CONTEMPLATED ARMS PURCHASES BY GUATEMALA

Created: 1/8/1953

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CIA'HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM RELEASE AS SANITIZED

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FOR:

Contemplated Anns Purchases by Guatemala

*C mJ was approached early this week by

DE LA TORRE, who fronted for PRn hi3 anas purchase attempts,

and asked to procure anas aid equipment totalingE LA TORRE of course did not state the destination of the arms. The total was to include:

100 lOSonn howitzers (Further details machineby next pouch)

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dy reported that Roberto FANJUL, the Guatemalan Minister of Economy, and Roberto GONZALEZ Juarez, private secretary to ARBENZ, had arrived in Los Angelesanuary and gone to San Francisco. OCAKA and ARENAS, the two Guatemalan anti-Communists who have been in Washington (and changed their plans to leave and aro still in Washington) informed Leddy that the purpose of thotrip is to arrange a oan from the BANK OF AMERICA* The reported size of the loan therefore coincides with the size of the arms order.

ontact is being established with the BANK OF AMERICA,iew to finding out as much as possible about the loan request, if it is made, aid finally blocking the loan.

h. You will be kept advised.

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