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Cryptonym: AMPANIC-7

Definition:
Emilio Adolfo Rivero Caro, also known as "Brand" and "Pancho". He was arrested in April 1961 and spent many years in Cuban prison.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
AMPANIC-7 also worked under the aliases "Brand" and "Pancho".
Sources:

104-10103-10120: INTERVIEW WITH MR. JAMES S. PEKICH

In this HSCA-era memo, the identification of AMPANIC-7 as Emilio Adolfo Rivero Caro is made. CIA retiree James S. Pekich recalled AMPANIC-7 as a "Cuban lawyer who was intrigued with disguises and who enjoyed wearing a wig to cover his bald spot." Pekich said he ordered AMPANIC-7 "to establish communication channels, and to organized resistance, and that is all."

104-10103-10121: TYPED NOTE

This typed note contains the following: "AMPANIC-7 uses the name 'Brand' and 'Pancho'."

104-10103-10128: CONTACT REPORT ON AUGUST 5/60 AT 7 A.M. BRAND MADE CONTACT WITH

This 1960 contact report with Brand contains a wealth of details obtained from his underground meetings with various resistance figures inside Cuba, often conducted in various safehouses. The concern with disguises mentioned by Mr. Pekich in the first reference recurs in this report. (At p. 6 of 10): "Through REDACTED, Brand met a man named Alfredo Izaguirre Rivas (AMPUG-1). This man told Brand that he had been trained in sabotage and that he had about 200 men also organized in the city and province of Havana. Brand told him that in due course weapons and sabotage and incendiary materials would be provided and that all Izaguirre had to do was to keep their men organized and ready to enter into action...(at p. 7 of 10) (Brand) notified the Company that all his men were going to work under the name of 'Cuba Libre' and that this organization was going to be led by five - Benito Fernandez, Jose Cabanas, Helio Nardo, Alfredo Izaguirre, and Brand."

104-10213-10079 HSCA REVIEW AT HQS/COMMENTS ON BOOK V, SSC FINAL REPORT: THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY:PERFORMANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

1960: "Records relating to this man mention his infiltration into Cuba in August 1960 and his exfiltration in November 1960 (prior to being issued a POA). His 'mission' during this period is mentioned tersely as being 'to organize resistance groups...for mounting sabotage operations...and assassination of prominent Cuban Communist members in the Castro entourage'...The records refer to 'his own personal objectives' during this period and criticizes how he functioned during his stay in Cuba from August to November of 1960. The record then specifies how he is to conduct himself and focus efforts on his return, which was to develop sabotage operations. We were able to contact one of his two case officers, who has retired (the other has died) to ascertain his recollections. Stating that at the time the focus was on developing organizations for operations, he stated that an assassination mission, such as attributed to AMPANIC-7 on his earlier time in Cuba, was not only not authorized, but would have compromised the effort to organize. Any such assassination mission, the case officer states, would have been at AMPANIC-7's own initiative."

104-10103-10151: CABLE:11. YOUR MESSAGE 15. BRAND, CHACHO AND LUIS/ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE CASTRO AND SABOTAGE ELECTRIC COMPANY

This 1961 cable translates a Spanish message regarding "Brand's activities: "Brand, Chacho (AMCOAX-1), and Luis (AMPUG-1) only have arms for 50 men. Blowing up (of) Central Electric plant and possibly attempt on Fidel will be decidedly carried out 9 April."

104-10103-10360: COMMENTS ON BOOK V, SSC FINAL REPORT, THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY: PERFORMANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

This CIA commentary on the Church Committee's Schweiker-Hart Report has a section on AMPANIC-7, providing details on his recruitment (a "walk-in"), and his mission which according to this document included assassination, in contradiction to the recollections of his handler Mr. Pekich.

104-10217-10093: CABLE RE: HQS RELUCTANT PROVIDE $50,000 FOR WIFE AMCALL-1 SHARE OF HER HUSBAND'S RANSOM UNTIL $60,000 PROVIDED FOR RANSOM OF AMPANIC-7

AMPANIC-7 was arrested in April 1961 shortly after the sabotage and possible assassination mission noted in an earlier reference. This cable refers to possible ransom.

104-10217-10081: CABLE RE: BELOW IS A STATUS REPORT ON CONTACT WITH EX-PRISONERS BEING CONTACTED

2/80 "Emilio Rivero Lopez" is identified as 201-276080. From other ransom negotiation files it is clear that this is the 201 number for AMPANIC-7. This document provides 201 numbers for many ex-prisoners.

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Matthew Scheufele • MFF • Bill Simpich

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