Serial 1663

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 1663 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1979PORTO00161_e.html.

[At the request of the State Department, the FBI withheld all names associated with Peoples Temple from this cable. They are denoted below in red type.]

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ACTION OCS-06
INFO OCT-01 ARA-11 ISO-00 FBIE-00 DODE-00 CIAE-00 INR-10 NSAE-00 PA-01 TRSE-00 MCT-02 CA-01 SY-05 SYE-00 USSS-00 H-01 EB-08 SS-15 SSO-00 INRE-00 NSCE-00 JUSE-00 ICAE-00 L-03 HA-05 PPT-01 FAA-00 DOTE-00 /070 W
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FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN NIACT IMMEDIATE
INFO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3547
AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN IMMEDIATE

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E.O. 11265: N/A
TAGS: CASC TD (PEOPLES’ TEMPLE)
SUBJ: TRAVEL OF PEOPLES’ TEMPLE SURVIVORS
REF : A. BRIDGETOWN 097 AND PREVIOUS; – B. STATE 7379;

1. Trinidadian immigration authorities have advised Embassy that Michael Touchette and Carl Barnett have been denied permission to remain in Port of Spain with the Albatross III and will be deported this evening. As they have valid visas for Guyana and have indicated a preference to return to Georgetown, authorities have agreed to deport them on PanAm 227, ETA Georgetown January 15 at 2330 hours. Sky marshalls [marshals] on board flight (ref.b) will be advised.

2. Authorities have indicated that Charles Touchette may also be deported as an undesirable alien but will not travel before January 16. Will advise of

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travel plans when known.

Fox [Richard J. Fox, Jr., American Ambassador to Trinidad]

Originally posted on May 3rd, 2018.

Last modified on July 15th, 2022.
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