[Editor’s note: This serial is a retransmittal of Serial 1508, the text of which may be found here.]
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
COMMUNICATION MESSAGE FORM
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLAS EFTO
TO FBI, SAN FRANCISCO PRIORITY
UNCLAS E F T O
By teletype January 3, 1979, Secretary of State, Washington, D.C., furnished the following info:
Department notes that a member of People’s Temple (PT) members remain in Guyana not in the custody of the GOG [Government of Guyana]. Presumably, most of these will depart in the relatively near future but, as the Embassy has reported, some have elected to remain in Guyana permanently. It has been suggested that those PT members still in Guyana and not in the custody of the GOG be invited to come to the Embassy voluntarily for interviews with the legal attaché while he continues to
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be in Georgetown on TDY [Temporary Duty] assignment from Caracas. If a significant number of those remaining in Georgetown agree to this procedure it might speed up the entire process. An interview with the legal attaché in Georgetown might make unnecessary further FBI interrogation of PT members on arrival in the U.S. It is also possible that an interview with the legal attaché might render interrogation by the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies on arrival unnecessary. If Embassy and legal attaché agree, they should contact PT members in Georgetown and schedule voluntary interviews in the Embassy. Legal attaché should contact his own headquarters about how these interviews should be structured.
Department notes that Michael Prokes was able to return to the U.S. without the knowledge of the Embassy or law enforcement agencies in the U.S. While there are no grounds for asking the GOG to prevent the departure of PT members once the GOG has granted permission, the Embassy should reiterate to the GOG the importance of having GOG Immigration official[s] inform the Embassy
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immediately of the departure and destination of any PT members so that the relevant law enforcement agencies can be informed.
Vance [Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State]