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Cryptonym: AMCRUMP-7

Definition:
Angel Hernandez Rojo was a member of the DRE and the MDC in the 1960's. He was a boat operator.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Eduardo Diaz Lanz told the FBI in January 1964 that shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy, he brought Frank Sturgis to the DRE offices in Miami, where he talked with Angel Hernandez Rojo. Hernandez Rojo also represented the DRE in a meeting in 1964 between the DRE and the MDC. In late 1964 the CIA in Miami informed the FBI that they had an operational interest in Hernandez Rojo. A CIA report in August 1965 makes it clear that he was AMCRUMP-7. He had been terminated by the CIA several months earlier, but went on to work on other CIA projects.
Sources:

FBI 105-82555 Oswald HQ File, Section 69

01/16/64, report of Miami SA James J. O'Connor dictated: ....."DIAZ (Eduardo Diaz Lanz) stated that shortly after the assassination of President KENNEDY, he brought FIORINI to the DRE offices in Miami, where FIORINI talked to DRE member ANGEL HERNANDEZ ROJO. He said HERNANDEZ ROJO speaks some English, whereas FIORINI speaks very little Spanish. DIAZ said he did not know what conversation may have transpired between FIORINI and HERNANDEZ. DIAZ said FIORINI had indicated to him he would bring his newspaper friend to the DRE; however, DIAZ did not believe FIORINI had done so"...

104-10164-10142: PLANNED INFILTRATION OF ORIENTE PROVINCE BY THE DRE-MDC

3/14/64: In this CIA Intelligence Information Cable, Angel Hernandez Rojo is described as "chief of commando operations for the DRE". At that time, AMPALM-2/Laureano Batista of the MDC and Hernandez Rojo of the DRE "agreed to try to maintain guerrilla bands and organize the Cuban underground, with the MDC and the DRE cooperating under a single command."

124-10281-10090: No Title

"MM T-1...advised that as of mid-April, 1964, the DRE suffered from factionalism growing out of its plans for military action against Cuba. The factions were represented by ANGEL FERNANDEZ ROJO, who supported infiltration and sabotage, and ISIDRO BORJA SIMO, who favored hit and run attacks against the Cuban coast." from a July 1964 FBI memo. Page 2: ..."Subsequent to the resignation of FERNANDEZ ROCHA, ANGEL HERNANDEZ ROJO also presented his resignation and this was followed by several others who had previously been active members within the DRE"...

1993.08.11.14:08:32:620006: CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY HANDBOOK

05/01/64, DRE: ...."22. On 5 March 1964, the DRE and MDC verbally agreed to a military pact in which it was planned to send three infiltration teams to Cuba within a period of 20 days. Laureano BATISTA Falla and Marcos RODRIGUEZ Menendez represented the MDC, and Angel HERNANDEZ Rojo represented the DRE"...

124-10222-10183: AIRTEL: ATTACK ON SPANISH VESSEL "SIERRA ARANZAZU", SEPTEMBER 13, 1964....

10/06/64, airtel from SAC, Miami to Director: ...."Concerning ANGEL HERNANDEZ ROJO, HERNANDEZ furnished his business card which reflected his employment as Keys Navigation and Research Company, 9501 Old South Dixie Highway, Miami. On 10/5/64, HENRIETTA LORI, CIA Covert, advised HERNANDEZ was a boat pilot of operational interest to CIA. She said her office had no objection to interview of HERNANDEZ regarding the 'Sierra Aranzuzu' affair."

104-10192-10222: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: RECENT APPOINTMENT OF OFFICIALS WITHIN THE MOVIMIENTO DEMOCRATA CRISTIANO (MDC)

06/16/65, Country: Cuba, Place & Date Acq: United States, Miami (5 May 1965): ...."On 1 May, 1965, the following members of the Movimiento Democrata Cristiano (MDC, Christian Democratic Movement) were appointed to official positions within the MDC and were to assume their responsibilities immediately: Ensign Angel M. Hernandez Rojo - Chief of the Military Department. Lt. Miguel A. Penton Alfonso - Executive Officer in charge of Administration. Dr. Marcos Rodriguez Menendez - Chief of the Intelligence Department. Placido A. Barbeite Freyre - Chief of the Logistics Department."

