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Pseudonym: Pachankis, Henry

Definition:
Jack Stewart, also known as AMBLINK-1, "Joe", Andrew Merton, Jack Warren, and Vincent Pivall. Henry S. Pachankis acted as interpreter for two courses in January, 1964, as part of AMBIDDY-1's Orientation Program. In addition, a memo in August, 1978, described Pachankis as AMMUG-1's contact in the Miami area, and "a career associate."
Category:
pseudonym
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
John Newman, Countdown to Darkness, p. 428: Jack Stewart was in Cuba from approximately Nov. 1955-January 1960, where he worked under State Department cover as a political officer but reported to the CIA Havana station. A dispatch in July, 1967, on AMRAZZ-1's termination as an agent, stated that Henry S. Pachankis had been his case officer for 4 years.
Sources:

104-10236-10005: LUCIANO GOICOECHEA HAS SENT ME THE ATTACHED MEMORANDUM

10/30/62 memo from "Joe" (Henry Pachankis) to "Maximo" (Tony Sforza) re tip from Luciano Goicoechea. Also see 104-10183-10366: Pachankis used the alias "Joe Norris"

104-10241-10087: DISPATCH: AMBIDDY-1 ORIENTATION PROGRAM

01/09/64, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, Special Affairs Staff: Page 5: "ORIENTATION PROGRAM: Program Period: 6-18 January 1964. Total Hours: 83: "PERIOD: 10 January: ...1700-2200: SUBJECT: Introduction to Clandestine Maritime Operations: INSTRUCTOR: Faitelson. INTERPRETER: Pachankis. 11 January: 0900-1500: SUBJECT: Maritime Operational Planning Techniques. INSTRUCTOR: Faitelson. INTERPRETER: Pachankis..."

104-10216-10043: MEMORANDUM: INTERVIEW WITH: ANGEL HERRERO VELEZ AND HIS WIFE, YOLANDA CAGNA NAVA

12/14/66 memo to "Neill" (Harvey aide Neill Prew?) crossed out to read "CI/Watlington") - From: (looks like "Joe"), then a deletion, then "Henry S. Pachankis". Re: Interview with Angel Herrera Velez, who was acquitted at the Cubela trial earlier that year. Gonzelez/QUHOPS-1 - the boss of Veciana's boss - https://www.maryferrell.org/php/crypsuedit.php?type=pseudo&id=PACHANKIS_HENRY#was all over the Cubela story as well.

104-10216-10042: DISPATCH: TYPIC/AMBLINK/OPERATIONAL/HENRY S. PACHANKIS DEBRIEFING OF ANGEL HERRERO VELEZ

01/03/67, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH: "1. Attached herewith is a report prepared by Henry S. Pachankis following his debriefing on 13 December 1966 of Angel Herrero Velez and his wife Yolando Cagna Nava. 2. Herrero arrived in Miami 5 December 1966 via Varadero. He was interviewed on that date at Opa Locka, during which time he stated that he had been arrested and tried along with Rolando Cubela Secades and others involved in a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. The purpose of Pachankis' debriefing was to obtain details of Herrero's relationship with Cubela and with other persons involved. Details of the trial are not included in the report inasmuch as Herrero stated that the reports appearing in the Havana newspapers were detailed and accurate..."

104-10071-10168: DISPATCH: TYPIC/AMBLINK/OPERATIONAL/DEBRIEFING OF MARIANO SORI MARIN

03/14/67, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH: "1. Forwarded herewith is a report prepared by Henry S. Pachankis following his debriefing of Mariano Sori Marin on 1 March 1967. During Sori's preliminary interview at Opa Locka on 27 February 1967, Sori stated that he was acquainted with many Cuban Government officials and DSE officers...Pachankis' debriefing was an effort to obtain additional information concerning Mariano Sori Marin's former connections with the Cuban Government and its officials, and his knowledge of DSE personalities. 2. Although Pachankis believed that Mariano Sori Marin had not been candid and could provide much additional information, he would not do so. He was held over a day so that Pachankis could debrief him and to hold him over still another day in Miami seemed fruitless..."

104-10262-10380: DISPATCH: TYPIC / OPERATIONAL TERMINATION OF AMRAZZ/1

07/12/67, Dispatch from COS, JMWAVE to Chief, WH: "1. AMRAZZ/1, who has been reporting on exile personalities and activities for the past six years, was terminated effective 10 June 1967...3. AMRAZZ/1 has been hired as a consultant with the Hudson Institute of New York...He has been in New York City for the past several weeks in connection with Institute business, and has been reporting by mail to his case officer, Henry S. Pachankis (P), who has handled him for the past four years...4. AMRAZZ/1 was notified of his termination in a telephone conversation with Pachankis on 30 June. He had raised the question of his future usefulness in recent letters to Pachankis, and since he did not plan to be in the Miami area anytime soon, we decided to give him the decision by phone: something we would not have done under normal circumstances...In other words the termination was an amicable one. A copy of Pachankis' report on his telephone conversation with AMRAZZ/1 is attached herewith...(Signed) Chester R. Mendrick."

