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Cryptonym: AMRIFT-1

Definition:
Ramon Sinobas.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
It appears that the Mexico City station tried to use Sinobas to cause a "rift" within the Cuban compound. The background to AMROD and the role of Sinobas is that AMSTET-1 reported in June 1962 that Cuenca was the chief of G-2 in Mexico and that Manuel Vega Perez was his number two. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=67074#relPageId=2&tab=page AMSTET-1 reported in October 1962 that there was no evidence that Andres Armona Ramos (note: the Cuban commercial attache known as "the redheaded Negro") had replaced Cuenca as the chief of G-2 in Mexico. The word was Cuenca had asked to move to the Cultural Section and that Manuel Vega Perez was the current number two in G-2. See 104-10276-10060.
Sources:

104-10276-10049: CABLE: MISSION SUCCESSFUL

Sinobas' name is written next to AMRIFT-1.

104-10187-10007: DISPATCH:LIEMPTY PROGRESS REPORT / SECOND QUARTER

"The support provided by the two AMROD cutouts, Oliver G. SCANTLING and Raymond H. Gerende, in the AMROD operation was essential to this operation. Due to the long operational experience of these agents in the Mexico City operational environment their aid in both the planning and execution stages of the AMROD operation has been unique. The cutouts provided professional level countersurveillance during the actual meetings between AMRIFT-1 and Oliver FORTSON (ps), passed letters to the LIERODE (Cuban embassy photosurveillance) operation, wrote many letters and placed numerous phone calls...and have actually carried on the daily activity of the operation."

104-10276-10060: EXCERPT: THUS FAR ( ) NO EVIDENCE ANDRES ARMONA RAMO HAS

Scantling from MC station called Sinobas on 4/17 saying he went to embassy at time and place, saw too many strange people, had to leave. Oliver Scantling/LIEMPTY-2 was trying to get Sinobas/AMRIFT-1 to "follow his instructions of 4/7", Sinobas wouldn't do it. Scantling said I'll have to call superiors. Sinobas replied that's your problem. They agreed to talk again the following day. Scantling used the name "Juan Oropeza".

104-10276-10233: MEMO TO: ( ) REPORT ( )

May 1963: LITAMIL-9 said that Vega was working with Sinobas and Buenaventura Reyes Acosta (also stationed at Cuban compound).

104-10276-10049: CABLE: MISSION SUCCESSFUL

July 1963, Mexico City to Director with AMROD slugline: AMRIFT-1 identified as Sinobas in marginalia. AMRIFT meets with Fortson (probably CIA officer Tony Sforza), brings a couple of tails with him but Fortson shakes them off. Fortson passes on "Cano reports" (note: probably reports that can be found on MFF from agent named Cano) AMRIFT tries to turn Fortson over to Vega, Fortson refuses, asks for better communications system. Fortson goes into hiding for few days after meeting. Scantling demands and receives apology from AMRIFT for supposed "bad faith".

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Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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