CABLE TO SR REP, LINCOLN FROM DIRECTOR, CIA RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 5/23/1954

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A. IUBAKK KJHCHASB Of AIRCRAFT HVOLVES CLEAR HAZARDS. PRIVATE PURCHASE BT CALLIOERIS XI FACT SO fflTRAORJDIHARILY DIFFICULT THAT NO COVER STOai LIKELY TO BE PLAUSIBLE. ALSO HOT CLEAR IICW OS BT WHOM PILOTS COULD BS STAINED. REUARDLESS OF COVES STOBI, PRESENCE OF ODTCCK-TTPE KHJTAHT AIRCRAFT AST) PILOTS WOULD COHSTITUTS PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE OF OFFICIAL ODTOKE SUPPORT. WE FEEL THAT OTHER MEABS TO OBTAIN DESIRED RESULT SHOULD BE DEVELOPED. ALTERNATIVE COURSE PROPOSEDDIFICATIONS DESCRIBED EfcLOV, APPEARS FRUITFUL.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE SUPPLY'S TO CALLiaERIS SHOULD BE PART OF LARGER PLAN TO SUPPLI AIRCRAFT ToC HICH ISDYOKE DrTEREST. PLAN OCTLIMBi

A. SUPPLY OF PLANKS.AS KANT PLANES AS HE CAN

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ADVANCE WSTALLKENT OF KILITART AID FROM ODTOKE.

B. PILOTS. C O ARRANGE FOR THEIR EMPLOIMEHT. OREWAT'S

JUDGMENT IS THAT LATINO PILOTS UNDESIRABLE STHCE THEY MIGHT NOT

BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINE. THEREFORE VOULD PREFER FOREIGN PILOTS

RECRUITED BT v O JJCLUDE IF POSSIBLE EUROPEANS AND CANADIANS

AS WELL AS ffiPRDES. PRESUMABLY IT COULD BE SAID THAT FOREIQH PILOTS

THERE TEMPORARILY PESDXSO DTOOCTRINATIOrJ TRAINING OF INDIGENOUS PYLOTS.

C. APART FBOM ANY ARRANGEMENT WHEREBlC JJ OBTAINS PLANES, THERE SHOULD BE CLEAR UKDEftSTANDIKJ THAT TWO SHOULD BE AVALLABLBURPOSES FOR PERIOD OF SU MONTHS.

WE BELIEVE BEST WAT ACCOMPLISH RESULT INC. WOULD BE FOR d O PURCHASE PLANES EVEN IF PART OF COST ADVANCED BY ODYOKE AND FOR CALIIOSRJS TO STATE TBAT SKIMMER WILL PAZ TOTAL COST OF TWO PLANES IF THESE AVAILABLE TO CALUQERLS, IF URGENTLY NEEDED, OVER PERIODYX NONTHS. THEN OWNERSHIP REVERTS TO C- YTH0UT OTHER STRINGS. WE ARE EXPLORING POSSIBILITY OF

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SECURING FINANCING FOR BALANCE CF TRANSACTION FCfiC- F HE UNABLE TO PAI COSTS OR IP KB CAN ttl ONLT PARTIAL COSTS.

U. WE ARE DISCUSSING THIS PLAN WITH ODACID AND ODUNIT. IF AB^RANGEKEfft'S ALONG THESE LINES ACCEPTABLE TO C JaMDS, AND LT OTHER DEPARTMENTS OF ODTOKE AGREE, HQS WILL OBTAIN RELEASE OF PLANES, EXPORT LICENSES, etc.

THIS PLAN CAN BE FOLLOWED, MODIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED JNC UGGESTED TH REF B. WE BELIEVE IT UNDESIRABLE TO SUGGESTWOULD PRCCOBE AIRCRAFT FOftC INCE THIS REVEALS ODIOKETHEREFORE SEEKS DANGEROUS. ODIOKE HAND BETTER CONCEALED IFToQ JlS TBAT SKIMMER WOULD PAT FOR TOO PLANES IF C -J

VIEWS REQUESTED. MEANWHILE HO FURTHER UNO ACTION REQUIRED.

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