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Cryptonym: AMBANG-8

Definition:
Orlando Rego Borrego, an auditor of the MIRR. He was also an FBI informant in late 1965, and was still a source for the FBI in April 1967.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
It is possible that AMBANG-8 was not Orlando Rego Borrego. He may just have been a sub-source of AMBANG-8, as a CIA Report Cover Sheet stated. However, the Report Cover Sheet of October 13, 1965, requested that Rego Borrero's name not be used in the source description of the Field Information Report. As mentioned above, Orlando Rego Borrego was an FBI informant in 1965, with the code-names MM T-2 and MM T-6. Taking these things together, it is possible that Orlando Rego Borrego was AMBANG-8.
Sources:

104-10192-10034: COVER SHEET AND FIELD INFORMATION REPORT ON ACTIVITIES OF THE INSURRECTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY (MIRR)

07/15/65, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard: "SOURCE: AMOT-2, from AMOT-84, from AMBANG-8 (DD-1491) dated 6 July 1965." Page 2: Field Information Report: "1. On instructions from Orlando Bosch Avila, leader of the Insurrectional Movement for Revolutionary Recovery (Movimiento Insurreccional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria, MIRR), Marcelino Garcia Jimenez (true name Evilio Duque), chief of the directorate of the organization, was preparing a letter in early July to be addressed to President Lyndon B. Johnson. It would contain accusations against the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Customs Service. The leaders of the MIRR hope to create a scandal when the contents of the letter become known. 2. Bosch has accused Frank Rafferty and William J. Johnson, United States citizens, of having informed the authorities of an operation which resulted in the arrests of members of the MIRR, and the seizure of material in Orlando, Florida. (1) 3. According to Garcia, a member (not identified) of the MIRR had been sent to Canada to sabotage ships which are engaged in trade with Cuba, and Orlando Ramirez Sanchez, a member of the action group of the MIRR, was in Venezuela on a mission. 4. Gervelio Gutierrez Conception, aka 'Mimo', a member of the military section of the MIRR, said that the organization had no supply of explosives. However, during conversations between Gutierrez and Garcia, it was indicated that there was possibly a small supply of explosives at Key West. 5. According to Garcia, the financial situation of the MIRR was serious; they had only $500 (U.S.). In discussions by MIRR officials concerning the raising of money, the possibility of increasing propaganda was being considered, as well as a possible trip to New York by Garcia in an effort to solicit financial aid there." (CONTINUED BELOW)

104-10192-10034: COVER SHEET AND FIELD INFORMATION REPORT ON ACTIVITIES OF THE INSURRECTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY (MIRR)

07/15/65, Field Information Report: Page 2: ..."1. Field Comment: The Miami press has reported that Bosch, Gutierrez, Jose Diaz Morejon, and Marcos Rodriguez Ramos, all Cuban exiles, as well as Rafferty and Johnson, were arrested at Zellwood, Florida, on 10 June. Eighteen aerial bombs and some small arms and ammunition were seized. The four exiles were indicted by a federal grand jury in Tampa on 23 June on a charge of conspiring to export munitions. Their arraignment, originally scheduled for 30 June, was postponed until 15 July because of the serious illness of Bosch's father."

Index for FBI HSCA Subject: Carlos Zarraga Martinez, Misc See Refs, Volume 1 of 1

10/01/65, FBI report from Miami by Robert James Dwyer. Title of Case: ANTI-FIDEL CASTRO ACTIVITIES: "INFORMANTS: Identity: ...MM T-6 is ORLANDO REGO (by request). Location: Instant Report, pg. 6..."

104-10271-10097: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: DISSENSION WITHIN THE INSURRECTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY (MIRR)

