THE SITUATION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA (AS OF 7:00 A.M. EDT)

Created: 5/10/1968

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Directorate of Intelligence0

INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM

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There is still no confirmation of Soviet troop movements on the Czechoslovak borders.

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East Germany probablyh Guards Army has boon reported, but nomovement in the area can be confirmed. (ii Berlin haa beanarrange collection

low altitude photogrephy ofh Guards Army Installations In the Berlin area to ascertain if these Soviet units heve departed home stations.)

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Tha French military attache states that the Soviet armored unit he observed iroving south of Xrakoway wasovement into position rathereturn from maneuvers. During travelay, the French air attache in Wareaw aaw Polish armored carriers andther vehicles moving south on the weat side of the Vistula Fiver south of the city. 4.

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have concluded that Soviet and Polish units havo moved Into positionhow of force rathor than as an ordinary maneuver.

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the Soviets, Poles, and East Germans are holding maneuvers ot the Czech border and that eome reserviete been notified of an imminent call-up for the

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apparently are still confined to Warsaw.

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movements within or outside the Carpathian Military District.

I. The soviet preea has not reacted as yet to the reports of troop movements which have appeared in the

Western press, nor has it replayed Polish press attacks on alleged "anti-socialiefelemento in Czeohoalovakla. The Soviet press continues to give extensive coverage,

however, to events in Chechoslovakia, with eeveral

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factual reports on tho activltlos of officialwhich aro there for Liberation Day Theaeroup ofmilitaryre apparentlyscheduled ceremonial In contrast to their recent open answers to

reportsra' questions, Czochoslovak officials werefor comment yesterday on reports of Soviet -troop movements toward tholr borders. Their evasiveness was aided by tha cloaure of government officeshroe-day holiday on the occaalon of tho liberation anniversary. Unofficial Czechoslovak newspapersto hammer away at the failure of the Soviet Union fully to endorse Prague's "springnd at inimical polieh attitudes.

10. Tha closest thing to an official Czechoslovakanenoeeage to tho Sovietent from the celebrations in Prague. In subdued ton*s, th* messag* reasserted Czechoslovakia's commitment to changes, as outlined previously in tlie party's action program. Its pledge of cooperation with the socialist countries' fight "against imperialism" was weakly stated and made contingent on "consistent realiaation of the principle

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of non-interference in the internal affaire ofcountries."

Poles have continued their open pressure

on tha Dubcek regime, repeating againay that "revisionist and anti-socialist forces supported by Imperialist centers of subversion were trying to use changes in Czechoslovakia to unbalance the leading role of the Communist party and weaken tlea betweenand other socialist countries." Warsawhinted broadly that it was time the newauthorities brought such forces under control. Provincial party boas Gierek, who may someday be Gomulka's eucceasor,arsh speech in theborder town of Tosin, warning that slogans about "democracy, free spoeoh, and culture" wsre being by international "imparlilisr circles" against Communism in Czechoslovakia. ,

German leadorsompletelyof congratulations to Prague,

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13. ungarian official, ingain voiced tha ragima's approval of Czechoslovak reformsudapest rallyay, but at the soma hea number of thinly veiled warnings about the necessity for cooperation with the Soviet Union, CEMA and the Warsaw Pact. Despite Soviet apprehensions which were expressed to Marshal Tito last week, the Yugoslav Prealdsnt sent unusually long and sffusivs messages of congratulations to Czoohoalovak leaders.

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