(ESTIMATED PUB DATE) (UNTITLED) REPORT RE PEOPLE IN SAIGON CHECKED TO DISCOVER

Created: 7/5/1961

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SECRET (as paraphrased) July 5

Our people in Saigon checked extensively to discover the .sources and speculations in the article. All they were able to find out was that the figure ofas originally filedPI correspondent on the basisriefing he received from unidentified sources in Kontumecent visit.

Trumbull presumably picked up the figure from UPI and tied it in with his own preconception to fashion whatighly exaggerated and speculative course.

One point which is made is that there has been littlefrom the information available to them here that to date there has actuallyass transfer of people in Vietnam and that it is unlikely because of these factors. Those elements of the North Vietnam army as currently deployed in Laos are believed either alongr in northern Laos. Most of these units are probably composed of northerners and would be far less suitable for South Vietnam than the large pool of regrouped southerners they have.

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