CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 7/23/1954

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PRO ARBENZ CAMPESINOS, ARRESTING KNOWN COMVUNISTS, AND PRACTICALLY ALL OTHER SECURITY MEASURES WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED V'lTHCUT DEIATHE FORMATION OF THE COMITE DE OEFENSA NACIONAL CONTRA EL COUUUISWO (CDNCC; IS IMPORTANT STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION BUT TIME KILLEFORE THIS COMMITTEE CAN PROPERLY FUNCTION.

2. SINCEENTIONING THE FORMATION OF CDNCC,NT5 HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN DETAIL toq

T AND MEMBERS OF THE CDNCC, THESECULMINATED IN AN HOUR AMD HALF PRIVATE TALK WITHHJLY AFTERNOON.

3- FOLUWING POINTS EMERGED IN CALLIGERIS DISCUSSION:

no CALLIGERIS AND ZPSECANT BELIEVE THEY BECOMINGSTRONG TO SOONOF JUNTA LEAVING CALLIGERIS AS

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PROVISIONAL PRESIDENT. THEY BELIEVE THIS CAN BE DONE WITHOUT DISTURBANCE IF THEY HAVE PLANES.

HAVE BEEN PERTURBEDHAS SECRET ODYOKE SUPPORT AND AFRAID UNTIL NOR DOMIGHT ROCK BOAT ALTHOUGH^ idcl AFTEH SECRET ARMS CACHE DISCOVERED INfJ "dhOUSE. :

ALSO PROTECTING OTHER PRO ARBENZ AND DUBIOUS INDIVIDUALS. (STATION KNOWS THIS IS TRUE).

BOTH RELIEVED WHEN TOLD "GROUP" HAS NO"Gnouf>s" DESIRE ONLY SEECLEAN UP AHD ESTABLISHMENT ENLIGHTENED ANT I

CALLIGERIS AND C DMITTED THAT GROUPS HI THIN ARtiY STARTING RAISE HEADS AND THERE IS REASOfl BE ALERT TO DANGER 0= ARMY CO'JP. THEY AND ALL OTHERS DESPERATELY ANXIOUS THAT PLANES MEHTIONEI INPBIVE SOONEST. THEY CONVINCED THIS FORCE WOULD eE LOYAL TO THEM AND DISSUADE ANY EFFORT OVERTHROW GOVT.

THEY DESPERATELY ANXIOUS AND NEED FUNDS BOTH FORARMY AND FOR CURRENT GOVT EXPENDITURES. REQUESTED AID.

STATE THEY NOW REALIZE NECESSITY REALLY PUSHMEASURES AND PROMISED DO SO. ADVISED THEY PREPARING NEW STRINGENT DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY LAW MODELED IN PART AFTERSALVADOR AND CHILE. DEATH PENALTY IS APPLICABLE INriS IF COMMITTED AFTER LAW PASSED,

CALLIGERIS MARKEDLY DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE. VERY ANXIOUS COOPERATE TO FULLEST EXTENT, ASKED FOR HELP AND

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ADVICE, ADMITTED HE HAD SPENT TIME UNWISELY, CLAIMS HECDNCC IN COMMUNIST STRUGGLE0 ASKED BANNISTER TO: FEEL*HIM PERSONALLY WHEN EVER DESIRABLE. REQUESTED THATOYAUJrM KTENDS CARRYOMMUNI ST PRrtUS

- 4o* WITH RESPECT' TO CDNCC, CALL! GEfl'STATED' HERES" ZPSEMANTIC GO PBPRIME AS HIS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO DISCUSS &CDNCCDS;vV/iTH'nGnOUPc :AND TO FCRMALLY REQUEST INCREASED "TECHNICAL OTHER ASSISTANCE IN ORGANIZING UN EFFECTIVE WSBURNT INTELLIGENCE SERVICE. THEY IYOW REALIZE THAT CDKCC ORGANIZATION AS PUSHED BY STATION IS NOT THATOLICE FORCE BUT THAT OF AN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE WITH CT.UTAIN POLICE PREROGATIVES AND FUNCTIONSo

CALLIGERIS FULLY ACCEPTS THAT ANY MONETARY AID FURN'SHED DIRECTLY BY I'GROUP" TO CDNCC HUST BEHORT TERM BASIS. COULD PROVEBARRASSINGHIS BECAME (NCVN^ AND FINANCING SHOULD BE DONE BY WSBURNT GOVT ITSELF AS SOONPOSSIBLE.

IN VIEW TREMENDOUS CHANGE IN ATTITUDE CALLIGERISEAL-fZING FINANCIAL SITUATION HIS GCVT DESPEI/TE, PLAN RELEASE ONNGULYFOR AID' LIBERA! ION ARMY: THIS HALF MU APPROVED FOR RELEASE BY HQS MO ADVISED TMS STATION BY5 ALSO PLAN RELEASE SAME .AMttWT FOR FINANCIAL AID

TO GOVT ITSELF ON SAME DAiEt THIS ALSO HAtf-AMOUNT AUTHORIZED BNF SAMEJo, HAVE, DISCUSSED THISTH.JMLV.UG AND KE; CONSIDERTHAT BANNISTER PERSONALLY DELIVER THESE TWO

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AMOUNTS TO WILL OBTAIN USUAL RECEIPT.

NO PARTICULAR SECURITY BREACH THUS HANDLINGIN LIAISON STATUS.

HQS CONFIRMATION.

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