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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, under heading "Jose Antonio Duarte-Oropesa" states that "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...Duarte was reportedly currently As staying with one Jose M. Estevez, former leader of the anti-Castro JURE." Ray's assistant at JURE was Jeronimo Esteves. (See entry for AMBANG-1). Here is one memo (among others) about this encounter: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=99850&relPageId=305&search=%22jose_duarte%22 This CIA memo claims that this was not Jose Antonio Duarte, but Jose Zacarias TALLET Duarte: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=103889&relPageId=23&search=%22jose_antonio%20duarte%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".

104-10225-10067: REVOLUTIONARY GUERILLA TRAINING IN MEXICO

10/29/68, a confidential source advised: "(The source learned from) Gerry Hemming that Roy Hargraves, another American adventurer presently living in Los Angeles, California, was formerly active in Cuban revolutionary matters in Miami. As of October 29, 1968, Hargraves was in jail in Los Angeles charged with dynamiting right wing organizations and also the headquarters of the Black Panthers in the Los Angeles area. Hemming reportedly learned from Hargraves that he works for Jose Antonio Duarte Cropeza, a Cuban exile living in Los Angeles who is associated with black militant organizations and extreme right wing groups. Duarte apparently wants racial warfare between these two groups and is promoting unrest...The source described Hemming and Hargraves as extremists, activists, mercenaries, opportunists, and immoral...Hemming, while in a position to furnish information, frequently alters, distorts, and changes the information to suit his fancy."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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