[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 422 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/1978STATE300001_d.html. This URL may be available through the Wayback Machine.]
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SCS-06 CA-01 L-03 H-01 CIAE-00
INR-10 NSAE-00 PM-05 SY-05 SSO-00 INRE-00 /047 R
DRAFTED BY GUYANA WORKING GROUP: – MR. BUSHNELL
APPROVED BY GWC:JOHN H. BUSHNELL, DIRECTOR
S/S:O – RCASTRODALE
——————091106 270110Z /73
O 270050Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO JCS WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1730
INFO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
USCINCSO QUARRY HEIGHTS CZ
USCINCRED MACDILE AF FL
CINCMAC SCOTT AFB IL
FBI WASHINGTON DC
DEPT OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND WELFARE WASHDC
DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC
21AF OC MCGUIRE AFB NJ
437MAW CHARLESTON AFB SC
HQ USAF WASHDC
CMC WASHINGTON DC
ARRS SCOTT AFB IL//CC//
39ARRW EGLIN AFB FL
C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 300001
E.O. 11652: GDS
SUBJECT: DOD ASSETS IN GUYANA
PAGE 02 STATE 300001
REFERENCE: JCS 262102Z NOVEMBER 1978
1. We are not clear on what basis you assume survivors will not be given permission to leave Guyana for 72-hours. (reftel). Embassy reports some survivors may be authorized to depart as early as Monday, November 27th. Some will apparently not be released until early December. Some may be charged with crimes.
2. Given the uncertainty of departure timing and numbers, state concurs with re-deployment ALCE [Airlift Control Element] at this time. However, request you maintain contingency planning for pick-up of survivors on not more than 24-hours notice, such notice to be given any time after 0600 EST November 27th.
3. Our understanding is that the re-deployment of H-53’s will not occur until Hueys with extended range fuel tanks are operating to support embassy.
Vance [Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State]