104-10183-10355: CIA FILE ON AMMUG-1

03/02/70, Dispatch from COS, WH/Miami to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division: Subject: Status of AMMUG-1: "1. Forwarded herewith is the most recent contact report from Henry S. Pachankis concerning AMMUG-1. 2. As indicated, Pachankis broke the bad news contained in Reference B on AMMUG-1's citizenship. AMMUG-1 apparently took the news as could be expected. Nevertheless, the Station would appreciate periodic notice on the status of AMMUG-1's case so we may keep him informed on any progress. 3. In regard to Reference C, Pachankis probed in the area of wife problems and never really resolved the situation. Pachankis seemed to think, however, that the wife is still living with AMMUG-1. (Signed) Melvin D. Kerschen."

104-10225-10012: CIA FILE ON ( )SHELL-5

10/05/72, Memorandum for the record from Oscar C. Kalbing: Subject: Meeting with AMCHALK-5: Note on Page 1 of memo Wibalda's name is "Roberto." Page 2: ..."5. If the contact is made next week, AMCHALK-5 will be back before Pachankis is. I said we would want to debrief him in Miami and that either I would see him or Pachankis would. I said that if Pachankis talks to him, he can tell Pachankis the complete details of the operation unless I phoned him otherwise..." AMCHALK-5 and Henry S. Pachankis also met the previous month (September, 1972): https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=160742&search=HENRY_S.+PACHANKIS#relPageId=55&tab=page

104-10166-10016: WHEREABOUTS AND CURRENT ACTIVITIES OF LUIS CONTE AQUERO

02/12/75, Memorandum from Henry S. Pachankis: "1. On the afternoon of 12 February, called the Anthony Abraham Chevrolet Agency (on SW 8th St and LeJuene Avenue, Miami, tel. 444-3561) and asked the operator to speak with Subject...2. Minutes after, I called Alberto Beguiristain (Note: AMANCHOR-1), a salesman with Anthony Abraham. (Since c. July 1974, I have been in loose contact with Alberto. Hqs and (REDACTION) had expressed an interest in assisting his mother obtain a US non immigrant visa when and if she received a temporary permit from the GOC to visit Alberto)...3. Subject has for the past four or five years been publically known as a new car salesman for the Abraham Agency. His ads in the local Cuban tabloids have been frequent. He also contributes to the same tabloids and the 'Diario de las Americas' newspaper with political articles and patriotic and philosophical poems (as the one attached from tonight's 'Diario.') Although he apparently takes himself seriously as an author/poet intellectual, his talents as a car salesman have kept him from going hungry. In fact, it is said he has been a most successful salesman, winning many sales awards."

104-10127-10030: CABLE ADVISING OF HSCA DESIRE TO INTERVIEW (DELETION)

08/01/78, Cable from Director to Mexico City: Slugline WNINTEL RYBAT SLANK: "1. Following FYI only: House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) desires interview SLANK-1 (S-1) in connection with their investigation of President Kennedy's assassination. 2. Please advise priority if Henry S. Pachankis is still in contact with S-1 and confirm if S-1 still resides 2931 SW 19th Terrace, Miami, phone (305) 443-3027. 3. Above info needed for preliminary planning. Do not report not reveal HSCA interest to S-1. We plan to have any HSCA interview of S-1 conducted at HQs under controlled conditions. Will advise future developments when known. End FYI. 4. File: 201-749651...ORIG: W. Sturbitts - C/LA/STB...COORD: OLS (Joannides), PCS/LOC (Shepanek), DC/LA/CO (LATRASH), C/LA/CAR/Miami. REL: C/LAD Warren..."

104-10135-10139: HSCA REQUEST 25 JULY 78 OLC 78-2534 25 JULY 78-1 DEC 78- -MULTIPLE DOCS- -MEMO: SUBJECT: VLADIMAR RODRIGUEZ LAHERA.

08/07/78, Memorandum from Raymond A. Warren, Chief, Latin American Division to Deputy Director, Office of Security: Subject: Vladimir Rodriguez Lahera: "1. The House select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) has requested that we arrange an interview for them with Subject (former AMMUG/1) who defected from the Cuban Intelligence Service in 1964. Subject is now a U.S. citizen and entered the U.S. under PL 110. 2. Subject's last known address was 2931 SW 19th Terrace, Miami, Florida, telephone (305) 443-3027. Henry S. Pachankis (P), a career associate assigned to LA/Miami Station was Subject's contact in the Miami area. Pachankis attempted to locate Subject; however, the telephone had been disconnected and a visit to Subject's residence revealed that he had moved and left no forwarding address. The post office box established for Subject's use was serviced and there was no communication from Subject notifying us of his change of address and/or phone number. 3. The HSCA considers their interview with Subject to be extremely important and your assistance in locating the whereabouts of Subject through your Miami office on a priority basis would be most appreciated. It is requested the no contact be made with Subject when his whereabouts is ascertained since we prefer to have someone whose bona fides is established contact him and arrange for the HSCA interview."

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