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Cryptonym: AMRIPE-3

Definition:
Raul Roa Kouri. In 1963, he was the Cuban ambassador to Brazil, son of Cuban foreign minister Raul Roa Garcia. Also known as Raulito Roa.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
AMRIPE-2 and 4 and others were exfiltrated shortly after 11/22. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=40959&search=amripe#relPageId=2&tab=page 5/25/70, efforts made to ransom AMRIPE-2 from Cuban prison. He is 201-314480. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=17381&search=amripe#relPageId=2&tab=page Marginalia shows A-2's 201-314480, he returned to Miami 5/23/70. http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=17381&search=%22AMRIPE-2%22#relPageId=2&tab=page AMRIPE-1 was released by 1970 http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=32782&search=amripe#relPageId=2&tab=page amripe-2 contacted amripe-1 on 11/22 in midst of amcanoe-3 exfil, "advised their son should not take any of courses suggested" http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=31775&search=amripe#relPageId=2&tab=page a-2 told a-1 "he mailed her letter" 11/21 - prob means he pouched her info explaining change in plans to arrive in mexi on 11/22 http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=31775&search=amripe#relPageId=3&tab=page His father Raul Roa, hired Marjorie Rios to work as his secretary. https://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=35514&relPageId=2&search=%22MARJORIE_RIOS%22 Marjorie Rios helped direct the Fair Play for Cuba Committee on the Cuban side, along with her other chief Antonio de la Osa, the Chief of Public Relations, Min. of Foreign Affairs. https://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=35452&search=cobb_AND+%22JACK+LEE+EVANS%22#relPageId=3&tab=page
Sources:

104-10076-10165: JMWAVE CABLE - AMTHRILL'S SISTER RETURNING WAVE AREA FROM MEXICO

12/7/63: AMTHRILL's sister is the wife of AMRIPE-3. When compared with the document below, this identifies Raul Roa Kouri as AMRIPE-3.

124-90137-10274: No Title

11/7/62: Memo from Sam Papich to D. J. Brennan, re Raul Roa - Internal Security - Cuba: "The Bureau already is cognizant of the fact that both we and CIA have sources who contact Roa. Our source, Rene Diego Pelleja and CIA's source Julio Kouri Barreto, are well-known to each other and are related to Roa's wife...Kouri received information from Pelleja concerning the latter's dealings with the Bureau. For example, Kouri recently advised CIA that Pelleja is at New York City on FBI instructions for the purpose of promoting a meeting with (Raul Roa, Jr.). This is essentially true." See https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32305055.pdf - he went in late October and "vital information concerning the extent of Castro's influence in South America and future plans of the Cuban government was obtained." 6/19/62: Raul Roa Kouri, ambassador to Czechoslovakia, denounced by the G-2 representative in the Cuban embassy in Prague as too bourgeois. The accuser was believed to be "Machado" from the embassy in Prague.

124-10287-10185: No Title

FBI 12/4/63 memo from William Sullivan to Alan Belmont: In late October 1963 "one of our sources, who has the confidence of Cuban foreign minister Raul Roa Garcia and the Foreign Minister's son, Raul Roa Kouri, was sent to Brazil to meet with Raul Roa Kouri. Vital information concerning the extent of Castro's influence in South America and future plans of the Cuban government were obtained." The redacted portions can be found here: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32305055.pdf

202-10002-10039: CUBAN CONTROL AND ACTION CAPABILITIES

5/23/63: In his Cuban study, Angleton described Foreign Minister Raul Roa, the father of AMRIPE-3, as part of Fidel Castro's "immediate coterie".

FBI 105-82555 Oswald HQ File, Section SUB A-1

Washington Daily News, 11/23/63: "The Fair Play for Cuba Committee, founded in New York in 1960, is a group dedicated to supporting the government and policies of Cuban Premier Fidel Castro. The group announced its formation in a full page advertisement in a New York newspaper. The Senate Internal Security Sub-committee, which investigated the financing of the advertisement, found that the money came from the Cuban Mission to the United Nations. At the time the chief benefactor was identified as Raul Roa, Jr., son of Cuban state minister Raul Roa, and now ambassador to Brazil."

NARA Record Number: 124-90139-10143 [ RESTRICTED ]: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32338016.pdf

9/16/63 memo from S. J. Papich to D. H. Brennan, entitled "Source of Information": CIA is in favor of Rene Pelleya Justiz traveling from Utah to Rio to convince Raul Roa Kouri to defect. (note: his son Rene Pelleya Khouri is a doctor in Miami - indicating both men are related in some way to Raul Roa Kouri. lan insurance contact who knows organized crime and Richard Gibson - see 124-10226-10412 and also 124-90146-10072, p. 13 of 80 - Information directed to the Nationalities Intelligence Section. CIA wanted FBI to foot the bill for the travel. There is a special warning saying to ensure that Margaret Madrazo cannot "interfere or jeopardize this operation". Liaison agent Austin Horn met with Al Rodriguez - Rodriguez said the chances of a Raul Roa, Jr. defection was slim, but info of interest might develop. Also see 11/5/63 report referring to "The Situation in Cuba" - where is it?: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32337920.pdf

124-90036-10015: No Title

Raul Roa, Jr., member of Permanent Cuban Delegation, United Nations, donates $3500 to FPCC chief Robert Taber for a crucial full page ad in New York Times. .

124-90120-10214: No Title

1962: Journalist Robert Taber was interrogated by Julian Sourwine and Senator Thomas Dodd in an effort to prove that he had knowingly received the money for The NY Times ad to form the FPCC from Raulito Roa.

104-10216-10042 DISPATCH: HENRY S. PACHANKIS DEBRIEFING OF ANGEL HERRERO VELEZ

1/3/67 memo from Chief of Station, JMWAVE to Chief, WH, re interview of Angel Herrero, one of the two men acquitted at the Cubela trial: "Raul Roa Kouri, aka Raul Roa, Jr., aka "Raulito" - 201-299755. The son of the Cuban Foreign Minister, Raul Jr. held various positions in the Foreign Ministry. He was reportedly arrested in March 1966. He has a cryptonym."

124-10287-10185: No Title

Visit to Raul Roa Jr. conducted in late October, 1963. Vital information obtained as described in September FBI memo.

104-10077-10083: DIRECTOR CABLE RE POUCHED ITEMS

11/22/63 cable DIR 84621 from Director to WAVE Re: 201-324654 slugline TYPIC AMRIPE ref DIR 74836: "See DBA 56613 through 56617 pouched 22 Nov manifest 373572 for (FBI) reports of AMRIPE-3 visit AMWORRY-1."

124-90120-10178: No Title

FBI report of 4/27/64 quotes Charles Santos-Buch: The day that Roa gave money to the FPCC was "the beginning of the end"...Castro money was running it."

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