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Cryptonym: AMDIP-1

Definition:
Tony Varona, full name Manuel Antonio de Varona. He was president of the CRC (Cuban Revolutionary Council).
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Tony Varona was also one of the five members of the FRD Executive Committee, the predecessor during the 1959-1960 period to the CRC. He was a leading figure in the Autentico Party.
Sources:

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

At pages 22-23, on a list prepared by the HSCA staff, "AMDIP-1" is listed on line 28. On the next page, AMDIP-1 is identified as "Manuel Antonio de Varona."

180-10118-10069: 180-10118-10069

This HSCA list of people that Varona may have known is a good cross-section of all the key players in all the key anti-Castro organizations.

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY, EXCERPTS

AMHAWK-1, Tony Varona's original crypt, was compromised in December 1960 when two briefcases were lost.

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI: Cuba Current Section: 599. 10/28/60 - Memorandum from Asst. Sec. State for Inter-American Affairs to Sec. State

There were five members of the FRD's executive committee in late 1960. At the time, the FRD was the largest coalition of anti-Castro Cuban forces. One of the five representatives of the FRD Executive Committee was "Antonio Varona, leader of a large faction of the Autentico Party, which was the official political party during the administrations of Ramon Grau Martin and Carlos Prio (1944-1952)".

104-10168-10072: CABLE: AS ANTICIPATED AMDIP-1 RAISED AMBRONC-1 AFFAIR DURING 9 FEB 61 MEETING

2/10/61 from Gerry Droller at JMBELL to Guatemala City: "As anticipated AMDIP-1 raised AMBRONC-1 affair during 9 Feb 61 meeting with Crabanac (Howard Hunt) and Parlett...AMDIP-1 maintains that AMBRONC dismissal should have been handled via AMPORT/FRD Executive Committee...AMDIP warns that if troops become aware (of) unilateral AMBRONC dismissal wholesale exodus from camps of more than half of troops will occur. AMDIP-1 cites Mr. William Carpenter as having told pilots that AMPORT useless instrumentally. AMDIP-1 repeatedly alleged not only AMIRON but also majority (of) Miami Cubans solidly behind AMBRONC-1 (on) this issue. AMDIP-1 stated that some formula needed soonest (to) smooth ruffled feelings. Further said Villafana (LITAINT-1) and San Roman not acceptable to him and AMPORT in any leadership capacity."

104-10240-10213: CABLE:SITUATION IN AMPORT SEEMS SLOWLY TO BE REACHING SETTLEMENT VIA

2/18/61 JMWAVE memo: In negotiations over leadership of FRD, "AMDIP-1 ploy seems to be accept AMPALM-5 and (Manuel) Hernandez if they tender him unconditional support...(re) upcoming negotiations with AMBANG-1 (Manolo Ray)...apparent reason for AMJAG-1 non-acceptance trav trip is fact AMBRONC-1 was AMJAG-1 nominee".

10AH57: HSCA Report, Volume X

Tony Varona spoke to the CRC in New Orleans on 11/15/63. He stayed with Augustin Guitart, uncle of Silvia Odio.

124-10286-10463: No Title

Tony Varona was the head of Rescate Democratico Revolucionario (RDR) as well as the head of the CRC during 1963.

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Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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