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Cryptonym: AMLASH

Definition:
Rolando Cubela Secades, a Cuban doctor and official who was recruited in 1963 for an assassination attempt on Castro. Cubela stated that Castro had to be eliminated before any coup could succeed and had initially requested a high powered rifle from the CIA. The CIA balked at that and Cubela was being given a CIA poison pen on Nov 22 when news of JFK's death broke. Suspicion remains that Cubela may have been acting as a dangle to the CIA by Castro; that is fueled by his lenient treatment after being exposed and convicted of treason.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

AR113: House Select Committee on Assassinations Final Report

CIA MFR of 16 Apr 1976: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: SUBJECT: CUBELA, ROLAND (SECADES) SF#278 42

Church Committee Interim Report, p.86: Church Committee: Interim Report - Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders

1994.05.16.14:15:16:250005: Reel 51, Folder J - ROLANDO CUBELA SECADES.

1/26/67: Dispatch continuation states: "Unknown if (Cubela) has been freed but as a prisoner was responsible for those rehabilitated on the Isle of Pines and has been seen there in a jeep without an escort. It is known that his father wants to leave Cuba."

1993.08.07.09:05:30:340059: Washington Post, Cuba Charges CIA Plotted to Kill Castr

At a public tribunal, Cubela stated that he only worked with the CIA between 1961 to his arrest in 1966. Any claim that he was a double agent "is completely false. A perfidious lie."

Gus Russo, Live by the Sword (1993) pp. 243-247: http://www.maryferrell.org/search.html?q=%22Punta%20icacos%22%20AND%20artime

In the Brazilian-Cuban documentary ZR/RIFLE, Cuban agent Juan Felaifel claimed: "After the (Castro) Assassination...they were planning to start an uprising in the Escambray with the support of approximately 1000 mercenaries Artime had in Central America. They were planning to bring them through Punta Icacos, dividing the road and establishing there a beachhead in order to create a government supported and approved by the Organization of American States."

104-10215-10227: CONTACT REPORT:MEETING OF AMLASH/1 AND MATTHEW H. ONTRICH, PARIS, 22 NOV 1963

On 11/22/63, AMLASH met with Matthew Ontrich/Nestor Sanchez at Charlie Gray's apartment in Paris, France. He was going to leave for Prague days later, but had not confirmed his reservations. He agreed to contact "Bob Owen" when reservations confirmed. Robert Owen was also the man who reviewed Oswald's data when he was trying to return from the Soviet Union during 1961-1962. Was this the same Robert Owen active with the Reagan Administration and Iran-Contra? "(AMLASH) was pleased to read a copy of President Kennedy's November 18 speech in Miami and was even more pleased to hear that Mr. Clark (DAINOLD - Desmond FitzGerald) had helped prepare the President's speech...The individuals in whom AMLASH has the most confidence if a coup occurs are Cmdte. Efiginio Amajeiras Delgado, AMTRUNK-10, Jose Naranjo Morales, mayor of Havana, Naranjo's assistant Jose Assef. Once AMTHUG/Castro is removed, the ones who would support the coup are Cmdte Raul Diaz-Arguelles, Nieves brothers, Captain Fausto Lopez Miranda, Capt. Juan Nuiry Sanchez.

Contributors:
MFF • Bill Simpich

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