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The attached memorandum is forwarded to you for your information and whatever action you deem appropriate.
Since the majority of the officers of tho Guatemalan Armed Forces have been considered anti-communist and gonerally. in the past, lt is believed an opportune moment to exploit the possibility ofplit anong then due to the recent shipment of arms to that country from behind the iron curtain. It is believed by the undersigned that this shipment will create some discontent and suspicion among the officers towards the high ranking military leaders and the present government. This situation should be exploited immediately to arouse widespread discontent, suspicion and doubt among the officers and enlisted men.
It is assumed that at leastf the officers can beanti-eoratounist and generally. It is also assumed that the majority of the Guatemalan population is anti-communist and will support any army action against the government.
A split among the armed forces can be brought about by the following action!
Inform the Army and Air Force officers that. Army and USAF Air Missions will be kicked out of the country and will be replaced by Soviet missions; that these missions will eventually take control of the Arey and Air Force with the purpose of disolving the Officer Corps since they are anti-conaunist. He must be made to feel thatear or two he will be outob. He must be made to feel that the information is authentic.
Create the impression among'the officers and enlisted men that the top military leaders have sold their country to the Soviets. Spread the rumor that Dial's trip in South America was to meet with top Soviet leaders.
rumor that the arms are not for the military butused to arm peasants as shock troops for the cccnnainfsts.
assassination issue of Colonel Arana should be immediately
Religious issue should be exploited toass prayers in open to ask liberation from the Soviet infiltrationj appeal to the Army Officers to protect their country from this communist invasion.
Superstition and lack of education among the Indian enlisted men should be exploited by creating fear and insecurity among them. Their
families should be mede to fear that their sons may be sent out of the country to fight in Indochina, etc.
. 7" Plitthe Cuardia Civil is also necessary and can be followed along similar lines at indicated above.
It is necessary to reach four or five well-placed officers at first. The information passed to them oust be outhontic as possible, so that it will tie partially with information that might already be known to bio. It must come direct to hin from sources that would probably beosition touch. Service Attaches, Army or USAF Mission Chiefs, or possibly even neighboring diplomatic missions.
University students and market women can be used to advantage to spread rumor and gossip among the population. Market women would bo very effective in reaching soldiers' families.
During my recent trip to Guatemala many prominent business and professional men urged that. impose Immediate economic sanctions against Guatemala in order to bring about the collapse of tbe government. These men felt that the threat of economic collapse of their country would arouse the people so much that they would rebel against the government. They also felt that the majority of the army officers would Join in opposition to the government.
The undersigned believes that an Immediate embargo of Guatemala bv. Government coupledell-planned progrea to split the rmed forces into opposing forces could cause an immediate rebellion against the present government.
In order for this plan to be successful it is necessary for immediate action to be taken in order that present discontent among the armed forces can be properly exploited.Original document.