104-10192-10113: INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION CABLE: INABILITY OF THE MDC TO EFFECT A RAID ON THE DISTILLERY AT SANTA CRUZ DEL NORTE, HAVANA PROVINCE

07/28/65, cable from JMWAVE to Director: ..."2. The 'Vicky I' had returned to an unidentified location on Key Biscayne, Miami, as of about 2000 hours on 27 July 1965. The 'Bernardo II' also had returned to the Florida coast, and was to be transported by trailer to the home of Angel Hernandez Rojo, 1120 SW 5 Street, Miami. (Field Comment: Hernandez was previously identified as the chief of the raiding party). A third vessel, 'Punchinchia,' which also was involved in the operation was scheduled to return at about 2400 hours on 27 July to her berth on the Miami River in the vicinity of 350 NW North River Drive."

104-10192-10111: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT: ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON THE ABORTIVE RAID OF THE MOVIMIENTO DEMOCRATA CRISTIANO (MDC) ON THE DISTILLERY AT SANTA CRUZ DEL NORTE, HAVANA PROVINCE

08/17/65, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE, Reporting Officer: Henry J. Sloman, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Officer: Philip G. Elmard: "TYPIC: Source: AMOT-245 in AMOT report EE-3876, dated 5 August 1965. Field Comment #2 was based on information that AMYUM-14 submitted; he received it directly from AMCRUMP-7 (now terminated). Page 3: Field Comments: 2. Another source, who has been trained in information collection and whose previous reporting has been accurate but lacking in depth, has reported that, according to Angel M. Hernandez Rojo, the crew of the VICKY I first became aware that they were being pursued when they were about 23 miles from Key West on the night of 26 July. 3. CSDB-312/01498-65, dated 24 June 1965, reported that Hernandez Rojo had been appointed chief of the military sector and was to assume his responsibilities immediately"...

124-90107-10120: FBI DOCUMENT

"On 8/31/66 the CIA advised that Angel Hernandez, leader of Movimiento Democrata Cristiano (MDC) (97-4110), felt that Ramon Font Saumell was incapable of formulating military strategy and favored the formation of a pact between the MDC and the Cuban Representation in Exile which would exclude Font from participating in the preparation of plans for military operations."

124-90084-10085: INFORMATION REPORT: PROPOSALS MADE BY AN ENVOY OF RAFAEL CALDERA, VENEZULAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, TO THE CUBAN CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT IN EXILE

06/26/68, Country: Cuba/Venezuela, Acq: United States, Miami (20 May 1968): "SOURCE: A member of a group of Cuban emigres trained in the techniques of information collection. The group has provided useful reports since 1961. The information was obtained from Angel Hernandez Rojo, Secretary for Intelligence and head of the Military Department of the Cuban Christian Democratic Movement (MDC), who attended the meetings described. 1....Angel Hernandez Rojo, MDC Committeeman, asked Calvani how he could say that Caldera, if elected President, would offer military aid when previously he said Caldera would act only within the framework of the Organization of American States (OAS). Calvani replied that Venezuela, as a nation, would comply with the agreements of the OAS and would take no part in a direct attack on Cuba; however, no one could prevent Venezuela from doing what the Castro regime was doing, i.e., training and sending men and arms to Venezuela"....Pages 2-3: "5....Members of the National Executive Committee, elected recently at the MDC National Congress in early 1968 are named below....Secretary for Intelligence: Angel Hernandez Rojo, aka Baby"...

104-10104-10049: MEMO: CRIMINAL PROSECUTION - ALPHA 66

07/01/70, memo from Wesley B. Laybourne, Acting Chief, WH/COG, to Office of General Counsel (Attention: Mr. John K. Greaney): "1. a. Angel Manuel HERNANDEZ Rojo: DPOB: 4 October 1933, Havana, Cuba, Recruited: 23 March 1964, Terminated: 30 April 1965. Hernandez, a former DRE boat operator, was an active ACSI source before his termination and release for Agency recruitment as captain of an Agency support vessel. At his own request, Hernandez was terminated in April 1965. Following termination, he was appointed Chief of the MDC Military Department. In December 1965 Hernandez, a former Cuban pilot, was reemployed as a pilot in the (WITHRUSH) program. Following an accident in the Congo, Hernandez was returned to the U.S. in early 1966 and was terminated for incompetence in handling his assignment. He reportedly became involved in exile activities against Cuba shortly after his return"...

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