CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM LINCOLN RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/14/1954

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date : un 54

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HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM

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rv8at .PSSUCCeSS re: 1)

1. page convinced and linc agrees immediate statement by american companies now selling gas and fuel oil to ws8urnt to effect that will no longer do so would have tremendous effect particularly on wsburnt aruy. basis for statement.

a. can no longer sell to regime which clearly allied with international communism and fails recognize normal legal rights of others or obligations to others.

in salvador reported as saying

slowdown or stopping of shipments has good legal basis this tike since wsburnt in default on payments. this can be combined with3 basis for action.

c. pbprime statement suggested in ref. couldxcellent ground for company. possibility wanton destruction makes it unwise risk storage further supplies at companies expense. such risk also unacceptable based on existing extreme unrest

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ACCENTUATEDAVE ARRESTS WITHOUT CHARGES OR WARRANTS AND OUTLAWING CONSTITUTION.

VAORRIES COMPANIES PREVIOUSLY HAD AROUT LOSING MARKET NO LONGER APPLICABLE THIS PERIOD EMERGENCY. COULD ARGUE THAT SINCE EMERGENCY CASURE IT SHOULD ONLY LAST FOR SHORT PERIOD NECESSARY TO SEE DIRECTION UNREST VILL LEAD. ALSO SUGGEST STRONG PATRIOTIC PITCH TO COMPANIES ON BASIS THAT TO CONTINUE SHIP VULX) BE AID TO COMMIES WHILE CEASING TO DO SO rXHJLD BE GREAT HELP TO LOCAL NON-COMMIES IN THEIR OBVIOUS OPPOSITION TO REGIME.

EVEN IF IMMEDIATE ACTION BY COMPANIES REFUSED, STILL IMMEDIATE STATEMENT BY COMPANIES (OR AT LEAST ONE COMPANY) THAT SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATING SUCH ACTION VrOULDECOND BEST BUT STILL VERY USEFUL,

ANY ACTION ALONG THESE LINES EVEN THOUGH BY PRIVATEULD BE INTERPRETED BY VTSBURNT ARMY AS FURTHER EVIDENCE PBPRIME CONVICTIONEGIME MUST CO AN1 HAVF MOST CONSTRUCTIVE EFFECT. AS IN REF VALUE THIS MOVE DIRECTLY RELATED TO TIMING WHICH SHOULD BE SOONEST MAKINGART OF SERIES EVENTS EACH DERIVING ADDITIONAL POTENCY FROM CUMULATIVE EFFECT.

END OF MESSAGE CABLE SECRETARIAT CfXHENT:

MR. ESTERLINE AND MR. WTSNER NOTIFIED OF RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE^UNE.

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