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Cryptonym: AMPALM-4

Definition:
Angel Fernandez Varela, paramilitary leader of the MRP/MRR complex.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

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

104-10308-10113: CABLE: AMPALM-4 SAID FRANCISCO CHAO REPEAT CHAO HERMIDA ATTENDED

In this post-assassination cable from early December 1963, informant AMPALM-4 (Angel Fernandez) passed along information regarding "Plan Judas" which involved "autenticos inside PBRUMEN (Cuba)." The cable adds the claim of Harry Williams that he, Williams, would lead Cuba and had been so named by GPFOCUS (Robert Kennedy). It further reported a meeting between Miguel "Cuco" Leon and the head of ODBEAT (Defense Intelligence Agency head Gen. Carroll), wherein Carroll was said to have "spoke against KUBARK (CIA) because they interfering with Plan Judas." A later document shows that on 2/24/64, Cuban exile informant Valentin Diaz, located in Venezuela, said that "An operation called 'Plan Judas' is being constructed inside Cuba" and included Juan Almeida as one of the "key figures." https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=12625#relPageId=4 According to Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann in Legacy of Secrecy, the Almeida coup plan ended after JFK's death.

104-10229-10340: CABLE: DESPITE CONTINUING DIFFERENCES AMONG MEMBERS AMBUD AND OTHERS

4/4/61, JMWAVE to BELL: AMBUD-1, AMJAG-1 and AMDIP-1 all objected to the notion of AMPALM-4 becoming the new director of the JMHOPE program. It was felt he lacked "good judgment and political tact in choosing teammates for his new endeavor". Objection to the three men he chose to work for him: Francisco Chao Hermida was described as a gangster; FNU Alonso Avila and Miguel Suarez Fernandez were former pro-Batista congressmen. Urge you to tell Choaden/Phillips have the three men replaced and then hold the line and not replace AMPALM-4. JMWAVE urged to keep AMPALM-4 in his position and to urge Choaden/David Phillips to take action that would support him.

Harold Weisberg reviews notes from Tony Summers, 1983: http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/O%20Disk/Oswald%20Lee%20Harvey%20Mexico/107.pdf

Notes indicated that Angel Fernandez Varela was one of five disinformation agents in Mexico City, and that four of them were controlled by David Phillips.

NARA Record Number: 104-10171-10041: AMSPELL PROGRESS REPORT FOR AUGUST 1962

Note: NARA typo describes this report as "August 1969". This report refers to Stanley Zamka (David Morales) as part of the team that is reappraising the CIA's relationship with the DRE after its attack on the Miramar section of Havana on 8/24/62. On August 30, "AMPALM-4 reported that the AMSPELL attack on Havana was part of a three-part phase plan, the second stage being an attack on a Soviet vessel in Havana harbor..."

104-10192-10155: CABLE RE MRR/AMPALM-4 RELATIONSHIP

"AMPALM-4 adamant refusal to meet or be identified to key MRR people like AMPALM-10 or QDCOVE while at the same contending (he) has control and allegiance MRR beginning appear very unwholesome...in talk with AMCLATTER/1 after meeting AMBIDDY made clear he does not feel obligated (to) accept action or advice (from) AMPALM-4."

104-10271-10039: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL/ ORGANIZATION

3/4/60 memo on the unification effort of the anti-Castro forces by Wilmer Aretz, with attachments. This map of the AMPALM Group Directorate shows AMPALM-2/Laureano Batista Falla of the MDC as head of "Political Action" and Angel Fernandez Varela/AMPALM-4 of the MRR as head of "Paramilitary".

FBI 105-82555 Oswald HQ File, Section ?

12/31/63 note on White House stationery from Ralph Dungan to "Nick": "Here is the memo I told you about today. Bio data of the man who prepared it (Note: Dr. Jose Lasaga of the MRR) is on the last page. This is in the nature of a theory of the crime and is designed as a possible aid in indicating areas which might be fruitfully investigated. Having talked to the author for several hours, I was very highly impressed with his intelligence and sincerity. He is not a crackpot. One alleged fact (page 12) interested me and I have determined that it comes to the author from one Angel Fernandez Varela, an employee of La Voz de Cuba in Miami who received it from Salvador Diaz Verson who apparently was in Mexico City after the assassination doing investigative work on behalf of an unnamed principal. If this is an accurate report, it appears to me to be of some substance." Page 12 states that "Oswald held an extended interview with the Cuban Ambassador in Mexico, whom he met in a restaurant in the outskirts (of Mexico City)."

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