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Cryptonym: AMHAM-1

Definition:
Juan Felaifel Canahan testified against Rolando Cubela and others at the 1966 criminal trial in Cuba.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Was he a double agent? The Cuban government claimed he was. His brother Amis Felaifel claimed that he was not. Amis was an agent for the CIA - he was chief of intelligence for the MRR. These two brothers were Lebanese Cubans, with a last name similar to the popular Middle East wrapped sandwich known as felafel.
Sources:

104-10234-10391: PRESS COVERAGE OF AMLASH TRIAL

3/14/66 memo from JMWAVE states that the Carlos Martinez article is the most important article about the Cubela trial. "Article claim(s) AMHAM-1 took eight LCFLUTTER tests and had passed them all. Names of three alleged (CIA) agents in MIami (two of them correct). Fact his chief was American Lt. Col. who called self Smith (this is AMOZON case officer Leifeshe who used alias Smith). AMHAM-1 work as double agent made easier because his brother, AMBASS-1, was intel chief for MRR.

Carlos Martinez, Chicago Daily News Service, "Castro Death Plot Figure Claims He Infiltrated CIA",

Carlos Martinez article, actual publication date 3/15/66: "The key testimony came from Juan Felaifel Canavar (sic), 24, who claimed he infiltrated the operation of the Central Intelligence Agency in Florida as a Castro spy...Felaifel further testified that he had taken eight lie detector tests as part of CIA internal security checks and passed them all...his brother Anis was chief of intelligence for the (MRR), a Cuban exile group headed by Manuel Artime. Anis Felaifel in 1959 unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Ernesto (Che) Guevara, and escaped to Miami after machine-gunning the wrong car."

104-10234-10188: CABLE: FOLL SUMMARY DEVELOPMENTS SUBJ AFFAIR 11-12 MARCH

3/15/66 JMWAVE memo: "AMBASS-1 does not believe AMHAM-1 was a double agent. AMHAM-1 loved wife dearly and worried for her during his absences from Miami. AMHAM-1 basically not interested in political and social problems which disturbed most (Cuban) exiles, more interested in leisure activities than trying pick up info re Cuban exiles..."

124-90019-10174: No Title

5/7/63, FBI interview with Juan Felaifel Canhan, right after his defection from Cuba to the United States.

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Bill Simpich

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