CABLE RE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE CASE OF MISSING AMERICANS NICH

Created: 11/1/1985

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w THE LATEST INFORMATION ON TKE CASE Of KISSING AKERIANDIS CONTAINEO !S'^| ACCORDINC TO THOSE CABLES, THE AHBASSAOOR HET WITH BLAKE'S TWO BROTHERS AMD ADVISED THAT EVERT LOCtCAL AND APPROPRIATE ACTION HAS SEEN TAKEN TO LOCATE THE HISSIHC AHERICANS, USING ALL ASSETS AVAILABLE TO THE MISSION.

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PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE WHEREA30UTS OF BLAKE ANO DAVIS AS SOON AS THEY WERE REPORTED HISSING. WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN KANT RUMORS ABOUT THE POSSIBLE LOCATION OF*NP DAVIS, ALL REPORTED THROUGH APPROPRI/.OHBBMi^HP ION HAS RECEIVED NO CREDIBLE INFORMATION ON THE CASE IN ADDITION TO THAT CONTAINED IN W

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been queried several times on the status of the blake case ano none of them has been able tony information on blake's fate. as you know some of the members of the blake family have accused the Guatemalan army of either havinc killed blake or havikc covered up his death somehow, in their most recent visit here two of blake's brothersress conference en which they accused the embassy and tkewsogovernment of not having followed up on the case vigorously enouch. an accusation which the facts do not support. they also participated in an occupation of the main cathedral here by the hutual support gaoup (cah) ano threatened that they had enough contacts with. senators and congressman to block resumption of hilitary aid to cuatehala-should they not beatisfactory explanation of what happeneo to their brother. whilefully uvpeastano their situitionhave repeateoly queriede sdce blaxeeo 1nd ut nave never uncovered

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IS INCONCEIVABLE THAT THE GUATEMALAN ARMY

COULO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS INCIDENT WITHOUT OUR KNOWING ABOUT IT. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL OTHER INCIOEKTS HERE DURING THE PAST YEARALF INVOLVINC AMERICAN CITIZENS ROAMING AROUND IN ISOLATED AREAS OF THE COUNTRY (ONE WAS EVEN PICKED UP BY AN ARMY PATROL WHILE HIXIKC UP TAJUHULCO VOLCANO WHERE THE MAIN BASE CAHPS OF ORPA ARE LOCATED). IN ALL OF THESE CASES THE HILITARY HAS FOLLOWED THE SAKE PROCEDURE. THE AMERICAN IN QUESTION HAS BEEN EVACUATED FROM THE AREA, TURNED OVER TO THE NEAREST FIXEO DETACHMENT, THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE NEAREST ZONE

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IK TURN HAVE NOTIFIED THE STATION OR THE CONSULAR SECTION. EVENTUALLY ALL OF THESE AHERICAKS HAVE SEEN RELEASED, EITHER IN THE FIELD OR TO THE CONSULAR OFFICERS HERE. LOGICALLY SPEAKING WE SEE KO REASON WHY THE ARMY WOULD NOT HAVE FOLLOWED THE SAME PROCEDURE IH THE CASE Of BLAKE AND DAVIS HAD THEY INDEED BEEN APPREHENDEO BY AN ARMY PATROL. CONTRARY TO THE PROPAGANDA OF THE INSURCEKTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS THE CUATEKALAM ARMY SIHPLY DOES NOT SHOOT STRANCERS ON SIGHT ANDDOUBT STRONGLYATROL WHICH HAPPENED ON THESE TWO FOREIGNERS WOULO HAVE SIHPLY KILLED THEM. IN OUR VIEW THEY ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY DEAD BUT HOT AT THE HANDS OF THE ARMY. WE UNDERSTAND THATREE LANCE JOURNALIST OF SOME SORT, HAD IN THE PAST CONTACTED THE GUERRILLASALVADOR AND HAO REMAINED WITH THEM SOME TIME, WRITTEN ARTICLES ON THEM. AND EVENTUALLY BEEN RELEASED TO PUBLISH HIS ARTICLES. THE PURPOSE OF HIS FORAY IHTO EL QUICHE

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TO CONTACT THE GUERILLA ARMY OF THE POOR (ECP)

PRESUMABLY HE WAS EXPECT INC SIMILAR TREATHENT FROM THEM TO THAT WHICH HE RECEIVEO FROM THE SALVADORAK CUERILLAS. WHAT HE PROBABLY DID NOT REALIZE, AND WHAT WAS PROBABLY HIS UNDOING, IS THAT THE GUERRILLAS OF THE ECP ARE NOT THE SAME SORT OF SOPHISTICATED, PUBLICITYG TYPES WHICH HE PR0BA8LY FOUND AMONG THE SALVADORAK INSURGENTS. ON THE CONTRARY THE ECP IK THE FIELD TODAY CONSISTS MOSTLY OF KALF-STAR7ED INDIANS WHO DO HOT SPEAK SPANISH AND WHO ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE RUN FROM THE PRESSURE OF HILITARY PATROLS. FROH WHATUNDERSTAND BLAKE AND DAVIS CHOSE THEIR ROUTE INTO EL QUICHE DELIBERATELY TO AVOID THE ARMY AND HIKED INTO THE MIDDLE Of AN ISOLATEDAREA FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF CONTACTING THE ECP. AS WE HAVE STATEO ABOVE THERE IS KO EVIOENCE WHATSOEVER THAT THE ARMY HARMED THEM IN ANY WAY AND IT IS MUCH HORE LIKELY IK OUR VIEW THAT THEY OID IK FACT MAKE CONTACT WITH AN ECP PATROL OF SOME KIND AKD WERE KILLED BY THE ECP. THOSE OF US HERE WHO KNOW THE ECP, THEIR PRIMITIVE AKD VIOLENT NATURE, AND THE ISOLATED AREA IH WHICH THIS INCIDENT TOOK PLACE ARE UNANIMOUS IN THE CONCLUSION THAT THE ECP WOULD PROBABLY HAVE KILLED ANY TWO FOREIGNERS THEY CAUCHT IM THAT AREA. FOR THEIR WRISTVATCHES AND POCKET MONEY EF FOR NOTHING ELSE. FOR SOME REASON UNXNOUN TO US BLAKE'S BROTHERS SEEM UNWULINC EVEN TO THINK THAT THE CUCRRILLAS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS DEATH BUT TO US IT IS ALL TOO PROBABLE. IN ANY CASE WE WILL CONTINUE TO ASK OUR SOURCES TOERIODIC UPDATES ON THE FATE OF BLAKE SINCEARE ALSO VERY INTERESTED IN CONFIRMINC70NE WAY OS"ANOTHER WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE TWO COMPATRIOTS. WE ALSO EXPECT THAT ENEMIES OF AIO TO GUATEMALA WILL CONTINUE TO USE THIS ISSUELUB WITH WHICH TO MIT THE GUATEMALAN ARMY. WHILE THERE IS LITTLECANBOUT THIS. ANO THE TJtUTH IS THAT IFOT

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HAVE THIS ISSUE THEY WOULD FIND SOMETHING ELSE, THERE IS IN OUR INGLE BIT OF EVIDENCE LEADING TO THEGUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT WAS INVOLVED IMOR KNOWS ANY MORE ASOUT WHAT HAPPENED TOWE

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