Nov 22, 78 • 0333 • State-Georgetown • 295260

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 64 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE295260_d.html.

[The original State Department release withheld several names in this cable. They are indicated by red type below.]

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INFO OCT-01 ARA-11 ISO-00 CA-01 FBIE-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 PA-01 TRSE-00 MCT-02 INR-10 INRE-00 SY-05 SYE-00 USSS-00 H-01 AID-05 SS-15 SSO-00 NSCE-00 CCO-00 OC-06 JUSE-00 NSAE-00 ICAE-00 CG-00 DOTE-00 L-03 /067 R
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APPROVED BY ARA/ JBUSHNELL
S/S-O/JTHYDEN ——————002773 220409Z /64

O 220333Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
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E.O. 11652;N/A
TAGS: CASC, CDES (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJECT: DEPT. ASSUMPTION OF DEATH AND W/W NOTIFICATION RESPONSIBILITIES

1. DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INFORMED BY SUZANNE JONES, ADOPTED ELDEST CHILD OF JIM JONES, LEADER OF THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, THAT HER BROTHER, STEPHAN JONES, HAS RELEASED TO GUAYANA AUTHORITIES THE NAMES OF APPROXIMATELY FORTY MEMBERS OF THE TEMPLE WHO HAVE SURVIVED AND WERE WITH HIM AT THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE HEADQUARTERS HOUSE IN GEORGETOWN. PLEASE ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN A LIST OF SUCH MEMBERS AND REPORT THEIR WHEREABOUTS AND NAMES TO THE DEPARTMENT .

CHRISTOPHER [Acting Secretary of State Warren Christopher]

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Originally posted on March 2nd, 2020.

Last modified on June 24th, 2022.
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