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Cryptonym: VASLOUCH-1

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VASLOUCH-1 was Lauri Olavi Matikainen, businessman, trained in use of wireless telegraphy communications.
Worked with CIA, may have become a double agent for Cuban intelligence. He was an honorary Finnish consul in Havana in the early sixties. Also known as AMSLOUCH-1.


06/17/63: Contact Report: VASLOUCH/2, Di Ubaldo, and Dorenose: Dates: 19 & 20 May 1963: Place: Sands Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida: ..."This initial meeting which lasted until 0900 hours was confined primarily to two topics: one, VASLOUCH/1's contact with and cultivation of Francisco Sanchez who is charged with some road building projects in Oriente Province and who is a close associate of Dr. Rene Vallejo, a key adviser to Castro and two, the recent social cultivation of the VASLOUCHES by an officer of the Soviet Embassy..."

104-10308-10164: MEMO: AMSLOUCH PROJECT

Rumor re September 1963: "Description: Formerly AMREBEL and VASLOUCH, Material centers around AMSLOUCH-1, honorary (REDACTION) Consul in Havana, trained in OWVL and SW; and AMSLOUCH-2, contract type employee, (REDACTION) Embassy Havana. 2. Findings: RIOD 2944 (IN 83322) 18 Dec 63: Mario Rogerio MESTRINHO de Mello, official in Brazilian Emb. Havana, reported to Rio Station contact in Rio: a. wide rumor of assassination attempt against Fidel CASTRO after his TV appearance 6 Dec resulting in killing of man next to him. CASTRO uninjured. Would be killer at large. b. Wide rumor Cuban Jose 'Pepe' LLANUZA met Lee OSWALD in Mexico before Kennedy assassination." See 11/00/76, Memo for the record from LAD/JFK Task Force.

104-10098-10322: DEPARTURE CABLE

12/16/63: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline RYBAT TYPIC VASLOUCH: REF: DIR 89224: "1. VASLOUCH-1 departed for PBRUMEN (Cuba) 15 Dec. 2. MEXI investigating possible methods of securely obtaining release doctor's bag and other VASLOUCH gear. VASLOUCH-2 (Estrella Matikainen) however strongly feels any such action would blow her to her local MEXI Embassy which now has papers and working on free entry. Delay in obtaining free entry will be due to holidays when local GOM (Government of Mexico) officers come to standstill even on diplomatic requests. Teus (?) unlikely VASLOUCH-1 could pick bags until after 6 Jan. 3. FYI: Two studs now in doctor's bag are diagonally placed."


09/08/65: Summary Traces in SPR Format prepared by Bruce H. Gintalas: 201 Number: 201-285412: A-NUMBER: 18721: Page 12: ..."In Havana early in 1963, Subject befriended and apparently attempted to cultivate VASLOUCH-1, -2, and -3 (Identities 2, 3, and 4). The association was discouraged by KUBARK (CIA) because VASLOUCH-1 and -2 were performing important functions in connection with Cuban FI activities and contact with a possible RIS officer was not thought desirable. In September 1962 at the invitation of Senhor Vazco Leitao de Cunha, Brazilian Ambassador to Cuba and newly appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union, VASLOUCH-3 traveled to Moscow and accepted a clerical position at the Brazilian Embassy where she remained for approximately two years. A year later, in September 1963, Subject returned PCS to Moscow. Between December 1963 and February 1964, Subject made three attempts to see VASLOUCH-3. According to VASLOUCH-3, the contacts were by telephone only and she did not meet with Subject personally while in Moscow..." - - - Page 14: "IDENTITIES...IDENTITY TWO - Matikainen, Lauri Olavi, Honorary Finnish Counsel in Havana and KUBARK contact since 1962. IDENTITY THREE - Matikainen, Estrella, wife of IDENTITY TWO. IDENTITY FOUR - Matikainen, Anneli, daughter of IDENTITIES TWO and THREE."

104-10308-10166: DATA SHEET ON AMSLOUCH

Described as "formerly AMREBEL, VASLOUCH... businessman...A-1 passed 2-way WT set to 'musica', probably member AMSAUCE net 7 June 64...it was not inconceivable that AMSLOUCH-1 may have been doubled by Cuban service following AMSAUCE flap."

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