CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM LINCOLN RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/29/1954

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PURSUANT GALBOMD/DUNBAR ^ELEPH^Op^SlU VERSATIN MERCHANT

fTUNE, QUERIES TO THE FIELD NOW CLEARLY ESTABLIACT' SUCH VESSELS HAD BEEN HITYNCARP PILOT,,

2a BRIEFLY THE CIRCUMSTANCES APPEAR TOATTER OF THE PILOT KNOWING- FROM DISCUSSIONS WITH CAXJICK TRVlT ^HADA VESSEL AT SAN JOSE UNLOADING FUf^'ANEvPOSsiuLY ARMS AND URGED IT BEOMB HAD BEEN LAID ON TO DESTROY FUEL

STORAGEAT SAN JOSE AND APPARENTLY THE PILOT HAD NOT BEEN

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TOLD SPECIFICALLY TO AVOID HITTING ANY SHIPPING, IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THE PILOT CONSIDERED^ ^REQUEST AS SUFFICIENT APPROVAL AND PROCEEDED TO STRIKE THE VESSELS WILE IN THE AREA.

3& CADICK HAD REQUESTED AUTHORITY IN ADVANCE TO BOMB ASOVT MENTIONED VESSEL AT SAW JOSE. LINCOLN REV IEVfcTD THE REQUEST AtfD REGUESTED HQS AUTHORITY TO BQfce. REASON BEING THE AVAILABLE INFO REFLECTED RAPIDLY WORSENING ECONOMIC SITUATION IN WSBURKT

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AND CRITICAL GAS SHORTAGE WHICH WAS BEING KEPT FROM SERIOUS STAGE BY SMPP?KG FROM PACIFIC PORTS, PTO BARRIOS BEING CUT OFF, ONE INCIDENT OF BOMBING COULD WELL HAVE HAD THE EFFECT OF SCARING OFF OTHER SHIPPERS THEREBY MATERIALLY CONTRIBUTING TO ECONOMIC WARFARE OBJECTIVES OF WSBURNT, ALTHOUGH GOODBG'JRNE HAD DISCUSSED THIS REQUEST WITH DUNBAR AND LATTER STATED IT WASRESSING MATTER AND IN VJEW OF UNCERTAINTY INVOLVED THE REQUEST WAS WITHDRAWN. LATER SHERWOOD WAS TOLD NO BOMBING OF SHIPPING WAS AUTHORIZED FOR PRESENT, CHECKING DATES REVEALS LATTER MSG APPARENTLY RECEIVED AT SHERWOOD AFTER PILOT WAS AIRBORNE FOR SAN JOSE ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT KNOWN WHETHER ANY KUBARK PERSON HAD KNOWLEDGE OF THE PILOTS INTENTIONS,

43 IT IS HIGHLY REGRETTED THAT ABOVE INCIDENT OCCURRED AND ITOPED NO SERIOUS EMBARRASSMENT WILL RESULT TO KUBARK. EVERY EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO CONTROL ALL BOMBING TARGETS AND LINC HAS CAREFULLY ENDEAVORED TO KEEP WITHIN HQS POLICIES ON THE SUBJECT HOWEVERHIS INSTANCE JT APPEARSONTRACT PILOT WAS OVER EAGER IN HIS EFFORT TO HELP ACHIEVE OUR OBJECT

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