SITREP AS OF 1700 HOURS, 5 NOVEMBER 1963

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE loM. -ilk*

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2. DR. PHAN HUV QUAT, APPARENTLY SLATED TO BECOME CHAIRMAN

NEW CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL WHOSE FORMATION IS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED

SHORTLYKINK

1 !AiJD THO WERE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR SELECTION OF NEW CABINET.

QUAT CHARACTERIZED NEW GOVT AS BEING ALMOST WHOLLY SOUTHERN (BOTH

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INK AND THO ARC SOUTHERNERS) AND STATED THAT WHILE MANY OF NEV

APPOINTEES ARE GOOD TECHNICIANS. THERE ARE FEW CAPABLE ADMINISTRATORS

.AMONG THEM. HE-FURTHER NOTED THAT MANY OF NEW MINISTERS WERE LONG*

STANDING FRIENDS OF EITHER MINH OR THO. PRECISE FUNCTIONS OF .

PROJECTED CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL HAVE YET TO BE WORKED OUT. BUT QUAT

BELIEVES THAT IN GENERAL, COUNCIL WILL HAVE TASK OF ADVISING ON NEV

CONSTITUTION, PREPARING FOR NEW ELECTIONS, AND CONCERNING ITSELF

BROADLY WITH AFFAIRS WHICH WOULD NORMALLY COME BEFORE NOW

DISSOLVED NATIONAL

DONVDVICE ON

ESTABLISHMEHMENT OF 'AN; ESPIONAGE AND COUNTER-ESPIONAGE SERVICE VTET CONG

DIRECTED AGAINST/(VC)T0 BE SET UP UNDER MINISTRY OF NATIONALUT SEPARATE FROM. THIS IS TO BE CLANDESTINE SERVICE. . /

5 NOVEMBER^DIRECTOR OFTOBACCO PRODUCING FIRM,""

TURNEDO GOVT THE NUMBERS OF THE SWISS BANK ACCOUNTSGO

,

. FAMILY .NGUYEN. VAN BUUUP COMMITTEE HAS LEARNED

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OOD PART OF. THE NGO FAMILY FINANCIAL MANIPULATIONS WERE (

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RENCH-OWNED BANK, BAN QUE FRANCO-CHINOISE._ ^SAIGON.-THIS_BANK_ WILL..BE.CA.TED.

j PRESIDENT,"HELD PRISONER

T AT'. JGS COMPOUND INHAS CONFISCATED LL OF_ BUU'S SHIPS AND IS INTERROGATING HIM RE HIS^

5. FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER BUI VAN LUONGSAIDOVEMBER

: THAT CERTAIN OF PAS? FUNCTIONS OF MINISTRY OF "INTER IOi=i^ INCLUDING

URAL AFFAIRS AND STRATEGIC HAMLETS, ARE BEING MOVED OVER TO OF AGRICULTURE. LUONG HAS ACCEPTED INVITATION FROM PREMIER .THO.-

TO JOIN GOVT AS CHIEF OF COMMISSARIAT OF FORTIFIED HAMLETS.

.TERM^'STRATEGIC KAKLETS" WILL NOT BE USED SINCE NEW GOVTDESIRE TO UTILIZE ANY OF NHU'S DIALECTIC. (COMMENT: RANSFER OF THESE IMPORTANT. PROGRAMS, WHICH KEY TO CQUNTERlN- SURGENCY EFFORT AND WHICH RECEIVE SUBSTANTIAL AID FUNDS, MAYSIGNIFICANT ANTICIPATORY EFFORT BY OTHER GENERALS TO LIMIT GROWTH OF DINH'S POWER.) DINH, AS LUONG'S SXCESSOR, MOVED INTO OFFICIAL HOUSE TODAY. LUONG WAS ONE OF SEVERAL WHO DURING'OR SO HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER DINH'S TROUBLE-MAKING ON AFTER MOONOV NGO DINH CAN, ACCOMPANIED BY AN TOOK REFUGE IN AMERICAN CONULATE IN HUE AND WITHMEW GOVT, WAS FVftCUftTED FROM HUE TO SAIGON, WHERE HE WAS TURNED

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OVER TO MIL ifUTHCfiITTeS. GENAS GIVEN AKB/PERSONaL

ASSLRANCES THAT. CAN.WILL BE WELL TREATED AND THAT CAN'S FATE WILL

pEPEND ON STRICTLY LEGAL PROCESSES. CAN DESIRES TO LEAVE COUNTRY

TO GO EITHER TO" PHILIPPINES OR JAPAN. IT IS ant ICIPATED, HOWEVER,

THAT CAN wILL BE TRIED FOR PAST CRIMES IN HUE. DON HAD PREVIOUSLY

STATED TOAN SOURCE THAT IF AMERICANS EVACUATED

CAN FRJH VIETNAM, ANGER OF PEOPLE IN HUE WOULD BE SUCH THAT IT

VOULO IFFICULT TO GUARANTEE SAFETY OF CONSULATE IN HUE.

