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Cryptonym: AMRUG-5

Definition:
Victor Paneque Batista, aka Comandante Diego Rene Ricardo. MIRR coordinator answering to AMDITTO-23/Orlando Bosch during early sixties. Sent by his uncle, AMPALM-2/Laureano Batista, to set up the training camp in Lacombe, Louisiana in 1963.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Paneque was not given this crypt until late 1964.
Sources:

104-10177-10193: FYI ONI Pas reported that Duque and Victor Paneque were Recently in New York and in Contact with Naval Intelligence Officer There

7/10/61, JMZIP memo from Director to JMWAVE: These two men were trying to obtain financing or support for proposed Cuban actions. Paneque knew the Naval officer but got no commitment from him.

104-10177-10175: SUBJECT REF IS AMRUG-5: BORN 22 SEPTEMBER 1918 IN HOLGUIN, CUBA

"Former member Castro forces who left Cuba clandestinely in 1960 following Raul Castro's purge of unsympathetic/rightist personnel within Cuba Military. During visit to Miami INS office in September 1960, subject gave address of Dr. Orlando Bosch as address in States. Became active with anti-Castro group in Florida and infiltrated into Cuba to set up anti-Castro forces prior to Bay of Pigs invasion. Participated in Cuban exile activities in New York area in early 1962 and later registered in ISR to Dept of Army in August 1962 (dropped without prejudice on 18 November 1963)."

104-10267-10011: NAME CHECK AND CONSOLIDATION REQUEST ON VICTOR

An index card for 4/29/59 refers to Major Victor Paneque aka Diego as "cit(izen) of Cuba, chief of rural police...scheduled to be eliminated".

1993.08.11.11:27:49:870007: MEMO ON LAWRENCE J. LABORDE (ASSESSMENT AS SOURCE FOR DCS)

104-10508-10305 http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=43196&relPageId=2 JMWAVE memo, 12/30/67: "Old hands at the station confirm JMMOVE was the only Agency sponsored training camp." In a taped interview, CARLOS QUIROGA told Jim Garrison in 1967 that Victor Manuel Paneque y Batista (201-286382) was "in charge of a CIA training camp conducted for Cubans from Miami in Lacombe, LA". http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=101677&relPageId=12 In a taped interview, CARLOS QUIROGA told Jim Garrison in 1967 that Victor Manuel Paneque y Batista (201-286382) was "in charge of a CIA training camp conducted for Cubans from Miami in Lacombe, LA".

104-10518-10305: CABLE: OLD HANDS AT STATION CONFIRM ( ) THE ONLY AGENCY SPONSORED TRAINING CAMP

"ZR" reference to Victor Manuel (Paneque) Batista - physical description provided and discussion about whereabouts after 1963.

104-10165-10266: MEETING WITH LUIS CONTE AGUERO AND VICTOR PANEQUE AKA COMMANDANTE DIEGO

9/16/60,meeting of DC/WH/4 Bernie Reichhardt with AMCORE-2/Luis Conte Aguero and Paneque. Paneque said he could provide information on "number and location of men in the Escambray, quantity and types of arms and ammunition, system of communication, etc., and how it might be possible to make contact with this group." Conte said he could provide proof of all the claims made by Paneque.

104-10166-10335: DISPATCH: GYROSE/PM HUNGER STRIKE RALLY BY CUBAN EXILES 13 MAY 1962

3/14/62 memo from Chief, JMWAVE to Bill Harvey, C/TFW about Miami hunger strike rally. "Victor Paneque, the hunger strike organizer, was the first speaker...(he said it was done) to show JFK that Cubans are ready to die in exile if their right to defend Cuba from Communism is negated..." The last speaker was Laureano Batista, Paneque's uncle, he declared the hunger strike was a victory and that it could now end.

124-10277-10388: No Title

December 1960: Bosch tells FBI that Paneque is the military coordinator for MIRR, which he heads. His armed group in Cuba has 700-1000 men fighting Castro. Paneque is planning to enter Cuba and engage in sabotage.

104-10177-10197: ADVISE SOONEST PRESENT WHEREABOUTS VICTOR PANEQUE

2/14/61 ZRPERUSAL slugline. Paneque wants to do a radio op in Oriente province. Not until he is LCFLUTTERed. Concern he is with Castro's G-2 intelligence service.

124-10226-10290: No Title

Between Dec. 1960-March 1961: Frank Fiorini was working with Orlando Bosch's MIRR and attempted to work out an agreement between MIRR and Victor Paneque. Paneque and Fiorini worked together in an unsuccessful attempt to invade Cuba during Feb. 1961, returning to Miami on 2/26/61.

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