GENERAL- PBSUCCESS - SPECIFIC- ACTIVITIES OF CARLOS CASTILLO ARMAS (W/ATTACHMEN

Created: 12/23/1953

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of Carlos CASTILLO Armas

Enclosed for the information of Headquartersopyetter, datedrom John W. FISHER, Guatemalan Desk Officer, Department of State, to Ambassador PEURIFOY in Guatemala City, and one copyetter, dated Decemberrom Archibald R. RANDOLPH, AmericanTegucigalpa, Honduras, to John L. OHHANS, Honduran Desk Officer for the Department of State, relating to the above subject.

Clara H. Heagey

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CIA HISTORICAL-REVIEW PROGRAM RELEASE AS SANITIZED

DEPARTMENT OP STATE WASHINGTON

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Mr. Ambaaaador:

Colonel Roberto Barriosn his conversation with me on Octoberlalmed'that Colonel Castillo Armas was living high in Tegucigalpa, having several limousines, numerousct cetora. Jack Ohmans, Honduras Desk Officer, asked Arch Randolph in Tegucigalpa for his commonts on this. opy of Hr. Randolph's response is enclosed for your information.

Kr. Kauri ce B.awyer in Hew Orleans, haa written the Department recently about his friend Colonel Barrios Pefia, more or lesa repeating some of thetatements to me. Kr. Gatlln aald he knew of the plansertain Americanconcern to finance an invasionoreifpind offered to supply dotalla on request. Tills is being looked into. Kr. Gatlln has communicated with the Department and other agencies of the Government in similar vein on previous occaaiona. nderstand that for poraonal reasons he ia very hostile toward the United Fruit Company.

Sincerely,

John W. Fiaher

Enclosure:

Copy of letter to

Mr. Ohmans dated December

The Honorable

John E, Peurifoy,

United State Ambassador, Guatemala.

Tho Poraign Service of the

United States of America

American Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December3

ECURITY INFORMATIONnformal

Jack,

In response to your letter ofan say that lt la my observation that Castillo Armas lives here quite aimply and appears to have lim ted means. m informed by several of his "paisanos" who know him quite well that he has quite limited resources.

Castillo Armasember of the Palomo family of Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala. The Palomo family, it Is my recollection, was considered "nuyhether this is true today orannot say, aveseen herassed their house on my way to the office in the morning, returning from the market place on footuchacha carrying market produce. Their family connections in Guatemala conceivably couldource of some Income.o not know.

Should any further information ho developed to shed more light in the way of replies to the questions you havehould let you know.

Sincerely,

/s/ Arch Archibald R. Randolph

John L. Ohnana, Esquire,

Offiee of Kiddle American Affairs, Apartment of "tate,.

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