CABLE FROM LINCOLN FOR LANGEVIN PROVIDING INSTRUCTION 8 FOR SHERWOOD BROADCAST

Created: 6/18/1954

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3) 8 JUN

TO: (PRIORITY) SHERWOOD INFO: SLINC

RYBAT PBSUCCESS

FOR LANGEVIN. INSTRUCTION 8.

1. I0GED TRANSLATION ACTUAL REPORT. PUT NEXT PROGRAM AFTER RECEIPT (RECONSTRUCT FULL SENTENCES IN RE-TRANSLATING):

(INTRODUCTION:) WE RECEIVED FOLLOWING SINCERE, REVEALING MESSAGE FROM ARMY GENERAL STAFF OFFICER ACTIVE OUTY.

3. (BEGIN TEXT) COMMUNIST OFFENSIVE AGAINST GUAT ARMY AS MAIN PERMANENT INSTITUTION NOT CONTAMINATED BOLSHEVIST IDEOLOGY IS SPEARHEADED BY PRESIDENT ARBENZ. ALREAOY3 ARBENZ HELDO OFFICERS, WHERE IN TWO HOURS LECTURE HE TRIED CONVINCE US THAT COMujftfj ST^lsEST;G AINST DANGER YANKEE IMPERIALISM. NOTHER SUCH CONFERENCE AT GENERAL STAFF HEADQUARTERS. WE OFFICERS WERE INVITED 'SUBMIT WRITTEN QUESTIONS WITH COMPLETE LIBERTY. PRETEXT WAS PRESIOENT WANTED INFORM US ABOUT DOMESTIC, INTERNATIONAL POLlT SITUATION. TRUE REASON: AR8ENZ WANTED SECURE COLLABORATION ARfcY TO SUPPORT

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expansion communism in guat, but is scared to death.

u. meeting was attended by chiefs of military organizations, directors of schools, all general staff ano defense ministry officers. arbenz spoxe four hours, from lj. all officers present unanimously professed their antl-communism. arbenz stresseo he coulo not proceed without army support, but trieo intimidate army by referring to mexican example, where agrarian reform allegedly cost one million human lives and people turneo against army which always accoroing to arbenzhad opposed reform, allied itself with bourgeois reaction.

5. general staff officers submitted five pages of questions to arbenz, mostly concerning communism and its support by govt. arbenz evaded the more embarrassing questions indulgingACXS against imperialism and treason. he does no longer feel with army, also neglecteo purely

SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS, DISREGARDING FACT THAT THUS POLITICAL COMMISSARS AND NO OFFICERS WOULp BE ;REAL LEADERS OF ARMED FORCES*

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HAS PROMISED- THE LEADERS OF THE GOVTARMY WILL CLOSELY COLLABORATE WITH THEM, DESPITESUPERIOR COUNCIL OF NATIONAL DEFENSE WHICHTHEY ARE NO COKJUNISTS. ARBENZ SWORE HE IS NOT A PELLECER, CASTILLO FLORES ETC. ARE NOT HIS LIKING OF COIUMUNISM IS BASED ON THEIR ANT HE ASSERTED COMMUNISM IS PATRIOTIC DOCTRINE

FOR LATIN AMERICA SINCE IT FIGHTS "OOLLAR POLICY". HE WILL NOT TOLERATE POLITICAL SYMPATHIES FOR COUNTRY WHICH OPPRESSES US BY POWER OR FOR FORIEGN COMPANIES ABSORBING NATIONAL WEALTH. ARBENZ ENDED BY STATING THAT LARGE SCALE BLOODSHED IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE AGRARIAN REFORM BECAUSE SAME HAPPENED WHEREVER SUCH REFORMS WERE CARRIEO OUT. (END OF TEXT)

ANNOUNCER:) THIS WAS BUT ONE OF MANY

MESSAGES FROM ARMY OFFICERS WHICH WE RECEIVE EVFRY HOUR DAY

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AND NIGHT IT CONRIRMS OUR ^CONVICTION THAT OUR ARMY IS PROFOUNDLYCOMKUNIST,, CANNOT BE MISUSED BY AR&ENZ-FORTUNY.

WE THANK ALSO THE MANY OFFICERS WHOSE MESSAGES WF CANNOT BROADCAST FOR LACK OF TIME OUT WHOSE COMMUNICATIONS ARE NEVERTHELESS PUT TO THE BEST POSSIBLE USE BY OUR LIBERATION MOVEMENT,

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