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FORCES, TOLD

MAJ GEN LE VAN NGHIEM, NEW COMMANDER OF VIETNAMESE

OV THAT ONE

OF MAJOR PROBLEMS FACING NEW REGIME WAS DISPOSIT ION OF PROVINCE' CHIEFS. NGHIEM CLAIMED THA" ABOUT NINE OUT OF TEN OF DIEM-APPOINTED :PROVINCB CHIEFS WERE EITHER CORRUPT or FABRICATED INFORMATION TO PLEASE FORMER GOVT ON VIET'CONG SITUATION. IN .ADDITION, MANY OF THESE MEN WERE INCOMPETENT AND INEFFICIENT,SOLE QUALIFICATION BEING THEIR LOYALTY TO DIEM REGIME. IT WAS CLEAR FROM TONE, OFlAT HE AT LEAST CONSIDERS REPLACEMENT OFSoVINCez7RIORITY ITEM AND THAT HE WILL ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THE REVXUT IONARY COUNCIL TOEACT ION. WHETHER COUNCIL RESPONSIVE TOUGGESTIONS REMAINS TO BE SEEN. 6. GEN MAI HUU XUAN, THE NEW POWER IN THE POLICE AND CIVILIAN

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IKT ILL IGENCE COMMUNITY, IS 'MOVING RAPIDLY TO PURGE CONSTITUENT ?

AGENCIES OF DI EM 1ST ELEMENTS AND TO REPLACE THEM WITH HIS OWN

FOLLOWERS. COL. HUYNH NGOC LANG, FORMER CHIEF OF SECURITY FOR

CIVIL GUARD AND EARLIER IN HISEPUTY CHIEF OF HSS, HAS ,

REPLACED COL. NGUYENS CHIEF OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

ORGANIZATION. IN ADDITION TO ARRESTS OF LEADING POLICE OFFICIALS I

TTJOCBO'G VAN HIEU AND NGUYEN VAN HAY, NUMEROUS SECOND ECHELON SPECIAL OPERATIONS CORP

PCLICE) FUNCTIONARIES HAVE EITHER BEEN ARRESTED OR REPLACED.

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IN NHA TRANG, FOR EXAMPLE, REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF POLICE AND LOCALOC STAFF 'ARRESTEDOV;-CP7.RA7 IONAL FILES OF SOC UNHAPPILY CARTED OFF FOR MORE LEISURELY INSPECTION BY NEWAT-BE_L_

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ARE COMING IN FROM PROVINCES SEEKING NEW JOBS AT DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF NATIONAL POLICE AND COMBAT YOUTH.

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IN NHA TRANG. WE HAVE. BEEN jOtUAN" S '

SEEKING NEW JOBSOUTH.

MOST OF XUAN'S APPOINTMENTS .

DATE,COMPRISE MAINLYNTANDS WHO WORXED WITH FRENCH* WHICH WOULD BE IN LINE WITH ALLEGATIONS THAT XUAN HAS BEEN AND',:

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9. FOLLOWING INFO RECEIVED DURING LASTOURS RE FATE-OF

TMORMER CIVIC ACT ION MINISTER NGO TRONG HIEU SECURITY ;.

REPORTED BY MSS/SOURCES TO HAVE BEEN/CAPTURED WHILE SEEKING TO i: .vf."

-FLEE SAIGON AFTER LEAVING REFUGE_.AT_|

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HIEU IS REPORTEDLY DEAD. FORMER YOUT>it_LEADER

CAO- XUAN VY

BY SAKE SOURCES TO HAVE BEEN EXECUTED. LTHOUGH REMOVEDPOL ICE CHIEF AND CIO COMMISSIONER, HAS REPORTEDLY BEENTO WORK HIS PASSAGEILITARY BY TRYING TO ALL FINANCIAL. ASSETS OF NGOr

' Is NS RALID OV THAT BOTH HE AND MINH HAD

GONE TO PXY7THElRTiE^PECTS"T0 REMAINS OF PRES DIEM PRIOR TO HIS BURIAL SOMETIME YESTERDAY. CATHXIC BURIAL WAS ARRANGED.

U. FIELD DISSEM. STATE ARMY NAVY AIR OSMACV MAAG AID USIA 9TB FIELD STATION 2ND AIR DIVISION CINCPAC ARPAC PACAF PACFLT.

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