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Cryptonym: AMOT-110

Definition:
Mario del Canal, member of RESCATE and right-hand man to Jose Miro Cardona.
Status:
Speculative
Sources:

1994.04.21.11:27:43:060005: Reel 6, Folder D - MANUEL ANTONIO DE VARONA

7/28/60 cable from MASH to Director: "Mario de Canal is 'head man and general coordinator in Cuba for his REDACTED group Rescate Democratico Revolucionario. Del Canal code name is 'Patricio'."

180-10143-10182: [No Title]

7/28/60: "V. said AMHAWK-2 is his contact with Olien. Mario del Canal is head man and general coordinator in Cuba for AMHAWK's group. Code name Patricio. V. Menendez Tellez is man who put AMHAWK in touch with Olien (aka CIA Havana station chief Jim Noel)

104-10180-10250: DISPATCH: CONVOYING FBI TRACES ON VARIOUS PERSONS

8/5/61: AMOT-110, also known as AMAPACHE-1, reported that Jose Aleman, Jr. lived in Miami Beach and reported to the (US Navy) a plot to blow up the USS Florida in the docks at Miami.

104-10236-10146: CABLE-RAUL MENDEZ PIREZ AND MARIO DEL CANAL OF RESCATE INFORMED AMBUD-1 LETTER RECEIVED 12 DEC FROM CUBA SAYS THERE,WILL BE UPRISING EN MASSE IN CUBA 13 DEC

12/12/62 cable from PW Alice Capanong to Director: "Raul Mendez Pirez and Mario del Canal of Rescate informed (that) AMBUD-1 letter received 12 December from Cuba - says there will be uprising en masse in Cuba 13 December. Letter also stated Castro drunk all the time and is now sleeping at University. Also that Castro ranting about wanting take down the red flags all over Cuba...have no hard intel however which indicates revolt likely at this time. On balance must therefore conclude this just another false alarm."

104-10236-10327: MEMO FOR: AMPACHE-2

3/6/63 memo for PM branch, re AMAPACHE-2: "Several months after subject departed for Cuba, his second wife heard that subject had transferred his automobile to his sister-in-law. She, with the assistance of Mario del Canal, hired a lawyer and tried to obtain possession of the automobile. Mario del Canal is the right-hand man of AMDIP-1/Jose Miro Cardona..Subject's sister-in-law refused to accept the money after she had had this trouble with the lawyer and Mario del Canal. AMAPACHE-1 contacted the brother-in-law of subject's mother who was residing in Miami, and asked that the brother-in-law, whose name was FNU Argudin, deliver funds to subject's children in New York."

124-10280-10031: No Title

8/19/63 airtel from SAC, Miami to Director, FBI: "MM T-3 in the attached (letterhead memo) is Mario de Canal, an officer in (the) Cuban Revolutionary Council...on 8/5/63 Major James Watlington, Special Operations Branch ACSI, U.S. Army, advised that the U.S. Army had no operational interest in proposed transfer of Cuban action groups to Nicaragua...(de Canal) stated that Carlos Prio Socarras, former President of Cuba, has recently been to Cuba...it is rumored he went uninvited to confer with Somoza for the purpose of finding out what is going on and to save face in front of his organization for not having been invited...Jose 'Pepin' Bosch, owner of the Bacardi Rum industry, a Cuban national living in Miami, and Jose Romell Romero, former Supreme Court justice, both of whom have been working for unity among Cuban exile groups, are presently in Nicaragua and reportedly conferring with Somoza...it appears to many Cuban political figures in Miami that the governments of Costa Rica and Nicaragua are working closely to establish Cuban training camps in Central America; however, neither government has the money, equipment of facilities to train Cuban refugees in military warfare, or the ships, air force or communications to facilitate transportation to Cuba for a military action."

1993.06.10.09:07:17:530000: INVESTIGATION OF FERNANDO FERNANDEZ'S ALLEGATIONS OF CUBAN ESPIONAGE N

September 1963: "...the interrogation of Fernandez by the MDC on September 1, 1963, which interrogation was partially conducted by Manolo de Canal, Spanish Radio Station commentator in Miami, details of Fernandez' confession were broadcast from Miami radio stations. This publicity included allegations that 8 individuals located in the United States; Nassau, Bahamas; Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were known to Fernandez as Castro agents. Six of the eight individuals who were alleged to be Castro agents voluntarily presented themselves for interviews on September 3 and 4, 1963, to deny the allegations and clear their names. These individuals were Diego Valero, of Nassau, Bahamas; Julio Power of Hialeah, Florida; Claudio Rodriguez and Pepe Menendez of Miami, Florida, and Henry Bruzual (for himself and his friend Gustavo Osmaya) of Mexico City." The only ones who did not respond were Cuban ambassador to the UN Carlos Lechuga and Jose Rodriguez Menendez, a Cuban embassy officer in Rio de Janeiro. On 9/5/63, Fernando Fernandez presented a written statement saying that his admission of being a spy was given under duress.

104-10260-10014: REPORT COVER SHEET: SOURCE: AMOT-110 IN DD-345 OF 9 AUGUST 1963, FROM MARIO DEL

10/8/63 Report Cover Sheet from Henry Sloman/Tony Sforza to Margaret R. Nankall: "TYPIC - Source: AMOT-110 in DD-345 of 9 August 1963, from Mario del Canal Ferrer...Source: A member of a group of Cuban emigres trained in the techniques of information collection. The group has provided useful reports for over two years. According to Mario del Canal Ferrer of the Rescate Democratico Revolucionario...when Dr. Manuel Antonio Varona Loredo, head of Rescate, was in Nicaragua in early August 1963, former Nicaraguan president Luis Somoza invited him to dinner with former Cuban president Carlos Prio Socarras."

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