[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 1615 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.
[The text for this document was released in 2014 by the now-defunct Wikileaks website at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1979BRIDGE00097_e.html. This URL may be available through the Wayback Machine.]
BRIDGE 00097 102005Z ACTION
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SCS-06 CA-01 SY-05 FBIE-00 USSS-00 L-03 H-02 /033 W
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O R 101945Z JAN 79
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
INFO SECSTATE WASHDC 7124
AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 097
E.O. 12065: N/A
TAGS: CASC, GY (PEOPLES’ TEMPLE)
SUBJ: TRAVEL PEOPLES’ TEMPLE SURVIVORS
REF: GEORGETOWN 0120
IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AT GRANTLEY ADAMS AIRPORT INFORMED THE EMBASSY THAT MICHAEL TOUCHETTE AND CARL BARNETT ARRIVED ABOARD CUBANA 455 AT 1410 LOCAL TIME TODAY AND WERE MET BY MICHAEL’S FATHER, CHARLES. THE TWO NEWCOMERS ARE SCHEDULED TO JOIN THE ALBATROSS III AS CREW MEMBERS.
ACCORDING TO LOCAL AGENTS, ALBATROSS III IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE LOADING TOMORROW AND TO SAIL IN LATE AFTERNOON FOR PORT OF SPAIN.
CHARLES TOUCHETTE CALLED AT CONSULAR SECTION JANUARY 8. UNLESS GEORGETOWN OR DEPARTMENT REQUESTS IT, NO FURTHER ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO CONTACT HIM OR OTHERS BEFORE SAILING TIME JANUARY 11.
ORTIZ [Frank Ortiz, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados]
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