GENERAL- KUGOWN OPERATIONS - SPECIFIC- FLORENCIO AVILA SANCHEZ (W/ATTACHMENT)

Created: 4/20/1954

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Western Hemisphere and

Chief of Mission, LIKCOLH ROM

SUBJECT General - KUGOWil Operations

Specific - Florencio AVILft Sanchez

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Apparently during hia stay inlorencio Avila was able lo induce Heeny, and someone else belonging lo tho American Federation of labor lo lake action against the preaent situation in Guatemala.

His mission for the AFL (the details of which not even Prieto Laurens knows) was toeneral survey throughout Central Auerica and Mexico of communism in labor. Of course, he travelledepresentative of UVAC10NES one of the papers of tho CAhCIA VALSECA chain, and thus posedriendhe Guatemalan, Salvadorcnian, Honduranian, Hicaraguan and probably Coata Rlcan governments, lie had on his agenda interviews with arbenz and other prominent politicians, but his real mission was to make personal observations concerning the possibility of the AFL taking definite action against communism in labor.

In talking about theepartment of State, and the possibilitysomeone in Ihe high echelons of. Government, he -Americans are confused about politics the world over." Nobodyable to ascertain the reasons for so many errors, and they maintainattitude in spite of all the mishaps experienced so flu*. TryinpMoora Cabot, in charge of Latin American uffairs, is likehead)tone *

So the AFL has decided to take natters into their own hands. Themight be the barring of Guatemalan shores lo any imports byworkers to refuse to unload ships. Then they can fosterlo invade the

This, Avila said, ho wants toecret between the two ofwe fall

In my opinion,s trying to get Mae* out of Arbenz to use for nis campaign, he is to take off Wednesdayh, and plans to stay inen1 Seizor, whero ho will get in touch with General Idigoraoj from there to Honduras, whore he will have an interview with Col. Castillo Armas and finally to Nicaragua, whore he intends to see General Soooza. lie will receive sufficient funds to accomplish his task.

He also mentioned thst heecret aasignntait from tba FBIl out if_those two refugees, deserters from. Army end shelteredGuatemalan Governmentolored fellow, very aaart, veryvery courageous) arc in Guatemala and to see if therehance toand aeliver them to the

It would be wisu to watch this fellow very closely.

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