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Cryptonym: AMHINT-24

Definition:
Victor Espinosa Hernandez aka Papucho.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10263-10078: VICTOR ESPINOSA HERNANDEZ

Identified as AMHINT-24, 201-285147. "Was in Guatemala for sometime. Worked for (CIA) on infil team but quit." Travels around, his base is in New York City with American friend Stewart Cowley. Can be reached by Canadian friend Madalene Caubro. His addresses in Miami and Cuba can be found here: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=103352#relPageId=2

1994.05.31.12:56:22:250005: Reel 7, Folder L - VICTOR ESPINOSA-HERNANDEZ

Joe Piccolo was Espinosa's case officer at the time of the Bay of Pigs, when Piccolo worked for WH/4. Date of birth is 8/26/37. Security office number for VEH: 224700. On 4/18/61, Piccolo obtained a POA (Provisional Operational Approval) for Espinosa: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=63562#relPageId=2

104-10263-10061: CABLE: WAVE FILES REVEAL ONE VICTOR (ESPINOSA) HERNANDEZ

Former PM trainee. Terminated by PM 3/20/61 as a malcontent. Alias "Papucho".

124-10217-10019: No Title

7/31/63 interview with Espinosa: Said that he was looking for Cuban pilots in fort benning ga to bomb cuba, couldn't find anyone, others involved included Gene John Koch, Mike McLaney, Sam Benton. Acelo Pedroso Amores identified Espinosa as the one who brought him and others to see the site where dynamite and bombs were located close to New Orleans.

124-10286-10463: No Title

A plan to bomb the Shell refinery in Cuba resulted in Espinosa and others seized but not arrested by Customs in Miami. Mike McLaney part of plan. On 7/19/63 Acelo Pedroso advised of another plan to bomb Cuba, resulting in the 7/31/63 seizure of dymamite and bombs on McLaney's brother's land near Lacombe, LA. Espinosa transported the dynamite from Miami. Rich Lauchli purchased it in Illinois, brought it to Miami, where Gerry Hemming and Frank Sturgis helped him sell it to Espinosa and others. SA Warren de Brueys obtained warrant for 7/31/63 seizure. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=136967#relPageId=81&tab=page Vince Nasca of FBI said this was not a CIA operation. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=136963&relPageId=2 Espinosa was coordinator of the plan to bomb the oil refineries: https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=137080&search=%22john_koch+gene%22#relPageId=4&tab=page

104-10234-10373: CABLE: SUBJECT REF IS PRESENTLY NOT KUBARK CONTACT AND HAS NO KUBARK MISSION

5/27/65 cable: WH/C/FI/TC claims traces run on Espinosa, find no records of him after his March 61 termination! Espinosa says he severed all CIA ties in 1962. Author recommends no contact with Espinosa, and for French asset UNSNAFU-9 to learn more about Espinosa and choose his words carefully to prevent Amlash-f from being exposed and captured by Castro.

1993.07.20.09:54:39:960530: VICTOR ESPINOSA HERNANDEZ

Espinosa met with a CIA agent and Alberto Blanco in Paris. It became clear that Espinosa knew everything about the Cubela operation. Espinosa sought out INS, who led him to FBI, who led him to CIA. Espinosa had a message from Cubela, saying he was ready to kill Castro and that he wanted to know if "CIA and the US government was with them and ready to support them."

1994.05.16.14:10:07:880005 Reel 51, Folder G - ROLANDO CUBELA SECADES.

May 1965 Espinosa interview with REDACTED, as reported to John Hart. Subject: CIA Operations and Plot to Kill Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Other Key Figures of the Present Regime in Cuba: "I was a good friend of Rolando Cubela. We conspired together against Batista and we planned assassinations of Batista supporters. We carried out the killing of one of the SIM chiefs, RICO Gelan, successfully..."

Larry Hancock, Someone Would Have Talked (Lancer, 2010), Appendix E

Espinosa "took military training in Guatemala beginning in June, 1960, and was then transferred to the special training camp in Belle Chase outside of New Orleans (JMMOVE). This camp appears to have been associated with paramilitary training and with certain operational activities separate from the Brigade landing at the Bay of Pigs...he had ties to the Cuban land owner/sugar industry/Julio Lobo money clique. In the summer of 1963, this New York City clique was also involved with exile initiatives such as Paulino Sierra...the two major pre-assassination leaks about a plot against JFK came from Homer Echevarria in Chicago (who was shopping for guns with Sierra money) and from Soto Martinez in Miami. Soto Martinez had been sponsored into the United States by Mike McClaney (just as had Victor Espinosa Hernandez) and was living on McClaney's estate in 1963 during the same time frame that McClaney was using (Espinosa) Hernandez in the two abortive Cuban raids."

124-10204-10263: No Title

Customs agent Wallace Shanley stated that Customs Agent Edgar Owens observed Carlos Eduardo Hernandez Sanchez, aka "Batea" in Miami in a green 1963 Chevrolet station wagon with Florida plates. Hernandez was with Victor Espinosa Hernandez and (FNU) Basulto. "Shanley advised that Hernandez Sanchez and Espinosa Hernandez were two of the five subjects involved in preparations for a bombing raid In June 1963 against a Cuban oil refinery when they were detained and seizure of their plane and bombs were made by US Customs in a rural area of southwest Miami."

180-10131-10314: TESTIMONY OF CARLOS HERNANDEZ

In 1978, Carlos Eduardo Hernandez Sanchez provided immunized testimony to the HSCA: "Of particular interest to the 'I' issue is the following: Carlos was called by Victor Espinosa on two occasions. Each time the mission involved bombing the oil refineries in Havana. Victor had been an old friend that had trained with Carlos in Panama. Carlos felt Victor had connections with organized crime. Each mission was a set-up that Carlos feels was deliberate in that organized crime figures wanted to be on good terms with the Cuban community should Cuba be recaptured and they used phony attempts to raid Cuba as something they could use to demonstrate their efforts to help regain the homeland. Carlos met Norman Rothman at the Bell Air hotel on several occasions...Carlos felt (Victor) knew Rothman."

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