10/13/65, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard: "SOURCE: AMBANG-8 in AMOT report EE-4234, dated 5 October 1965. AMBANG-8 received the information from Orlando Rego Borrego. Do not use sub-source in the source description. The information in Field Comment 1 was received verbally from the AMOT office." Page 3: Field Information Report: "1. On 1 October 1965 Orlando Rego Borrego, an auditor of the Movimiento Insurreccional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MIRR, Insurrectional Movement for Revolutionary Recovery), said that he is considering resigning from the MIRR because of irregularities within the organization. He said his views are shared by Laredo Rodriguez Rivero, treasurer of the MIRR, as well as the following members of the executive committee: Rogelio Barrios Martinez Israel Mesa Gonzalez Jorge Nomiz Pereira Miguel Angel Vega Guillen Jose Ricardo Garciga Orbe Hector Reinaldo. 2. Rego said that he is considering exposing Orlando Bosch Avila, leader of the MIRR, Marcelino Garcia and Gervelio Gutierrez Concepcion, accusing them of fraud, extortion and an attempt on the life of Julio Iglesias de la Torre. He said that he can produce proof that the men have committed fraud. Rego added that when he exposes the men and causes a crisis within the MIRR he will need support for his stand when he initiates his expose. 3. Rego cited the following actions of Bosch, Garcia and Gutierrez as causes for the dissension within the MIRR: a. Bosch and Garcia have become dictators of the MIRR, and their only objective is to attack the United States Government. b. Bosch, Garcia and Gutierrez, without the knowledge of the executive committee, have sent 'threatening' letters soliciting contributions from several wealthy people. (CONTINUED BELOW).

104-10271-10097: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: DISSENSION WITHIN THE INSURRECTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR REVOLUTIONARY RECOVERY (MIRR)

10/13/65, Field Information Report: Page 4: ..."c. Not all the money collected by Bosch and Garcia has been turned over to the MIRR. They are now trying to collect money which will not be turned over to the MIRR treasury, but will be used to 'produce an act of war' in order to account for other funds which they have collected but not turned in. d. The rent for Garcia's house is paid by the MIRR. Recently Garcia collected $1,000 (U.S.) from the MIRR treasury because he said he had spent that amount for the organization. e. The three men have caused the MIRR to become involved in the attempt to dynamite Julio Iglesias de la Torre, (1) which is being investigated by the FBI. 1. Source Comment: In about the fall of 1964 explosive charges were placed on the doors of the garage at the home of Iglesias in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Iglesias was formerly director of the Shell Oil Company in Havana."

124-10293-10006: FBI TELETYPE

10/14/65, from Miami to Director and San Juan: Page 2: ..."On October 14 instant, Orlando Rego (protect identity), member of MIRR, stated he talked with MIRR officer Marcelino Garcia on afternoon 11 October last and Garcia did not mention captioned matter but stated MIRR had received letter from the MIRR coordinator in San Juan relative to finances. Rego believes Bosch making false claim for captioned action..."

104-10164-10279: REPORT COVER SHEET

10/22/65, Report Cover Sheet from JMWAVE: Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: John C. Tarbell, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard: "SOURCE: AMBANG-8 in AMOT report DD-1650, 14 October 1965. Field Comment 2 is based on UFG-7066." Page 3: Field Information Report: Subject: Continued Dissension Within the Insurrectional Movement for Revolutionary Recovery (MIRR). Place & Date Acq.: United States, Miami (18 October 1965). "1. On 12 October 1965 Orlando Rego Borrego, and auditor of the Movimiento Insurreccional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MIRR, Insurrectional Movement for Revolutionary Recovery), said that the attack on the Spanish ship in San Juan by the MIRR had caused uneasiness among members of the organization. (1) They feel that such attacks should not be made while negotiations are under way to bring the families of emigres from Cuba to the United States. 2. Rego believes that this is a good time to remove Orlando Bosch Avila from his position as leader of the MIRR, by exposing Bosch's mismanagement of MIRR funds, and asking Bosch to make public an accounting for funds which belong to the organization. (2) According to Rego, Bosch continues to use MIRR money without rendering an accounting. He cited as an example a contribution of $300 (U.S.) which was received from the Tampa delegation which, Rego said, Bosch used to pay a detective agency to conduct a surveillance of his wife, Dr. Miriam Ares Fernandez, whom Bosch suspects of being unfaithful. 3. Rego said that the majority of the members of the executive committee of the MIRR will support his when he exposes Bosch, but that he needs money to make a public denouement of Bosch and Marcelino Garcia Jimenez. Field Comments: 1. The Miami Herald of 13 October reported that Bosch credit in the name of the MIRR for the explosion on Spanish vessel SATRUSTEGUI on 10 October in the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico." (CONTINUED BELOW).

104-10164-10279: REPORT COVER SHEET

10/22/65, Field Information Report: Page 2: "2. A recent report from the same source reported on dissension within the MIRR. Rego accused Bosch, Garcia and Gervelio Gutierrez Concepcion of fraud, extortion and involvement in an attempt on the life of a Cuban émigré."

