GENERAL- KUGOWN - SPECIFIC - WEDGE DRIVING BETWEEN ARBENZ AND THE GUATEMALAN CO

Created: 5/28/1954

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1 specific Vedge Driving Between Arbenz and the Guatemalan Communist Party

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Ro: a., b.

1. Tho French Socialist news service Mentioned inervices aboutaily papers in Prance. The iteas.it puts out vill only be picked up if they are sufficiently newsworthy, since no control is exercised over the individual publications. The requirements of newsworthiness and of Socialist publications in France will definitely affect the type of item vh'.ch might be used as well as sources used or attributed and tho general tone of the item. The news service, however, makes it possible to make items available to the French Socialist press by cable on short notice.

2* The theme discussed inhould logically be exploited concurrently with that in paragraph 2a. It has the merit of being consistent with the experiences of the Latin American populace. It plays upon their first-hand knowledge of greed and corruption in high places, knowledge which they would feel is consistent with the pending departure from the country of political leaders. The use of the ViUatoro open letter to Arbenz appears toood idea.

3. The theme discussed in paragraphight be pegged to theof the Argentine labor attache in Guatemala. It would be pointed out that while -those unions in contact with 0RIT, ICFTU have not been allowed to function. UKTL, thoso being supported by the Argentineand ATLAS, the Peronist labor international, continue to function unmolested, and it is obvious that Arbenz permits them to function only to

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afe haven for himself in Argentina. The long stay of Arevalo in Argentina prior to his ascendency to the presidency can lend authentic'ty to this line. The source of this information could be an ATLAS official disenchanted with Peronist maneuvers. The present disaffected state of many ATLAS leaders, which is well known in labor circles, would lend credence to the source. SYNCARP could manage this through their contact with UNTL leaders in Honduras.

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