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Cryptonym: AMCORE-2

Definition:
Luis Ernesto Conte Aguero, former radio and TV commentator in Cuba who subsequently "worked on propaganda for the FRD" under AMCORE-1.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

#18 on this list given to HSCA by CIA identifies AMCORE-2 as Luis Conte Aguero.

104-10165-10185: ROUTING RECORD SHEET

Subsequent to 5/12/60, Conte was working for Agency asset AMCORE-1 (Abel Mestre) "on propaganda for the FRD". In March 1961, Office of Security formally requested INS for parole of Conte into the United States "in the furtherance of the national intelligence mission".

104-10166-10003: HEADQUARTERS HAS REVIEWED AMCORE-S' BOOK PARODON, AND CONSIDERS THIS PUBLICATION TO BE AN EXTREMELY USEFUL PIECE OF PROPAGANDA

11/5/62 memo from Bill Harvey to Ted Shackley, originated by John Tilton. Headquarters found Conte's book Paredon extremely useful, and planned to work with Conte to subsidize distribution of this book throughout Latin America.

104-10166-10374 DISPATCH: GYROSE/OPERATIONAL AMCORE-2 BROADCASTS

2/4/63 memo from Bruce McMasters of the Special Affairs Staff (SAS) to JMWAVE: "Headquarters suggests that AMCORE-2 be guided to follow the puppet them with appeals to Cuban maturity. Why should Cuba continue forever to play the role of kid brother in someone else's scheme of things?"

104-10075-10058: JMWAVE CABLE RE KENNEDY MEMORIALS BY CUBAN REFUGEES IN MIAMI

"On WMIE 22 Nov Luis Conte Aguero said he advised Senate Committee that members Fair Play for Cuba Committee be imprisoned as traitors to U.S. Conte said on WNET 23 Nov Castro responsible for Kennedy's death and assassination carefully planned. Conte warned there will be further assassinations unless Castro is dealt with, and said Betancourt is a prime target (of) Communists."

Reel 5, Folder D - LUIS CONTE AGUERO: Reel 5, Folder D - LUIS CONTE AGUERO

(Aguero), leader of the Sentinels of Liberty Underground organization, said in Miami that according to reports smuggled out of Cuba the Soviets were summoned to bolster the militia in an offensive June 8 (1963) at Loma de Gavilanes at the Escambray Mountain zone. The outcome of the battle was unknown, he said." A set of notes compiled by Tony Summers in 1983 said that Conte Aguero was one of five disinformation agents, four of whom were handled by David Phillips. See page 7 of 8: http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/O%20Disk/Oswald%20Lee%20Harvey%20Mexico/107.pdf

124-90041-10128: Jose Ignacio Rasco Bermudez file

Conte was a television commentator and a friend of Fidel Castro. Conte wrote the preface to Fidel's book "History Will Absolve Me". When he criticized Fidel in public in March 1960, he was forced to flee the country. "Student agitators, led by the President of the Student Federation at the University of Havana (FEU), Rebel Army Major Rolando Cubela, attacked and broke up anti-Communist meetings at which Conte Aguero was to speak." Conte took asylum in the Argentina embassy (see page 11 of 12 of this document).

Meg Laughlin. "Castro - From Ally to Enemy", Tampa Bay Times, 8/12/07. http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/27/State/Castro___from_ally_to.shtml

Conte explains the history of his relationship with Fidel.

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