124-10217-10008: FBI REPORT

11/09/65, FBI report from George E. Davis, Jr, to Director: "ADMINISTRATIVE: This report is not being submitted in the form of a supplemental prosecutive summary, since it contains no positive evidence of value. Orlando Rego Borrego, 53 N.W. 68th Terrace, Miami, was interviewed on August 18, 1965, at which time he identified himself as being auditor of MIRR. Rego advised that he had become suspicious of the activities of Bosch and some of the inner circle members of the organization and believed that they had engaged in some dishonest practises relating to funds of the organization. He possessed no evidence of any extortion conspiracy but offered to attempt to obtain information which would be useful to this office, on a confidential basis. Thereafter he advised that Dr. Jose Luis Echeveite, New York City, might possess pertinent information. The interview of Echeveite at New York City is included in this report. Rego also advised that Aimee Miranda, 218 S. W. 16th Avenue, is extremely close to Bosch on confidential matters, and he suspected that she might have made a typewriter to Bosch or possessed information concerning extortion. On October 8, 1965, Rego advised that he had made further inquiry of some of his friends in the organization and had determined that Aimee Miranda had purchased a typewriter from the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The resulting investigation is set forth in this report..."

124-10293-10019: FBI REPORT: MOVIMIENTO INSURRECCIONAL DE RECUPERACION REVOLUCIONARIA (MIRR)

11/12/65, FBI report from Miami Office by George E. Davis, Jr.: Page 4: "INFORMANTS: Identity: MM T-2 is ORLANDO REGO BORREGO (protect identity - upon request) 53 N.W. 68th Terrace….ADDENDUM: This report is classified SECRET because it contains information which was so classified by CIA." Page 5: …."On October 14, 1965, MM T-2, a member of the MIRR who has been well informed concerning activities of this organization for a period of several years, expressed the opinion that Bosch falsely claimed credit for causing damage to the 'Satrustegui' in order to get publicity for himself and the MIRR, and in order to facilitate fundraising among sympathetic Cuban exiles. MM T-2 said that on Monday, October 11, 1965, Bosch received a letter from the San Juan delegate of the MIRR, and that this letter made no comment whatsoever about the explosion. Subsequently, on October 29, 1965, MM T-2, after making further inquiry concerning the incident of the 'Satrustegui', reported that none of the other members of the MIRR believed that the MIRR was responsible for the explosion, and they treated Bosch's claim as a joke. Furthermore, according to MM T-2, Bosch has no 'frogmen' or commandoes, and he said that Bosch's claims of having men constantly on the alert throughout the Caribbean to engage in sabotage and other acts, whenever and wherever the opportunity exists, are completely false. MM T-2 said that Bosch has only two action men, namely, Daniel Orlando Ramirez Denis, who lives at 25 W. 9th Street, Apartment 1, Hialeah, Florida, and Gervelio Gutierrez Concepcion, also known as 'Mino,' who lives at 3090 N. W. 19th Avenue, Miami. MM T-2 said that so far as he knew, neither Ramirez nor Gutierrez left Miami on or about October 9, 1965, and that had either of these individuals been involved in this explosion, MM T-2 felt certain that he and the other members of the MIRR would have become aware of the operation..." (CONTINUED BELOW).

124-10293-10019: FBI REPORT: MOVIMIENTO INSURRECCIONAL DE RECUPERACION REVOLUCIONARIA (MIRR)

11/12/65, FBI report from Miami Office by George E. Davis, Jr.: Page 6: "MM T-2 expressed the opinion that both Ramirez and Gutierrez have the ability to manufacture and place a bomb capable of damaging a ship. However, the MIRR has no other men who possess the knowledge or qualifications to bomb a ship. MM T-2 said that the MIRR members in San Juan are few in number, and that most of them are middle-aged businessmen who have neither the qualifications nor the temperament to engage in such an activity. MM T-2 said that Bosch is regarded by a number of the members of the MIRR as being a liar, dishonest, and of very questionable character..."

124-10380-10003: FBI MEMO: NATIONALITY GROUP COVERAGE - CUBA, INTERNAL SECURITY - CUBA.

04/17/67, Memo from SAC, Miami, to the Director: Page 7: "Movimiento Insurrectional de Recuperacion Revolucionaria (MIRR): Sources: Evelio Alpizar Perez, Fla., Key Source - Cuban, (non-member). Orlando Rego (former member), Fla. Laredo Rodriguez (former member), Fla..."

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