[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 2095 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1979GEORGE01539_e.html.
[The State Department release withheld a portion of this cable under the national security exemption. It is denoted below in red type.]
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INFO OCT-01 ADS-00 SY-05 OCS-06 FBIE-00 H-02 CA-01 /030 W
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R 051555Z APR 79
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO US SECRET SERVICE HQS PRIORITY
INFO SECSTATE WASHDC 9363
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 1539
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: OREP (RYAN, LEO)(PEOPLES TEMPLE), GY
SUBJ: REQUEST OF SECRET SERVICE AND FBI TO SEND AGENTS TO GUYANA
REF: SECRET SERVICE HQS WASHDC/ID-ACB/RG APRIL 4 RILE CO-2 – 78978
1. Please coordinate your request through Department of State. GOG [Government of Guyana] has not been approached regarding or concurred in visit by FBI agent during week of April 23.
2. For your information, House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman [Clement] Zablocki has recently made two written requests to Guyanese Prime Minister [Forbes] Burnham to permit committee staff members to interrogate Guyanese officials regarding assassination of Congressman Leo Ryan. Guyanese government denied both requests and committee staff members were limited to interrogation of US Embassy staff members only during their visit to Guyana.
Burke [John Burke, American ambassador to Guyana]