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Cryptonym: AMFAUNA

Definition:
Network of in-Cuba agents, nearly all women, providing military, political, and economic reporting, including reports on attempts to kill Castro.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10308-10120: AMFAUNA PROJECT

This memo on the AMFAUNA project states "This was an on-island SW/OWVL net which provided primarily military, political and economic reporting and supported Miami-based infiltration/exfiltration operations." It goes on to describe several informant reports on suspected plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.

104-10070-10079: OPERATIONAL REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF OPERATION

This is a lengthy review of the AMFAUNA operation. Page 3 includes the detail "Except for AMFAUNA-4, all of the above-mentioned cutouts are women. Two of his [AMFAUNA-1] support agents, including his mail drop, are also women."

David Kaiser, The Road to Dallas, p. 303

"In late July (1963) the CIA was also monitoring an assassination plot involving car bombs by a network code-named AMFAUNA. A 'key figure' in AMFAUNA was CIA agent David Cabeza, who was subsequently linked to John Martino, who Loran Hall had also reported to be interested in car bombs...See Jacob D. Esterline to Deputy Director of Plans, February 4, 1967, CIA-DDP Files, Box 7, folder 1. On Cabeza and Martino see HSCA Memorandum, October 4, 1977, Box 63/2548."

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