March 19, 1979 • 1632 • Georgetown-State • 1213

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 2002 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1979GEORGE01213_e.html.]

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GEORGE 01213 191822Z
ACTION L-03
INFO OCT-01 ARA-11 ISO-00 JUSE-00 FBIE-00 PA-01 OCS-06 CA-01 TRSE-00 EB-08 /031 W
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P 191632Z MAR 79
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9214
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FOR L: T FORTUNE
PASS DEPT JUSTICE FOR: J HERGEN
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN, LEO)
SUBJ: JONESTOWN TAPES

WE NOTE FROM NY TIMES ARITICLE OF MARCH 15 THAT A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IN NEW YORK, INTERNATIONAL HOME VIDEO CLUB, INC., INTENDS TO MARKET TAPES AND CASSETTES OF THE “FINAL HOURS OF JONESTOWN” DURING THE WEEK OF MARCH 19. TAPE OBVIOUSLY WAS ACQUIRED THROUGH UNAUTHORIZED MEANS. ASSUMING THAT ITS COMMERCIALIZATION CANNOT BE PROHIBITED ON EVIDENTIARY GROUNDS, IT WOULD SEEM ONLY LOGICAL THAT ANY PROCEEDS FROM THIS SALE BE SEQUESTERED AS TEMPLE ASSETS AND MADE SUBJECT TO DISPOSITION BY THE SAN FRANCISCO COURT WHICH HAS JURISDICTION IN THIS MATTER.

BURKE [John Burke, American ambassador to Guyana]

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Originally posted on October 23rd, 2020.

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