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Cryptonym: AMSTOKE-1

Definition:
Lucas Roig, aka Pedro Lucas Roig Ortega, assistant commercial attache at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City who defected during June 1962.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

104-10102-10223: PROGRESS REPORT ON DEFECTION AND RECRUITMENT ACTIVITY IN LATIN AMERICA

Written by "Station Mexico", apparently in 1962: "Since around January 1960, Station Mexico has been involved in 11 defections and 'recruitments' of Cuban officials, mostly from the Cuban embassy in Mexico City. The most important of these was by Jose Pardo Llada, who was not an official and not from the Embassy, but was next to Castro himself, the most popular voice among the Cuban masses...besides Jose Pardo Llada, the above-mentioned defections - all successful KUWOLF actions - included: A. Manuel Villafana Martinez - Cuban air attache; B. Jaime Varela Canosa - Cuban naval attache...; C. Julian Arias Prado (AMTOAD-1), Cuban vice consul from Los Angeles; D. Antonio R. Montanes Laredo, Cuban foreign service officer; E. Gilda Portela Margolles de Montanes, Cuban consul; F. Roberto Roca Rosillo; G. Pedro Lucas Roig Ortega, Cuban commercial representative...the (Mexico City) station's best chance of getting worthwhile information from REDACTED in the near future seems to be AMSTET-1, who works in the same REDACTED as AMSTOKE-1 did formerly."

104-10276-10068: CABLE: ON 15 JUNE 62

6/16/62: "On 15 June 1962, AMSTET-1 told LIMASK-1 that embassy very upset (about) AMSTOKE-1 defection. Said Ramon Cuenca particularly worried and that Manuel Vega Perez (AMPOON-1) who in charge (of) security also on spot."

104-10276-10067: EXCERPT: FOL RE CUENCA: CUENCA CHIEF G-2 MEXI

MEXI 1108, 6/18/62, 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 in G-2. "Both lately in charge (to) keep AMSTOKE-1 under surveillance and AMSTOKE-1 escaped."

104-10166-10019: AMCORE-2 STATED THAT SILIO TOLD HIM THAT AT END JUNE AMBUD TAKING OVERALL PBRUMEN RADIO PROPAGANDA INCLUDING VOZ DE CUBA AND JMHOPE

6/26/62 cable from JMWAVE to Director, slugline GYROSE: "FYI AMCORE-2 told William S. WIBALDA that he got in conversation with Antonio Sileo, secretary of AMBUD, during the AMBUD press conference held for AMSTOKE-1."

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

"In June of (1962), the assistant commercial attache at the Cuban embassy (in Mexico City), Pedro Lucas Roig Ortega (201-324221) defected and, after a press conference held by the station, departed for the United States."

104-10298-10257: CUBAN-MEXICAN COMMERCIAL RELATIONS

6/25/62 memo from DDP Richard Helms to Bureau of International Programs, Department of Commerce, Attention: Mr. John P. Hebrew. (See 124-10206-10398, p. 5 - by 6/63 Hebrew was Director, Investigation Division, Office of Export Control reporting on Cuban exile activists). Info was obtained during May 1962 from a source with good contacts inside the Cuban embassy in Mexico City whose reliability is unknown. The source reported on a number of Mexican firms transshipping US goods into Cuba, including several with auto parts (note: did not see Ramon Cortes' company among them)...Ramon Cesar Cuence Mototo, Cuban commercial attache in Mexico City (and AMSTOKE-1's immediate superior) makes payment in dollars for products imported from the United States. He has $200,000 deposited in six different accounts in the Banco Nacional de Mexico. Cuenca maintains close relations with the Czech commercial attache in Mexico City." Notes at end of document state "PROJECT: NO PROJECT (AMSTOKE-1)."

104-10227-10021: DISPATCH:PROGRESS REPORT ON AMBUD FOR JUNE 1962

8/2/62 dispatch UFGA-5036 from Chief of Station JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Review of recent PASSAVOY reports..."on 23 June (at Station direction) AMBUD called a press conference and AMBUD-1 introduced AMSTOKE-1 who made his declaration and answered questions from the press."

104-10512-10046: CABLE:ON 16 SEP 62 AMSAIL-1 MET RAMON CESAR CUENCA MONTOTO AT CUENCAS

9/19/62 cable from Mexico City to Director: "On 16 Sep 62 AMSAIL-1 met Ramon Cesar Cuencas Montoto (better known as Ramon Cesar Cuenca Mutoto) at Cuenca's home and obtained his agreement in principal to cooperate. Meeting arranged by FNU Rossell Comas, good friend of Cuenca and LIMASK...AMSAIL-1 did not point up fact Cuenca allying himself, consciously or not, with Americans who are also against Cuban Commies."

104-10185-10154: RAMON CESAR CUENCA

6/26/64, report from AMMUG-1: "Ramon Cesar Cuenca (AMSTOKE-1's former boss) is the chief of the Illegal Department for Central America, including Mexico and Panama, for the (Cuban DGI, aka the General Directorate for Intelligence). In approximately September or October of 1963 Cuenca went to Poland and was replaced by pseudonym 'MIKE'.

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Bill Simpich

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