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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."

104-10227-10021: 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."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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