two injured Cubans freed of explosives charge: "Charges against two alleged Cuban terrorist were dismissed in court yesterday after prosecutors, for the fifth time, failed to present their case. Humberto Lopez, jr. and Luis Crespo, identified by police as activists for the Cuban National Liberation Front (FLNC) had charges dismissed by county judge Edmund Newbold, who said he had no choice. Lopez and Crespo, charged with illegal possession of explosives, had been critically injured March 20 when a bomb they were making exploded in the garage of a Little Havana home, police said. The bomb, police said, was to have been placed inside a hollowed-out book, destination unknown. Crespo, who lost both hands in the explosion, and Lopez, who lost one hand and one eye, showed little emotion at the judge's ruling. They were accompanied by their wives and lawyer Melvyn Greenspahn. 'These men have been through hell,' Greenspahn said. Lopez and Crespo, eyeing a newsman with suspicion, refused to talk. Dismissal of the charges, Greenspahn said, does not automatically mean the two men will not be prosecuted...The first preliminary hearing against Lopez and Crespo had been scheduled March 29, nine days after their arrest. Both men were hospitalized in critical condition at the time, and the hearing was postponed until May 24. Ms. DeMeo said the hearings were postponed again on that date and on May 31, June 7, and June 25 at the request of, or at least with the consent of, the state...Before yesterday's hearing , both Lopez and Crespo had police records on illegal possession of weapons. Lopez was arrested in July of 1973 when police confiscated four hand grenades, a 60mm mortar, two M14 rifles, a silencer-equipped submachine gun, a 50mm cannon, a 60mm cannon and four cases of ammunition in his home. Crespo was arrested in 1970 with a large cache of submachine guns, a mortar and several thousands rounds of ammunition..."


09/05/74, Article in the Miami News by Hilda Inclan: Headlined: Bomb expert ends testimony: "Metro bomb expert Tom Brodie finished identifying today the charred and torn objects found in the wreckage of a Little Havana home rocked by a blast last March 20. Brodie was a key witness against Humberto Lopez Jr.' and Luis Crespo, two Cubans found inside the garage and injured by the explosion of a booby-trapped book which police said they were making. A third defendant, Joaquin Miranda, was discharged yesterday by Circuit Court Judge Arden Siegendorf on insufficient evidence in response to a plea by his lawyer, Lawrence Faye. Miranda was seen at the site of the explosion but was uninjured. Witnesses failed to establish he had been on the scene before the blast. All were charged with possession of explosives with intent to injure and without a permit. Supporters of the defendants, representing various exile organizations, were in the courtroom yesterday. Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre sent a letter of character reference to the judge on behalf of Lopez and Crespo. He later explained he had done so as a person and not as Mayor, and out of concern for the men's welfare and not to condone any criminal offense...Brodie identified the charred top of a workbench where the bomb allegedly blew up, over objections from defense attorney Melvyn Greenspahn. The bench top had a hole in the center. Assistant State Attorney James Woodard asked him to explain the explosive device the suspects were allegedly making. He offered as a state exhibit a sample of a hollowed-out book Brodie had booby-trapped, with clay simulating C-4 plastic explosive connected to a small radio battery and mouse trap. It would blow up when not held tightly shut, if the explosive were real, Woodard said. The jury of three men and three women was visibly startled when he took his hand off the cover allowing the book to snap open. It went 'click.'"


02/15/76, Article by Miguel Perez in The Miami Herald: Headlined: Jumping for Joy: Golden Falcons Skydivers Want to Shed Old Military Image: ..."Two former club members, Humberto Lopez and Luis Crespo, were crippled for life when a bomb they were making blew up in the garage of a Little Havana home March 20, 1974. They were not active with the club at that time. Both were convicted of unlawful possession of explosives. Rolando Otero, another non-active member, is wanted by federal authorities to face charges for the rash of bombings that shook several Miami post offices, the police department and the State Attorney's office late last year..."


Carlos G. Ordonez, Los Primeros Exiliados (1960-2004), 2004, PDF p. 127 (translation from Spanish to English): "Luis Crespo: Anonymous hero: He belonged to the Montecristi Movement and November 30. Rising attempt at El Escambray. In November of 62, he joined the U.S. Army at Fort Knox. 1963-64, CIA land and naval missions to Cuba. 1969-1973, Skydiving Instructor. 1970-1978, jail on three different occasions for patriotic activities. 1980-2004, at the service of the freedom of Cuba, Master Mason Grade 33."


Various photographs of Luis Alberto Crespo del Valle from 1970 to 2012, including arms and explosive seizures.

Gavin McDonald • Bill Simpich

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