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Cryptonym: LIEMPTY-1

Definition:
Ramon Joseph Alvarez Durant aka Raymond Gerende, who ran the three photographic basehouses focused on the Soviet compound in Mexico City. He was previously known as LIPSTICK-20.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10219-10175: DISPATCH: GERENDE, RAYMOND H

This document indicates that Raymond Gerende is the pseudonym for Ramon Joseph Alvarez. The last two pages of this dispatch show that his cryptonym was LIEMPTY-1.

104-10118-10334: RENEWAL OF PROJECT LIEMPTY

This renewal of LIEMPTY for the 1963 period shows GERENDE as the lead agent in the project by salary, with two other agents under him, and then LIEMPTY-4 through LIEMPTY-24 below. The preceding pages describe his leadership role.

104-10187-10023: DISPATCH: LIEMPTY PROJECT RENEWAL

Gerende ran the three photographic basehouses watching the Soviet compound, he ran LIENTRAP (photo stakeouts), and he provided "operational support to Station basehouses; i.e., to rent hotel rooms and apartments, and conduct counter-surveillances."

104-10414-10402: LIEMPTY/PROGRESS REPORT FOR FIRST QUARTER 1963

4/8/63 dispatch from COS Win Scott to C/WH J.C. King: "Raymond H. GERENDE, the second cutout under the LIEMPTY project, provided support to the AMSTRUT operation by obtaining, under difficult conditions and minimum advance warning, a secure and suitable safe apartment for the use of WAVE case officers in the debriefing and training of AMSTRUT-2."

104-10219-10175: DISPATCH: GERENDE, RAYMOND H

10/8/63 technical interrogation (LCFLUTTER) of Ramon Alvarez: "The purpose of this interrogation was primarily to determine whether or not Subject is in secret contact with or providing information to any other intelligence organization. Also covered during the interrogation were questions pertaining to Subject's revelation of (CIA) affiliation, communist sympathies and membership, and vulnerability to blackmail." This interrogation was conducted just days after the alleged Lee Oswald visit to Mexico City, and is one of the few surviving copies of what were more than 20 interrogations conducted during October 1963 to key Mexico City personnel.

180-10144-10236: HSCA PROCEDURAL WRITE-UP: CUBA TRIP

1978 Appendix 3 to HSCA Procedural Write-Up to Mexico City Trip 2: "HSCA staffers Edwin Juan Lopez and Harold Leap traveled to Mexico City on 8/7/78. The staff members were met by David T. Patton at the Mexican airport at 10:15 pm. Mr. Patton then checked the staffers into Room 1754 at the Maria Isabel Hotel...Steinfeld, CIA Chief of Station in Mexico City, wished to see us at 8:30 am the following day. On Tuesday, August 8, 1978, Committee staffers met with Larry Sternfield. He informed the staffers that the two individuals that the Committee wished to interview, Daniel Flores aka Luis Aparicio and Ramon Alvarez Durant, were now available. At 9:30 am, 8/8/78, Committee members interviewed Danny Flores. (See write-up of Danny Flores interview). The interview ended at approximately 10:15 am...Mr. Steinfeld stated that the HSCA's interview with Ramon Alvarez Durant was considered 'highly sensitive'. He explained that three rooms at a nearby hotel would be used. In one room Ramon Alvarez Durant would sit, Committee staff members would sit in a second room, and two CIA personnel officers would insure that the equipment worked properly in a third room. Mr. Steinfield then telephoned Mr. Niles Gooding, who had been sent to the Mexico City Station from Headquarters to arrange the procedures for the interviews."

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Bill Simpich

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