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Cryptonym: AMBANG-3

Definition:
Jose Antonio Duarte Oropesa
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Was a leader of the MRP in the early 60s. In 1968, got into a suspicious fight with RFK's alleged assassin Sirhan Sirhan weeks before the assassination.
Sources:

104-10243-10117: CABLE: IDENS DESIGNATED AMBANG-2, 3 AND 4 RESPECTIVELY

12/9/60, Havana to Director: "IDENS designated AMBANG-2, 3 AND 4 respectively."

104-10243-10116: CABLE: IDENS: 1 IGNACIO MENDOZA Y DE LA TORRE

12/9/60, Havana to Director: "IDENS: Ignacio Mendoza y de la Torre; Jose Antonio Duarte Oropesa; Rogelio Cisneros." See http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=20191&relPageId=2

124-10350-10018: No Title

3/7/69, FBI letterhead memo (only portion here): "Jose Duarte, interviewed June 8, 1968, in connection with the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, identified himself as the leader of UNARE (Unidad Nacional Revolucionaria), an anti-Castro Cuban group organized by himself...he and about 12 of his followers went to a meeting...on May 14, 1968, announcements of which indicated that there would be a lecturer who had recently returned from a tour of Cuba with a group of students. At the meeting, Duarte, having demanded equal opportunity to present his own views on Cuba, became involved in a scuffle with a young man, who he later recognized from a newspaper photograph as Sirhan Bishara Sirhan." Here is one memo (among others) about this encounter: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=99850&relPageId=305&search=%22jose_duarte%22

Joan Mellen, Farewell to Justice, p. 280

Loren Hall identified "Garrison's thick-necked Cuban" as "Jose Duarte, who, in fact, was a long-time and current asset of JMWAVE".

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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