Serial 30

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 30 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978GEORGE03791_d.html.]

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GEORGE 03791 200427Z
ACTION SCS-06
INFO OCT-01 ARA-11 ISO-00 H-01 SS-15 NSCE-00 SSO-00 CIAE-00 INR-10 NSAE-00 DODE-00 PA-01 FBIE-00 TRSE-00 CA-01 INRE-00 SY-05 USSS-00 SYE-00 CCO-00 SVC-00 JUSE-00 ICAE-00 /051 W
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O 200330Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 8078
INFO 1300 MAS HOWARD AFB CZ//DOOS
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E.O. 11652: NA
TAGS: CASC, GT. (PEOPLES’ TEMPLE)
SUBJE: SECURITY OF CONCERNED RELATIVES
REF: A) GEORGETOWN 3782 B) GEORGETOWN 3780 C) GEORGETOWN 3789

1. Group of Concerned Relatives at the Pegasus hotel changed their minds since reftel and now want to depart Guyana. Consular officers from the embassy went back to the hotel, gathered them up, put them in cars with a police escort, and got them to Timheri airport where they are due to depart on the C-130 bringing in our TDY [temporary duty] support.

2. It is our understanding that this flight will terminate at Howard AFB. They have been told that onward transportation from there will be at their own expense via regular commercial carriers.

3. The group is composed of:

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Stoen, Timothy
Stoen, Grace
Thielman [Thielmann], Bonnie
Bouquet, Clare
Houston, Nadyne
Pietilla, Wayne
Touchette, Mickey

4. One Concerned Relative who wished to depart has been prevented from doing so at the airport by the Guyanese immigration authorities. He is Sherwin Harris, the ex-husband of Sharon Amos and the father of Liane Harris. See Georgetown 3789 (ref c)

5. The plane is due to take off within the hour.

Burke [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]

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Originally posted on May 16th, 2018.

Last modified on June 23rd, 2022.
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