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Cryptonym: AMBLEAK-1

Definition:
Estaben Joaquin Blanco Sanchez, an official of Rescate. Also known as Fernando Fernandez Cavada y Paris, an official of UR.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Blanco was a Rescate (Revolutionary Democratic Rescue) official who helped another Rescate official, Frank Paez, who served as a cutout to couriers going into Cuba. Blanco also conducted business with Paez on behalf of Antonio Varona.
Sources:

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

At the top of the page, AMBLEAK-1 is identified in the HSCA notes as "Estaben Joaquin Blanco Sanchez". At page 92, however, it provides a different name: "Fernando F. Cavada, Jr.", a member of UR. As shown below, AMBLEAK-1 appears to have worked with both groups during 1963, and may be two different names for the same man.

104-10167-10361: FIELD INFORMATION REPORT-THE ACTIVITIES OF MANUAL ANTONIO DE VARONA OF RESCATE IN COSTA RICA

1/23/63, memo states that Blanco was a Rescate (Revolutionary Democratic Rescue) officia who helped another Rescate official, Frank Paez.

104-10226-10106: CABLE- UR ISSUES PRESS RELEASE ENGLISH AND SPANISH 12 OUTLETS FEB TO ALL PROP WITH COPIZS GON AND NICARAGUAN PRESS STATING IN SUM

2/16/63, JMWAVE to Director, slugline TYPIC KUWOLF: UR issues press release saying, "Secret traffic between Cuban and Nicaraguan Commies via fishing boats which meet at sea to transfer cargo arms and (propaganda)_ material for rebellion. Among latter are postage size stamps with picture Ernesto Cesar Sandino exhorting Nicaraguans to revolt. These stamps observed being printed at GOC (Government of Cuba) official printing plant. Above report...submitted by AMBLEAK-1...UR subsidized by WAVE."

104-10103-10110: ACTIVITIES OFJORGE VOLSKY

In 1964, an investigation was conducted on Jorge Volsky (AMTRUNK-1) and whether he might be an enemy agent. AMBLEAK-1 was a personal friend, and was asked by his case officer to assist on obtaining background on Volsky throughout the writing of the report.

104-10298-10095 CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL INTERNAL SECURITY

4/10/63 This document shows that Fernando Fernandez Cavada was a leading official within the UR (Unidad Revolucionaria), and was not a member of Rescate.

104-10103-10019: FILES OF MIAMI STATION ASSETS REVIEWED FOR REQUIREMENTS LEVIED IN CONNECTION WITH JFK ASSASSINATION

5/17/77, a fascinating document that states that an unknown source apparently lied when he said that he levied certain requirements on a number of assets immediately after JFK's assassination. The files did not back this claim. This document unambiguiously identifies AMBLEAK-1 as "Fernando Fernandez Cavada y Paris", 201-302889. The original document can be found here: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=5509&relPageId=5&search=%22AmGabe-1%22

104-10174-10076: LIST OF - ASSOCIATES OF VIOLA JUNE COBB

Joaquin Sanchez is listed in June Cobb's files as "Cuban Consulate, NYC".

104-10226-10093: CABLE RE: OA GRANTED AMBLEAK-1

5/17/62: TFW Intel/Ops sent this dispatch stating that an OA had been granted to AMBLEAK-1. Bill Harvey was the receiving officer, TFW/Intel was the authenticating officer. 201-302889 was to be working within GYROSE.

1993.06.01.09:53:16:120000 FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF RUMORS ABOUT OSWALD BEING IN MIAMI AREA; RESU

4/4/64: FBI agent James J. O'Connor, after interviewing John Martino and Nathaniel Weyl (co-authors of I Was Castro's Prisoner), concluded that their story that Oswald was in Miami before 11/22 was baseless. "The only hearsay readily traceable...is an alleged fight between Oswald and one Jerry Buchanan in Miami at beginning of 1963...Fernando Fernandez Cabada, leader of the anti-Castro organization Unidad Revolucionaria (UR) at Miami, said Oswald did not attempt infiltration of UR, nor did Cabada know Oswald to have been in Miami, which information was attributed to him by Mr. Weyl."

104-10226-10079: CABLE RE: SENT SIX MONTH SUPPLY DECADRON AND TWO MONTH SUPPLY LIVER EXTRACTS

Cable from JMWAVE to Director, 10/3/62: Sent medicines into Cuba "via WAVE courier agent 2 Oct. Medicines will be mailed from inside Cuba by distribution mechanism controlled by AMBLEAK-1."

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Carmine Savastano • John Newman • Bill Simpich

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