CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 5/19/1954

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CIA HISTORICAL REVIEWAS SANITIZED

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IN VIEW UNCOORDINATED VISITATH REP FROM US HOOFS TO PUERTO BARRIOS AND SINCE HE ADVISED THROUGH HIS AIDE THAT ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR MEETING WITH FIRST MATERRANGED SENOfT UERTO BARRIOS AS COPILOT SAUE PLANE WHICHATH REP AIDE TO ROVIDED AMPLE FUNDS IN CASE OPPORTUNITY PURCHASE INFO OR EQUIPMENT SHOULD ARISE. MEETING WITH FIRST MATE NOT HELD.

FOLLOWING REPORT FROu[ ! AMONG CARGO LEAVING PUERTOY TRAINO HOURSAY WERE BOXESNCHES LONG,NCHES HIGH ANDNCHES VIDE WEIGHEDOUNDS EACH. SPECIAL CARE GIVEN INDICATES POSSIBILITY CONTAINED AMMO. BOXES BEARELGICA" AND BEARING STENCILLED CHAMPAGNE GLASS AND AN ARROWHEAD GEARING IN UPPER LEFT HAND PRONG LETTER D;PPEARS IN RtGHTHAND PRONG,ERTICALLY IN CENTER. BELOW ARROWHEAD APPEARED NUMBERSHIS ON ONE BOX. MAY INDICATE BOX 1 .

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3. IN FRONT PORT CAPTAIN OFFICE WEREOLDIERS WITH

FULL ARUAMEfJT INCLUDING BAYONETS. UIN DEF SANCHEZ Q

] TURNED LIVID WITH FURY. ALFONSO MARTINEZ AND COLONEL

CO CASTRO FUENTES CHIEF OF STAFF MINISTRY OF DEFENSE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED. SANCHEZ STAYED NIGHTAY HOTEL DEL NORTE AND CORRIDOR OUTSIDE GUARDEOULLY ARUEO SOLDIERS. PORT AREA FILLED WITH TROOPS. LAINCLOTHESMEN PREVIOUSLY OBSERVED IN CAPITAL ALSO SEEN IN PORT.

4. RAILROAD AREA KEPT UNDER SURVEILLANCE BY Q 5 HOURSAY FROM PORCH SECOND STORY RAILROAD GUESTHOUSE WHICH SURVEILLEOUARDS ONE MILITARY ONE CIVILIANO MORNINGAY GUARD AT REAR OF HOUSEAITED. ANO PROCEEDED RECONNA tSSANCE RAILROAD YARDS, IN SEMICIRCLE0 YARDSILITARY GUARDS OF WHICH HALF ASLEEP.

NO ACTIVITY IN RAILROAD YARDS FROMOURS NIGHTMAY WHEN UNLOADING SUSPENDED. SURVEILLANCE-RECONNAISANCEO HOURS MORNINGAY.

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WILL ATTDJPT STEAL ONE OR MORE UNOPENED BOXESo

IF SUCCESSFUL WILLND ADVISE

EVERY EFFORT DE ING LTADE OBTAIN SHIP MANIFEST BUT IF EXISTS PROBABLY LOCKED CAPTAIN'S SAFE. ^STATED HE HAS NOT SEEN,

8. PICTURES TAKEN YESTERDAY ALFHEM SHOW DRUMS BEING UNLOAOED, APPEARS UNLOADING WILL LAST FURTHER TWO OR THREE DAYS.

9* FOLLOWING FROM OOOATH REP ANDs LFHEM SAID ANOTHER SHIP FOR WSBURNT DEPARTED STETTIN THREE WEEKS BEFORE ALFHEM BUT WAS PASSED ENROUTE. PRESENTUNKNOWN.

ALFHEM SAILED DESTINED DAKAR BUT TWO DAYS FROM THERE REROUTED TO CURACAO. THEN REROUTED TO PUERTO CORTEZ ANO FINALLY TO PUERTO BARRIOS WHICH PORT OF LANDING. CHANGES ALWAYSAYS OUT OF PORT.

ATTEMPTING OBTAIN ADDITIONAL DETAILS ARRIVAL OF AT LEAST THREE FOREIGN TECHNICIANS OR PILOTS. ARBENZ STATED HE WOULD RELEASE PRESENT MILITARY MISSION BECAUSE MEMBERS KNOW

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nothing about arms now arriving, said he would bring in europeans. .

12. rumorsmong alfhem shipment.

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