Jan 7, 1980 • 1255 • Georgetown-State • 0075

[Editor’s note: The State Department withheld 12 lines from this cable under the B6 Exemption to the Freedom of Information Act. The withheld portions are noted in green type.]

R 071255Z JAN 80
FR AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 1403
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 0075
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR, GY (LAYTON, LAWRENCE), (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJ: CONOFF’S VISIT TO LAWRENCE LAYTON
REF: 78 GEORGETOWN 2205

1. Conoff visited Layton in Georgetown prison on December 28, 1979, and delivered letter from Layton’s father sent in care of Embassy. As per reftel, letter had to be submitted for censorship by prison authorities.

2. Meeting took place in the office of Prison Superintendent Byron Henry. As during previous visits, Superintendent Henry remained present throughout Conoff’s discussion with Mr. Layton, citing instruction from his superiors to this effect. Conoff’s requests for a private interview with Mr. Layton, as well as inspection of Layton’s cell and other prison facilities, were all passed on to Superintendent Henry’s superiors. Embassy subsequently obtained permission for private visits and inspection of cells from Superintendent of Prisons.

[Remaining 12 lines withheld under exemption B-6]

Originally posted on June 13th, 2022.

Last modified on July 27th, 2022.
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