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Cryptonym: AMBALD-1

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Definition:
Humberto Arcocha Barcelo, Cuban engineer in the US by 1965.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
A memo on March 24, 1965, stated that AMBALD-1 was Humberto Arcocha Barcelo. It also stated that his brother, Juan Arcocha Barcelo, was AMBALD-2. Both names were handwritten in.

The memo also noted that "Figolak (note: aka "Horace Goelet") asked AMBALD-1 if AMBALD-2 or (Carlos) Franqui had told him the names of any of those on Raul's list for execution if Fidel were to be assassinated. AMBALD-1 said that they had mentioned Efigenio Ameijeiras, Faure Chomon, and Rolando Cubela as listed."

A cable on March 16, 1965, stated that during AMBALD-1's conversation with Carlos Franqui on March 1st, Franqui "indicated awareness that AMLASH-1 (Rolando Cubela Secades) 'wild enough to try something against AMTHUG (Fidel Castro) or his brother'. (Franqui) stated that he liked and respected AMLASH-1." AMBALD-2 told AMBALD-1 that Raul Castro hated AMLASH-1 and the feeling was mutual.
Sources:

104-10216-10347: CABLE RE CARLOS FRANQUI

3/16/65 cable, WITHHELD: "FYI. During AMBALD-1 conversation with (Carlos Franqui) on 1 March, (Franqui) indicated awareness that AMLASH-1 'wild enough to try something against (Fidel) or his brother'. (Franqui) stated that he liked and respected AMLASH-1. AMBALD-2 told AMBALD-1 that brother (marginalia: Raul Castro) hates AMLASH-1 and feeling mutual. Stated AMLASH-1 high on the list of 200..."(Marginalia: "counter-revs to be shot in the event Fidel shot.")

104-10216-10337: CONTACT REPORT: MEETING WITH AMBALD ON TALKS WITH CARLOS FRANQUI PARIS, FRANCE, MARCH 1965. IN

3/24/65 Memorandum for the Record, an extract on briefing report between Stanley Figolak aka "Horace Goelet" and AMBALD-1 (Humberto Arcocha Barcelo): "Figolak asked AMBALD-1 if AMBALD-2 (Juan Arcocha Barcelo) or (Carlos) Franqui had told him the names of any of those on Raul's list for execution if Fidel were to be assassinated. AMBALD-1 said that they had mentioned Efigenio Ameijeiras, Faure Chomon, and Rolando Cubela as listed. Franqui told AMBALD-1 that one basis of the feud between Cubela and Raul Castro was Cubela's right to wear the uniform of the Rebel Army with the rank of major. Raul maintained that since Cubela was not in the Sierra he should not wear the uniform. According to Franqui, when Cubela returned after his last trip he was appointed a (medical coordinator) and thus he could wear the uniform. Presumably, this was a point for Cubela in the continued feud with Raul."

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