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i. One of our valuable sources on Guatemala, called today and is quite concerned at the way the revolt in Guatemala is going. Source is well known not only in Guatemala but in other Central American He speaks Spanish fluently and is personally acquainted with many very important people in Guatemala and in the Guatemalan Government
and was formerly purcliasing agentJ of
Guatemala, andeel that his opimov.i's orimportancc. that Castillo Armas was countingevolt in the army inCity, particularly of thai faction which he calls thesays lhat these army people are apparently now convinced thatcannot win and therefore they have failed to declare theirhim. Source further wem says that he is convinced thai, if theGuatemala could be told in some way lhat the US was behind Armasshipments of arms in quantity were sent to Armas in Honduras, that helicves the army and important people in Guatemala City Sources opinion lhat something has gone wrong with thethat it will probably fail is shared byof Latin
American reports and Mr. Robert Smith, Vice President of lhe Standard Fruit and Steamship Company.
2. We realise that this is nol positive foreign intelligence andadvised source. He said that he was going to take it upon,_ cal1 this to the attention of the State
Departmcm oycgram wmi'h he intends to send tonight. We have no way ol prohibiting him from sendingelegram but we though it wise to let you know what he and other people are thinking. We specifically cautioned source against any CIA reierenec in his telegram lo the StateBepartment.
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