Serial 68

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 68 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE295932_d.html.]

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STATE 295932
ORIGIN ARA-15
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SSO-00 NSCE-00 INRE-00 ICAE-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 PM-05 H-02 INR-10 L-03 NSAE-00 PA-02 SP-02 SS-15 SY-05 SYE-00 FBIE-00 MCT-02 SCS-06 CA-01 JUSE-00 TRSE-00 /069 R
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O 221827Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
INFO AMEMBASSY CARACAS IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY BOGOTA IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS STATE 295932
E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN, LEO), GY
SUBJECT: FBI INVESTIGATION OF RYAN DEATH

The FBI made the following press release November 21: Begin quote: FBI Director William H. Webster confirmed today that the FBI is investigating the murder of Congressman Leo J. Ryan of California and the events surrounding his death at Jonestown, Guyana.

Director Webster added the murder of Congressman Ryan is being investigated by the FBI under the provisions of the Congressional Assassinations Statute including conspiracy provisions of the act; since those responsible for the

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death of Congressman Ryan can be prosecuted for this federal offense if they are found in or returned to the jurisdiction of the United States.

Survivors of the shooting incident at Jonestown are being interviewed by special agents of the FBI upon their return to the United States. Other persons who might have information relating to this incident are being interviewed throughout the United States. FBI representation in Guyana is being coordinated with the State Department and the Government of Guyana.

Christopher [Acting Secretary of State Warren Christopher]

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Originally posted on May 16th, 2018.

Last modified on June 24th, 2022.
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