Serial 340
Nov 25, 78 • 1718 • Port of Spain-State • 3394

[Editor’s note: This is a State Department cable that was included in the FBI’s 2009 RYMUR release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It was not included in the State Department’s own release, but we have included identifying information for it using the agency’s designations.

[The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978PORTO03394_d.html.]

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PORT O 03394 251721Z
ACTION ARA-15
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SCS-06 CA-01 PPT-01 CIAE-00 INR-10
NSAE-00 DODE-00 SSO-00 NSCE-00 INRE-00 SY-05
SYE-00 /039 W
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O 251718Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 3283
DIRECTOR FBI NIACT IMMEDIATE
INFO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN IMMEDIATE
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E. O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN, LEO), TD
SUBJECT: MEMBERS OF PEOPLES’ TEMPLE IN PORT OF SPAIN.
REFERENCE: FBI MESSAGE 250336Z NOV 78 AND PREVIOUS (NOTAL)

1. Reservations have been made for agents [Claudio] Gonzalez and [Angelo F.] Class [names originally withheld by State Department] at the Trinidad Hilton, and an embassy car and driver will meet their flight. Please advise by NIACT immediate if reservations are made on an earlier flight.

2. In line with their previous tentative plans, British citizen Philip Blakey and US citizen Charles Touchette plan to sail with the “Albatross III’ when it departs Port of Spain for Barbados later this afternoon. Their plans are to unload cargo in Bridgetown and return to Port of Spain in approximately one week. Touchette has informed embassy that on instructions from their San Francisco attorney, Charles Garry, the vessel will not rpt not return to Guyana as had been the original plan.

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3. [Helen] Swinney and [Richard] Janaro plan to remain in Port of Spain pending the vessel’s return, and Janaro has indicated that his wife, Claire, intends to come to Trinidad from Guyana sometime later today.

O’Mahony [Joseph O’Mahony, Deputy Chief of Mission]

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Originally posted on December 9th, 2018.

Last modified on June 29th, 2022.
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