Jan 10, 1979 • 1220 • Port of Spain-Georgetown • 0090

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 1619 of the FBI’s RYMUR release.

[The State Department release withheld all names associated with Peoples Temple from this cable. They are denoted below in red type.]

UNCLASSIFIED FBB 875

[Listing of agencies receiving informational copies on pdf]

0 101220Z JAN 79
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
INFO SECSTATE WASHDC 3519
UNCLAS PORT OF SPAIN 00090
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CASC TD (TOUCHETTE, MICHAEL)
SUBJ: TRAVEL OF PEOPLES’ TEMPLE MEMBER MICHAEL TOUCHETTE
REF: GEORGETOWN 0063 (NOTAL) AND PREVIOUS

1. A SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICER HAS CONFIRMED THAT MICHAEL TOUCHETTE IS CONSIDERED AN UNDESIRABLE ALIEN AND WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

2. ALBATROSS III SAILED FOR BARBADOS LAST WEEK AND IS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO PORT OF SPAIN LATER THIS WEEK. FUTURE PLANS UNKNOWN, BUT PRIOR TO DEPARTING TRINIDAD, CHARLES TOUCHETTE INFORMED CONOFF [CONSULAR OFFICER] THAT HE HOPED TO CONTINUE CARGO RUN BETWEEN TRINIDAD AND BARBADOS AND HAD NO PLANS TO RETURN TO GUYANA. TOUCHETTE INDICATED THAT HE IS CONTINUING TO OPERATE VESSEL IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS FROM PT ATTORNEYS IN SAN FRANCISCO.

O’MAHONY [Joseph O’Mahony, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain]

UNCLASSIFIED

Originally posted on October 19th, 2020.

Last modified on July 17th, 2022.
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