Serial 1469

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 1469 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE325396_d.html.

[At the request of the State Department, the RYMUR release withheld all names of sky marshals from this cable. They are denoted below in red type.]

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STATE 325396
ORIGIN SCS-06
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 FAA-00 FBIE-00 USSS-00 ARA-11
DOTE-00 /018 R
DRAFTED BY CA:SCS:RMCKENZIE/SD
APPROVED BY CA:SCS:SADOBRENCHUK
FAA/ACS:ACASUCCI(PHONE)
DESIRED DISTRIBUTION
FBIE, USSS, ARA
——————026025 280000Z /70

O 272233Z DEC 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN IMMEDIATE
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E.O.112065 N/A
TAGS: CASC, GY (PEOPLES TEMPLE)
SUBJECT: W/W: TRAVEL OF SKY MARSHALS

1. For both posts: Federal Aviation advises that six sky marshals will be flying to Georgetown to escort Peoples Temple members back to U.S. Embassies are requested meet give intelligence briefings and make arrangements for storage of arms. They will be departing New York on Pan Am 227 Dec. 28 and return to U.S. on Pan Am 228 on Dec. 29. Pan Am is making hotel reservations.

2. For Port of Spain: Air marshal disembarking at Port of Spain is Joseph Jenkins.

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3. For Georgetown: Air marshals going on to Georgetown are Hector Gonzalez Team Leader, Larry Peer, Odell Shaw, Victor Echevarria and Roger Cotterill [names withheld by State Department].

Vance [Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State]

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Originally posted on July 24th, 2020.

Last modified on July 6th, 2022.
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