[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 43 of the FBI’s RYMUR release.
[The text for this document was released in 2014 by the now-defunct Wikileaks website at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE294824_d.html. This URL may be available through the Wayback Machine.]
INFO OCT-01 SSO-00 ISO-00 SCS-06 FBIE-00 CIAE-00 PA-02 TRSE-00 MCT-02 CA-01 INR-10 INRE-00 SY-05 SYE-00 USSS-00 H-02 AID-05 SS-15 NSCE-00 CCO-00 OC-06 JUSE-00 NSAE-00 ICAE-00 SVC-00 CG-00 L-03 DOTE-00 /073 R
DRAFTED BY ARA:CDR SANTA MARIA
APPROVED BY ARA:JABUSHNELL
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O 212016Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
INFO JCS WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1665
SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2054
USCINCSO QUARRY HTS IMMEDIATE
CINCMAC SCOTT AFB IL IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS STATE 294824
E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN, LEO), GY
SUBJECT: EQUIPMENT FOR GUYANA NATIONAL POLICE (GDF)
REF: (A) GEORGETOWN 3785, (B) GEORGETOWN 3790, (C) GEORGETOWN 3816
1. Reftels, inter alia, contain items of equipment needed by GDF [Guyana Defense Force] for Jonestown operation.
2. Equipment requested by Ref A (minus 54 sleeping bags) is presently being shipped from Howard AFB to Georgetown.
Equipment in Ref C is being identified at present.
3. In view of logistics problems associated with assembly and transportation of equipment to Georgetown, and the recognized fluid situation there, request clarification of current equipment needs in Ref B to support GDF. In particular, request answers to following questions:
(a) is this request in all respects additional to other requests? (b) what are highest priority requirements? FYI, given location of this equipment in various points us, and time required to centralize it, items may not reach Georgetown until operations are virtually completed. End
Christopher [Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher]