CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 5/27/1954

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PBSUCCESS

A BUSINESS MEETING EARLY AFTERNOON

AY WITH FRANCISCO MORZAN AND LT COL JOSE A. LARA,OF WSBURNT ARMY IN CHARGE OF SUBSISTANCE ANO MIENUORZAN VAS RANTING ABOUT

ODYOKE IMPERIALISM, BAS ACCUSING LXAL OOUNIT REPRESENTATIVE OF HAVING TRIED SABOTAGE ARMS TRAIN, AND CLAIMED ODYOKE SERVANTORZAN RANTED FOR APPROXIMATELYINUTES WHILE LARA BECAME PROGRESSIVELY MORE ANNOYED. FINALLY, LARA BLEW HIS CORK ANO MADE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS:

LIKE ARUENZ, SHOULD REALIZE THAT ARMY HASPULLING COMMUNIST CHESTNUT OUT OF FIRE NORPOSITION PROVOKED BY COWflUNIST ACTIVITIES.

SHOULD CAREFULLY READ SMILAX SPEECH IMPLICATIONS,

IT IS FORBIDDEN TOOPY OF THIS MESSAGE No.

HAD INVESTIGATED SABOTAGE ATTEMPT ANDSTUPID MANEUVER PART CF COWUWISTS TO GAIN ARMY

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Oo ARMY HAS no SYMPATHY FOR COMMUNISTS, COMMUNIST LEADERS OR POLITICIANS COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNISTS.

Ea ARMY REALIZE ODYOKE COULO FAMILY HAVE PREVENTED ARRIVAL arvs BUT DID NOT DO so BECAUSE THE lit ARE GERMANi ANO ant IQUATEDo MOREOVER. ARMY REALIZES IT in SPOT BECAUSE TO DATE ARMY HASOLITICAL STAND BUTASSAGE THESE ARMS TO COMMUNISTS PERMITTED ARMY BECOMES ACCOMPLICE ANO "MIGHT HAVE TO PAY THE PENALTY WHICH ARMY HAS NO -NTENTION OF DOING"o

ENDED CONVERSATION-WITH MORZAN BY TELLING LATTER

HE WANTEO PROPERTIES JOINTLY PURCHASED TO BE SPLIT BECAUSE "YOU ARE NOTERY GOOD POSITIONOLITICIANY OFFICER ANDARE NOT GOING TO BE HURT".,

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ASTOUNDED BY FOLLOWING:

UORZAN SHUT UP ANO TOOK STRONG LANGUAGE, INCLUOlNG BLASPHEMY, FROM LARAD

6-v THE FACT THATLT COLONEL, WOULO HAVE NERVE OR TERMITY TO SPEAK THUS TO TRUSTEO ASSOCIATE OF ARBENZ ESPECIALLY SINCE MORZAN AGAIN CLOSE TO PRESIDENT AND ATTENOS ALL CABINET MEETINGSo

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