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Cryptonym: AMWAX-1

Definition:
Oscar Fernandez Viega. Interviewed in July 1964 by the FBI over a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. Denied any knowledge of or participation in any plan to assassinate Castro.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
AMWAX-1 was described in a September 1964 CIA Field Information Report as "a Cuban exile with excellent contacts in the Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation." Furthermore, AMWAX-1 was used to monitor the activities of AMWORM-1 (Miguel Angel Leon, aka Miguel de Leon Rojas, aka "Cuco", former Cuban senator and aide to Manuel Artime). In addition, a March 1965 cable stated that AMWAX-1 was a former student of AMLASH-1 (Rolando Cubela Secades).
Sources:

104-10506-10028: MEMO: LATIN AMERICA DIVISION TASK FORCE REPORT OF POSSIBLE CUBAN COMPLICITY IN THE JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION

7/12/64 WAVE cable to HQ: "AMWAX-1 (Oscar Fernandez Viega) and UOAMBER-2 (REDACTED) were independently interviewed by local FBI reps concerning plot to assassinate Castro. Both denied any knowledge of or participation in any plan to assassinate Castro."

104-10192-10222: CABLE: CIA FILE ON MDC.

09/30/64, Report Cover Sheet: from JMWAVE: Reporting officer: Stephen R. Manganello, Reports Officer: Margaret R. Nankall, Approving Officer: Andrew K. Reuteman: "Source: AMWAX-1.....Page 74: CIA Field Information Report: Country: Cuba/Dominican Republic, Place & Date Acq.: United States, Miami (22 September 1964): Subject: 1. Shipment of a 23-Foot Viking Class Boat to the Dominican Republic for the MDC. 2. Efforts to Recruit a Crew for the DRE's M/V SUSAN ANN: SOURCE: A Cuban exile with excellent contacts in the Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation..."

104-10216-10360: CABLE: 25 FEB AMWAX-1 REPORTED FOLL OF POSSIBLE INTEREST AMWORLD

02/27/65, cable from JMWAVE to Director: Sluglines RYBAT YOBITE TYPIC AMWORLD AMLASH: "1. 25 Feb AMWAX-1 reported FOLL of possible interest AMWORLD AMLASH: A. 24 Feb, AMWORM-1 held meeting with IDEN A (Teofilo Babun), 2 (Eliseo Gomez) and AMWAX-1 in IDEN 1 office WAVE area to determine if they cared accompany him Santo Domingo to meet unidentified individual whom AMWORM-1 described as agent sent by Cuban Government but who loyal to AMWORM-1. Double agent arriving Santo Domingo from Spain CA 5 Mar. IDEN-1 is friend AMWORM and frequent source funds for exile action groups. Although AMWORM-1 refused identify DA, stated IDEN-1 knew DA, could trust him, that DA formetly lived in home Carlos (Prio) Socarras and was member old Directorio (Handwritten note at margin: 'probably AMLASH/3 or /2?'). DA currently in Spain and planning fly Santo Domingo for meeting with AMWORM-1 and tour exile bases Dominican Republic. Since info provided by AMWORM-1 limited, IDENS and AMWAX-1 temporarily refused accompany but agreed meet following day...Page 6: ..."4. AMWORM-1 known distorter of facts and AMWAX-1 states he not certain what believe re validity AMWORM-1 comments. AMWAX-1 suggests best way clarify situation is for him travel D.R. with AMWORM-1 and meet so called D.S. AMWAX-1 instructed take no action until further notice. 5. AMWAX-1 relaible reporter and if HQs wishes clarify situation recommend we let him travel D.R. with AMWORM-1. Please advise."

104-10216-10331: CABLE: NO OBJECTION AMWAX-1 TRAVEL DOMREP TO MONITOR AMWORM-1

3/1/65, Cable from JMWAVE to Director (Orig: Carl E. Jenkins, Unit: WH/C/CA/EA): Slugline RYBAT TYPIC YOBITE AMWORLD AMLASH: "1. No objection AMWAX-1 travel Dominican Republic to monitor AMWORM-1 activities. Please keep HQs advised any further reports this source..."

104-10216-10330: CABLE RE POSSIBLE RECRUITMENT OF ATTENDEE OF MARIANIST CONGRESS.

03/30/65, Cable from JMWAVE: Slugline TYPIC AMWAX: "1. Request priority POA prior 2 Apr for AMWAX-1 recruit Subj ref as Habana KUTUBE and support agent depending on results A-1 assessment Subj upon contact. 2. During recent trip SDOM on AMLASH-1 case AMWAX-1, former student of Subj, told by Cuban exile priests SDOM that Subj attending Marianist Congress. Recalling that Subj had approved of Castro Revolution A-1 asked whether Subj still pro-Castro. Priests replied Subj had lost all enthusiasm for Castro cause and while not loudly anti-Castro, had made definitely anti-Castro anti-commie statements to friends at Congress. 3. Having discussed Subj lead with WAVE A-1 desires return and contact Subj for assessment and possible recruitment initially on unwitting basis with possible later conversion to witting status. Handwritten note: '*Requested HQs traces father (REDACTION), Jesuit (REDACTION) of (unintelligible) now attending Marianist Congress at Santo Domingo.'"

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Gavin McDonald

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