[Editor’s note: The State Department withheld an 8-line paragraph from this cable under the B6 Exemption to the Freedom of Information Act. The withheld portions are noted in green type.]
R 181644Z AUG 80
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3257
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 3854
E.O. 12065: N/A
TAGS: CARR, GY (LAYTON, LAURENCE J.), (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJECT: CONOFF’S VISIT TO LAURENCE LAYTON
1. Conoff visited USC Laurence “Larry” Layton in Georgetown prison August 13, 1980, and delivered personal letters sent c/o Embassy. In response to Conoff’s question, Layton stated that he continues to receive mail regularly, but complained that some letters have been lost in the postal system. He specifically dismissed any allegation that prison authorities were obstructing his mail deliveries.
[Paragraph two, 8 lines long, withheld under Exemption B-6]
3. Layton asked Conoff about status of legal proceedings against him in Guyana. US Conoff declined comment, stating simply that Embassy was still pressing GOG for expeditious handling of the case.
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Roberts [George B. Roberts, Jr., American ambassador to Guyana]