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Cryptonym: AMDIP-3

Definition:
Ramon Augusto Ruisanchez, aka Comandante Augusto, Cesar, and Tandi.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

180-10145-10210: [No Title]

In #6 on this list provided by the CIA to the HSCA, AMDIP-3 is identified as "Cesar", "Tandi", and "Ruiz Sanchez" aka (Ramon) Augusto Ruisanchez. Also see 104-10167-10076, 12/19/60, which shows these various aliases as AMDIP-3 states his belief that it is impossible to effect an escape for Huber Matos.

104-10169-10194: CABLE RE EVELIO DUQUE MIYAR ARRIVAL FROM CUBA

Evilio Duque aka Commandante Luis aka Luis Martin Hernandez arrived in WAVE area on 6/5/61. Duque's underground org is Ejercita Cubano Anti Comunista. AMDIP-3 said that Duque was under him, but Duque's story was that it was the other way around. AMDIP-3 only supplied him with 1 shipment of 100 arms during the Escambray fighting.

104-10262-10027: CABLE: REF OPERATION CHANGED DUE RESTRICTIONS HAVA AGAINST ALL BUT

3/2/61: "AMDIP-3 wants (to) build his organization in Yaguajay and if possible open front (to) relieve pressure in Escambray." To that end, he requested that a six man action be infiltrated inside Cuba, known as Operation Carrot.

180-10142-10486: STAFF REPORT ON THE EVOLUTION AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE CIA-SPONSORED ASSASSINATION CONSPIRACIES AGAINST CASTRO

Luis Balbuena Calzadilla is identified as an associate of "Evilio Duque Miyar". As seen in other crypts, Balbuena was involved in trying to assassinate the Castro brothers in July 1961.

104-10227-10295: CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL INTERNAL SECURITY-CUBA

2/24/62 New Orleans States-Item: "Ramon Augusto Ruisanchez, leader of underground activities for the Miami-headquartered Cuban Revolutionary Council. Ruisanchez, known among refugees and throughout Cuba as 'Comandante Augusto'..owner of one of the largest meat packing companies in Cuba before Castro nationalized such investments. 'Augusto' will be presented a check at the meeting tonight by Luis Rabel, New Orleans delegate to the Revolutionary Council and also president of the single local refugee organization, the Unidad Cubana Revolucionaria Anti-Comunista." Rabel's advisers and PR personnel in New Orleans included Arnesto Rodriguez (son of AMJUTE-1), Carlos Bringuier, and Frank Bartes/AMSERF-1. Orestes Pena was listed as a liaison.

1993.08.05.10:41:34:710005: HSCA MATERIAL REVIEWED AT HEADQUARTERS -- CUBAN COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY H

Ramon Ruisanchez Piedad was active with RDR inside Cuba, defected in late 1960 and joined his brother-in-law Tony Varona. They both led RDR in exile as of the summer of 1962.

104-10235-10136: MEMO-REVIEW OF CMDTE "AUGUSTO" INFILTRATION PLAN

6/6/62 Stanley Zamka/David Morales memo to PW re AMDIP-3's infiltration plan. He says that he is glad to work with CRC but needs at least three weeks notice.

John Prados, Safe For Democracy (Ivan R. Dee, 2006) pp. 256-257

"Key to the prospects for (JMATE) was the armed resistance, which centered in Las Villas province, especially the Escambray...The CIA sent an agent, Comandante Augusto (Jose Ramon Ruisanchez) to coordinate the front, but he passed the assignment to Evilio Duque, whose personality clashed with other leaders, including the commander of the largest revel column. In December 1960, recognizing the growing guerrilla capability, Castro ordered a special pacification campaign in the Escambray. Operation 'Jaula' (Cage) involved forty thousand to fifty thousand troops and militia...The rebels in the Escambray gradually grew to number several thousand fighters. The fidelistas attempted to accelerate their cleanup of the Escambray so as to avoid facing multiple threats when the CIA invaders arrived. The limitations of the militia precluded success; still several of the guerrilla columns were smashed...while Duque and some of his top officers fled Cuba."

104-10262-10259: CABLE: AT THE PRESENT TIME EDIEL MONTIEL LORZENZO IS IN A SAFEHOUSE

6/25/61 cable from JMWAVE to Director: "At the present time Ediel Montiel Lorzenzo is in a safehouse maintained for the AMDIP-3 group by WAVE. He is claimed by AMDIP-3 as one of his leaders in the Escambray. On 14 June when the WAVE contacts with Evilio Duque...went to see him they found Montiel there...Duque claims he made Montiel the leader of a band of 35 guerillas."

104-10235-10137: MEMO-AMDIP-3, SUBJECT, A SELF APPOINTED CMDTE AUGUSTO, IF THE BROTHER-IN-LAW OF TONY VARONA

6/5/62 memo from Charles V. Gneiting, PM case officer to Chief, PM: "Subject, a self-appointed Cmdte. Augusto, is the brother-in-law of Tony Varona. He arrived in the WAVE area in February 1961 with a satchel full of documents purporting to prove he was the military coordinator of a large underground organization covering all Cuba and with units fighting in the Escambray. It was later proved through numerous sources that his actual control, if any, extends only to RESCATE, of which VARONA was titular head...on at least one occasion he threatened his contact by saying that he would call General Bowden when he did not get his way...(The AMBUD-1 radio set he operated in the WAVE area) was an illegal one operated by Celso PIMIENTA. The set in Havana was under the direction of Roberto Perez aka Emilio Moreno, who was also Subject's contact man with other organizations around Havana...he was caught (across from the American Embassy) with a radio and the cable files shortly before the invasion and it was later reported that he was executed...This pretty well finished RESCATE as a going concern, although contact with Havana was maintained for a while through some relief operators. Support for Subject's group was terminated in September 1961 due to lack of production and cooperation."

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